What are the potential benefits of a vampire facial?
Keen? Treatment has been noted as ideal for the following trouble areas:
- Sun damaged skin
- Pigmentation problems (hyperpigmentation / darker spots)
- Scarring (such as acne scarring or those acquired following a bout of Chickenpox)
- Healed burn wounds that have left scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles (around the eyes, mouth and forehead)
Skin that is a little dehydrated can also benefit from a vampire facial which also helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes. Enlarged pores and skin elasticity can also be improved, as can the overall skin tone and texture.
PRP may also be a good treatment option for repairing muscle, as well as accelerating healing in injured joints. Those who have had an invasive cosmetic procedure can thus also consider this therapy method as a way to help promote healing and therefore reduce recovery down-time. If this is an option, an attending physician or surgeon will discuss this with a patient in more detail.
Popular treatment areas for a vampire facial are the:
The hands, back and chest are other areas of the body which can be considered for treatment, with satisfying results.
Blood benefits aside, let’s get down the beauty side of things…
The facial stimulates the process of healing and rejuvenation, which continues to progressively improve in the days and weeks following treatment. The stimulated skin continues to improve a person’s overall complexion and can last for several months at a time.
A practitioner will assess the areas a patient wishes to target and design a treatment plan accordingly. Each session is typically tailored for the specific individual so as to ensure that outcomes can best meet expectations.
The facial can also be further enhanced by incorporating other treatment approaches. A fractional laser (a skin resurfacing technique) done along with PRP has been able to achieve some impressive results, and is called a Total Plasma Lift. This is particularly good for the treatment of scars (even those following a surgical procedure), particularly on the face, neck and chest areas, and those resulting from burn wounds. A total of 6 to 8 sessions may be required.
If stretch marks are your worry spot, this treatment may also do the trick to improve the appearance and texture of the skin in the affected areas. The laser and PRP combination have been able to achieve marked improvements for red (new) stretch marks too.
The primary plus points of a vampire facial is that improvements can be achieved by stimulating the body’s own natural regeneration process without impacting the normal expression of the face (as a dermal filler or Botox injection might). Fillers are aimed exactly as their name implies… to fill, for instance a wrinkle. Vampire facials can achieve similar effects by means of stimulating local rejuvenation (not filling) in a subtler and more ‘natural’ way.
It’s understandable that the use of blood may make someone feel a little apprehensive. So, is it safe to have a vampire facial?
For everyone involved, the application process is straightforward, relatively easy, and regarded as a safe procedure. Adverse immune or foreign body responses, hypersensitivity or allergic reactions are not expected with these treatments as a patient’s own blood is used. No other synthetic or enhanced substances from another source are applied, keeping the risk factors for a vampire facial very low.
A side note: Some practitioners may also suggest this treatment technique for those with thinning hair. For hair restoration purposes, PRP may be beneficial and can help to administer nutrients to the scalp, stimulating healthier hair strands and growth (through the stimulation of hair follicles).
It is worth noting that no extensive studies have yet been done in this regard, so the promise of thicker, fuller hair cannot necessarily be made based on the little preliminary evidence that exists. Nor have any benefits proven to be long lasting so the procedure cannot be used as a ‘cure for hair loss’. It has, however, shown to help with thinning hair in some cases, but further large-scale research is still needed to determine the extent of the true results. Interesting developments could still arise, so watch this space.