We’ve all heard of the “vampire facial” thanks to Kim Kardashian’s bloody selfie, which created a lot of buzz and curiosity.👀 The treatment is actually microneedling with PRP (platelet rich plasma). It’s a “collagen induction therapy” treatment that boosts collagen to make your skin look younger, even out skin texture, and make you look more radiant.😍 This was my first time doing anything to my face ever! I’ve never even gotten a proper facial. 🙈 I would highly suggest doing your research on where and who is going to do this procedure before you make an appointment. Last Wednesday, I went to see Ana Cristina and her lovely team at Pierini Esthetic Surgery in Doral to try out micro needling initially. After her assessment of my skin, she suggested adding PRP to help with my hyper pigmentation and acne/acne scars. I felt comfortable knowing I was in professional, experienced hands.
Benefits of Microneedling Combined With PRP
It works like this: small amounts of concentrated plasma from your blood are inserted into your skin via several small injections around your face, which then stimulates rapid skin repair and induces further collagen replacement.
PRP therapy, or Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is essentially products of your own blood that has all the growth factors in it. The effect of PRP is even more powerful when it is combined with the process of microneedling because those tiny pinholes allow the plasma to sink even deeper into your skin. So your body needs to then heal from the damage by building in the collagen but you want to see a professional because of that damage. You don’t want to damage your own skin with what they have on the market; it doesn’t actually get you to the depth that a professional can get with a micro needling pen. Plus, you would want to add the platelet gel because of all the growth factors that it has, like vascular endothelial growth factor, epidermal growth factor, transforming growth factor. Another plus is microneedling doesn’t actually create thermal damage the way a lot of lasers do.
People use it for different things, such as pores, fine lines or for people who have acne that need to be a little bit controlled, like me! It also helps with:
- acne scars ✅
- stretch marks
So whether you have fair skin, darker skin, previously treated by different procedures type of skin, you can always use PRP.
Is this going to hurt? 😨
It’s actually painless because they numb you for a good 45 minutes (the cream smelled so good might I add). While I was numbing, I had my blood drawn. 💉 The blood draw is just 2 small tubes of blood, which gets processed in a centrifuge. It spins out the impurities, which are actually the red and white blood cells. It’s actually kind of cool because you can actually see it in three layers; you’ll see the red on the bottom, the white in the middle, and on top is the platelet gel and that’s the liquid gold.✨ The plasma is transferred into syringes in order to put on it on your face, drop by drop, while doing the microneedling procedure. Once they wiped off the numbing cream, it was go time!
So I really didn’t feel anything once Ana started, and she told me to let her know if I thought I could tolerate a higher intensity. I told her to increase it and the only time I felt kind of sensitive was on my temples, which makes sense because there’s barely any padding there. She went over my face with the micro needling pen to create the micro wounds and would then rub the plasma into my skin. The sensation was weird and tickled in some places. She spent a little extra time on my cheeks, which is my main problem area for acne and acne scars. Once we were done she rubbed the rest of the plasma onto my skin. As it dried my skin felt really tight and stung a little like as if I had windburn or sunburn, but nothing unbearable.
Your face may look a bit red and feel warm and tighter than usual, but you can drive home afterward and return to work immediately. My face was definitely red for the whole day, partly due to the dried blood from the micro wounds. I would say my face gets flush pretty easily, like when I work out, so I wasn’t surprised. I finally washed my face before going to bed and put on a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid. She suggested no direct sunlight, makeup and exercise for a few days to let my skin heal without any further irritation. I currently have a little bit of peeling– it’s not full-on peeling the way certain lasers or peels cause, but a little bit of flaky, dryness, like if you use retinol.
I’ll be sure to update you guys on my progress after a week on Instagram stories, and add a part 2 here on the blog after a month, so stay tuned!📲 I can’t wait to see the final results!
Let me know if you have ever tried the “Vampire Facial” and what your favorite skin treatments are!
-Priscilla B xo