Vampire Facial® Memphis
You’ve probably seen the pictures on social media: a superstar or another famous face covered in a smear of blood. It may appear scary, but it’s actually an amazing treatment, with amazing results. The actual treatment is a combination of microneedling and the application of PRP (platelet-rich plasma), and it is called the PRP facial, better known as “Vampire Facial”.
PRP facials are medical, rather than cosmetic procedures, and should be performed by a licensed medical provider. First, a small sample of your blood is taken. Then the blood is placed in a centrifuge and spun down so that the PRP can be extracted. Lastly, the PRP is then applied to the face through microneedling and injection. Both PRP and microneedling stimulate collagen production, and are more effective when done together. The procedure is extremely safe because it is your body’s own blood being recycled. It is also safe for all skin types.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, of the fourteen studies so far that have evaluated the use of PRP for facial rejuvenation, all studies report positive aesthetic outcomes. Reported benefits of PRP include improvements in the volume and texture and tone of the facial skin and decreased appearance of wrinkles, as well as improvement in acne scarring and hair regrowth in areas of hair loss. PRP is also highly beneficial in the under eye area. PRP is full of stem cells and growth factors that generate volume, collagen, and elastin which strengthen and thicken the tissue in this area.
The discussion surrounding the various uses of PRP is exciting. Orthopedic surgeons have been using PRP for years to heal injured joints with excellent results. Likewise, those of us utilizing PRP in aesthetic procedures are experiencing beautiful results with little to no risk and very little downtime. Because collagen is the latticework of the face, the twofold stimulation of collagen through PRP and microneedling, has the potential to restructure the skin and reverse the signs of ageing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an innovative medical procedure that utilizes the PRP component of your own blood cells to repair damaged cells. PRP is known for its anti-aging benefits, for hair restoration and has been used to treat certain medical conditions.
The PRP components of your blood cells contain hundreds of growth factors. As we age, the production and level of growth factors in our cells decrease. Growth factors are a potent active ingredient for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging. Growth factors stimulate your skin cells to produce more collagen and elastin. These components are the foundation of firmer, smoother, healthier, younger looking skin.
In hair restoration, PRP stimulates the hair follicles to promote hair growth.
On average, the collagen produced in our bodies will last about 2 years before it begins to dissipate. Therefore, the benefits of PRP will last for approximately 2 years. Most will want to get a touch up treatment in one year.
No, there is virtually no pain during the treatment. A topical numbing cream is applied prior to the start of the facial.
Three treatments are recommended to see optimal results.
There is little to no downtime after a PRP treatment. There will be some redness on day 1. On day 2, mineral powder can be applied.
After the second session, you will see a general improvement in the quality of your skin. More glow, less wrinkles, minimization of pores, more tightness and elasticity are a few positive changes you will notice.
Usually for skin rejuvenation, you need to do one session per month, and a total of 3-5 sessions. After that, a maintenance program is recommended. For other conditions, please consult your doctor.
Depending on your skin condition, Scarlet MFR can be combined with Platelet rich Plasma PRP or one of our custom chemical peels.