Apr 18, 2016

The Canmore MediSpa and Laser Centre

The Vampire Facial: April 2016 Newsletter



The human body is quite an amazing thing. One of the most amazing features is its ability to heal and repair damage. When we injure our skin, like a cut, our body sends in platelets (one of the cells in our blood) to the wounded area. The platelets initially stop blood loss by clotting, but they also carry the growth factors that promote the healing process which, over about six weeks, repairs the damage to the skin.
Dr. Charles Runels is a doctor in Alabama who started his career in research in physics and chemistry. He took this concept of healing to develop the Vampire Facial. His thoughts were that, if you concentrated the platelets and injected them in to the skin, this would promote a healing effect on the skin and promote rejuvenation. And that is the substance of the Vampire Facial.

This procedure has had a lot of buzz in the media over the past few months as several of the glamorous people in Hollywood have gone public about having had this treatment performed on them and the resultant beneficial effects. So, how does this work?

When you come to our MediSpa for this treatment, we first take some blood from your arm, similar to having a blood test at the lab. We will then put some numbing cream on your skin. The blood that we have taken then goes through a special process in our office that concentrates the platelet cells. This process takes about 20 minutes.

Once your skin is numb, we drop some of the platelet rich fluid on your skin and perform microneedling. Microneedling isan interesting process on its own as we use what looks like a pen but the tip has about a dozen microneedles that can be dialled to penetrate different depths in to the skin. This creates tiny microchannels in the skin which, on its own, creates a little trauma to the skin, initiating a healing process. But, when the microchannels then allow the platelet rich fluid to penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin, we get a very significant healing reaction in the skin over the subsequent 6-8 weeks.

So, what are the indications for this procedure? Well, there really is no answer to that as any skin can benefit from this. The improved skin tone and texture appeals to young and old skin alike. This can also be a beneficial treatment for scars, such as acne scars and can have a positive effect even on stretch marks. The procedure is virtually painless and the recovery time is short, usually less than 36 hours and the only product going in to your skin is your own blood – how healthy is that?

Betty, our Office Manager, volunteered to demonstrate the procedure. The photographs are immediately before the procedure, immediately after the procedure and the following morning. As this was only done recently, we do not have the 6 week follow ups for you. Come talk to us and see if this is the right treatment for your skin.
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Gina's Skin Care Tips...

After you have a cosmetic treatment that causes injury to the skin (exfoliating, ablative/non-ablative treatments), keeping the skin well hydrated is extremely important. It helps to prevent and/or reduce scabbing and speeds healing. Vivier’s Ultra Hydrating Mask is rich with antioxidants and shea butter and is ideal to use on compromised skin post-treatment. Apply generously to clean skin and leave on for 10-15 minutes OR overnight for optimal benefits! If you purchase this product during the month of April you will receive 21% off!

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