An in-depth look into this procedure AKA "vampire facial."

Aging of the skin is inevitable. But you don’t need to live with fine lines, wrinkles, and other skin problems anymore. There are effective treatments now available to help anyone desiring smooth, beautiful, and radiant skin at any age. One such revolutionary treatment is microneedling with PRP.

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What is microneedling with PRP?
Microneedling is a skincare treatment that involves the use of a device with tiny needles. The needles prick the skin to produce micro-injuries. When the body’s natural healing mechanism kicks in to heal these injuries, it leads to renewed collagen production in the skin. The entire process causes the skin to become tighter and more youthful.

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Collagen is a protein that holds the skin together. With age, collagen reserves in the skin begin to dwindle; causing wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of firmness. Microneedling helps to restore collagen production in the skin. For this reason, microneedling is also often referred to as collagen induction therapy. You can further enhance the effects of microneedling by infusing the skin with PRP or platelet-rich plasma during the treatment. The process involves the use of PRP derived from a person’s own blood and injecting it into the skin.

Microneedling with PRP – how it works?
PRP is collected by drawing a tiny amount of blood from the arm of the person seeking the treatment. The collected blood is then purified using a device called the centrifuge.The purification process helps plasma to separate from the blood along with other growth factors. When this concentrated form of plasma is injected into the skin, it permeates the tissues with beneficial properties and encourages the skin’s healing process.

You can use microneedling with PRP on the face, the neck, the décolleté, back, abdomen, legs, arms, and hands. Due to the use of blood in the treatment, microneedling with PRP is also referred to as a 'vampire facial'.

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You can use microneedling with PRP to fade away acne scars. The treatment is also beneficial for reducing the appearance of spider veins and broken capillaries that give the skin an unhealthy texture.

Microneedling with PRP is extremely effective for improving the skin’s texture. It can help you to minimize large pores, reduce stretch marks, and improve your skin’s tone. It is a very beneficial treatment to impart your skin with a natural glow.

What can you expect during and after a typical treatment session?
The treatment begins with the cleaning of the skin and then applying a numbing cream on it. The depth of microneedling and the amount of PRP for the treatment will depend on the condition and the areas to be treated.

The treatment will begin at least 30 minutes post the application of the numbing agent. During this time, the blood will be drawn from your arm and PRP extracted from it. The PRP is massaged into the skin after using the microneedling device for at least 30 minutes on its surface. It can be infused during microneedling as well.

The results are noticeable immediately after the treatment. You will be able to see improvements on your skin over the next few days as the collagen reserves continue to build.

Are there any risks associated with the treatment?
Microneedling with PRP is a safe treatment when performed by experienced doctors. It is natural to feel apprehensive about the treatment due to the use of blood. Also, the moniker vampire facial can be a bit misleading and cause a fear of the treatment. But PRP therapies are used for healing tissues in various medical fields. Even athletes use it for a speedy recovery after intensive training sessions or after sustaining serious injuries.

The process of extracting PRP is safe and you are most likely to only experience the needle’s prick or nothing at all. Microneedling with PRP is also safe for people of all skin types. The use of the microneedling tool on the skin can feel like sandpaper rubbing against it and nothing more. The fact that your own blood is used for the treatment means that there are no allergy risks associated with the treatment. There is no extensive recovery time associated with the treatment. You can continue with your normal routine immediately after your session is over.