Vampire Facial:What to Expect

Vampire Facial:What to Expect


Vampire facials are often seen as a natural alternative to fillers like Botox. And though some may see needles and high-tech medical equipment and balk at calling this treatment “natural”… Vampire facials use materials grown right inside your body, which is most certainly natural, provided you have not come here from a distant future where humans are part machine… Advocates say that vampire facials make you look more fresh-faced by reducing wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars as well as shrinking pores. Here’s what you can expect during a vampire facial: First, a doctor will [dracula voice] vant to draw your blood! [clears throat]. Sorry, sorry… that’s the only one I promise… Then, they’ll spin it fast in a centrifuge. This separates out the platelets: tiny cells that cause the body to build more blood vessels, collagen, and dermal tissue. Their growth-inducing capabilities have been used to treat athletes and burn victims for more than 20 years. This is also where the vampire facial gets its other name: the platelet-rich-plasma or P–R–P facial. The doctor fills a syringe with the platelet-rich solution and applies it in one of three ways: They inject the solution as they would during a Botox treatment; They use a microneedling device to create tiny pores in your skin where the plasma can be absorbed; or they combine both of these methods. If you’re nervous about the pain, you can ask for a topical numbing solution to be applied before the micro needling or injection. After the treatment you can expect some swelling and redness. But once inflammation fades, you can look forward to smoother skin and a better complexion. Results can last several months or, according to some doctors, up to two years.

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