Vampire Facial®

Vampire Facial®

The Vampire Facial® is a safe and effective aesthetic procedure that enhances the look and feel of your skin. Dr. Ota was trained in this procedure by the inventor Charles Runels, MD and is certified by the Cellular Medicine Association to perform the treatment.

If you have any of the following issues with your skin, the Vampire Facial® may be a good aesthetic treatment option for you:

  • Atrophic acne scarring
  • Melasma
  • Dry skin patches
  • Skin wrinkling

The Vampire Facial® generally consists of the following steps:

  • 1 - Cleansing and numbing of the skin (with a compounded numbing cream)
  • 2 - A small blood-draw (less than a tablespoon) to isolate your own platelet-rich plasma (PRP) via centrifugation.
  • 3 - Application of your own PRP to your skin
  • 4 - Microneedling with SkinPen ® (currently the only FDA-approved microneedling device on the market)
  • 5 - After-care with Altar™ cream (a Vampire Skin Therapy product containing SBD-4 – an extract from the Angelica Sinensis flower root - which contains potent wound healing properties) twice per day
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Check out these studies on the effect of SBD-4 in wound healing
From start to finish, the treatment is done in less than 45 minutes.

Microneedling is safe and effective for a variety of skin issues. Although some patients notice results after one treatment, three treatments (1-month intervals) are typically required for more robust cosmetic outcomes.

After the procedure, the patients tend to experience some degree of:
– Tingling
– Redness
– Burning
– Itching
– Skin flaking
– And the sensation of skin tightness

These effects are typical of the wound healing process and resolve within 3 to 7 days. The Altar™ cream helps to accelerate this phase for optimal skin healing and repair. For the first 24-48 hours, it is recommended to only apply Altar™ to the treated areas as other creams, lotions, and even sunscreen can irritate the skin after the procedure and delay the healing process. For this reason, Dr. Ota recommends having the treatment done on a day where exposure to sunlight can be minimized for the following 48 hours. After 48 hours post-procedure, daily make-up application can be resumed. It is encouraged to use Altar™ cream twice daily for skin maintenance on a long-term basis.

Check out www.vampirefacial.com for more information or book a free consultation with Dr. Ota.

Studies

If you have some time and are interested in reading some of the studies that have been published on the safety and effectiveness of microneedling procedures (which is one of the main steps in the Vampire Facial™, check out the following links:

Microneeding

This interesting study of 50 patients was published in 2016 and demonstrated the greater efficacy of microneedling with PRP compared to microneedling with saline (salt water) for the treatment of atrophic acne scarring.

Microneeding

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Acne Scarring and Microneeding

Contrary to the first above-mentioned study, this 2018 study looked at 35 patients with acne scarring and the effect of microneedling + PRP on one side of the face and microneedling alone on the other (split-face study). The investigators concluded that microneedling with or without PRP is effective for reducing the severity of atrophic acne scarring.

Acne Scarring and Microneeding

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Atrophic Acne Scarring and Microneeding

This study published in 2009 looked at the effect of microneedling with a dermaroller in patients with atrophic acne scarring and was conclude to be an effective treatment modality for reducing the severity of scarring. This study consisted of treatment and evaluation of 37 patients. More than 80% of the patients assessed their treatment outcome as “excellent.” No significant adverse effects were seen in any of the patients.

Atrophic Acne Scarring and Microneeding

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Facial Rejuvenation and Microneeding

This study published in 2018 studied 24 patients that volunteered for a facial rejuvenation procedures. Each volunteer was treated with microneedling and PRP on one side of the face and microneedling with TCA 15% peel on the other side of the face. After review of pre and post-procedure pictures and the study of skin punch biopsies a few conclusions were made. 1) Both methods improve the quality of skin appearance 2) Microneedling with PRP is superior to microneedling with TCA 15% peel with regard to improvement in dermal structures. Clinically, both methods appear to be equivalent in this study.

Facial Rejuvenation and Microneeding

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Microneeding with a Dermaroller

A similar study to the one mentioned above published in 2018 compared the effect of microneedling with a dermaroller (+ PRP) versus microneedling with a dermaroller (- PRP) in 55 patients with atrophic acne scarring. The investigators concluded that the group treated with microneedling and PRP together had a more robust reduction of acne scarring than the microneedling without PRP group.

Microneeding with a Dermaroller

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Skin Tone, Hyperpigmentation, and Microneeding

This study, published in 2018, observed 39 patients with darker skin tone and hyperpigmented scars from acne. It was concluded that microneedling reduced the severity of the hyperpigmented scars and that the procedure was safe without any patient experiencing worsening of their hyperpigmentation.

Skin Tone, Hyperpigmentation, and Microneeding

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Melasma and Microneeding

This study published in 2018 demonstrated the clinical efficacy of microneedling and microinjection with PRP in the reduction of melasma severity in 23 patients.

Melasma and Microneeding

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Scars and Microneeding with Dermaroller

A similar study to the one mentioned above published in 2018 compared the effect of microneedling with a dermaroller (+ PRP) versus microneedling with a dermaroller (- PRP) in 55 patients with atrophic acne scarring. The investigators concluded that the group treated with microneedling and PRP together had a more robust reduction of acne scarring than the microneedling without PRP group.

Scars and Microneeding with Dermaroller

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