We all know the story of Count Dracula; the quintessential shape shifting vampire with a thirst for blood. In the 120 years since the novel was first written the vampire folklore has become common knowledge; however of all the vampire mythology that has been made famous by the fictional Transylvanian the most compelling and enduring is his immortality.
Retaining our youthful complexions and staying forever young has been a recurring theme in modern society and is responsible for driving the global aesthetic industry. So, it comes as little surprise that one of the most popular and natural anti-aging skin treatments today is called the ‘Vampire Face Lift’.
The technical term, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) refers to the process of withdrawing a small amount of blood from a patient, placing it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red and white blood cells, then applying or injecting it onto the face or treatment area.
PRP is effective because the plasma that is used contains water, salts, enzymes, antibodies and other proteins that are crucial in building and repairing tissue and skin.
PRP for skincare, or Vampire Facials as they are also referred to have become extremely popular recently thanks to an endless array of Hollywood celebrities undergoing the treatment. Blood infused skin care is very effective in targeting wrinkles and fine lines and can also improve circulation, collagen production and elastin quality.
Vampire facials use the plasma extracted from the centrifuge to enhance the brightness and texture of the skin. Taking it a step further, Vampire Facelifts combine the restorative power of PRP therapy with micro-needling to maximize effects and drive the enriched plasma deep into the skin.
Micro-needling or Collagen Induction Therapy is an age old facial refinement treatment that uses ultra fine needles to gently puncture the outermost layer of skin. The superficial wounds created by the needles trigger the body’s natural healing response, which increases collagen and elastin production, both imperative in the health and longevity of skin.
PRP Therapy for the face is one of the few all natural treatments that can greatly improve the appearance of the skin for both men and women, and is suitable for all ages and skin types.
Platelet Rich Plasma can also revitalize the scalp encouraging new and stronger hair growth. Unlike the topical treatment of a Vampire Facial, PRP for Hair Restoration injects the potent plasma directly into the scalp. This minimally invasive procedure rivals its surgical counterparts in effectiveness and long-term results. Infusing the scalp with oxygenated plasma also reverses the signs of hair loss, improves the health of the scalp and hair, and promotes thicker, fuller, shinier hair.
PRP hair restoration therapy can be used to correct a number of conditions and issues such as: Minor to severe hair loss, male pattern hair loss, female pattern hair loss, hypotrichosis and thinning hair in the eyebrows or beard.
Because PRP for Hair Restoration isn’t a surgical procedure there is no need for downtime making it the ideal, discreet hair restoration treatment.
Aside from revitalizing the face and scalp, PRP Therapy can also be used to reduce and manage pain. The protein packed plasma can heal and improve musculoskeletal and osteoarthritis conditions.
In fact, PRP for Pain Management is one of the few non-surgical, non-medicinal ways to treat a variety of pain inducing conditions, including:
Using the enhanced blood from the centrifuge the pain area is specifically targeted and injected with the plasma. From there the plasma which is packed with growth and healing factors begins to heal the damaged area in which the pain originates. Similar to the Vampire Facelift your body is also encouraged to use its own healing systems to regenerate the tissues leading to a faster, permanent recovery.
Because blood is an essential building component for life, the possibilities offered by PRP therapy are almost endless. Currently the Vampire Breast Lift is in trial stages with very favourable results being tracked.
In the future, we may draw a vial of our own blood and unleash the power of our own plasma to heal numerous health problems.