Scary Good Skin: Vampire Facial Procedure and Benefits
Brittney Danberry, PA-C (pictured above getting a microneedling treatment) explains what all the fuss is about vampire facials and microneedling.
Vampire Therapy Facial Rejuvenation and How It Works
A vampire facial is a combination of microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (aka PRP). Microneedling is a device with multiple tiny sterile needles that are pushed in and out of the skin causing tiny punctures. Your body then repairs these tiny punctures by producing new collagen. There are two main types of microneedling devices: Rejuvapen and Fractora. Rejuvapen is microneedling alone and Fractora is microneedling with radiofrequency energy to help with additional collagen building. To make it a vampire facial, your own blood is drawn and then centrifuged to retrieve plasma rich protein which is used during microneedling. The PRP — or what I like to call my liquid gold since it is a light-yellow color– is rich in growth factors, which in turn increase the effectiveness of the microneedling. Instead of PRP, concentrated human growth factors (such as FactorFive Regenerative Serum) can be used to get the same results. Either way your skin will thank you!
Benefits of Microneedling
Microneedling helps to build new collagen, in turn helping with fine lines/wrinkles, acne scars, pore size and overall rejuvenation. Fractora with radiofrequency provides all the benefits of microneedling with the added benefit of lifting and tightening the skin to help with overall rejuvenation. The vampire facial helps to enhance all the benefits of microneedling while also decreasing the amount of downtime. Microneedling is a natural way of helping your skin look and feel younger!
Microneedling Side Effects
Microneedling is safe in all skin types but caution should be used in darker skin types to prevent any abnormal pigmentation. One of the best things about microneedling is getting amazing results with little to no pain or downtime. The procedure has very minimal discomfort and the use of numbing cream before the procedure helps to reduce any discomfort even more. After the procedure your skin will be red which can last 24-48 hours. For the first 24 hours it is important to refrain from any exercise or make up. A few days after the procedure your skin may feel drier so it is important to use moisturizer frequently and always remember sunscreen with a moisturizer during the day. Microneedling can be done once a month with a recommended series of 4 sessions to start.
Your skin will thank you!
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