Celebrities and beauty junkies are so used to using needles as part of their beauty routine. Now the world of facial treatment is taking it a step further with the Vampire Facial, or platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment.
The treatment is perhaps one of the most popular beauty procedures, which started back in 2013 when Kim Kardashian posted on her Instagram account a photo with blood on her face.
But what exactly is a Vampire Facial? Is the “blood facial” worth it?
Defining the Vampire Facial
The Vampire Facial is not an invasive treatment and does not involve surgery. It’s a type of facial that uses the body’s own natural healing and growth factors. The active ingredient is human blood – your own, hence, the name Vampire Facial.
You may start looking like a poster child for a gothic movie, but this treatment will leave you with smooth, youthful, and rejuvenated skin.
How the Vampire Facelift Works
The treatment isn’t as simple as drawing blood from your arm and shooting it into your face.
The process works by agitating the blood with sterile beads, and then using a centrifuge to separate the blood. We then extract the bits that are not red or white cells or clotting factors, called blood serum, then we filter and freeze it. Dr. Leslie Gerstman then mixes the blood with hyaluronic acid dermal filler, like Juvederm or Restylane.
Combined with the benefits of microneedling, she then administers the mixture into strategic areas of the face.
Growth Factors for Collagen Stimulation
The idea behind the Vampire Facial is that it infuses platelets into the skin. Platelets contain growth factors, which help heal wounds. The growth factors also stimulate new collagen production – a protein that keeps faces firm and taut.
Better Than Other Facial Treatments?
Unlike other facial treatments, the Vampire Facial does not paralyze facial muscles like Botox, as it uses hyaluronic acid fillers. It adds volume without inhibiting facial expression and movement.
The Vampire Facial is headline-making, what with its intriguing name and its celebrity following. You’ll find our Vampire Facials definitely worth the trip to NY.
Are you ready to reverse the signs of aging? Book an appointment with Dr. Leslie Gerstman today.