A Vampire Facial is a skin rejuvenating treatment that combines the enriching benefits of SkinPen microneedling with topical application of your body’s own platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This treatment works to correct hyperpigmentation, tighten lax skin, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. By first creating micro-channels in the skin of the desired area and then applying your very own organic PRP to boost collagen production, this amplifies cell turnover and invigorates new collagen growth.
If you’re interested in learning more about a Vampire Facial, please feel free to schedule a personal consultation, and, if you wish to learn more about our MedSpa services, please call us at (724) 759-7777.
- 1 About
- 2 Benefits
- 3 Candidates
- 4 Personal Consultation
- 5 Preparation
- 6 Procedure
- 7 Recovery
- 8 Results
- 9 Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
- 10 Cost in Pittsburgh
- 11 References
Found at the cellular level in our blood, there are certain compounds that may hold the anti-aging antidote: stem cells and growth factors (red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets). When injury occurs, these compounds rush to the front line of the body’s natural healing response team. They work to rebuild, regenerate, or replace damaged tissue. If harnessed intentionally, these cells might be the key to keeping our skin appearing young and bright well into adulthood.
To extract the PRP, the patient must first undergo a simple blood draw. Then, the blood sample must be purified in a spinning centrifuge to separate the blood down to its base components. There the regenerative molecules can be harvested to create the PRP serum.
What is SkinPen Microneedling?
The SkinPen Precision System a minimally invasive, micro-needling device that is frequently paired with PRP to complete the vampire facial experience. Its tiny, hair-thin needles can create hundreds to thousands of “micro punctures” into the skin. As these punctures heal, the remodeling process works to improve the skin’s tone and texture. In a Vampire Facial treatment, a topical application of PRP serum is spread over the face immediately after the SkinPen session. The PRP will energize the rejuvenation process initiated by SkinPen.
A Vampire Facial combines the benefits of SkinPen microneedling and PRP treatments. Below, we explain some of these benefits in greater detail.
Increased Collagen Production
Collagen is a structural protein produced deep in our epidermis that serves as the organic adversary against lines and wrinkles in our youth. It is generated by collagen receptors that moisturize and hydrate the skin as we go through adolescence and early adulthood. But around the time we turn 25, our collagen receptors weaken and by the time we turn 65 our collagen production has been gradually diminished by 25%. This means that over time our skin’s ability to stay youthful weakens and slowly those fine lines across our face deepen even further. However, with a PRP Vampire Facial with SkinPen, the small, micro-injuries made to the skin increase the collagen response and the induction of platelet-rich plasma give the skin the proper building blocks to aging, sun-damaged skin.
Erases Wrinkles & Lines
Because the natural remedy to wrinkles and lines is collagen, when a new influx of collagen is induced, that means goodbye to wrinkles and lines. The new collagen, backed by PRP and growth factors, works to smooth out your skin and brighten your overall countenance.
Corrects Sun Damage
UV rays can wreak havoc on our skin in a myriad of ways. This damage can occur in the appearance of dark or red sun spots around our face and neck. These spots are a collection of skin cells that are damaged to the point where the body’s healing response is almost futile. That’s where platelet-rich plasma enters the ring. With a PRP Facial, these sun spots don’t stand a chance. With the initiation of SkinPen’s micro-channels in the skin, areas like sun spots and dark spots lose their irregular hue. This results in the face being more homogenous in skin tone.
Many of our patients experience less downtime when compared to procedures that would yield similar results. During the outpatient treatment, only topical anesthesia is used so no extensive recovery time should be needed.
A non-invasive Vampire Facial performed with SkinPen and enhanced by PRP serum is ideal for patients 22 years of age and older who have scars, sun spots and/or unwanted signs of aging that they would like to see remedied. The rejuvenating treatment is appropriate for people of all skin tones and types. Many of our clients report satisfactory service from scheduling their initial consultation to proudly walking out from their post-op appointment. So, if you are someone who is afflicted by wrinkles, acne scars and unappealing skin laxity in their skin, consider a non-surgical alternative and contact us to schedule your personal consultation today!
When you come to our offices just outside of Pittsburgh, you will be greeted by our wonderfully trained team. Then, you will be escorted to your own personal consultation room. Here, our nurses will go over your medical, surgical and prescription history. It is important to note if you have undergone any other MedSpa services in the recent past and to log which ones you preferred.
Next, we will inspect the skin’s elasticity around your face. We will highlight certain wrinkles and fine lines that should be targeted during your Vampire Facial. Then, if the treatment is elected as the best course of action, we will schedule a time and date for you to return to our office. Before you leave, we will give you a list of preparatory steps that need to be completed in the interim.
Before your PRP Vampire Facial with SkinPen it is imperative that you:
- Avoid excessive exposure to UV rays from the sun or tanning beds. This should be adhered to before and after a Vampire Facial.
- Make sure to drink plenty of water. Your skin should be well hydrated before your treatment. It is important to be well-nourished and well-hydrated prior to drawing your blood to collect the PRP.
- Arrive at your appointment with a clean face. It is recommended that you come without makeup so that the chemicals in the makeup don’t interfere with the treatment’s proceedings.
At the beginning of your Vampire Facial, we will extract a vial of your blood to then spin it in a centrifuge to extract the nourishing PRP. Next, a topical anesthetic will be administered to the treated areas. Then, we’ll use the SkinPen microneedling system to channel microscopic injuries into the subtle layers of skin. Finally, we will apply the PRP serum to your face. Your skin will welcome and absorb the serum to help treat the micro-injuries. While the epidermis works to heal the exterior of the skin, deep down the collagen receptors have been triggered to aid in the diminishment of lines and wrinkles.
After your treatment, you will be given a BioSerum stem cell treatment from NeoCutis. Dr. Wooten believes this is essential in the recovery process. That’s why she is giving this stem cell serum that retails for $200+ to you for free after your PRP facial.
PRP “Vampire” facials are recommended to be done in a series of at least three. We recommend returning once per month during your series to accomplish your best results.
During your recovery, it is important to use the complimentary BioSerum as directed by Dr. Wooten. It is also just as imperative to avoid UV exposure as the skin is hypersensitive and especially prone to sun damage after a treatment of this caliber. Additionally, it is crucial to stay hydrated. Our skin relies on proper hydration to retain its elasticity and healing properties.
You should avoid any strenuous activity or exercise for the first 5 days. It is also recommended to avoid wearing makeup for the next couple of days. Your face has tiny holes in it and anything applied to the exterior of the face has a chance of getting absorbed and clogged in the pores.
After a couple of weeks, you will then start to notice the gradual polishing of the skin of your face. Once the redness and swelling have subsided, the skin will start to accrue an evenness in tone, texture, and smoothness. Wrinkles that were once deep have now been flushed down to make you appear younger, brighter, and healthier.
Corresponding & Complementary Procedures
If you have undergone or are scheduled for a Vampire Facial, then you may be wondering what other services we have at Beleza that will help accentuate your fantastic results. Lucky for you, we have a service for just about any cosmetic need.
Acne Scar Laser
Acne can occur at any age, but is most prominent during puberty and adolescence. If left untreated or if faced with an aggressive form of cystic acne, a person can experience acne scars on any part of their body. At Beleza, we offer a way of correcting acne scars and giving you a smooth complexion once again. Utilizing a non-ablative fractional laser, scar laser treatment works to create little micro-punctures that trigger new collagen growth which then helps to heal the impacted areas.
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive body contouring treatment that works by freezing unwanted fat cells to sub-zero temperatures. Then, these fat cells are excreted from the body, never to return. If you have any questions about CoolSculpting please visit Dr. Wooten’s blog where she answers many common questions about the procedure.
Cost in Pittsburgh
The pricing for the Vampire Facial is as follows:
- 1 PRP Facial: $800
- 2 PRP Facials: $1500
- 3 PRP Facials: $2100
- 4 PRP Facials: $2775
- What Are Stem Cells? – Health Encyclopedia – University of Rochester Medical Center. (2021). Rochester.edu. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx]
- Reilly, D. M., & Lozano, J. (2021). Skin collagen through the lifestages: importance for skin health and beauty. Plastic and Aesthetic Research, 2021. https://doi.org/10.20517/2347-9264.2020.153