Vampire Facial: Looking Younger with PRP Therapy

Vampire facial for awesome results

Even if you’re religious about wearing sunscreen and moisturizing your skin, age has a way of eventually showing itself on your face in the form of fine lines and wrinkles. They don’t have to remain though.

At Active Future Solutions in Rochester Hills, Michigan, we’ve helped countless men and women turn back the hands of time with a Vampire Facial.

Vampire Facials: Not scary at all

The term Vampire Facial refers to the fact that the treatment uses the patient’s blood to help promote natural healing processes inside the skin. The Vampire Facial use platelet-rich plasma or PRP, and that’s why you’ll often hear them referred to by their more “medical” name, PRP facials.

Platelets and plasma are two components of your blood. Plasma refers to the liquid part of your blood, while platelets are tiny structures that play a major role in healing. PRP is a blood-derived product that contains a concentrated number of platelets, much higher than what’s normally found in your blood. When PRP is injected into your skin, it promotes natural healing and cell regeneration to help combat the underlying causes of aging — primarily the loss of skin-firming collagen. After the injections, your body kicks into “healing mode,” building new collagen and healing sun- and age-related damage in your skin.

PRP: From your own blood

One of the benefits of PRP facials is that the treatment uses PRP that’s “made” from your own blood. Since PRP comes from you, you don’t have to worry about rejection or allergic reactions. Before the facial portion of your treatment begins, a small blood sample is taken from you — about the same amount of blood that’s taken during a standard lab blood test.

Next, the blood is placed in a special device that spins the sample very rapidly, separating the platelets and plasma from the rest of your blood. Once the platelets are concentrated, they're mixed with plasma and reinjected into your skin using very fine needles (thinner than needles typically used for vaccinations). PRP contains special elements called growth factors that work on local cells to trigger cell regeneration, so skin (and other tissues) heal themselves. In anti-aging treatments, these responses help skin look and feel firmer and smoother while also reducing lines, wrinkles, and sagging. PRP is also used in other areas of medicine, including orthopedics, where it’s used to treat arthritis and to help people heal after injuries to tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

Vampire Facials: Here’s what happens

Because vampire Facials use needles, a lot of people worry that the treatment will be painful. But before your treatment even begins, a topical anesthetic is applied to your skin to numb it, so you’ll be comfortable throughout your treatment. Once your face is numb, the PRP solution is injected throughout the treatment area.

Next comes a microneedling treatment. Microneedling uses a special device to create a series of closely-spaced perforations in your skin. Microneedling works with the growth factors found in PRP to “signal” your skin that it’s time to ramp up healing in the area, enhancing the benefits of the PRP injections. Plus, it helps stimulate the production of collagen and elastin for skin that looks and feels smoother — more like younger skin. The entire treatment takes about an hour, and you can expect to see results in a few weeks as your skin works to repair itself and reduce the signs of aging.

Learn how a vampire Facial can help you

PRP therapy can be a safe and effective solution for helping women and men reduce the signs of aging, and it can be effective in reducing the appearance of scars and improving skin texture too. To learn more about PRP therapy at Active Future Solutions and how the treatment can help you look your best, contact the practice today.

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