What is the PRP Vampire Facial?

PRP Vampire Facial

What is the PRP Vampire Facial?

If you have been questioning what you can do to improve your skin, the answer may be in your very own blood! The PRP facial, particularly delivered with microneedling, promises to leave your skin looking younger, illuminated, and rejuvenated.

While you may not think you have heard of the PRP facial before, you’ve probably heard of it by its other, more “buzz-worthy” name—the Vampire Facial.  The “Vampire Facial” rose to fame after celebrities started sharing pictures of their faces covered in their own blood. While the original procedure involved using all components of blood, the new and improved PRP Facial uses only the platelet-rich plasma.  This means it looks less scary but has even more enhanced results.

PRP facials also known as the Vampire Facial on social media should be considered by anyone who suffers from skin problems such as sun damage, premature wrinkles, uneven skin tone, dullness, and acne scarring. It is suitable for all ages and skin types. The PRP facial is very popular because it is all natural, and works by helping your body enhance and speed up your natural regenerative processes!

What is the PRP Vampire Facial?

Where does PRP come from?

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, and comes directly from our blood.  Plasma contains special proteins that help blood to clot and support cell growth. To obtain the PRP, the patient’s blood is drawn and is put in a container, which is then placed inside a centrifuge. This centrifuge spins the blood very quickly, so that the plasma and platelets separate from the red blood cells. They then extract the platelet-rich plasma and concentrate it. For cosmetic use, this can then be applied to the face, or even injected into the problem areas of the face- hence the name Vampire Facial!

The platelet-rich plasma speeds up cell regeneration and helps promote healing in the body. It is so effective, in fact, that it is even used by doctors to aid in faster healing in injuries, such as tendonitis and sprains.  More recently, it has been used to help treat androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) as it can even stimulate hair growth.

Related article: Who is a Good Candidate for PRP Therapy for Hair Loss?

PRP and Microneedling

Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy, involves poking tiny holes in to the skin to create microinjuries, which in turn stimulate collagen production. This also helps to promote cell turnover and elasticity in the skin.  While both microneedling and PRP facials work well separately, these treatments are now most often used together to have your skin looking its absolute best! The tiny holes created by the microneedling allows for the platelet-rich plasma to be delivered deeper in to the layers of the skin. During the first step of the procedure, a numbing cream will be applied to the face while the blood for the facial is drawn, usually from the arm. Then, the blood is spun in the centrifuge, and the platelet-rich plasma is collected. Finally, the mirconeedling procedure is performed by poking tiny holes into the skin and the PRP is applied to the face. To see the best possible results, multiple treatments are recommended.

PRP will help your skin in the following ways:

  • Boost collagen and elastin
  • Helps promote and maintain skin’s hydration
  • Smooth skin and even out skin tone
  • Firms and tightens skin
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Overall facial rejuvenation

 

Is a PRP facial right for me?

While PRP facials and using blood can sound quite intimidating, they are actually deemed to be very safe. This is because the PRP is being taken directly from your own body, meaning that there is no chance of allergic reaction. If you are concerned with the artificial ingredients used in cosmetic procedures like fillers or Botox, the PRP facial is a great alternative because it is completely natural. This also means that virtually anyone is an eligible candidate for the facial, unless you have a blood disorder.  After the facial, it is recommended to avoid the sun and wearing makeup for a few days, but beyond that, little downtime is required. There will likely be some swelling and redness, and in some cases bruising and soreness after the procedure, but this subsides over the next few days. While some results can be noticed sooner, it does take about 4-6 weeks to see full results.

            If you are considering a PRP Vampire Facial, contact Canada MedLaser in Toronto today for a complementary consultation.

Reasons Why You Should Get Laser Hair Removal

Reasons Why You Should Get Laser Hair Removal

There comes a time in every person’s life when they have to deal with unwanted hair somewhere on their body. Body hair can make people feel extremely self-conscious in their daily life, especially when the summer comes around or when it is time for a winter getaway.  There are several options to get rid of this unwanted hair, like waxing, shaving, sugaring, or electrolysis, but the best option is laser hair removal. Laser hair removal works by using intense pulses of light to target the hair follicle. The laser light is able to focus on the dark pigment in the hair without damaging the skin around it, and the heat from the light damages the hair follicle so that hair stops growing from it.  Read on to learn 5 reasons why you should consider laser hair removal at Canada MedLaser in Toronto to get rid of your body and facial hair just in time for summer!

  1. Laser Hair Removal is far more effective than shaving.

Shaving may be more popular than laser hair removal, but this is purely out of convenience. Anyone who has tried shaving away his or her unwanted hair will admit that it does not work very well.  Laser hair removal gets rid of hair right at the follicle. With shaving, hair is only removed from the surface of the skin. For some people, the hair grows back so quickly that the smooth, shaven skin doesn’t even last an entire day. Then, there’s the issue of ingrown hairs, razor burn, and itchiness. This is an ever-present problem with shaving that laser hair removal can eliminate. Overall, while using a razor might be the easiest option up front, it is truly an undesirable option!

  1. Laser Hair Removal can be considered a beauty investment.

There is one major factor that keeps more people from getting laser hair removal treatments—the cost. While it is true that it costs more than waxing, shaving, or threading, it needs to be considered for what it truly is, which is a beauty investment. Getting laser hair removal now can potentially save money in the long run, and save something even more valuable, which is your time! Consider all the time and money spent on razors and shaving, waxing appointments, and even in the cost of skin products for irritations and ingrown hairs that result from these methods.  With advancing technology, laser hair removal is also now more cost effective than ever before. Just imagine the value of the freedom and peace of mind that this treatment can offer you!

  1. Laser Hair Removal is relatively painless, with no downtime.

Laser hair removal is great for people with a lower pain tolerance, as it is considered relatively pain-free. While it may be more painful than shaving, it’s incomparable to shaving in its efficacy and results. Most people report that laser hair removal is far less painful than waxing and electrolysis. With electrolysis, a small metal probe has to be placed in each hair follicle and is then delivered an electric shock to kill the follicle. While it is effective in being a permanent hair removal solution, it is considered very painful and time-consuming – appointments can take hours and may need to be repeated for up to a year or more. Laser hair removal works much more quickly and while it is not considered officially “permanent”, it works well enough that hair in a treated area will not need to be shaved or waxed again. There is also no downtime required with laser hair removal treatments. Although you may experience some redness, you can resume most day-to-day activities as soon as you finish your treatment, however you will want to avoid the sun for some time prior to and after the procedure.

Related article: How to Find the Best Laser Hair Removal for You

 

  1. Laser Hair Removal is the most versatile.

This treatment is popular for men and women alike, and can be used virtually anywhere on the body, such as the:

  • Face (eyebrows, chin, upper lip, sideburns)
  • Neck
  • Stomach
  • Legs
  • Arms and underarms
  • Bikini area
  • Back

Multiple sessions are needed with laser hair removal treatments – about 4-10 sessions, 6 weeks apart will be required for the best results, however hair will be visibly reduced even after the first session. A medical aesthetician will be able to provide a good estimate of the number sessions that you will need, as every individual’s hair growth is different!

  1. Canada MedLaser uses the best technology in Laser Hair Removal.

Canada MedLaser in Toronto uses the GentleMax Pro system by Candela for all laser hair removal procedures. It is considered to be the best tool for laser hair removal in terms of efficiency and cutting-edge technology. The GentleMax Pro utilizes two lasers—the 1064 nm Nd: YAG laser and the 755 nm Alexandrite laser. It has the ability, if needed, to cover a larger surface area at once, meaning a faster treatment time for laser hair removal without losing any efficiency. The Nd: YAG laser is well known for its long wavelength and its ability to treat all skin types, especially darker skin types. This system also comes equipped with a patented Dynamic Cooling Device, which is exclusive to Candela. Milliseconds before the laser pulse, the DCD system delivers a blast of cryogen to the skin to ensure optimal comfort for the patient and as little pain as possible. Canada MedLaser can also use the Candela GentleMax Pro system for laser skin treatments, such as in the treatments of spider veins and hyperpigmentation.