Microneedling and Platelet-rich Plasma

What is a Vampire Facial?  

A “Vampire Facial” is the term used to describe a medical procedure that combines microneedling with Platelet-rich Plasma for skin rejuvenation using your own blood. The result is radiant skin, and a more youthful appearance. A Vampire facial is a natural way to smooth and tighten your skin, and restore shape, tone and texture. 

What is Microneedling? 

Microneedling is collagen induction therapy, a skin rejuvenating procedure. Tiny sterile needles are used to create microchannels in the skin to deliver platelet rich plasma, and other treatment substances such as hyaluronic acid, deep into the sublayers of skin.  

The controlled injury to the skin initiates the body’s natural wound healing cascade which ignites self-repair mechanisms to release growth factors for skin renewal and to stimulate production of new collagen and elastin.  

Microneedling addresses many skin concerns including wrinkles, acne scars, fine lines, oiliness, stretch marks, skin tone and texture. It can tighten the skin and remodel acne scars, stretch marks and enlarged pores; smooth wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, and erase sun damage. The effects begin immediately and improve for up to six months after treatment.   

Why is collagen induction important? 

Collagen is a structural protein that gives the skin strength, shape and contours. After age 20, we lose 1% of collagen in our skin each year as a natural consequence of aging.  UV radiation from the sun deteriorates collagen faster than aging. The combination of age and sun exposure breaks down collagen which weakens the skin, causes it to thin, wrinkle and sag, and makes it more susceptible to damage. Restoring lost collagen and elastin provides firmer and tighter skin. 

What is Platelet Rich Plasma? 

Platelets are a natural reservoir of growth factors and enzymes that recruit stem cells to the microinjuries created by microneedling to repair damaged tissues. The concentrated platelets and growth factors stimulate healing and the growth of healthy new cells. Platelet rich plasma harnesses the body’s own natural healing processes to reverse the signs of skin aging.  

How is it made? 

Platelet rich plasma is a natural product prepared from your own blood (Autologous).  A small amount of your blood is drawn and centrifuged where the platelets are isolated from other blood components and concentrated, leaving only the enriched platelet rich plasma. After microneedling, the platelet rich plasma is washed over the skin and is absorbed into the microchannels.   

When used for facial rejuvenation, platelet rich plasma helps reduce lines, wrinkles and scars, and improves the appearance of aging skin. Platelet rich plasma promotes tissue remodeling to increase skin elasticity and collagen growth. It can smooth the skin’s texture, and firm the skin. It is safe and effective for skin rejuvenation. 

Dr. Pantea Hashemi is a board-certified dermatologist in Sacramento California. She is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor and specializes in skin cancer, cosmetic and laser surgery. Dr. Hashemi is also an expert aesthetic injector of dermal fillers and neurotoxins Contact her at The University Skin Institute to schedule a consultation and learn about all youth enhancing services she offers.