The Vampire facial is the latest advance in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. Vampire facial was developed by Dr.Charles Runels, M.D. over several years. The procedure can be performed on both men and women. This procedure is not intended to fix a sagging neck or double chin. It does not work on excessive eyelid skin and is not meant to replace an eyelid lift.  Vampire facial can immediately restore volume to sagging cheeks and enhance the overall appearance of the skin after several months.

How does it work?

The theory behind the Vampire facial is simple. Perhaps you recall as a child, falling and scraping your knee or elbow. The area of damaged skin was initially surrounded by a yellow, sticky substance. This yellow substance was Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP. Medical science has shown this miraculous part of the blood draws stem cells and other healing agents to a wound, like a magnet pulls metal objects towards itself. PRP starts the healing and regenerative processes.      

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

PRP is concentrated source of platelets, growth factors and cytokines found naturally in your own body, stimulates and controls healthy regenerative processes, including collagen and soft tissue remodelling, and improves overall health and rejuvenation. These growth factors help stimulate and stabilize the healthy function of the body’s own skin and tissue.

What are Platelets?

Platelets are tiny blood cells that help your body from clots to stop bleeding. If one of your blood vessels gets damaged, it sends out signals that are picked up by platelets. The platelets then rush to the site of damage and form a plug, or clot, to repair the damage.

How do you get the PRP growth factors?

A small amount of the blood is drawn from your arm. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to concentrate and separate the plasma from the red and white blood cells. The plasma is a yellowish, clear colored fluid that we call “liquid gold”. The plasma has high concentration of the platelet derived growth factors and cytokines. The PRP is then applied topically after the micro-needling or injected similar to dermal fillers.

Is Vampire Facial safe?

Absolutely! We are using your own growth factors produced naturally in your body. At About Face we use an FDA-Approved sterile system to obtain your PRP.

What results can you expect?

  • Overall improvement in the look, feel and quality of skin
  • Improves skin of the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas
  • Evens out pigment issues and discolouration’s
  • Decreases acne scaring, improves pore size
  • Repairs collagen and stimulates new collagen
  • Gives a smoother and more refreshed look
  • Continues to give improvements after each treatment
  • Reduces appearance of fine lines.

What to expect immediately after treatment?

The Vampire Facial may leave your skin with warm, flushed, sunburn-like appearance. This redness may last 12-24hours but no significant lingering pain should be expected. There may be a very small amount of puffiness but with mild to moderate swelling, which usually subside within day or two. You may also experience some bruising which will subside with three to four days. You can wear a small amount of mineral makeup after 12 hours to minimize any redness. The results from the treatment should become visible within the first few days with improved glow of the skin reported. Results will continue to improve over the next several weeks to months.

What is the difference between The Vampire Facial and The Vampire Face-lift?

The Vampire Facial involves topically applying the PRP to the surface of the skin after the micro-needling is finished.  The PRP then seeps into the microscopic holes on the skins surface.

The Vampire Facial involves actually injecting another tube of PRP directly into the skin similar to how other dermal fillers are injected.   This gives a volumizing and lifting effect to the face, neck, chest or hands.  PRP may also be injected at the time or treatment with fillers such as Voluma or Juvederm to allow the fillers to last longer and add additional collagen.  The Vampire Face-lift is part of what’s called a “Liquid Face-lift” and is truly a non-surgical face-lift.

What is micro-needling?

At About Face we use the derma rollers for our micro-needling.  This procedure performed by our medical esthetician, involves introducing tiny channels into the skin to stimulate collagen and allow for better penetration of the topically applied PRP or other products.   After a medical grade topical numbing is applied, this is a painless procedure and leaves the skin with a mild sunburn look and feel after the procedure.  There is no down-time with this procedure and should be able to return to work the next day.  Micro-needling has been shown to reduce fine lines, reduce the appearance of pores and improve the overall tone and texture of the skin.  We also use micro-needling for stretch marks, scalp rejuvenation and acne scarring.  Micro-needling is also safe for teenager, more mature skin and ethnic skin types.

What does the Vampire Facial treat?

  • Fine lines
  • Skin texture
  • Pore size and acne
  • Acne scars
  • Tone and complexion (i.e. color and clarity)
  • Surgical and traumatic scars
  • Stretch mark

Who is a good candidate for Vampire Facial?

Younger Patients (generally 18-30 years old)

Men and women in this category may have one or several of the above conditions, or simply seek to maintain their healthy, beautiful skin. This procedure has many preventative benefits, and can be done in a series or as a standalone treatment to address individual concerns. The Vampire Facial is also a highly effective treatment for teenage acne and acne scarring.

Middle-aged Patients (generally 30-55 years old)

Men and women in this category who have begun to experience visible signs of aging or are concerned with one or more of the above issues can benefit greatly from this procedure without the downtime of more aggressive laser procedures.

Older Patients (generally 55+ years old)

Men and women in this category who may believe they are too old to benefit from the procedure can see incredible results through a series of Vampire Facials, depending on the concern. For more severe concerns, other procedures may be recommended in conjunction with the Vampire Facial.

If you are interested in the Vampire Facial at About Face, please give us a call today to schedule your consultation!   

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