What is a Vampire Facial?

Halloween may be over, but it’s now that time of the year when cooler, drier weather sets in and the days become darker. Currently, the natural look is in and more women are opting to ditch heavy makeup in favor of showing off their actual skin. If your own skin is looking a little dull and lackluster, microneedling combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP)—sometimes referred to by patients as a “vampire facial”—may be just the thing to revitalize your complexion.

Microneedling with PRP is one of the many services offered in Summerville and Mt. Pleasant at Germain Dermatology. The treatment is effective when used on its own, but patients can enjoy even more benefits when it is combined with PRP or hyaluronic acid treatments. Patients with enlarged pores, fine lines, wrinkles, scars, uneven texture, and lax skin may see improvements after a single session.

The microneedling device, which is rolled across the skin, consists of needles that are just right for puncturing it at the perfect depth.

There are two primary benefits associated with microneedling. Since fine lines and scars can be more noticeable in dehydrated skin during the colder months, microneedling facials give your skin a much-needed pick-me-up by taking advantage of the body’s natural healing process to promote collagen production. The tiny injuries encourage generation of collagen and can be useful for the thinner, more delicate areas of skin, such as around the eyes, which some other cosmetic treatments aren’t designed for.

Additionally, the hundreds of micro-channels this facial creates in the epidermis help to better prepare it for topical products that may be applied afterward—like PRP. By some counts, up to 70 percent of the ingredients in a topically applied product can penetrate and be absorbed by the skin.

In a “vampire facial,” a small amount of the patient’s own blood, containing a high concentration of platelets, is reintroduced to the facial skin. This can result in a more youthful-looking, glowing complexion, as well as boost and enhance the outcome from a microneedling session.

Ready to kickstart your pre-winter beauty routine with microneedling with PRP, or other cosmetic treatments available from Germain Dermatology? Don’t hesitate to give the practice serving Mt. Pleasant and Summerville a call at 843-881-4440 for more details or schedule a consultation.