Dr. Kate Kass is one of the few practitioners who is certified and trained in the protocols of the Vampire Facial, a highly sought-after treatment that harnesses PRP (platelet-rich plasma) and concentrated growth factors to stimulate new collagen and improve skin tone and texture. The Vampire Facial will result in plumper, smoother skin.
The power of microneedling
The Vampire Facial uses hundreds of sterile oscillating microneedles to puncture the top layer of the skin—don’t worry, Dr. Kass numbs the area so it doesn’t hurt. She then applies PRP extracted from the patient. The PRP “cocktail” is full of growth factors and penetrates the punctured skin for optimal efficacy; the procedure stimulates collagen production and improves skin tone and texture for firmer, smoother skin. Think of it like this: The treatment tricks your skin into believing that it’s been injured and must respond by healing itself with new tissue.
How long does the procedure take?
A Vampire Facial takes approximately 45 minutes. Part of the session includes waiting for the PRP to be extracted from the patient’s blood.
The Dr. Kass protocol difference
Dr. Kass administers a customized version of the vampire facial that includes injections of PRP. Dr. Kass and highly trained nurses—there are no lower-level technicians involved in the treatment—combine microneedling with PRP application and injection to target areas such as under eye, cheek, nasolabial, and lip. Unlike fillers, the result is completely natural and gradual, since Dr. Kass is stimulating growth of your own collagen over time. Fillers are instant and obvious, making the treatment look overdone. PRP works over time with the body’s natural processes. There are no defined lines where PRP injections are placed.
The Vampire Facial, step by step
Initial consult: Before the procedure gets under way, Dr. Kass will discuss your goals and expectations for the Vampire Facial as well as your medical and lifestyle history.
Prepping the skin: Your skin will be cleansed and prepped for the procedure.
Pinpointing injection sites: Dr. Kass will note the areas on your face that will receive PRP injections and special attention.
Blood draw: Dr. Kass will draw blood from your arm.
Isolating PRP: Dr. Kass will place a vial of your drawn blood into a special centrifuge for 5–10 minutes to isolate the platelet rich plasma.
Applying numbing cream: A topical anesthesia cream will be applied to the face to minimize any discomfort.
Microneedling: Dr. Kass will use a professional microneedling pen with hundreds of microneedles to create tiny pricks on the skin.
PRP injection and application: To ensure maximum penetration, Dr. Kass will apply PRP over the entire face and neck, injecting it into key areas, such as laugh lines, scars, and crow’s feet.
What is the downtime?
Patients will experience redness and blotchiness for 2–3 days after the Vampire Facial; after a week, they will experience some dryness and sloughing of the skin. Dr. Kass recommends that clients apply a mineral sunblock in the days after the treatment and should schedule the Vampire Facial 7–10 days before any special event. There are no known side effects.
How long do results last?
You will continue to see improvements in your skin for 2–3 months, most noticeably in injected areas, and results last for 1–2 years. Dr. Kass can discuss periodic maintenance treatments. The effects of the Vampire Facial are there to stay and yours to keep!
How many treatments do I need?
Dr. Kass generally recommends a package of three Vampire Facials. If you are looking for a general collagen boost, schedule one facial quarterly. If you are seeking to treat an acne scar or want your skin to look its best for an important event, schedule a Vampire Facial once a month for 3–5 treatments and then talk with Dr. Kass about an annual maintenance schedule.
What does the research say?
A recent study showed an 89-percent improvement in collagen density 28 days after PRP injection. And there were no serious side effects detected during the study. A 2011 study focusing on PRP’s ability to rejuvenate skin also resulted in increased cell growth. There are many widely available studies that show the benefits of adding PRP therapy to osteopathic treatments and surgeries.
What is PRP, exactly?
Originally pioneered for professional athletes in the 1970s to help heal injuries, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is now used extensively for orthopedic treatments for regenerating ligaments, tendons, and joint injuries, and in orthopedic surgeries to improve surgical outcomes and patient recovery. PRP’s applications are wide-ranging, since it has the ability to regrow collagen, enrich fibrin, and aid in the formation of new blood vessels. PRP is known to accelerate the healing of wounds and aid in the growth of target tissues. Dr. Kass harnesses the power of PRP for the Vampire Facial, as well as hair regrowth, GAINSWave treatments for erectile dysfunction, scar rejuvenation and damaged skin.
How does PRP work?
PRP is a concentrated preparation of your own growth factors extracted from your own blood (hence the name Vampire Facial). When injected into an area of concern, PRP stimulates a stem cell response for regeneration of the target tissue. (Platelets are blood cells that assist the clotting process. As a clot forms, platelets release enzymes that attract stem cells to aid in the repair of a damaged area.) In her practice, Dr. Kass uses a powerful PRP “cocktail” that concentrates growth factors and platelets at 8–10 times that of normal plasma. Using one of the leading PRP harvesting systems available, she draws a patient’s blood, and then runs the blood through a specialized centrifuge to separate out and concentrate the patient’s own platelets and growth factors. This concentrated growth factor extract—with all its amazing healing and restorative properties—is then applied to targeted areas for regeneration.
Not all PRP is created equally
My predominant goal is providing the best possible care for my patients - so I spend a great deal of time researching the best solutions. The PRP protocol I selected is the most advanced, effective solution I could find - using a centrifuge that produces plasma that is densely filled with platelets - 8-10 times more so than average plasma found in the body.
When it comes to PRP systems, many medi-spa’s and aesthetics clinics aren’t providing FDA-approved treatments - rather they are using gel tube kits or even making their own “poor man’s PRP” - essentially drawing out plasma and calling it PRP. While these offerings might be more cost-effective - they are much less effective, providing only two times the amount of growth factors.
Is the Vampire Facial right for me?
PRP is derived from one’s own body so, in theory, anyone should be able to undergo this treatment and benefit from it. Specifically, the Vampire Facial can be used to treat the following:
Dark under-eye circles
Fine lines around the mouth
Dull, patchy, or uneven skin tone and texture
Crepey or drooping skin in the eye, neck, and décolletage areas
Volume loss in undereye, cheek, jawline or lips (these are target areas for PRP injections)
There are a few people who should take caution before scheduling the Vampire Facial: if you have blood-related conditions, anemia, or blood or bone cancers, seek an alternative treatment. Patients who take blood-thinning medication or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) should discontinue their medication for a few weeks prior to their treatment and for a few days afterwards.
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