What is a vampire facial?
Your blood is made up of PRP - plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Many people know that platelets work to clot blood, but what they don’t know is that they also play a role in healing injuries. Vampire Facial is a treatment where the number of platelets in the blood is increased to encourage injury repair in the body. Vampire facials, aka PRP injections, can provide 5-10 times as many platelets as natural blood. It has been used to treat:
- Chronic tendon injuries
- Acute ligament and muscle injuries
- Knee arthritis
In some cases, PRP injections has even been used during surgery to help certain tissues heal. Because PRP can speed up the recovery process, many famous athletes, including Tiger Woods, have used it to get back in the game quickly. If you’re interested in a vampire facial, contact Dr. Maninder Guram at the Texas Health and Lifestyle Center so he can determine whether it’s the right treatment for you.
What can I expect during treatment?
First, Dr. Guram will collect your medical history and perform a physical examination of the affected area. If he decides PRP is the best treatment for you, he will draw your blood. It will be spun at high speed and the platelets will be concentrated. Then the treatment is ready to be injected.
During the vampire facial treatment, a solution of PRP and a local anesthetic is injected into the injured area. Some patients report slight discomfort during the injection. For 1-2 weeks after treatment, it’s possible the pain may worsen before the healing process begins to speed up.
Once the PRP has taken effect, the patient can expect a speedier recovery.
Are there any possible side effects to a vampire facial treatment?
Because PRP uses your blood, it's unlikely that you will experience any serious side effects during treatment. As with all injections, pain or inflammation after treatment is possible.
If you’re considering a vampire facial, talk with the medical professionals at the Texas Health and Lifestyle Center. They’ll be able to tell you if a vampire facial is the right course of treatment for your injury.
*Individual results may vary