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Are you looking to improve the tone and texture of your skin and reduce the early visible signs of aging? Perhaps your skin is prone to acne breakouts or has residual scarring left behind by this condition. You might also be unhappy with your skin due to other blemishes and imperfections you would like to eliminate or improve.

While these issues can affect your appearance and your confidence, you may think you have to live with them because treatment means invasive procedures and investment you are not ready to make. However, these skin conditions can cause continual stress and anxiety, while affecting your entire well- being, when left untreated.

The professionals at VITAHL Medical Aesthetics understands these concerns and wants you to look and feel your best through every season of life. That is why VITAHL Chicago offers the famous Vampire Facial®, also known as the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) facial, to our patients looking to restore a radiant, more youthful complexion and improve the quality of their skin. The Vampire Facial® can enhance your skin’s tone and texture, enhance the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and correct environmental damage for a complete facial rejuvenation that will win you compliments without looking like you just had a procedure performed.

What is a Vampire facial?

A Vampire Facial® or PRP facial is a treatment that uses beneficial components of your own blood cells to stimulate the natural healing processes of the skin. PRP is an element of the blood that contains growth factors, which generate new cells. When injected into the dermal layers, PRP also acts as a type of matrix to support the underlying structure and stimulate collagen production for skin that is firmer, smoother and more youthful.

How is the Vampire Facial® Performed?

The first step in a Vampire Facial® is to draw a small portion of blood from the patient’s arm. The removed blood is placed into a centrifuge, which separates the platelets from the plasma. After the PRP has been prepared, our team will use a microneedle to infuse the platelets into the skin.

Microneedling, which is also referred to as collagen induction therapy, is a procedure that uses a particular pen device to create micro-injuries in the skin. The tiny channels produced by the process allow for deeper penetration of the PRP while stimulating the dermal structure to heal itself through collagen production and cell regeneration. Some individuals may be apprehensive about the discomfort associated with these treatments, which might prevent them from enjoying the benefits of these procedures. Fortunately, patients can rest assured we apply topical numbing cream before performing the skin rejuvenation to ensure our patients’ comfort throughout their session. Topical anesthetic only numbs the surface of the skin, so patients do not have to worry about potential side effects sometimes associated with local or general anesthesia used for more invasive procedures.

Using either of these methods for the infusion process allows for deeper penetration of the PRP, so the beneficial elements can get to the areas of the dermal structure where they can offer the most significant benefit. Adding PRP to microneedling also amplifies the effects of both these treatments for our patients.

What benefits does a Vampire Facial® offer?

There are many reasons why celebrities and others are touting the benefits of a Vampire Facial®. Whether you undergo the treatment alone or in conjunction with other techniques, Vampire Facials offer the following advantages:

  • Minimally-invasive procedure
  • No anesthesia removes potential risk factors
  • Uses your own blood, eliminating allergies and other adverse side effects
  • Quick treatment sessions – can be completed on a lunch hour Little or no downtime after treatment
  • Addresses a variety of concerns in a single treatment
  • Results that are both natural and long-lasting
  • Less down time due to the healing factors of PRP

Are There Any Potential Side Effects?

The Vampire Facial is a relatively safe procedure with few side effects. Some patients do experience mild redness and swelling in the treated area for the first 12 to 24 hours after the treatment. Over-The- Counter pain medication or ice packs can help to ease possible discomfort, which should not be enough to keep you from most of your activities. These side effects are typically temporary and should resolve quickly on their own, leaving you to enjoy improved skin texture and tone.

Many of our patients resume activities or head back to work as soon as their treatment is over. Others might prefer to wait until the next day to ensure redness and swelling have subsided. It is essential to protect treated skin from the sun since it is more vulnerable to damage as it heals.

What Concerns Can a Vampire Facial® Improve?

A Vampire or PRP Facial is ideal for the treatment of several common, unwanted skin issues and offers reliable, long-lasting results. Some of the concerns that might be improved with a Vampire Facial include:

The team at VITAHL Chicago will assess your specific concerns and discuss your anticipated results to determine whether the Vampire Facial® is the right treatment choice for you. If you decide to move ahead with this procedure, you will see improvement in many of these areas after a single treatment session, since the PRP can work on a variety of concerns at one time.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

While you will likely see improvement after your first Vampire Facial®, repeat sessions with further enhance your outcome. The number of treatments needed to achieve the maximum effectiveness of our PRP facial may vary from patient to patient, depending on the condition of the patient’s skin and the desired results. Most of our patients achieve an optimal outcome with a series of two or three PRP facials scheduled approximately four to six weeks apart. At that point, an occasional touch-up treatment will help you maintain your positive results indefinitely.

When Will I See Results?

You won’t likely see a dramatic improvement in your skin right away. The results of the Vampire Facial tend to develop gradually as growth factors in the platelet-rich plasma begin to stimulate circulation, trigger new collagen production and improve the health and quality of the skin at a cellular level. Noticeable improvement in the tone and texture of your skin can typically be seen approximately three to four weeks after your Vampire Facial® appointment. Your skin should start to look more youthful and refreshed, with a noticeable reduction in lines, scars and other imperfections. However, individual results can vary somewhat.

How Long Will My Results Last?

Because the effects of a Vampire Facial® work with the natural processes of the dermal structure, results of the procedure tend to be both natural and long-lasting. Your skin will continue to build collagen for three months or more after your initial treatment, but you will continue to see benefits and enjoy your results long after this time. While the length of the results varies from individual to individual, some patients experience a refreshed appearance that can last as long as 18 to 24 months. Patients that undergo a series of sessions at the beginning tend to see a more durable outcome. When the skin concerns begin to appear once again, a touch-up session can keep them at bay even longer.

Why Choose VITAHL Chicago for Your Vampire Facial®?

A facial is one of your premier options for facial rejuvenation, and a Vampire Facial® at VITAHL Chicago can offer you unique benefits and a safe, worry-free treatment with natural results. Also, your doctor can customize the level of rejuvenation you receive during your office visit, ensuring that your treatment resolves the issues most important to you without having unnecessary work done. A Vampire Facial® also combines well with other rejuvenation treatments if you have additional concerns you would like addressed. When you use a Vampire Facial® as part of a suite of procedures you can achieve a new and refreshed appearance you will want to flaunt right away.

Trust VITAHL Chicago to create a customized treatment plan that includes facial treatments along with other procedures designed to rejuvenate all aspects of your body and improve your most pressing skin concerns. VITAHL’s cosmetic medicine professionals have more than 30 years of combined experience offering aesthetic solutions and the most innovative, effective and safe treatments available today. VITAHL puts patients first with high-quality, personalized care and results that will boost your confidence and make you smile for months or even years to come.

If you are interested in turning back the clock or enhancing your appearance in other ways, now is the time to contact VITAHL Chicago. Call us at 312-634-6100 today to speak with Dr. Humes or one of VITAHL’s many qualified cosmetic experts about whether a Vampire Facial® is the right choice for you. We will also provide you with all the information about our other comprehensive treatments that will allow you to enjoy whole body rejuvenation. Start your journey towards your optimal look now. Show the world your best with VITAHL!