Longevity’s Vampire Facial AKA Skin Pen (Microneedling) with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy
From Twilight to True Blood, popular culture is still obsessed with vampires, so it should come as no surprise that this fascination has made its way into the skin-care world in the form of the Vampire Facial! You may remember when Kim Kardashian opted to get the innovative procedure almost two years ago.
As intimidating as the name sounds, this nonsurgical rejuvenation treatment is actually quite straightforward: Your own blood, in the form of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), is used to rejuvenate the appearance of facial tissue. By applying PRP to the skin during and after the skin pen treatment, the platelets release their growth factors which trigger surrounding cells to proliferate, in turn stimulating repair, increasing volume and rejuvenating the skin.
Skin Pen AKA Microneedling, is composed of multiple sterile micro-needles that create thousands of microscopic channels (called a ‘cascade’) through the skin.
What does it feel like?
Micro-Needling feels similar to a deep exfoliant being moved across the skin. Topical numbing may be applied prior to your procedure, but no anesthesia or medications are necessary.
These microscopic injuries trigger a healing and repair cascade. The body quickly rushes to repair these infinitely small channels– by depositing collagen and elastin, by increasing blood flow to the area– and in the process restoring skin to its taut, youthful
In order to help speed and intensify the repair and rejuvenation of your skin during and after microneedling, we apply your own processed serum “PRP” (Platelet Rich Plasma) to the skin. PRP provides nourishment to the skin in order to repair and build new skin in the areas where microneedling has been performed.
Vials of a client’s blood are placed in a machine called a centrifuge and spun at high speed. The centrifuge separates red blood cells from plasma — a golden yellow liquid known as PRP. PRP, platelet rich plasma, is the part of your blood that helps stop bleeding and heals wounds.
Platelets contain a high content of “growth factors” –These growth factors then activate stem cells already in the skin (tricking them into “thinking” there’s been an injury and new younger tissue should generated). One great benefit of PRP is that it is a completely natural procedure, since it uses your own blood. No injecting of foreign materials required!
The stem cells then develop into new collagen, new blood vessels, and new fatty tissue! The effects of the procedure improve for 2 to 3 months and last for at least 1 to 2 years!
What can be improved using microneedling with PRP?
Many skin issues can be improved with microneedling with PRP, including;
- Skin texture, color and tone inconsistencies
- Broken capillaries and large pores
- Scars, such as acne, burn or surgical scars
- Aging and skin discoloration resulting from sun damage
- Fine wrinkles and skin thinning.
Can the procedure be repeated for a better result?
Yes. In fact, we recommend repeating the treatment three times over the course of several months. We will instruct you regarding how to continue nourishing your skin in-between treatments so that you can achieve optimal final results. Since people are constantly exposed to skin-damaging agents and are subjected to the effects of aging, patients may choose to repeat this type of skin rejuvenation from time to time in order to maintain ideal skin health.
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As with any type of medical procedure, there are risks involved — although no significant side effects or long-term complications have been reported. Always speak to your doctor to get the full picture before you make any decisions.