Vampire Facial

Facial Treatment

What is a Vampire Facial?


A Vampire Facial is a type of facial treatment that incorporates platelet-rich plasma (PRP)—a serum made from the client's own blood.

To get it, doctors take blood from the client, then place the vial of blood in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the blood until it separates, isolating the red and white blood cells from the plasma, an amber serum rich in platelets.

The doctor then reintroduces this PRP serum into the client's skin in two ways: by direct injection or microneedling. The microneedling device opens tiny holes in the skin so that once the plasma is smeared on the face, it penetrates deeply. To minimize discomfort, a numbing cream may be used.

Vampire Facial and PRP Facial


Vampire Facial is a trademarked name, and PRP facial is a generic name (much like Kleenex is a trademarked name, and tissue is a generic name). Although they shouldn’t, people often say Vampire Facial when they mean PRP.

Whether you get an official Vampire Facial or not, it will follow the same steps listed above. The only thing that will vary is that an official Vampire Facial will include Altar, a special cream that the Vampire Facial creator says helps repair the skin barrier.

FAQ


How do doctors take the blood?

The blood is taken from your arm, much the same way your doctor would draw blood during a checkup.

What are the benefits of a Vampire Facial?

Benefits include firmer, younger-looking skin, softened wrinkles, improved skin texture, and softened acne scars.

How does it work?

"Platelets have growth factors," Dr. Mashayekh explains. "These growth factors, reintroduced into the tissue, will stimulate collagen production over time." Collagen is a protein that's most concentrated in young people's skin, and it's part of the reason their skin looks firm and supple.

As Dr. Arviv puts it, collagen gives you "more volume, [and] when you have more volume, you're also getting a tightening aspect."

That increased collagen production also helps plump up fine lines and acne scars, as well as improve skin texture.

Can PRP de used to other treatments?

PRP injection treatments have been used in sports medicine for years because of the way the growth factors can speed up the healing process. The injections are also used to treat hair loss as the growth factors can help with hair growth, hair count, and hair thickness.

How much blood do you need for a Vampire Facial?

For Dr. Mashayekh, the answer depends on the treatment area's size. "If we are doing smile lines, for example … I usually draw around 1 ounce of blood." For larger areas or a full-face treatment, he'll draw 2–3 ounces.

Not every practice is the same, though. Dr. Arviv draws less blood: at most 8 milliliters, or a quarter of an ounce, for a full-face facial plus targeted injections into wrinkles or deeper lines, like the nasolabial folds. Treatments for smaller areas require even smaller amounts.

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