What is a Vampire Facial®?
A Vampire Facial® is a non-surgical procedure that uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) derived from your own blood which is introduced into your skin with micro-needling. With a Vampire Facial® at the Urban Aesthetix Clinic, scarring will soften and your skin will tighten and glow healthily with colour.
Blood platelets contain growth factors that stimulate collagen synthesis, skin renewal, cell growth, and tissue regeneration. Plasma contains fibrinogen, a protein that catches platelets at a wound site to form a clot. Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) Therapy is therefore a completely natural way for your skin to rejuvenate and repair since it uses your own blood and your body’s own healing powers in inducing tissue growth.
The Vampire Facial® technique was created by Dr Charles Runels, who successfully used PRP Therapy in the Vampire FaceLift®.
An amount of blood is drawn, just like in a blood test, and spun in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets and plasma from the other components of blood. The PRP is usually then activated with calcium (chloride or gluconate) to trick the platelets into thinking that they are in the body and the body has been injured.
PRP is introduced into the skin with the Dermapen™. This uses multiple needles to vertically pierce the skin to create thousands of tiny holes: the equivalent of mini-wounds. The PRP soaks into the skin stimulating skin rejuvenation. As a result, new tissue that includes new collagen is grown, new fatty tissue is produced for skin smoothness and new blood vessels (neovascularisation) are formed to increase blood flow for a healthier glow and better quality skin.