Facials have been popular for decades. Once seen as an indulgence rather than necessary self-care, they have drastically surged in popularity in recent years. But advances in medical science never stop. Today, facials are safer and more effective than ever. At ALC Med Spa in Gurnee, IL, we are proud to offer a PRP facial, an anti-aging treatment that offers many advantages over a traditional facial.
What Is a Facial?
It’s not uncommon for our clients to come in with skincare needs but not have the first clue about where to start. Before you can understand the unreal benefits of a PRP facial, you must first understand what exactly a facial is.
A facial is not one single skincare treatment. Rather, it is a family of skincare treatments for the face. Included in this family are facial masks, chemical peels, exfoliation and much more. The bottom line is that a facial improves the health, strength, quality, beauty and youth of your facial skin without the use of expensive invasive techniques.
What Is a PRP Facial?
A PRP facial, also known as a vampire facial, is an advanced skincare treatment method that harnesses your body’s own natural power to heal itself. It is often called a vampire facial because it involves drawing your blood. Your blood is made up of four primary components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma and platelets.
When the platelets in the plasma are concentrated, magic happens. To achieve concentrated levels of platelets in plasma, all four components of your blood are separated by density. Then, the platelets are injected into the plasma, excluding the red and white blood cells.
PRP therapy is used to describe any application of PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, to benefit the body. In the context of anti-aging, platelet-rich plasma is either injected into your skin at specific depths according to your aesthetic needs or the “blood” is spread on top of your face during treatment. Eventually, the PRP is absorbed by your skin. This cuts the recovery time from microneedling down to nothing while speeding along the collagen production process.
Benefits of a Vampire Facial
1. Increased Collagen Production
Around the age of 25, your body’s collagen production rate drops drastically. It continues to decline at a significant rate for the rest of your life unless you do something to stimulate its production rate. Moreover, the quality of the collagen produced drops. All of this results in visibly unhealthy skin.
Whether you’re dismayed by fine lines, moderate wrinkles or severe folds or you have other visible skin issues, there’s an excellent chance that a vampire facial will enhance the quality of your skin through increased collagen production. Collagen production is stimulated when skin cell trauma occurs. This occurs during a vampire facial when the minuscule needles penetrate the upper layers of your skin during the microneedling portion of your treatment.
As soon as your skin is penetrated, existing collagen starts to heal the skin. At the same time, your body starts to grow new, stronger, healthier collagen. This higher quality collagen takes a couple weeks to grow. However, you will notice immediate skin tightening. You’ll just notice that the results of your treatment continue to improve for several weeks after treatment.
2. Reduced Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Lines and wrinkles are among the most common reasons people seek a vampire facial. These common signs of aging are treated as cellular turnover is promoted. Old skin cells are recycled and new skin cells, collagen and elastin are formed. Fine lines and wrinkles are eliminated in part as your facial skin tightens naturally in response to the micro-injuries produced by treatment. The appearance of deeper folds is also diminished as hollow areas of your face are plumped up.
3. Tighter, Firmer Skin
As stated previously, collagen is also essential for tight, firm skin. As you age, your skin starts to sag, but wrinkles and lines don’t always form. Facial skin often thins with age, and certain parts of the face, like the lips and cheeks, are likely to become noticeably thin and gaunt. Collagen plumps up the skin. Some people may use a vampire facial to plump up their lips. Others use it to re-contour their cheeks without the need for an invasive medical procedure. Regardless of your skin insecurities, be sure to ask how a vampire facial can help you achieve your ideal aesthetic.
4. Improved Moisture Retention
The stronger and thicker your skin is, the better protected the deeper layers of your skin are from outside irritants. A strong skin barrier also helps to retain moisture. Moreover, it helps to unclog your pores, making your skin more receptive to prescription moisturizers. The effects of a vampire facial on pores are a little confusing because treatment can actually reduce the appearance of pores. However, you can actually benefit from the reduced appearance of pores and unclogged pores, making it easier to absorb prescription medications for the purpose of beauty enhancement.
5. Enhanced Skin Tone and Texture
If you have acne scars, surgical scars, scars from traumatic injury, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation and other forms of poor skin tone or texture, you can benefit from a facial enhanced with PRP. With old skin cells giving birth to new, healthy ones, you will be astounded by the mind-blowing improvement in the appearance of your skin just a few short days after one vampire facial.
6. It Doesn’t Hurt
Before your vampire facial begins, your facial skin is gently yet thoroughly cleansed. This ensures there is no dirt, dust, pollen, pollutant, makeup or any other imperfection on your skin that could cause a negative reaction to treatment. Once your personal skin care professional has sanitized your face, he will apply a local anesthetic to the treatment site. It’s true that the thin, delicate skin around your eyes, hairline and mouth is extremely sensitive. Yet while you may feel the treatment being applied, but you will not feel any pain or discomfort.
Even better, it is perfectly safe for you to take aspirin before or after treatment to mitigate the risk of any post-treatment pain. You can also ice the treatment sites to speed the cellular rejuvenation process.
7. Treatment Is Over Quickly
The PRP process may seem like it would take a while. First, your blood has to be drawn into syringes. Then, it has to be placed into a centrifuge and processed. This processing involves cleaning the blood so it is ready for transfer and injection and separating the components of your blood by mass. It doesn’t take long at all to draw your blood. Then, it only takes three to five minutes to run your blood through the centrifuge. Finally, the therapy itself only takes between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the size and number of the areas you are trying to treat.
8. Lasting Results
Some anti-aging treatments last only a week or two before you need to receive them again. Contrastingly, you only need to get a vampire facial every year or two to retain your youthful look. Even better, you need fewer treatments with a vampire facial than traditional microneedling to achieve your ideal aesthetic.
While you may need four 30-minute microneedling treatments, which each require an additional half hour of waiting for the anesthetic to start working, you will only need half the number of treatments to get the same results with a vampire facial.
Skin rejuvenation typically takes four treatments, and each of these treatment sessions needs to be spaced four to eight weeks apart. With microneedling enhanced by PRP, you only need five sessions to drastically enhance the appearance of keloid scars. Acne scars can be healed in two to four treatment sessions.
9. No Downtime Is Required
Just as we all want to look younger and want to avoid looking run-down, we don’t have time to look any less than our best at all times. With traditional microneedling, you can experience significant redness for five to seven days. With the addition of platelet-rich plasma to your treatment, you can eliminate this downtime. Thanks to PRP, the “micro-injuries” created by the microneedling are essentially healed as quickly as they are inflicted.
10. Not Much Preparation Is Required
Another phenomenal component of the vampire facial is that there is not a lot of work that goes into preparing for treatment. During your initial consultation, we will provide you with a list of instructions. In general, there are only three small steps you need to be ready.
First, wear sunscreen whenever you go out for seven days before your treatment. Second, drink at least 64 ounces of water a day for the three days prior to your treatment. Finally, come to your appointment with a bare face. Do not wear makeup, moisturizer or any other skincare product. Remember, your face will be cleaned before treatment.
Am I a Good Candidate for a Vampire Facial?
One of the most underrated benefits of a vampire facial is that it is right for nearly everyone. Prescription anti-aging ointments, creams and lotions can cause nasty side effects depending on your skin type, allergies and other factors. A vampire facial, on the other hand, uses blood from your own body. There’s no chance of an allergic reaction. There’s no chance that your body will reject it as a foreign substance because it’s a native substance.
You may be a good candidate for a vampire facial if you:
- Suffer from acne scars
- Are afflicted by hyperpigmentation
- Want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Want tighter, firmer skin
- Have uneven skin tone
- Are not ready for a facelift
- Have dry skin
- Feel your skin looks older than it should
Keep in mind, however, that people with certain clotting conditions requiring the regular use of blood thinners or other blood-related disorders are not the ideal candidate for a vampire facial. Moreover, you may not be the best candidate if you expect the exact same results as a facelift. Extreme measures must be taken to reverse the effects of extreme sun damage.
Discover the Unreal Advantage of a PRP Facial for Yourself
Facials are excellent for your skin. They can leave you looking and feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, happy and healthy. A vampire facial compounds all the benefits of a traditional facial while also adding a few of its own. To learn more about the incredible benefits of a PRP facial, contact the professional beauty experts at ALC Med Spa in Gurnee, IL today to schedule your initial consultation. We will review the current health of your skin and aesthetic goals to create a tailored treatment plan to help you look and feel your best.