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Have you heard about the vampire facial trend made popular by reality TV stars? While its name may sound intimidating, its reality is much less frightening and is open to more than just celebrities. Microneedling with PRP or vampire facial is a cosmetic procedure which involves drawing blood from your arm, separating platelets out, and applying them back onto your face as part of microneedling procedure – proven to give younger looking skin. As its popularity increases so too does its usage.

What Is A Vampire Facial?

A vampire facial combines microneedling and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). Microneedling involves puncturing your skin with tiny needles. These needles range in diameter from.5 millimeters up to 2.5 millimeters. The needless feel like tiny pinpricks only going skin deep – in order to “injure” it and provoke natural healing. This will produce more elastin and collagen as well as allow deeper penetration for PRP treatment.

What Is the Process?

Microneedling with PRP treatments are performed in an office environment. After an initial blood draw that should not cause too much discomfort, your blood is placed into a centrifuge to separate its plasma and platelets from red blood cells. Before beginning microneedling treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied to your face in order to alleviate any potential discomfort from needle insertion.Once the numbing cream has taken effect and microneedling has been completed, PRP should be applied directly to the skin for maximum effect. Patients will experience dry, red, sensitive skin similar to that experienced following sunburn, in the immediate days following treatment.

What Are the Advantages?

A vampire facial offers many advantages for skin health and appearance. Benefits may include increasing cell turnover rate, improving skin tone and texture and decreasing signs of aging through microneedling with PRP injections. Furthermore, this treatment may prove especially helpful for individuals suffering from acne scarring or having prolonged sun exposure damage on their complexion.

Are You Eligible for Microneedling With PRP?

Most everyone can benefit from microneedling with PRP; the procedure can restore youthful appearance to those suffering from wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage or uneven skin tones. You may not qualify if you have had blood disease including clotting disorders or bleeding disorders in the past.If this treatment interests you, make an appointment to speak to Dr. Asha James at Columbia Skin Clinic and schedule a consultation session.Bottom Line A vampire facial is an effective non-invasive solution to achieve younger and brighter looking skin. At Columbia Skin Clinic, our board certified staff provides high-quality treatment and care for both cosmetic dermatology patients and clinical dermatology patients alike.

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