A Vampire Facial® combines microneedling with your own blood platelet proteins to rejuvenate the skin. This procedure gained some notoriety when Kim Kardashian posted to her 256 million followers, that she’d had it. As a self-proclaimed lover of treatments that make her skin look smooth, she acknowledged the benefits of blood platelet facials. The Vampire Facial Scottsdale has grown in popularity over the years for its unique and successful approach to younger, smoother skin.
NOTE: this facial is only available from licensed practitioners of the Vampire Procedures (Facelift® & Facial®).
What is Microneedling?
Micro-needling is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). Controlled triggers in your skin’s self-repair mechanisms create micro “injuries” stimulating new collagen synthesis underneath the skin’s surface. These tiny injuries induce the body to respond with the formation of new tissue.
In addition to inducing collagen, the channels created from the microneedles allow blood factors extracted from plasma, hydration, and medical-grade products to be absorbed more effectively into the top layers of skin.
Microneedling is an established and effective treatment that causes your skin to plump, smooth out, and tighten. It also can assist in the treatment of blemishes, sun spots, and acne scars. This results in a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and other skin texture concerns.
4 Steps of the Vampire Facial® Procedure
- Blood draw. A small amount of blood is drawn from your arm.
- Separate the blood platelets. A centrifuge machine is used to separate growth factors in your blood.
- Microneedling. At Esthetic Solutions, your provider uses The SkinStylus®, which is a medical-grade, FDA-approved microneedle device for use even with substantial scaring. It is the only FDA-approved microneedling device approved for a depth of 2.5mm, making it effective for more complete skin rejuvenation. The SkinStylus has the added benefit of finer needles. That produces a more refined result and greater comfort during the procedure. It works by creating multiple micro-punctures in the skin, allowing the isolated growth factors to penetrate the skin and create a stimulus for tightening and regenerating the collagen on the face.
- Apply the Plasma Rich Protein. More concentrated than whole blood, the growth factors from the plasma-rich protein are then “painted” into the micro-punctures and soak into the tissue for further tightening and skin regeneration. The skin tightens, the complexion starts to shine, fine lines soften and scaring flattens, resulting in a glowing, gorgeous, youthful, and highly natural outcome.
Platelets – Isolating the Magic from Your Blood
Blood is drawn from your arm just like getting a blood test done. Next, the platelets and fibrin are separated from the blood using a centrifuge machine. A rich concentrate forms from the platelets and fibrin and is used for skin restructuring. While the plasma is being separated, a topical numbing cream is applied.
Coating and Soaking Your Face with Growth Factors
The growth factors from your blood activate multipotent stem cells already present in the skin, fooling them into “believing” there has been an injury and that newer tissue should be produced.
The Vampire Facial works synergistically with the SkinStylist to increase the benefits of the previous stages and assist with blood flow and the promotion of new growth of healthy pluripotent stem cells.
The multipotent stem cells then differentiate into new collagen to heal into new skin! As a result, your skin looks and feels younger because it is!
The effects will visibly increase for 2 to 3 months after the initial skin damage is addressed.
How Many Microneedling Sessions Do You Need?
Each person’s skincare needs and goals are unique. We start with a consultation to determine your plan, but here are some general guidelines:
- For facial collagen stimulation and rejuvenation, 3-5 sessions, 6 weeks apart
- For wrinkles around the mouth (Perioral), 4-5 sessions, 4 weeks apart
- For acne scars, 3-6 sessions, 3-6 weeks apart
Safety and Recovery
A vampire facelift is a relatively non-invasive treatment that requires a topical anesthetic. There is typically little downtime, although side effects such as a burning sensation, stinging, or swelling are possible for a short while.
Your procedure is always carried out by a skilled practitioner using sterile needles.
Do I Need Pain Medication During or After?
Before your treatment, numbing cream is applied prior to the microneedling treatment to minimize any discomfort that is felt during the procedure. Patients typically find it to be quite tolerable.
Pain medication is not necessary before or after the Vampire Facial. In fact, we recommend you not take over-the-counter pain medications as they have a blood-thinning effect. Microneedling creates a very small amount of blood at the treated surface but as the discomfort is minor, there is no need to take medications.
How Long Does a Vampire Facial Take to Heal?
According to Emily Tryon, RN, the length of the needle and the amount of pressure used determines how long a Vampire Facial takes to recover. The recovery time for our in-depth treatments takes five to seven days and two to three days for a mild refresher.
You can feel at ease with the more aggressive therapy in the hands of our experienced practitioner, and you can anticipate seeing significant skin improvements quickly.
Are There Aftercare Instructions?
You will be sent home with aftercare instructions once you review them with your provider. There will be time for questions and to ensure you understand how to care for your skin at home.
Paired products appropriate for home care will be recommended during your visit to further enhance the results of your procedure.
How Long Do The Results From Vampire Facial Last?
After your skin recovers, you may anticipate a beautiful, dewy shine for a few weeks, and your results will improve with time. A Vampire Facial Scottsdale is an investment in your skin’s future. It is not a quick fix but it has a regenerative, anti-aging effect. “Collagen stimulation,” Emily says, “is the tightening and rebuilding of your collagen that occurs six months to a year following a treatment like this.” You’re fooling your body into speeding up its normal regeneration process, which will take some time.
The Vampire Facial is an amazing treatment that produces visible results. The longevity and final results depend on completing the recommended number of treatments that are based on your skin issues, age, and skin type. Your skin correction specialist will suggest just the right number of treatments to achieve your goals.
Not Everyone is a Candidate for The Vampire Facial Scottsdale Treatment!
There are few contraindications for this treatment. Unlike some others, microneedling can be used for all skin types and colors.
Microneedling should not be done if you are pregnant or nursing. Once you are finished nursing, you are good to go! However, this treatment is not advised if you have an active inflammatory skin condition like acne, a bacterial infection, or rosacea. If you have certain scars, like keloids or a history of herpes, other treatments are more appropriate and safer.
Some people would benefit more from a laser treatment, Botox®, or just blood platelets or a HA filler alone, even surgery. This is why you should deal with a qualified MedSpa that can assess if you are an excellent candidate for the Vampire Facial.
What is My Next Step?
Contact Esthetic Solutions and schedule your consultation now. Your new, younger skin is just a day away! Call our office to schedule your consultation or click on the button below and we will call you! 480-280-6062