Facial made popular by Hollywood available locally

SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) You don’t need to keep up with the Kardashian’s to look like one. WDBJ7’s Caitlin Francis stopped by the Medi Spa at Ridgewood Hill in Salem to learn about an increasingly popular trend, appropriately called a Vampire Facial.

“It’s micro-needling with PRF. Which is platelet rich fibrin,” said physician assistant, Amy Bramlett-Robinson.

They numb your face with some lidocaine cream first, which takes about 20-25 minutes, and then you get a small amount of blood taken.

They spin the blood down, and use what they call the ‘liquid gold’ or the white cells, platelets and plasma.

“It’s stimulating that cascade. Inflammatory cascade. Which will stimulate collagen, elastin which will help with the fine lines, pore sizes and things like that,” Bramblett-Robinson said.

Then the real stuff starts – the micro-needling.

“We’re creating a controlled injury by doing the micro needling, and that’s stimulating your brain to send more of the white cells, platelets, growth factors to that area.”

It’s a tough feeling to describe, but going over the forehead is more noticeable, just over the eyebrow line is where you feel a slight burning sensation. Everywhere else just feels like a gentle vibration.

And just like that, it’s over.

“Very little downtime. You’ll be red when you leave here (today), tomorrow you may be a little pink, about day 4 or 5 your face may be a little dry, may even peel a little bit. But that’s it. In about two to three weeks you’ll start putting moisturizer on, your skin will feel soft, your makeup will go on better, just overall a great process,” she said.

Experts like Amy Bramblett-Robinson recommend getting this done about twice a year for treatment of acne scars, fine lines, stretch marks or dark spots, or just for preventative care.

If you’d like more information on the Vampire Facial, or the other services provided by the Medi Spa at Ridgewood Hill, call the office at 540-444-4343, or visit the website at https://carolwraymd.com/ .