The Vampire Facial® is a trademarked procedure and is protected by US Patent & Trademark Law. It is a form of micro needling that specifically utilizes Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP). For more information about PRP, read Regenerative Injection Therapy. Micro needling is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive technique that provides excellent results with a fast recovery time. Micro needling mechanically causes micro trauma to the skin to break down fibrils that are producing anchor points causing downward depression of skin or conditions of cellulite. Micro needling allows PRP to seep into the skin to promote angiogenesis (blood vessel formation) and new cell proliferation. With PRP, there is added benefit of migration of stem cells to the area to enhance matrix synthesis and production of extracellular matrix proteins. The Vampire Facial® utilizes the body's ability to heal itself. The result is formation of youthful looking skin.
The Vampire Facial® performs its function while preserving and keeping the epidermis intact. After the healing process is complete, the epidermis is actually thickened. Duration of healing and formation of a new collagen layer takes a maximum of 6-8 weeks. In comparison to laser treatment, the epidermis is evaporated with a 2nd degree burn, there is prolonged light sensitivity, pigment problems can arise, and scarring is possible. The duration for healing and collagen formation takes close to 6 months. The Vampire Facial® is less traumatic and works quicker at achieving its goal.
The Vampire Facial® technique can be applied to other areas. Common treatment areas include the face, neck, hands, thighs, and buttocks. The micro needling pen is used for smaller areas (face, neck, and hands) while the dermal roller is used for larger areas (thighs and buttocks). A topical local anesthetic is applied for comfort. Complete total numbness, however, is not achieved, but the topical local anesthetic makes the procedure more bearable. The topical local anesthetic remains on the skin for 20-30 minutes, then is removed. The skin is cleansed using an antibacterial wash. PRP is applied to the skin, then the treatment area is passed over using the micro needling pen or dermal roller twice in different directions.
With regards to skin rejuvenation, most patients will see optimal results with one treatment. The Vampire Facial® results may last up to 18 months. However, annual treatments may be desired to help keep the skin vibrant and refreshed sooner. Others, especially older patients, may want to receive treatment sooner. For scar or cellulite treatment, a series of 3-5 treatments separated by 3-4 week intervals may be necessary. Success depends upon the severity of the treatment area.