The Vampire Facial is a treatment in which PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is micro-needled into the face. Micro-needling is one of the most common and effective noninvasive skin rejuvenating procedures offered at Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte, North Carolina. The benefits of micro-needling include:
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduces pore size
- Tightens the skin
- Stimulates the production of new collagen
- Stimulates the production of new elastic fibers
- Improves skin texture
PRP, otherwise known as platelet-rich plasma, is a well-studied and documented serum that is injected in order to promote healing. It is commonly used in the orthopedic community as a joint injection to successfully promote healing following an injury or treatment. When micro-needling and PRP are combined, otherwise known as a Vampire Facial, the health and quality of the skin are greatly improved.
The Vampire Facelift combines micro-needling with PRP along with individual injections of PRP into areas of concern on the face and neck. This allows the PRP to get deeper into the skin to promote healing, collagen stimulation, production of new elastics fibers, and restore volume.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Platelets are a component of blood that is best known for stimulating the body to heal the site of an injury or trauma by clotting. When a platelet enters an area of injury, it releases growth factors and cytokines to stimulate the body to create new collagen and other cells and to accelerate the healing process.
How is PRP Made at Carolina Facial Plastics?
PRP is created by using the patient’s own blood. In our office, we will draw a small amount of blood from the patient. That blood goes through a process of centrifugation or spinning, that will separate the platelets from the other blood components. After we concentrate the platelets, a solution is created called platelet-rich plasma or PRP.
At Carolina Facial Plastics, we use the most advanced centrifuge device available; this device allows us to get the highest concentration of platelets. The blood undergoes a double spin technique, giving us 5-6 times the regular concentration of platelets. This rich concentration of platelets allows us to give our patients the best possible results.
The Benefits of a Vampire Facial/Facelift with PRP
Adding PRP to a micro-needling treatment will greatly enhance the overall results of the micro-needling session. Adding injections of PRP after the micro-needling treatment will further stimulate collagen production, tighten the skin, reduce pore size, and smooth wrinkles. Micro-needling combined with PRP will cause a profound improvement in the facial skin. Adding PRP to micro-needling is like adding horsepower to a racecar.
What to Expect During the Skin Rejuvenating Treatment
During the Vampire Facial treatment, the PRP is created and placed on the face before the micro-needling treatment is performed. Micro-needling creates small channels and injuries to the facial and neck skin, allowing the platelet-rich plasma to sink in.
As these platelets penetrate these micro-injuries, they will become activated and release growth factors and cytokines that will stimulate cell growth, collagen production, and overall healing of the skin. This additional boost of your natural healing factors enhances the final results of the micro-needling treatment.
Vampire Facial/Facelift with PRP FAQ’s
Q. What is the Difference Between a Vampire Facelift and a Vampire Facial?
A. Vampire Facial consists of two treatments:
- PRP added on the surface of the skin during micro-needling
The Vampire Facelift consists of three treatments:
- PRP added on the surface of the skin during micro-needling
- Injection of PRP into the deeper layers of the skin
The Vampire Facelift combines micro-needling with PRP along with injections of PRP into the face. It can be injected into many different areas, such as the cheeks, smile lines, and marionette lines. Injection of PRP into the deeper layers of the skin will promote collagen and elastic fiber production, as well as volumize and lift the face.
Q. Is the Combination of Treatments Painful?
A. The Vampire Facial/Facelift is very well tolerated. We use a variety of numbing creams and solutions to ensure that the patient is comfortable. There is minor discomfort during this procedure.
Q. What is the Downtime Like?
A. The Vampire Facial/Facelift is a minimally invasive procedure designed to minimize downtime. Immediately after the treatment, the skin will be red and blotchy. Most people will be able to wear makeup the next day and return to normal activities. If patients are seeking a more dramatic result and are willing to take 1 to 2 days of downtime, the aggressiveness of the procedure can be increased. By the same token, if the resumption of normal activities in a short time is preferable, a less aggressive treatment can be used to ensure a rapid recovery. It is important to relay your desires to our staff to ensure we meet your needs and expectations.
Q. How Many Treatments are Required?
A. This depends on the health and quality of the patient’s skin and ultimate goals. In patients that have relatively good skin with minimal wrinkles, they may require 2-3 treatments. If patients have significant damage and an aged appearance or their goals are to get the best result possible, they may require up to six treatments. Most patients will need 3 to 6 treatments to obtain their desired results.
Q. How Often Are Follow-Up Treatments Recommended?
A. We recommend having these treatments every 4-5 weeks. This spacing will allow an additive effect of the treatments and enhance the overall results. It typically takes 8 to 12 weeks after the last treatment to see the final results. After results have been achieved, we recommend additional treatments every 6-12 months to maintain the quality and health of the skin.
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Why Choose Carolina Facial Plastics for Your Vampire Facial/Facelift with PRP Treatments?
Carolina Facial Plastics was founded by Beverly Hills-trained facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh. The patient can be assured that their providers are highly-trained, and the patients’ treatments are all under the supervision of Dr. Kulbersh. Our practice is solely focused on the treatment of the face and neck and we believe this gives us the competitive advantage of producing great results while ensuring the patient has a wonderful experience. If you would like to learn more about the Vampire Facial and Vampire Facelift procedures in the Southpark region of Charlotte, please call our office at 704-323-5090 or fill out our online form.
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