At Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg, our clinical staff and skilled aesthetic professionals design each patient’s cosmetic surgery and skincare treatment plan to be safe, comfortable, and effective. Our goal with every patient is to be as minimally invasive as possible while performing to the highest standards in plastic surgery and the cosmetic services industry. We’re pleased to offer a new type of facial skincare treatment called the Vampire Facial that combines the proven results of microneedling and the amazing healing power of your own blood.
A Vampire Facial can be used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions and deep signs of aging. If you’re spending a fortune on over-the-counter beauty creams and facials to “age gracefully,” please take a moment to learn how we’re using microneedling and platelet-rich plasma to help our patients promote healthy skin rejuvenation and look years younger.
If you have questions about the Vampire Facelift or if you would like to know more about how it can complement your facial rejuvenation plan, please contact our board-certified plastic surgeons and team of Vampire Facial specialists. You can send us a message through our website or contact us by calling (540) 371-7730.
What’s a Vampire Facial and How Does It Work?
A Vampire Facial is the trademarked named for a skincare treatment that combines microneedling and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Microneedling and PRP therapy both have a wide range of medical and cosmetic applications on their own, but when combined for a Vampire Facial, they are generally used to:
- Improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation
- Lessen the appearance of age spots
- Reduce the severity of crow’s feet
- Improve the effects of sun damaged skin
- Treat dark circles around and under the eyes
- Reduce acne scarring
- Smooth out and add volume to wrinkles
- Tighten and lift skin in targeted areas
- Smooth out skin texture
Microneedling, sometimes known as collagen induction therapy, is mostly performed as a cosmetic procedure but it’s sometimes part of a reconstructive plastic surgery treatment plan for issues such as scarring. Our staff at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg uses this same technology for a Vampire Facial. During the treatment, an aesthetician runs a handheld, wand-like device that looks kind of like a pen all around your face. On the end of this wand, there are tiny, superfine needles that puncture your skin to the perfect depth, just below the surface of the dermis (the second layer of skin), which helps stimulate healthy, localized structural protein production. Improved collagen and elastin production lifts and pulls your skin tight to help your face look more youthful, vibrant, and energized.
After microneedling has been applied to your face, PRP therapy is what supercharges its effects. At the beginning of your Vampire Facial, our staff will draw a small amount of your blood, isolate the platelets from it using a centrifuge, and then later apply it to the areas affected by microneedling, causing powerful blood derived growth factors to encourage the production of healthy, new tissue.
To put it in very simple terms, a Vampire Facial uses microneedling to affect the top layers of the skin and parts of your own blood to supercharge the healing effects and to add volume in areas where you’ve lost it.
Does a Vampire Facial Hurt?
Most patients only report mild discomfort during a Vampire Facial treatment. The blood draw is similar to any other blood test you might’ve had. A small amount, only about the size of two teaspoons, is extracted. A topical anesthesia may be used to maximize your comfort during the microneedling and PRP therapy portion of your treatment. If you’re concerned about your comfort and during any portion of the treatment, we can discuss additional options during your consultation.
What is the Recovery from a Vampire Facial Treatment Like?
One of the best parts about the Vampire Facial is that there is very little downtime after your appointment. You can generally go back to work or resume your normal day-to-day routine the day after your treatment. The most severe experience for most patients after a Vampire Facial is usually some bruising and inflammation, which should clear up within a week. Try not to stay in direct sunlight for too long while you heal up and avoid using any harsh skin treatments or cleaners. Also, try to limit excessive sweating, which might mean toning down your workouts or skipping your run for a few days.
If you follow our guidance and recovery plan, you should see results relatively quick as your skin heals and gets smoother and firmer. Different conditions and circumstances may require more frequent treatments to see better results. During your consultation, we’ll develop a treatment plan specific to you and your goals.
Want to Know More about the Vampire Facial? Ready to Schedule a Vampire Facial Consultation?
We encourage you to do your research before deciding if a Vampire Facial, microneedling, or PRP therapy are right for you. The Vampire Facial has been made somewhat famous by large media personalities recently, most notably Kim Kardashian and Bar Refaeli. There are a lot of personal experiences and great results people are sharing online. We encourage you to look around and contact us with your questions and concerns. Many of our own staff have experience with the skincare services we offer and can even share some of their own experiences.
When you’re ready, your unique plastic surgery and skincare treatment experience begins with a consultation. We want to make sure it’s safe for you to have a Vampire Facial and your needs are met to ensure a comfortable, rewarding experience with us. If you’d like to schedule a consultation to talk about a Vampire Facial with our team of experts, please contact Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg at (540) 371-7730 or send us a message online.