Vampire Facial - Precare, Aftercare & Consent
Precare, Aftercare & Consent
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a non-surgical treatment that utilizes your own body’s healing abilities to stimulate skin healing, repair and recovery. It has the power to trigger your body’s own tissue regeneration potential. It is a natural treatment that uses the platelets from your own blood. When activated, platelets secrete and release at least 7 different growth factors which enhance the natural healing processes. They also stimulate growth of collagen to rejuvenate the skin, improve the blood supply to the tissues and can greatly improve skin tone and texture.
This innovative technique involves taking a small blood sample from a patients arm, popping it into a centrifugal machine where it is then spun to separate the blood cells, serum and platelets. The platelet-rich plasma is then extracted and both Injected & Needled back into the skin using our fantastic Electroporation Microneedling Device for ultimate skin rejuvenation.
Micro Injections of PRP to the areas that need it most. Specifically targeting the under eye and lower face. Followed by;
Microneedling is a procedure that creates invisible micro-injuries to the skin using tiny sterile needles. The purpose of treatment is to generate new collagen and skin tissue for smoother, firmer, more toned skin. Microneedling is mostly used on the face and may treat various types of acne scars, wrinkles and large pores.
Electroporation is a technique in which an electrical field is applied to cells in order to increase the permeability of the membranes, allowing the PRP to be introduced into the cell more efficiently.
Following this, any excess plasma will be left to soak into the skin under the Medik8 Ultimate Hydration mask. Enriched with deeply hydrating hyaluronic acid and detoxifying minerals, Bio-cellulose locks in moisture tight, while zinc and marine algae offer antioxidant protection and help promote the skin’s natural healing process.
Dermalux LED Therapy uses controlled levels of blue, red and near infrared light which are proven to be beneficial. Blue light has a powerful anti-bacterial effect which is very effective for killing off the bugs that cause acne and for normalising oil production. Red light increases collagen and elastin production which gives us firmer, smoother skin. It shrinks enlarged pores and evens skin tone and texture. Lastly, Near Infrared works together with red to reduce inflammation and pain, and to reduce pigmentation and scarring.
☆ Tips for increasing blood flow; making the blood collection process as easy and as quick as possible...☆
1) DRINK LOTS OF WATER! On your way to the clinic try to drink at least 1L of water.
2) KEEP MOVING! On your way to the clinic keep your arm moving and clench and release your fist to increase blood flow to the area.
Blood will be taken from the Median Cubital.
7 Days Before:
-You should avoid Blood Thinning Medication / Herbs / Supplements, Aspiriin or Anti Inflammatories for 1 week prior to your treatment.
-Avoid other facial treatments at least 1 week prior to your treatment.
-Avoid extensive sun exposure / the use of tanning beds for 1 week prior to your treatment.
(We obviously advise that you stop using tanning beds altogether because they increase your risk of skin cancer and accelerate visible signs of aging).
-Likewise, avoid Hair Removal (to the area you are receiving PRP) at least 1 week prior to your treatment.
(Whether that be Waxing, Laser or Cream – Shaving is okay if done gently ensuring no nicks).
3 Days Before:
-It is crucial that you do not consume alcohol for at least 3 days prior to undergoing Phlebotomy + PRP injections, as alcohol can thin the blood and increase the possibility of bruising as well as cause dehydration which can slow down your blood flow
-Drink at least 2L of water per day for 3 days leading up to your treatment.
Day of Appointment:
-Drink at least 2L of water on the day of your treatment and also eat a full healthy breakfast.
-Please attend the appointment makeup free
Although the majority of patients do not experience any complications with PRP Microneedling, it is important you understand that risks do exist. The Microneedling procedure is minimally invasive and uses a set of microneedles to inflict multiple, tiny, punctures/lacerations to the outermost layer of the skin.
I am aware of the following risks/complications that may occur:
- Mild to moderate discomfort or pain
- Slight redness or swelling
- Sun sensitivity
- Scalp sensitivity
- Pigment changes
- Allergic reaction
- Bacterial infection
- Minor peeling/shedding/flaking
I am also aware there is a risk of more serious side effects, including:
Possible scarring. Microneedling isn’t a good idea for people who are prone to keloid scarring. Anyone can get a keloid scar, but they're more common in people with darker skin, such as people from Africa and African-Caribbean and south Indian communities.
Unfortunately unless you have had surgery in the past or a deep cut where a scar has formed you will not know whether you are/are not prone to keloid scarring. Which is why it is important to know that there is a risk of this with Microneedling.
Infection. Microneedling creates tiny holes in the skin, which could let germs enter. But the risk of infection is very low. If you’re healthy, an infection from Microneedling is unlikely.
Skin Pigment Changes. Microneedling may worsen dark spots if your skin scars or becomes inflamed easily. If this is the case, Microneedling may cause more inflammation. Following this, your body will send white blood cells to fight off bacteria and infection. This can trigger the production of more melanin, which can then form dark spots or worsen those that are already there.
Granulomatous Dermatitis. Microneedling has been reported to cause Granulomatous Dermatitis, but it is rare.
If you notice small red lumps / circles appear on your skin following your Microneedling session I would contact your GP and arrange a face to face appointment with them. They will be able to give a prescription strength treatment to help heal Granulomatous Dermatitis at a much quicker rate.
I confirm I do not suffer with any of the Contra-indications associated with PRP Microneedling for your Scalp:
- Pregnancy or Lactation
- Acute and Chronic Infections
- Skin diseases (i.e. SLE, porphyria, allergies)
- Chemotherapy treatments
- Severe metabolic and systemic disorders
- Abnormal platelet function (blood disorders, i.e. Hemodynamic
- Instability, Hypofibrinogenemia, Critical Thrombocytopenia)
- Chronic Liver Disease
- Anti-coagulation therapy (Coumadin, Warfarin, Plavix, Aspirin, Lovenox)
- Underlying Sepsis
- Systemic use of corticosteroids within two weeks of procedure
Herpes Simplex (cold sores or fever blisters)
An anti-viral medication may be necessary prior to treatment
- Open skin lesions
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Extensive sun or tanning 3 days prior and 3 days post treatment
- Accutane in the past 6 months to 1 year
- Prescription topical retinol products in the past 2 weeks
- Waxing of area to be treated in the past 7 days
- Skin must be healthy and intact
- An allergy to aspirin
- Active Infections (skin/scalp)
- Allergy/Hypersensitivity to certain skincare ingredients / topicals
- Prone to Keloid scarring
I understand that the treatment may involve risks of complication or injury from both known and unknown causes, and I freely assume those risks. Prior to receiving treatment, I have been candid in revealing any condition that may have a bearing on this procedure.
I consent and authorise all therapist’s at Skin by Paige Alexandra to use all products and equipment that make up the Vampire Facial treatment on me. I certify that I have read this entire informed consent and I understand and agree to the information provided in the form. My questions regarding the procedure have been answered satisfactorily.
I hereby release all therapist’s at Skin by Paige Alexandra from all liabilities associated with this procedure. This consent is valid for all of my Vampire Facial treatments and all technologies in the future as well.
WHAT TO EXPECT | AFTERCARE
What To Expect:
It is very common to experience bruising at the injection sites. Your under eye is a very delicate area and will more than likely bruise. Please bare this in mind when booking for your treatment as bruising can last up to 5 days.
After your treatment it is completely normal to be red for up to 3 days, although most clients find the redness has gone in 24 hours. If you are super red after your appointment, please don't' panic this is a good thing! Please also DO NOT take any anti-inflammatories to try and speed up your healing. These agents will interfere with the natural inflammatory process which is critical and responsible for skin rejuvenation.
It is also completely normal to experience dryness, tightness & mild flaking post treatment. It’s important to know everyone's skin reacts differently to Microneedling. The active ingredients used alongside Microneedling are very beneficial to your skin, but if your skin is not used to them it can make it a little dry at first. If your skin is super dry, it can sometime be a little itchy. To help with this you can take an antihistamine for the next day or 2.
Believe it or not, it’s not only down to your body’s anatomy as to how quick you heal but also your home skincare routine.
As a general rule of thumb I say to not use any Acids or Retinals or harsh ingredients on your skin for the next 3 days. But if your skin is still red, dry or slightly marked after 3 days then you should continue to not use those ingredients until you get to a stage where it is calm again.
Your skin may also go a little red each time you are exposed to heat for the next couple of days after Microneedling and experiencing sensitivity / tingling sensation for the next few days is also not uncommon.
Over the next few days you may / may not notice a few spots pop up. This is NOT A BREAKOUT. Believe it or not, it’s actually a good thing! The correct term for this is called Purging.
The term skin purging refers to an increase in cell turnover speed when using active ingredients or a cell turnover increasing facial like Microneedling. Your skin will begin to shed dead skin cells faster than normal revealing clearer more youthful looking skin. But before these new, healthy cells can make there way to the surface, the not so good stuff has to rise to the top first. Which is sebum and build up from the below the skins surface which clogs pores. The not so glam side of Purging.
Once you have undergone your Microneedling treatment expect to see some changes with your skin prior to getting your final results. Just as there are some instructions you should follow before your treatment there are also instructions you should follow after your treatment to ensure the best possible results.
-Do not wash your face or apply any skincare products for 12 hours
-Do not apply Retinals, Acids or Exfoliants for 3-5 days post treatment.
-Do not apply makeup for 24 hours.
Once 24 hours has passed and you wish to wear makeup, please ensure your brushes are clean and sanitised
-Avoid exercise/sweating for 24 hours
-Avoid swimming, sauna’s and spa environments for 3-5 days
-Sleep on a clean pillowcase at night. Preferably Silk / Satin (Like this).
-Do not peel or pick at your skin if it does begin to flake. You must allow the skin to flake off naturally. Picking at the peeling skin can cause hyperpigmentation.
-Golden Rule: Make sure that you are also avoiding direct sun exposure. Especially tanning beds.
(Preferably forever! But if you must, please wait 14 days)
-Make sure to keep your skin well hydrated with a protective moisturiser. Apply it twice daily or more often if needed to reduce the appearance of flaking.
-Drink LOTS of water!
-Last but not least, do not have any other treatments for 14 days following your treatment.
The steps taken after Microneedling are super important and must be taken seriously to ensure your skin heals as it should.
As Microneedling creates lots of little open wounds beyond what the eye can see, it is very important to keep your skin clean over the next 24-48 hours to prevent infection.
As mentioned above, Skin Purging can happen. But it is important to know the difference between a purge and a developing skin infection.
If abnormal puss filled spots begin to appear which are weeping and seem to be spreading then please contact you GP right away and request some antibiotics.