The skin rejuvenation treatment Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is often called a “Vampire Facial,” due to the use of your own blood being the medicine to give your face a younger healthier look. Platelets found in plasma are removed from a sample of the patient’s blood, then injected into areas of the face to induce healing of old or weak tissue.
Platelets are cells found in the bloodstream that induce blood clotting. When a clot is formed, platelets emit enzymes and growth factors that instigate a healing response and aid in tissue regeneration by mobilizing stem cells to the area to help repair damage tissues.
A Vampire Facial is done by Dr. Eldredge or a clinician first drawing a sample of your blood. The blood is then separated in a centrifuge to harvest healthy Platelet-Rich Plasma. This Platelet-Rich Plasma is then used on key areas of the patient’s face using micro-needling technology and may be injected into age-lines in the face like a natural filler.
These injections use growth factors and enzymatic activity to induce the production of collagen regrowth and the development of new skin cells, which allow skin to heal and renew itself, creating younger, firmer, and more supple skin. These platelet growth factors are key to the proliferative repair processes of damaged tissues. Platelet growth factors stimulate cellular growth, differentiation, proliferation and thus healing
The Vampire Facial gives your face a younger healthier look by “natural” regenerative medicine without the use of Botox, fillers or other “unnatural” products.
How Does the Vampire Facial Work?
By using a microneedling device techniques, Dr. Eldredge uses regenerative medicine to strength skin without any invasive techniques or “unnatural” products. The technique generates microchannels into key areas of the face, into which the clinician injects the platelet-rich plasma.
Treatment will involve these steps:
Preparation: The treatment area of your face is carefully cleaned with a numbing substance to allow for deeper microneedling to enhance results.
Drawing Blood: Dr. Nathan Eldredge or a clinician draws a small amount of blood from a vein in your arm.
Separating Plasma from Blood: The blood is set in a centrifuge for about 10 minutes, which rotates the blood at a high speed. This causes the platelet-rich plasma, which is lighter than the rest of the blood, to rise to the top, allowing it to be easily removed.
Anesthetic: If needed or requested, Dr. Eldredge may apply additional topical anesthetic to your treatment area to allow for greater comfort during the procedure
Treatment: Dr. Nathan Eldredge will perform a microneedling treatment, then apply the platelet-rich plasma to the treatment area. This generates micro-channels that produce direct passages to the deepest skin layers to spur healing. If the patient desires they may also receive mesotherapy injections to add additional PRP to age-line in the forehead, around the eyes, mouth or other problem areas.
Best Results: Most patients will see the best results after 3 treatments, 2-4 weeks apart, although one treatment can be adequate for some patients.
Patience Is Required: Platelet-rich plasma contains growth factors that prompt the skin to release stem cells. These cells heal the area as they would a wound, by creating new cells, including new collagen and blood vessels. It takes 30 days for the new collagen to regenerate itself. You must remember that we are initiating natural regeneration of tissue through a natural process and this is not done overnight.
How Long Does the Vampire Facial Take?
PRP facial treatment at Alta Mountain Chiropractic in Sandy Utah, usually takes about an hour, though this can vary according to how many treatment areas you need addressed. PRP treatments are not something that we want to rush, we want to make sure that you are comfortable and preformed correctly.
Who Should Get a Vampire Facial?
Because PRP facial therapy uses cells from your own body, most people are excellent candidates for the procedure to treat:
- Dark under-eye circles
- Crow’s feet
- Fine lines around the mouth
- Loose thin skin in neck, chest, and eye areas
- Coarse skin texture
- Dull or gray skin tone
- Sun damage
- Acne scars
- Large pores
Who Should Not Get a Vampire Facial?
Absolute Contraindications to PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma):
- Platelet dysfunction syndrome / Critical thrombocytopenia
- Hypofibrinogenemia / Hemodynamic instability
- Septicemia / Sensitivity to bovine thrombin (if using bovine thrombin w/CaCl: make platelet gel)
- Local infection at the site of the injection / Active cancer
- A patient unwilling to accept the risks.
How Long Will Recovery after PRP Therapy Take?
One of the advantages of the Vampire Facial is the relatively quick recovery time. Some redness and soreness, similar to a sunburn, may occur immediately following the treatment. Some patients may also experience bruising. The redness most often disappears on the day after treatment, but some patients will experience slight swelling and rough texture of the skin. By day 3, the swelling usually passes, but the rough texture may remain for up to a week.
The downtime required after this treatment is minimal, if any.
What Results of PRP Facial Therapy Could Be Expected?
You should start to see results within a week. After 1 or 2 months, you should see rejuvenated skin that appears younger and feels softer and more supple. Results may remain from 1 to 2 years following your treatment depending on age, lifestyle and skin type.
How Should I Care for My Skin After PRP Therapy?
Following your Vampire Facial, it is imperative to hydrate your skin and protect it from sun damage. Follow a daily skin care regimen that incorporates both a quality moisturizer and several applications of sunblock of 30 SPF or above over the course of the day.
What Is the Difference Between PRP Facial Therapy and Dermal Fillers?
While dermal fillers contain chemical elements that mimic your skin’s natural chemicals, PRP therapy is made from your actual cells and is all natural. Dermal fillers are a gel-like substance that fills in fine lines, while PRP therapy prompts your body to make new collagen and skin cells, which generates younger-looking volume and develops a softer texture and brighter tone in your skin; rather than targeting specific lines and wrinkles, PRP therapy improves the look and feel of the whole treatment area. Which gives a more natural younger and unaltered looked. While dermal fillers are absorbed by the body within 6 months to a year, requiring another treatment, PRP therapy lasts for 1 to 2 years for most individuals. In addition, PRP therapy can be performed on areas where dermal fillers are unsafe. Dermal Fillers are not performed at Alta Mountain Chiropractic.
PRP Advantages as Compared to Botox?
- Natural and non-toxic.
- No allergic reactions
- Botox has a limited lifespan and do not technically restructure the underlying skin matrix
- Short recovery time
- Convenience – prepared from patient’s own blood and product does not need to be ordered.
- Face has a “natural unaltered” look without a loss of expression
- ROI is very good
- A few studies have started to show that long-term use of Botox may not be good for your health
Botox is not performed at Alta Mountain Chiropractic.
If you are interested in scheduling your Platelet Rich Plasma Facial (PRP) with Dr. Nathan Eldredge at Alta Mountain Chiropractic, please call us at (801) 523-2582.