Are ‘Vampire Facials’ the Secret to Looking Younger?
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So, you’ve heard about the hype surrounding the so-called ‘vampire facials’ phenomenon, and you’ve found yourself scrolling the internet to understand what it is and if it’s as scary as it sounds?
Well, the good news is that you’re in the right place…and we’re here to give you a Doctor’s take on this skin treatment to help separate fact from fiction and give you the complete rundown on this incredibly unique and powerful cosmetic treatment. Let’s get started!
Vampire facials, more formally known as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) facials, are highly effective cosmetic treatments that inject platelet-rich plasma into your face to help improve skin texture, tone, fine lines and wrinkles, and collagen production. This anti-ageing treatment pairs micro-needling with plasma to help you achieve healthier, younger, and more radiant-looking skin.
Why vampire facials? Simply put, our blood is composed of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Platelets are important in producing growth factor proteins that support wound healing, skin renewal, and skin structure and elasticity.
A PRP Facial will vary from clinic to clinic. Although, generally, you can expect the following process:
when your plasma is concentrated using a centrifuge, it contains roughly 3-5x more platelets than what’s naturally found through regular blood circulation.
Despite PRP facials gaining popularity in recent years, PRP injections have been a longstanding treatment option used to treat sporting injuries (i.e., joints). Simply put, PRP treatments —whether a facial or joint injection- work similarly: they’re designed to expedite your body’s growth and healing processes.
Micro-needling or injecting your body’s plasma back into itself helps stimulate cell migration and collagen production. This process can offer the following benefits:
Generally speaking, PRP facials take, on average, around 45 minutes to complete from start to finish. To be safe, it's best to allow a little extra time so we can ensure the highest quality of care.
The fantastic thing about PRP facials is that they’re versatile and can help treat a range of skin concerns. PRP facials are particularly beneficial for those who struggle with the following:
Like most cosmetic and skin treatments, PRP facials don’t offer fully permanent results; they require a maintenance plan to help you maximise the benefits.
Unfortunately, there is no conclusive answer to how many PRP treatments a patient will require, as each treatment plan is customised based on your skin condition and goals. Your skin therapist will assess your skin and suggest a unique treatment plan.
However, many patients will opt for PRP facials every few weeks in the initial stages of the treatment journey. Following this, treatments are often reduced to two to four times a year to help maintain the results. Although, there certainly isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach to PRP facials.
All skin is unique and will require a personalised recovery plan prescribed by your skin therapist. However, many people generally experience redness and irritation for two to six days post-treatment.
Additionally, you will likely be advised to avoid wearing makeup or applying any strong/harsh skincare ingredients to your face for a period of time. Likewise, sunscreen and sun protection are critical in the days following your treatment.
Technically, they’re two different treatments with slightly different outcomes. While anti-wrinkle injections are an extremely effective way to reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing the nerves that cause wrinkles in your face, PRP facials offer a more natural cosmetic solution.
Essentially, a PRP facial naturally increases the production of collagen to help offer anti-ageing benefits (reduced fine lines, improved texture and smoothness, even skin tone, etc.). However, it isn’t uncommon for patients to harness the power of both by combining these two treatment types, particularly if anti-ageing is the goal.