What is a vampire (Platelet Rich Plasma) facial?

It’s always fascinating how a name conjures up certain emotions – noting the expression on prospective clients when one mentions the name of this treatment.

However this facial is not as sinister as it sounds…it’s actually quite the contrary!

A Vampire Facial is currently one of the most trending aesthetic treatments in the world and has been made even more famous by various social media and web posts by the famous Kim Kardashian West, who is known to have undergone this procedure and reportedly made it one of the most requested aesthetic treatments.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy

The Vampire facial is also commonly referred to as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. The procedure involves drawing up some of the client’s blood and spinning this down in a centrifuge. The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is then obtained via this process and re-injected into the face and/or neck. The procedure is known to bring about an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, and improvements in skin colour, clarity, texture and pigmentation. It assists in creating an overall, more youthful effect.

Common questions around vampire facials

We are often asked – “how long do the effects of the vampire facial last?”, since skin renewal and rejuvenation is using the body’s own active regeneration components, facial skin renewal is continued for about 3-months after the procedure. The overall effects of the Vampire Facelift® can last for over a year. Initially, 2-3 treatments are required and thereafter sessions can be done every six months or annually, depending on the client’s needs/preference.

Many clients also question the difference between micro-needling and PRP. To be answered simply, micro-needling is a quick collagen induction treatment which uses microneedles to penetrate the skin. Vampire Facial is an extract of your own blood that contains platelets. When PRP is placed back into the skin, it initiates a localised stem cell response.

For many clients, this is the perfect treatment to have just before the end of the day. It is a quick and easy treatment that happens in the consulting room. Prior to starting the treatment, the client’s face is cleansed thoroughly and a topical local anaesthetic cream is applied. Thereafter the blood is drawn and spunk down for 20-30 minutes (depending on the type of centrifuge). The PRP obtained is then micro needled back into the face and neck…this process takes a few minutes.

Clients usually do appear red/inflamed after the treatment with this appearance improving within the next 24-48 hours depending on sensitivity. A client is able to use make-up the next day to conceal any residual redness.

The usual healing is in the form of dryness and scaling/peeling that will occur over the course of the week after the PRP is done – usually seen from day 3 onwards.

What is left after the period of peeling is a beautiful, radiant skin which notes a significant improvement in texture, complexion and even an improvement in fine wrinkles and scars?

Whilst we are often asked if this procedure is better to perform versus neurotoxin, we strongly advise clients that these are two different modalities of treatment. They are designed to have different targets for improvement. Neurotoxin brings about a reduction in lines and wrinkles that are formed during expression, for a period of 3-4 months. PRP can result in an improvement in wrinkles in both upper and lower face and not necessarily only the wrinkles associated with expression. The PRP treatment also involves improving the actual quality of the skin (ie. tone, complexion, pigmentation, lines and wrinkles).

Conclusion

With advancements in aesthetic medicine, we notice that we are gradually moving away from surgical methods of facial enhancements to non-surgical techniques. Vampire facials (Platelet Rich Plasma) has been accepted positively because it also employs “natural methods” – (ie. using one’s own blood versus using a foreign substance on the skin).

That being the case, the treatment is becoming hugely popular even in the younger age group, who are starting to use the procedure prophylactically in an attempt to beat the ageing clock. We hope to see you at the clinic soon!