Who’s seen that picture of Kim Kardashian with blood all over her face? Since the image has gone viral, it’s been able to shine a light on one of the best cosmetic treatments out there: microneedling.
What is Microneedling?
Microneedling, in essence, is a controlled trauma. When your skin is injured, collagen production is kicked in as an autoimmune response, however when it’s a large injury in a concentrated area on your skin it can lead to a scar. Microneedling creates micro-wounds all over your face so this autoimmune response (the formation of collagen), can occur evenly without making a concentrated scar. The result is better skin elasticity, the appearance of smaller pores and fresher looking skin.
Why is it Called the Vampire Facial?
While you can get microneedling alone, where the Vampire Facial gets its name is from the platelet rich plasma (PRP) that can be added on to your treatment. PRP is obtained from a venipuncture (blood draw), then placed in a centrifuge where red blood cells and platelet rich plasma are separated. Your body uses platelets as a key role in its own healing process. So when it’s applied topically while your skin is receiving microneedling, your immune system is super encouraging your skin to create collagen. You can think of PRP as the best serum you can apply because it is fully customized down to the DNA. That said, there is a very low chance of allergic reaction or additional irritation outside of the microneedling itself as it’s made from your own blood.
After washing your face, a topical numbing cream will be applied to make the treatment more comfortable. While the numbing cream settles in and activates, your blood will be drawn and spun. After your PRP is obtained and your face is numb, the microneedling will begin. With the numbing cream, it feels similar to sandpaper being rubbed across your skin. Your PRP is applied to aid the microneedling pen glide across your skin as well.
When the procedure is complete, your skin will feel tight and look pink similar to a sunburn. Most patients only require one or two days of downtime and sunscreen is always required post treatment (and everyday after that).
Because microneedling punctures skin past the epidermis, deals with venipuncture and blood exposure, this treatment can only be administered by medical professionals. That’s why at Azala we use the only FDA-approved microneedling device on the market, the Skin Pen, and needles are only used once. Call us to schedule your free consultation or appointment for microneedling and PRP today!
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.