Although a “vampire facial” sounds like something out of a horror movie, this age-defying treatment is based in scientific research and the latest technology in nonsurgical face-lifts. Taking advantage of the human body’s natural ability to heal itself, Elias Paikal, MD, and the team at Westwood Laser in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles offer vampire facials that use a solution extracted from your own blood to combat visible signs of aging like wrinkles, dullness, and environmental damage. Call the office or book a consultation online today to get started.
A vampire facial, also known as a platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) facial, takes advantage of the regenerative powers of your blood to treat a number of skin conditions. The platelets found in your blood are rich in growth factors and proteins, and they play an important role in healing your body’s injuries.
This facial uses those same properties to stimulate collagen and mimic the results of a face-lift — without major surgery and recovery time.
A vampire facial is a relatively simple process and can be completed in an hour. First, blood is drawn from your arm and run through a machine, which separates a concentrated solution of platelet-rich plasma from the blood.
This platelet serum is then injected into your skin using microneedling to stimulate your skin’s cells to produce collagen. The resulting boost in collagen helps tighten, smooth, and improve the overall tone of your skin.
With a vampire facial, since you’re using plasma made from the blood produced by your own body, there’s no risk of allergic reactions. Vampire facials are also minimally invasive, so most patients experience very little discomfort and a short recovery period.
Vampire facials are quickly becoming a go-to treatment to address a number of skin issues such as:
The effects of a vampire facial continue over a period of two to three months after the actual treatment, so you’ll see more improvement as time goes on.
Dr. Paikal and his team recommend vampire facials except if you have any kind of blood-related disorder, such as:
The reason the team at Westwood Laser doesn’t recommend vampire facials if you have a blood-related illness is that these conditions often affect your blood platelet levels, which compromises their regenerative qualities. This, in turn, makes the blood ineffective in delivering the desired results for your skin.
To find out if vampire facials can improve your appearance, call Westwood Laser or schedule a consultation online today.