What is the Vampire Facial®?
The Vampire Facial®, also known as the vampire facelift or Dracula facial, actually has the opposite effect that you might associate with a blood-sucking vampire; It doesn’t leave your skin shriveled or dull, rather, it plumps, hydrates, and nourishes your skin using your own blood.
Vampire facial gets its name due to the use of blood in the procedure.
During a vampire facial, a sample of your blood is drawn from your arm. The vial of blood is placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from the red blood cells.
Once the blood is separated, the doctor performs a procedure similar to microdermabrasion, in which tiny needles penetrate the skin.
Tiny needles penetrate the skin as the platelet-rich plasma (and a hyaluronic acid filler if you are going for a facelift) is applied absorbing it back into your face.
4 Steps of the Vampire Facial® Procedure
First, the physician draws your blood from your arm (just like getting a blood test done).
Then, using a centrifuge, the physician isolates platelets from that blood (platelet-rich plasma or PRP)--all within about 10 minutes in the office!
12 Tiny Needles on the Head Move Up & Down at 8 Thousand Times per Minute!
These growth factors then activate multipotent stem cells already in the skin (tricking them into "thinking" there's been an injury and new younger tissue should generated).
The patented ingredient in Altar™, SBD-4, works synergistically to enhance the previous steps' effects and help supply blood flow to the fragile new growth of healthy pluripotent stem cells.
Only certified providers of the Vampire Procedures (Facelift® & Facial®) offer this very important 4th step.
- Reduced wrinkles
- Plump skin
- Faded or diminished acne scars
- Brightened skin
If this sounds a little macabre or fringe to you, you might be surprised to learn that even the biggest celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Bar Refaeli and British actor Rupert Everett have all undergone the “Dracula treatment”.
Platelet-rich plasma has been used for over 50 years!
The efficacy of vampire facials comes down to plasma. Plasma is rich in protein and helps to carry nutrients, protein, and hormones to the rest of the body. This is thought to help stimulate collagen production and elastin in the skin, resulting in firm, youthful skin.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is also a natural way to stimulate healing in the body. It can be applied at the hairline to also help improve hair growth. Aside from encouraging youthful glowing skin and thick glossy hair, it can also be used to help heal sports injuries, damaged muscles, arthritis, and more. Though there is limited research specifically on vampire facials, research suggests PRP may help stimulate hair growth, reduce pain from osteoarthritis, and treat acute sports injuries.
One study found that “both fine and coarse texture improved significantly more with a single treatment of PRP than with normal saline.”
Vampire facials are generally thought to be safe if done with sterilized equipment in a clean environment. Anyone with premature wrinkles or hyperpigmentation who wants to even their skin tone is an ideal candidate for the procedure.
However, as with most cosmetic procedures, unsterilized equipment increases the risk of infection and disease so make sure to do thorough research before choosing your provider. With that said, vampire facials are a noninvasive procedure that can safely be done by a doctor or dermatologist with the correct equipment and certifications.
Here’s what you can expect pre, mid, and post-procedure.
Your body replenishes its plasma roughly every three days, so you should try to eat a healthy diet at least for the 3 days leading up to your appointment. Before your procedure, the doctor will cleanse your skin and apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area. While your face numbs, a sample of blood will be taken from your arm and put in the centrifuge to separate the platelets. Once you are nice and numb, the doctor will use a small needling device to permeate the skin.
Finally, the PRP will be applied and worked into the skin. To top it all off, your doctor might apply a cream that will help speed up the healing process and protect your skin from infection. All in all, it takes anywhere from 30-45 minutes.
Typically, vampire facials have little to no downtime and you can even drive yourself home from the appointment! Since you are using your body’s own blood components, there is no risk of rejection.
Possible side effects following the procedure may include:
- Dry skin
You might experience some redness or bruise in the days following your procedure.
Oftentimes, your doctor will give you specific aftercare instructions but as a general rule, use a gentle cleanser and avoid alcohol-based products, artificial fragrances, and exfoliants for at least 72 hours post-procedure. Make sure to apply SPF daily and avoid the sun whenever possible to avoid sun damage to your freshly facialed skin!
Though the side effects and irritation will likely fade within the first couple of days, results likely won’t be evident from a single session alone. Depending on your skin’s condition (wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, etc.) it could take multiple sessions to see your desired results.
Regardless of whether you want a follow-up appointment or not, your doctor will likely recommend that you come back to the office after your skin has had time to recover to see its impacts and discuss whether further treatment is needed.
After your 72 hour marker, you may be able to prolong the effects of your procedure by using a brightening daily cleanser and lightweight moisturizer. Oral collagen supplements may also help you to build up your body’s natural collagen stores to promote healthier, firmer skin for the weeks and months to come.
Vampire facials are not covered by insurance. Cosmetic procedures are considered elective and therefore are an out-of-pocket expense. Contact our office for pricing.