Vampire facial made headlines a few years ago when Kim Kardashian “went public” with her own experiences, extolling the benefits of the facials for helping her skin stay smooth, firm and flawless. But although there have been several news stories exploring the whats and whys about vampire facials, there’s still a fair amount of misinformation and mystery about what they are and what they might do for the average person. If you’ve been wondering about vampire facials or maybe considering one for yourself, this quick primer can help.
Vampire Facials 101
First, what is a vampire facial, anyway? A vampire facial uses injections of platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, a substance derived from the patient’s own blood (hence the name “vampire”), to help promote or “jump start” natural healing after injury or surgery. In a vampire facelift, PRP is used to stimulate the development of new tissue to replace damaged tissues in the face.
A vampire facial begins by taking a sample of the patient’s blood which is then processed to separate the platelets from the rest of the blood. Platelets contain growth factors, substances that play a significant role in healing by stimulating the development of new, healthy cells used to replace damaged tissues. After processing, PRP contains about five to 10 times the number of growth factors normally found in blood.
After processing, the platelet-rich plasma is injected into the skin where growth factors being sending out signals that promote healing responses and new tissue growth, including the growth of new blood vessels to improve circulation in the skin. Increased circulation means the skin receives more oxygen and more nutrients, and it also means the skin is able to rid itself of toxins and impurities more efficiently. At the same time, the tiny wounds created by the needles “ramp up” the production of collagen, leaving skin looking and feeling firmer.
How is a vampire facial performed?
There are two different ways to perform a vampire facial, but both use the same basic premise: Injecting the skin with PRP to stimulate healing responses that can make skin look more youthful and resilient. In the first technique, PRP is injected using a single, very thin needle directly into wrinkles and other damaged areas. Sometimes, fillers are injected beforehand to help lift the skin and replace lost volume. The second approach uses a microneedling “pen” featuring multiple tiny needles to administer the PRP solution throughout the treatment area. In both approaches, the skin is gently cleansed before injection, and treatment can be completed in about a half hour.
After treatment, you can expect your skin to look pinkish for a day or two, much like you would look after receiving a mild sunburn. You’ll need to avoid sun exposure while your skin heals, and you’ll be given instructions on how to care for your skin during healing. It takes several weeks for maximum benefits of a vampire facial to become fully visible, and results can last for two years.
Find out if a vampire facial is right for you.
Vampire facials can provide significant benefits for men and women seeking a natural approach to facial rejuvenation. At Halo Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, we offer vampire facials using the most advanced techniques for optimal results, and we can recommend other options like fillers and BOTOX® aimed at helping you address the issues that are most important to you. If you’d like to learn more about vampire facials, call Halo Laser and Aesthetic Medicine and schedule a consultation and evaluation today.