What's the Difference Between Microneedling and Vampire Facials?
July 31st, 2019 1:09am
When it comes to skin rejuvenation treatments, the top two leading the pack in today’s skincare market is microneedling and vampire facials. They’re both great collagen stimulators which is an integral part of providing a refreshed and youthful looking complexion.
While the results of both treatments are quite similar and they both use similar techniques to achieve them, there are key differences between these two procedures that help make them unique from one another. If your skin is in need of a pick-me-up and you’re not exactly sure which treatment you should get, here’s how microneedling and vampire facials compare:
What Is Microneedling?
Microneedling is a treatment that specifically encourages collagen production. At Clinique De Mode in Toronto, we use the Eclipse MicroPen, which uses 12 micro-needles to penetrate the skin at rapid speed. This process causes “micro-injuries” on the skin which tricks the body into thinking that an actual injury has occured, which forces the body to go into recovery mode. This process kickstarts the body into healing mode and by doing so, encourages the skin’s natural collagen production. This process is what allows the skin to repair and restore itself to its natural radiance.
What Does It Treat?
Microneedling works best by correcting imperfections on the skin. It’s perfect for healing scars, diminishing large pores, hyperpigmentation and eliminating regular signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles.
Results are visible immediately after one treatment, but will take a couple days before they really start to shine through. The procedure will leave skin visibly rejuvenated with improved texture and tone once the treatment area is fully healed. For patients looking for longer lasting results, they’re encouraged to buy treatment packages to help maintain the results they’ve achieved, while gradually improving them with each additional session.
Recovery And Downtime
Immediately following the treatment, patients will appear significantly red and tender to the touch. It resembles the look of a bad sunburn, but this appearance will improve significantly after the first 24 hours.
What Is A Vampire Facial?
The vampire facial is a combination of two treatments -- microneedling and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). This involves taking an actual blood sample from the patient and then extracting the plasma from it through a centrifuge machine. Once this is done, the plasma is strategically injected into the treatment area through microneedling.
Plasma is what makes this treatment stand out from the rest as it features large concentrations of growth factors that help the skin to heal, repair and smooth itself out.
What Does It Treat?
The vampire facial produces many age-defying results such as an improved look of fine lines and wrinkles. It also does a good job of handling many skin issues or ailments such as acne scars, large pores, stretch marks, sun damage and hyperpigmentation.
Recovery And Downtime
Much like regular microneedling, patients will look quite red during the first 24 hours post-treatment. Depending on the intensity of the procedure as well as the patient’s skin sensitivity, this redness can last anywhere between two days to a week. Patients are usually advised to take things easy until they’re looking like themselves again.
Which Treatment Should I Go With?
The treatment you go with will depend on a number of factors. When it comes to cost, the vampire facial is slightly more expensive sitting at $695 for a single session compared to $495 for a microneedling treatment at Clinique De Mode .
Since the vampire facial involves blood, it’s not necessarily a treatment for those who have light stomachs. If you’re uncomfortable with getting your blood drawn, you’re better off with traditional microneedling.
If you’re looking for more impressive results and don’t consider yourself that squeamish, doing a vampire facial should be your top pick as the plasma used in the treatment can help take your results to the next level.
At the end of the day, picking a treatment on your own isn’t easy as both treatments are quite similar. The best way to figure out which one is best is booking a consultation with an aesthetician who can help you go through the pros and cons of each based on your needs.
At Clinique De Mode, we want to empower our clients to make decisions based on their specific needs. We’ll run through your treatment areas, assess what you’re looking to achieve, and direct you to the best treatment in order to achieve your skin goals. Contact us today!
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