Oh bloody hell, what will they think of next in the name of beauty? Sometimes we will try anything when it comes to restoring our skin to its youthful appearance. As if the snail facial and bird poop facial weren’t enough, now we’re smearing our own blood all over our faces? All kidding aside, the new vampire facial is all the rage in skin-care these days. I mean, if Kim Kardashian is doing it then it must be aMaZinG…amiright?
What Is a Vampire Facial?
A vampire facial is a combination of a microneedling treatment followed by an application of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to your face. It’s a facial that essentially uses your own blood to help promote the healthy activity of your skin cells. PRP therapy is actually not new, it has been used for years in orthopedics for sport injuries and repair. The healing platelets are separated out from a patient’s blood plasma and then re-injected into the body to enhance healing.
How Is a Vampire Facial Done?
First, numbing cream is applied to the face to make the microneedling part of the procedure more comfortable. Microneedling can be painful, and the numbing cream can help. Not all places offer this, so do your research if you want the numbing cream.
Next, they suck your blood. Seriously. Your blood is drawn (usually from the vein in your arm crease below your bicep), and a full tube of blood is taken, but not all of it is used. The blood is put into a centrifuge, which spins it around and allows the platelets to separate from the rest of the blood components.
The microneedling is then performed, usually by a certified aesthetician. A pen-like device is used to make microscopic channels into the dermis layer of your skin. (Holes, they are putting holes in your face.) This stimulates collagen production and helps improve the appearance of the skin.
The last step is that your face is coated with your blood or the blood is injected back into your skin and allowed to soak (scenes from The Silence of The Lambs pop into my head 😮 ). Depending on the spa, sometimes the microneedling is done before they coat your face with the PRP and sometimes they actually inject the PRP back into your skin using microneedling.
The idea behind the whole process is that the growth factors contained in the plasma stimulate the release of the skin’s stem cells. Basically, your skin is being tricked into believing that it has been injured and must heal itself with new, fresh tissue. This process allows the skin to create new collagen, new blood vessels, and new cells.
What Are the Results?
- Diminished face wrinkles
- Softer and smoother skin
- Clearer and tighter skin
- Improvement of scars and spots
- Improvement in blood flow/skin color
- Better skin quality overall
When Do You See Results and How Long Do They Last?
Your face will be quite red, swollen, and blotchy for 2-3 days after the procedure. Usually the results will not be immediate. It may take a few weeks and even a few months until your skin begins to transform itself and can last 1-2 years. Usually 3 treatments are recommended spaced about 3 months apart with upkeep of the facials twice a year to yield best results.
How Much Does a Vampire Facial Cost?
The typical cost for a vampire facial ranges from $100 – $2,500 with an average cost of $1,100. This largely depends on where you live and where you get your procedure done.
So now you know the cold, bloody truth about the new vampire facial. It’s not too crazy when you hear the science behind it! Now, who wants to go try one with me???
Your Beauty Rx: A vampire facial can be an effective way to smooth wrinkles on the face, help remove scars, and get an overall fresher, more youthful appearance. Do your research on nearby facilities that provide the procedure to see if the vampire facial is right for you.