What is a vampire facelift?
A vampire facelift is a nonsurgical procedure pioneered by Dr. Charles Runels. He found a way to combine the benefits of microneedling and platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP). Now physicians all over the world use this advanced technique to help your face look firmer and younger, without the need for an invasive surgical procedure.
At New Medical Spa, Dr. Camden uses the FDA-cleared SkinPen® by Bellus Medical. This safely combines microneedling with the benefits of platelet-rich plasma from your own blood for a natural, younger-looking, appearance.
What can I expect with microneedling and PRP?
Microneedling is a technique in which a special handheld device – the SkinPen, containing tiny needles – creates punctures in your facial skin. Your body views these punctures as microscopic wounds and attempts to heal them by producing new collagen and elastin. By taking advantage of the body’s own natural healing process, a vampire facelift makes use of the proteins and growth factors in your own blood to stimulate new tissue growth.
During the procedure, Dr. Camden will use the SkinPen to create micro-injuries that trigger growth factors beneath the surface of your skin so they produce new collagen and elastin. This microneedling “wound repair” process takes place in three stages:
1. Inflammation: piercing your skin to trigger your immune system, increase blood flow, and create new tissue.
2. Proliferation: rebuilding the wounds with new cells and a new network of blood vessels.
3. Remodeling: replacing old cells with stronger collagen and elastin tissue to create a tighter “shrink wrap” effect on your skin.
Dr. Camden will apply the platelet-rich plasma from your own blood directly to your skin immediately following the microneedling treatment. This enhances the process of cellular skin rejuvenation. The PRP promotes additional collagen and elastin growth in the tiny wounds on your skin. This ensures that you get even more noticeable, long-lasting, results than with just microneedling alone.
Over the next few weeks after your vampire facelift appointment, you’ll notice fewer visible wrinkles and a more even skin tone and texture.
What does a vampire facelift feel like?
Dr. Camden ensures your comfort during a SkinPen microneedling treatment and may apply a topical numbing agent to your face before she begins the procedure. Most people report that they feel a slight vibration from the SkinPen, but it isn’t painful. The procedure takes approximately 30-60 minutes and your skin appears slightly pink immediately afterward, much like a mild sunburn.
To ease any feelings of tightness or tenderness, Dr. Camden provides Skinfuse® LIFT – a specially formulated soothing gel to prevent your skin from becoming overly dry after the vampire facelift treatment. There’s no downtime, as any mild redness or tightness typically resolves itself within a few days.
If you’d like to rejuvenate your skin, minimize wrinkles, and have more supple skin, a vampire facelift – microneedling with PRP – may be an ideal solution. Book online or call us today to schedule a consultation.
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