At Scottsdale PRP Aesthetics in Scottsdale, we want you to feel comfortable before you schedule a procedure and that’s why we’ve compiled this Vampire FAQ page to put you at ease. If you’ve reviewed these Vampire FAQ answers and still have questions, please call us at 480-451-7000 and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.
What does PRP mean?
PRP is an acronym that stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. Plasma is the liquid form of blood, which contains all cellular components such as red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Platelets naturally make up only ten percent of our blood’s cellular components. In platelet-rich plasma therapy the platelets are concentrated to reach ninety percent. Therefore, the concentrated plasma is rich in platelets.
What is PRP Therapy?
Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy consists of injecting the PRP into a specific region (hair, face, breast, clitoris, vagina) to stimulate and enhance the body’s healing and collagen production. Platelet-Rich Plasma is a concentrate formed from the patient’s own blood that has been modified to contain a potent dose of their body’s own healing ingredients. These healing ingredients are concentrated in the process of creating PRP.
What training have you had and what PRP certifications do you hold?
Dr. Thomas Kupka and Colleen Kupka, RN, have trained with Dr. Charles Runnels who pioneered and invented “The Vampire Procedures.” Both Dr. Kupka and Colleen have received certifications in all of the Vampire PRP procedures. To guarantee optimal results, it is imperative to always know where someone was trained and which procedure certifications they hold. The Vampire PRP Procedures are specific protocols applying PRP to aesthetic medicine, researched for optimal therapeutic benefit.
What kind of effect does PRP have, and is it safe?
Platelet Rich Plasma uses your own blood to repair and improve your skin tissue. Medical professionals have used PRP on thousands of patients worldwide for more than thirty years, predominantly in maxillofacial, orthopedic, cardiac surgery, and wound care therapy, such as burn treatment. PRP therapy use has been expanding into aesthetic medicine, and we are discovering the benefits of PRP in aesthetic treatments.
What might be any side effects?
Since Vampire/PRP procedures use your own blood and do not contain any animal or synthetic components, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction. No allergic reactions have been reported to date. While mild irritation, edema, bruising, swelling, itching, discoloration or tenderness at the injection site are some common reactions you may experience from the procedure, no serious side effects have been noted. These mild reactions are temporary and typically resolve within one to two days.
What is involved in the process?
We draw a small sample of your own blood then spin it in a centrifuge specifically designed to concentrate the platelets for platelet rich plasma. This process takes about 30 to 40 minutes. (It may take longer if larger doses are going to be used.) Once PRP is ready, the treatment area is prepared and application of the PRP is performed using the optimal Vampire/ PRP protocol.
How long does the entire procedure take?
The procedure typically takes from 60 to 90 minutes, though it can last somewhat longer with multiple treatment areas.
Will it be painful during and after the procedure?
Each individual is unique and will respond differently. A variety of pain management techniques are available and applied during treatment to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure.
Can I drive home after the procedure?
Yes, you will be able to drive home directly after the procedure. No sedation is necessary. Should you feel more comfortable having a friend or family member drive you, that is certainly alright.
What kind of results can I expect?
Individual results vary and will depend on a number of factors, including your overall health status, life style, dietary habits, and medications.
While you often see volume changes immediately after your treatment, it can take up to three weeks before you will see a sustained volume gain. The initial swelling will go down, and the treatment will produce a gradual increase in volume to help stimulate your body’s own collagen production, typically first noticed at three to four weeks with full effect at three months.
Will my skin become noticeably hard to the touch?
This process is natural, using your own biology; no such associated risks are known.
Does a Vampire Facial produce permanent results?
Although not permanent, the Vampire Procedure—PRP—offers natural and lasting effects.
How many treatments will I need?
As each person is unique, the initial number of PRP treatments required will vary. Maintenance treatments are typically recommended every one to two years, depending on your skin type and condition.
Are all Vampire/PRP therapies the same?
No, not all PRP therapies are the same. PRP therapies, which contain higher concentrations of platelets, produce better results. Optimal therapeutic concentration for effective skin rejuvenation is a platelet concentration at least three to four times the normal level of platelets. Higher concentrated levels have been linked to improved collagen formation.
At Scottsdale PRP Aesthetics in Scottsdale, we utilize Vampire PRP protocols. These protocols require specialized training skills in this proprietary procedure. We combine High Value PRP using a unique concentrating centrifuge along with the specialized techniques of Vampire PRP procedures to optimize results for our clients. Not all centrifuge systems used to create PRP are alike. Discounted PRP procedures are usually offered by providers using inferior quality centrifuge systems creating poor PRP concentrations. In contrast to Low Value PRP created by other centrifuge systems commonly utilized by other providers, our system has the capability to precisely produce a very highly concentrated, High Value PRP formulation for superior results.
Additionally, at Scottsdale PRP Aesthetics in Scottsdale, we use a closed system. Our closed system reduces collection error risk, infection risk, and results in superior PRP concentration. And while our closed system produces superior PRP, it also reduces risk, resulting in improved outcomes.
We are committed to provide our clients the most highly optimized Vampire/PRP procedures using High Value PRP to enhance aesthetic satisfaction and produce optimal results.
Who would not be a PRP treatment candidate?
Persons with active skin infections, skin disease (SLE, porphyria, allergies), cancer, severe metabolic and systemic disorders, abnormal platelet function (e.g., blood disorders), or underlying sepsis, or any persons receiving chemotherapy would not be candidates for this treatment.
We ask that you inform us about all medications and supplements you take, especially any anti-inflammatory, steroid, or blood thinner medications.
Still have questions after reading our Vampire FAQ page? Call to learn more or to schedule your consultation today with us at 480-451-7000.