Myth #1: “I heard the Vampire Facial® really hurts!"
Kim Kardashian perpetuated this unfortunate myth via an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, where she received a Vampire Facial® and screamed (dramatically) because of the pain. What viewers did not know was that Kim did not receive the standard numbing cream used by all reputable providers. In reality – not “reality show” – a certified provider will use a medical-grade numbing cream to ensure the procedure is completely painless.
Our patients report no discomfort during or after the procedure, and typically only experience mild redness for the following 12-24 hours. All of our patients say it is one of the most enjoyable procedures that have undergone\
Myth #2: “I saw a picture of someone’s bloody face – it must be dangerous!”
Let’s be clear – the Vampire Facial® is NOT a facelift or invasive procedure. This myth likely stems from people looking up images or videos of celebrities with blood on their faces after receiving the procedure. The good news is, like most everything attached to the celebrity world, it’s just a silly rumour and actually a result of the provider not using the right lab equipment. If PRP is properly obtained and processed through an FDA-approved method and sterile centrifuge, there will not be any red blood cells (red color) at all – pure PRP is completely yellow.
Also, you are not going under the knife or anaesthesia, but rather under a very tiny micro-needle. The treatment is completely non-surgical and non-invasive, and is a great alternative – both in cost and pain level – to other aesthetic facial procedures.
Myth #3: “I read that the Vampire Facial® is basically surgery.”
This myth is patently false. In fact, there has never been a single reported complication from injecting growth factors, found in platelet rich plasma (PRP), into your skin, tissue or body. Why? PRP is a concentrated source of platelets, growth factors and cytokines found naturally in your own body that stimulates and controls healthy regenerative processes, including collagen and soft tissue remodeling, and improves overall health and rejuvenation.
During the Vampire Facial, the PRP (painlessly obtained through a small, standard blood draw like you would receive at any doctor’s office) is topically applied and drives the amazing results of this procedure.
Myth #4: “The Vampire Facial® doesn’t even work - it’s just a fad!”
It’s important to consult with a certified provider of the Vampire Facial®, who is supervised by a trained physician, regarding the efficacy of this procedure and whether it’s right for you – not armchair physicians on the internet. The facts are as follows: First, PRP has been used for decades in different medical and surgical fields, and there are tens of thousands of published medical studies supporting both its uses and successes.
Second, the Vampire Facial® can vastly improve the overall look, health and quality of your skin. It can help even out skin tones, color and complexion. The procedure can also improve the texture, volume and smoothness of your skin, giving you a glow and youthful look without undergoing expensive and invasive plastic surgery. Best of all? You should see results within a few days, and the results will continue to improve over the coming weeks and months. It is, hand-down, the best procedure we offer in terms of affordability, lack of downtime and safety for all skin types, ages and conditions. It’s a patient favourite for good reason!
Myth #5: “I’ve got to work – there’s no way I can take time off to recover from the Vampire Facial®.”
Wrong! Immediately following the treatment, patients will experience an incredible glow and improved texture of their skin. At most, you will have 12-24 hours of mild redness with minimal-to-no swelling. This can easily and safely be covered with makeup. Generally, you can go to work the next day and no one will know you had an aesthetic treatment performed. Results will continue to improve over the next several weeks, with reduction of pore size, decrease in acne, smoothening of skin and the beginnings of collagen stimulation.Keep in mind these are just a few of the myths about the Vampire Facial® that we know are circulating out there. If you are interested in learning more about this incredible procedure or have additional questions you’d like answered, give us a call today and schedule a consultation!
Out of context, the so-called vampire facial can seem pretty off-the-wall or a beauty fad meant to shock.
But the truth is, this technique can be a legitimate option for treating a variety of visible signs of aging and improving the overall health and beauty of the skin – and studies have shown it works. Here are a few things you should know about this rejuvenating option.
PRP can be used to enhance the skin-renewing properties of micro-needling by supporting skin cell health and and repairing age-related damage.
1. The “vampire facial” doesn’t really describe a specific treatment
The phrase “vampire facial” (or facelift) was coined by a provider in Southern California, and the name took hold. Initially, farfetched claims were made about what the treatment could provide, including lifting or facelift-like results. By the time Miss Kardashian published her treatment photo, the world was intrigued but confused.
The treatment most often performed by reputable physicians – and still typically described as a vampire facial – is actually micro-needling with platelet rich plasma (PRP). The micro-needling technique involves using a device that houses many tiny needles (thinner than a strand of hair!) that create micro-injuries in the skin. This process prompts your body’s natural healing response, increasing the production of collagen and elastin in the treated area to improve a number of skin concerns and give you an overall more healthy and radiant look.
2. The platelets in your blood are regenerative
To understand the growing popularity of this treatment, it’s important to understand why it is an effective solution. Here’s a quick course on blood, platelets, and plasma:
Your blood is a liquid that contains a number of very small solid components: stem cells, white cells, red cells, and platelets, suspended in plasma.
Plasma is made up largely of water, dissolved proteins, hormones, carbon dioxide, and oxygen.
Platelets have an important job: helping clot blood. But that’s not all they do! They also contain growth factors (a group of proteins that stimulate tissue growth), which play a large role in the healing process.
As we age, the functions of our body change or slow down. Over time, the production of helpful elastin and collagen in your skin slows and reserves are depleted, contributing to skin sagging, fine lines, crepiness, and more.
“Platelet rich plasma” is the what is left when blood cells are separated out from the blood—and after the centrifugation process, this plasma is packed with a high concentration of rejuvenating platelets.
Because one of the main roles of platelets is to support the healing process, a high concentration of them (the platelet rich plasma) can help heal tissues and grow new cells. When injected into specific areas, they act as a matrix that promotes the natural production of collagen and tissue regeneration, leading to a more youthful appearance. It’s also a great option for scars!
3. We aren’t re-injecting your blood into your face
Despite Miss Kardsashian’s gratuitously bloody Instagram image, micro-needling with PRP isn’t an extremely gruesome experience – and contrary to belief, blood is not simply injected back into your skin.
The PRP used in your treatment is “harvested” from your own blood. After it is drawn, the vial of your blood will be placed in a special machine called a centrifuge. “Platelet rich plasma” is the what is left when blood cells are separated out from the blood – and after the centrifugation process, this plasma is packed with a high concentration of rejuvenating platelets. When the vial of blood is removed, it will contain a portion of what looks like regular blood, plus the new addition of a rich yellow liquid, sometimes tinged with red. That’s your platelet rich plasma!
The PRP is applied topically after the micro-needling device is used rather than “injected” into the skin. Because micro-needling is a largely gentle treatment using such small needles, the micro-injuries created do not typically bleed freely or for extended periods of time. After treatment, you will notice dried blood and small red specks dotting the skin where the micro-needles have punctured the skin, in addition to the applied PRP. To ensure you get the best results, you’ll leave our offices with the PRP still on your skin, allowing it to penetrate for a few hours following the procedure.
4. PRP has been used for many years, both medically and cosmetically
Did you know that PRP has been used for musculoskeletal pain management and cell regeneration for at least 20 years? While cosmetic use has become more popular in recent years, this technique is not a short-lived or over-hyped new fad.
While the positive benefits of platelet rich plasma used in facial rejuvenation are still being explored, studies have shown that PRP does effectively promote tissue remodeling in aging skin. Particularly when it is used in conjunction with other anti-aging technologies, PRP treatments can provide dramatic improvements in some of the most common signs of aging.
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