Even if your daily skincare habits are impeccable and you’ve got great genes, your epidermis can’t escape time and the elements. With each passing year, your youthful facial skin loses some of its firmness, a little more of its elasticity, and a whole lot of moisture.
At the same time, the cumulative effects of years of sun damage become increasingly apparent, and fine lines, dark spots, and other familiar age-related flaws emerge more quickly than ever before. Sooner than you thought possible, you’ve lost too much of your youthful appearance.
Here at Parkland Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery in Coral Springs, Florida, led by our founder and board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Alexis Stephens, we understand that feeling comfortable and confident in your own skin starts with a luminous, youthful complexion. We also know that everyone’s skin could use a little TLC once in a while, which is why we offer the safest, most effective, and most advanced corrective skin treatments available. This includes microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP), otherwise known as the vampire facial.
Discover what makes this advanced treatment so popular, and why it’s the hottest new combo for natural facial rejuvenation.
Microneedling with PRP: the vampire facial
By optimizing collagen and elastin production while simultaneously encouraging rapid healing and tissue regeneration that begins at the cellular level, a vampire facial can transform your skin, leaving it tighter, smoother, brighter, and more youthful-looking than ever.
The vampire facial joins two powerful catalysts for collagen regeneration and elastin renewal — microneedling and PRP — into a single, minimally invasive treatment that promotes optimal facial rejuvenation and skin revitalization. Working together, microneedling and PRP harness your body’s own natural repair mechanisms, and you reap the benefits.
To understand how a vampire facial achieves such desirable results, it’s important to know how each step of the treatment works, as well as how they work together:
Step 1: Microneedling
Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling uses an innovative device with an automated tip that contains at least a dozen ultra-fine needles. When Dr. Stephens gently and systematically presses this microneedling pen across the surface of your skin, the tiny needles create superficial microwounds. This triggers your internal healing mechanisms, causing your body to increase its production of collagen and elastin from your deepest dermal layer all the way through to the surface of your skin.
On its own, microneedling can work magic on your skin. In fact, it’s an incredibly popular stand-alone treatment for women and men who want a quick, easy, and effective way to revitalize their complexion, without having to undergo a more invasive procedure.
Step 2: Platelet-rich plasma
A proactive form of regenerative medicine, PRP uses a concentrated preparation of platelets derived from your own blood. Your platelets get their regenerative powers from the hundreds of special growth factors they contain, many of which stimulate cellular proliferation and encourage rapid tissue regeneration.
Your vampire facial starts with Dr. Stephens taking a small amount of blood from your arm and spins it in a high-speed centrifuge to separate and concentrate the platelets. Your personal PRP serum has 5-10 times as many platelets and growth factors as what’s found in normal, circulating blood.
After the microneedling step of your facial, Dr. Stephens carefully applies the PRP to the fresh microwounds in your skin. The platelet-rich plasma penetrates into your skin and its powerful growth factors take collagen growth and elastin renewal to the next level, fostering optimum skin renewal results and long-lasting facial rejuvenation.
A natural, effective approach to skin rejuvenation
The microneedling process itself is comfortable from start to finish, thanks to the application of a quick-acting topical numbing cream prior to treatment. As the numbing agent takes effect, we draw a small amount of blood from your arm so we can prepare your personal PRP serum.
Once your skin is fully desensitized from the numbing cream, the microneedling portion of the treatment takes place, followed by the careful application of your PRP serum across the entire treated area of your face. You can expect the entire process to take about an hour and a half.
Whether you’re looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, tighten visibly large pores, or simply restore a brighter, more radiant complexion, microneedling with PRP can leave your skin looking tighter, smoother, and with a more even skin tone, naturally. The vampire facial doesn’t include extraneous substances, so it’s a safe, pure approach to total skin rejuvenation.
The results speak for themselves
Within about 24 hours, after any mild redness and minor inflammation subsides, you can expect to see a healthy glow, improved skin tone, refined texture, and even a noticeable degree of restored facial volume. You can also expect continued improvement in the weeks and months following your vampire facial, as the skin renewal process unfolds, and your body continues generating new collagen and elastin cells from the inside out.
Are you ready for smoother, tighter skin and a more even complexion with fewer visible lines and wrinkles? Dr. Stephens and the dermatology team at Parkland Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery can help.
Call our Coral Springs, Florida office today at 754-999-3376, or use the easy online tool to schedule an appointment at any time.