What is the “Vampire Facial”

Hello, friends!

If you’ve seen my Instagram stories, you’ve noticed I’m finding some major relaxation at Sutton Dermatology + Aesthetics in Lincoln. I’ve teamed up with them to spotlight their PRP with micro-needling treatment this spring. Perhaps you’ve heard of this procedure before as the “vampire facial” that Kim Kardashian famously did this procedure on “Keeping up with the Kardashians” on E-News. I saw it there a few years ago and I can’t lie — instantly wanted to try it after I watched her go through it. Plus, Kim’s skin is amazing, so I had to believe maybe this was part of what contributed to her glow!

The “vampire facial” is actually the PRP with micro-needling treatment and many of you have either direct messaged me on my Instagram story or you’ve asked me in person, “what is this like?” and I can tell you it’s not nearly as painful as Kim Kardashian made it out to be on reality television, and the benefits are worth the price.

I’ve had 4 treatments now. And honestly, my skin feels totally refreshed. Each time I’ve had it done, I’ve felt like my complexion has glowed just a little bit more, and even though I’d like to think I’ve just got that naturally, I see that it’s the treatments causing that result.

Microneedling involves a device that looks like a pen, and inside that device, are dozens of tiny, short, needles, which are applied to the surface of the skin to break down old scar tissue and to stimulate skin cells to grow. While this treatment alone can be beneficial, when platelet-rich plasma treatments (PRP) are added, the patient can see even more results. Kerri Otto the PA at Sutton who’s been performing my procedures said, ”By incorporating PRP treatments into a micro-needling procedure, we can infuse the area with extra platelets, helping to create ideal conditions for skin healing and repair following an Eclipse MicroPen treatment.”

And where do they get the plasma? From YOU. You have a small amount of your blood drawn, then the blood is put into a machine that actually separates the platelets from the other blood cells.
Then those platelets are used in the treatment on your face.
Essentially here’s what you could expect if you booked an appointment:

– You check in your appointment at Sutton Dermatology + Aesthetics.
– Then, they have a PA assistant put your numbing cream on your face before the procedure.
-You get to sit in a massage chair and enjoy a little deep tissue massage and live in bliss.
– You’ll have a small amount of blood drawn.
– About 20 minutes later, you move into the patient room for the 30-minute treatment with your PA.

And that’s it! Once you’re done, be prepared, as your face may be a bit red for a day or two. But for the most part, this is quick and easy. In fact, some of you have asked how much I’ve bled during the procedure (on the Kardashian show that piece is exaggerated a bit) and I can’t say it was enough that I noticed. I was at Sutton Dermatology + Aesthetics for about 50 minutes total during my last procedure.

According to Sutton, the PRP with microneedling helps:
• Visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, nose or mouth
• Improve acne scars and other scarring on the face or body
• Minimize dark spots or hyperpigmentation
• Restore a brighter, more glowing complexion

According to Kerri Otto, the PA at Sutton who treats me (not to mention she’s practiced general and cosmetic dermatology for 16 years), you’ll see maximum results 8 weeks after the last session but once a series of treatments have been completed, one treatment every 6-12 months is recommended.

Okay guys, hope this helps answer some of your questions! If you’re interested in learning more about the treatment or pricing, I would definitely recommend reaching out to Sutton Dermatology + Aesthetics. They were kind enough to give me complimentary treatments for the purposes of blogging about the experience. I always pride myself on telling all of you the honest truth about a product or experience. This center has truly created an “experience” with everything from an Amazon echo speaker in the patient room so that I can listen to my favorite tunes during the procedure to having a massage chair with a Swedish massage setting I’d pay for. Bottom line: I’ll continue to pay for the treatment down the line because it’s been so wonderful.

Check back here in two weeks for another post in my series with them on skin myths!

I’m always ready for my next great adventure. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up!

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