The “Vampire Facial” is a procedure that involves withdrawing a patient’s blood, processing it to isolate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP), then re-injecting it to erase wrinkles and create a more youthful look.
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma, is nothing but autologous blood with concentrations of platelets above baseline levels, that contain at least seven growth factors.
Although blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets). The platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the healing of injuries.
PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual.
Normal blood contains only 6% platelets however, in PRP, there is a concentration of 94% platelets, which translates to a powerful growth factor “cocktail” with a variety of growth factors and cytokines. This stimulates cellular tissue regeneration to dramatically accelerate healing.
Platelet Rich Plasma is a very natural way to treat lines and wrinkles, increase volume to the face and rejuvenate the skin by purely using the body’s own serum.
The PRP is harvested from your own blood and is collected in exactly the same way that blood is taken for a standard blood test.
The blood is spun in a centrifuge, which separates out the cells, serum and platelets. The separated platelets (which hold all of the natural growth factors that stimulate inactive cells to promote collagen and tissue growth) are then injected into the face or area of the body that requires stimulation and rejuvenation.
Many patients ask us how they can get rid of dark circles under the eye area and PRP is one of only a few aesthetic treatments that can be used to treat this delicate area.
Dark circles are the result of light reflecting off the blood vessels that sit just below the surface of the skin. As we age, the skin becomes thinner and the dark circles become more prominent.
Just as exciting is the fact that Platelet Rich Plasma can also be used tostimulate dormant hair follicles by encouraging them to start growing again.