Typically a combination of techniques, the vampire facial focuses on jumpstarting and supercharging the body’s natural regenerative systems. At West Valley Med Spa, Dr. Bujak combines PRP therapy with microneedling as a way to stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin in your skin’s middle layers to refresh and revitalize your outer skin’s appearance.
Your blood has many components, one of which – platelets – is known for promoting blood clotting at the site of an injury. Platelets also deliver growth factor hormones, proteins that encourage the healing process. Enriching the platelet content of your blood is as simple as drawing a supply and then using a centrifuge to concentrate the solid platelets in the liquid plasma. The concentration of platelets can be as much as 10 times greater than untreated plasma.
PRP injections are used by elite-level athletes to promote faster and more complete healing at the site of performance injuries. Combining PRP with microneedling is a logical treatment to improve results over microneedling alone.
Also called collagen induction therapy, microneedling uses very fine needles that create tiny punctures into your skin to simulate an injury that’s sufficient to generate new skin tissue in response. When your skin is damaged, manufacture of new collagen is part of the healing process. In fact, scars from major wounds result from new collagen made in such quantities that it can’t create its typical matrix.
This is why scars are often raised and lighter than surrounding skin. The tiny pinpricks of microneedling encourage collagen recovery in the controlled and even way. Your previous weakened collagen layers are broken down and flushed from the body, as new production rebuilds in your dermis layer.
As well as collagen, elastin and other components are renewed as well, attracting and trapping moisture, an important part of youthful skin.
Injecting PRP generated from your blood into the tiny holes created during a microneedling session delivers the growth factors from your platelets to the site of new collagen production. The presence of these additional growth factors from PRP assists the regeneration process, providing more dramatic results than from microneedling alone.
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