If you’re a skin care enthusiast, chances are you’ve seen or heard impressive tales of what the famous vampire—or PRP—facial procedure can do for your skin. But if you’ve never undergone the treatment, you’re likely left wondering what on earth this unusually named procedure can do for your skin. At Arijai Aesthetics, we’re committed to delivering the most effective anti-aging treatments available in the aesthetics industry. We’ve witnessed the incredible skin-rejuvenating results that PRP facials can deliver, and today, we’re here to discuss how this treatment can turn back the clock on aging skin.


What Exactly Is a Vampire Facial?

A vampire facial—technically referred to as a PRP facial—involves the use of SkinPen microneedling combined with injections of PRP, or platelet-rich plasma. PRP is derived from your own blood and contains up to five times the number of healing platelets present in normal blood. Because platelets are responsible for tissue healing throughout your body, PRP is essentially a potent healing cocktail for damaged or aging skin.


The treatment begins with SkinPen microneedling—a.k.a. collagen induction therapy—to create tiny injuries in the upper layer of your skin, also known as the dermis. These tiny injuries stimulate your body’s natural healing processes and prompt your skin to bolster its natural collagen production. With microneedling, you are essentially stimulating an immune response that triggers your body to heal tiny tissue injuries. After the SkinPen process is complete, it’s time for PRP administration.


Rather than applying PRP topically, injecting platelets allows the deeper layers of your skin to experience the healing benefits of PRP. Strategically placed injections allow for expedited tissue healing and encourage your skin to form healthy, new blood vessels and strengthen its structural integrity. Within 48-72 hours, you’ll notice improvements in the appearance of your skin, with further progression over the following several months.


How Do PRP and Microneedling Promote Anti-Aging?

As you age, your skin naturally loses structure and elasticity—it’s just a fact of life. But with microneedling, you can restore structure and elasticity to your skin via the creation of tiny skin injuries. At first glance, the process may appear counterintuitive, but here’s what’s going on behind the scenes:


●        Your immune system recognizes the tissue injury and increases blood flow to the area, stimulating a healing response.

●        Blood carries essential nutrients, growth factors, and cytokines to the injured area, prompting tissue healing.

●        Your body works to create new skin tissue to protect the injured area.

●        Over weeks and months, your body works to improve the structural integrity of the new tissue, leaving you with smoother, firmer skin.


With all this talk of injuries, the whole process may sound intimidating, but SkinPen microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment. Because the punctures are so tiny, they heal quite quickly. Your immune system simply recognizes these punctures as injuries and responds accordingly, which is exactly the aim of this particular treatment.


When you combine collagen induction therapy with the healing power of platelets, you improve the results of the procedure significantly. Because platelets contain high concentrations of healing growth factors and cytokines, they enhance the healing process considerably. When PRP is administered directly into the skin via injection, it works to stimulate a deeper healing response than topical application.


Interested in Anti-Aging Skin Care in the Twin Cities? Contact Arijai Aesthetics

If you’re living with damaged or aging skin, SkinPen microneedling with PRP injections can help restore your natural, youthful appearance. At Arijai Aesthetics, we’re dedicated to delivering the most comprehensive anti-aging treatment available. Our aesthetic dermatology specialists will create a custom procedure to deliver the vibrant, glowing complexion you desire. Feel free to upload your images to get started with your free virtual consult, or contact our team at 952.435.0605 to learn more. We’d love to get you started on the path toward your best you!