How PRP Factors Into the Great Microneedling Debate

Microneedling PRP Northern Virginia

Since Kim Kardashian posted a photo of her blood-stained face several years ago, the vampire facial (microneedling with PRP) has become increasingly popular. But what exactly does this non-invasive treatment involve, and is it the same thing as traditional microneedling?

Continue reading to learn all about these collagen-stimulating procedures, and the difference between vampire facial and microneedling.

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a non-invasive treatment in which a handheld device penetrates the skin with ultra-thin needles. This process creates microscopic injuries in the dermis that trigger a wound healing effect and the growth of new collagen.

The treatment starts with the application of a topical numbing cream, which takes effect in approximately 30 minutes. Once the anesthetic is removed and the provider has selected a serum, the micropen is gently pressed against the skin in a circular motion.

As each portion of the face is treated, the serum is applied to help hydrate and nourish the skin.

Most patients find the treatment fairly comfortable and describe it as a light-vibration, with the forehead and bridge of the nose being the most sensitive areas.

Post-treatment, skin may look and feel similar to a mild sunburn, but redness typically resolves within a few hours.

What is a Vampire Facial?

A vampire facial rejuvenates the skin using platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which has remarkable healing capabilities.

More specifically, the treatment extracts PRP from a sample of the patients own blood and then reintroduces it to the skin through microneedling or injection.

This process initiates a localized stem-cell response and calls on fibroblasts to repair damaged tissue and produce new collagen.

What is the Difference Between Vampire Facial and Microneedling?

Microneedling and a vampire facial rely on the body’s natural healing mechanisms to stimulate collagen and remodel skin from the inside out.

As a result, these treatments are able to address a variety of concerns including fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, skin discoloration, stretch marks, and tone and texture.

The difference between vampire facial and microneedling has to do with PRP.

Both procedures are performed in the same way, except that a serum (such as Vitamin A or Vitamin C) is used in conjunction with microneedling and PRP is used with a vampire facial.

Additionally, microneedling is recommended as a series of 3 treatments, spaced 2-3 weeks apart, while a vampire facial only needs to be done once every 3 months.

To learn more about rejuvenating your skin with microneedling with PRP in Northern Virginia, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.