What is a Vampire Facial Procedure?
With popularity rising thanks to celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, Kourtney Kardashian, Bar Rafaeli, and Keira Maguire, Vampire Facials have become one of the hottest topics of the dermatology world, from Beverly Hills to New York City. A Vampire Facial, also known as a Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Facial, is a skin care treatment that uses platelet-rich plasma from your own blood to rejuvenate the skin. The extracted platelet-rich plasma is then injected in to the skin or applied in combination with a simple microneedling treatment to infuse the rich growth factors from your own blood.
Though this trend spread from selfies of bloody models and influencers, the Vampire Facial is generally painless and can improve the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and uneven skin tone. Many patients prefer the Vampire Facial to other cosmetic procedures such as laser treatment or plastic surgery as a natural way to achieve skin rejuvenation and glowing skin texture. Board certified dermatologist Dr. Michele S. Green is an expert in PRP Facials, and is here to help give you brighter, healthier, younger looking skin.
What Does a Vampire Facial Do?
Vampire Facials use a sample of the patient’s blood to separate red blood cells from serum, which contains the body’s white blood cells and plasma. Then, the blood is safely centrifuged in order to extract platelet-rich plasma, which contains 3-5 times the standard amount of platelets and maximizes the positive development of collagen, elastin, antioxidants and hydration within the skin. Platelet-rich plasma treatments have been used in a variety of treatments for the past 15-20 years, aiding in orthopedic injuries, neurosurgery, hair loss, hair transplants, and laser skin procedures to help boost the body’s skin cell growth and healing process.
Platelets have a high level of growth factors that help to stimulate skin cell production in the body, increasing the cell turnover rate to create healthier, firmer skin. Platelets are also responsible for the body’s natural healing system, the application of which has been shown to nourish the skin, improve natural collagen production, and naturally tighten the skin similar to a traditional facelift.
Does a Vampire Facial Hurt?
Great news: the Vampire Facial is painless for adult skin care clients of all ages! A local anesthetic (typically a topical numbing cream) is applied during the initial phase of treatment, and side effects are minimal with some redness which clearly resolves in less than 24 hours. Some minor bruising can occur from injections around the eye area, but when microneedling itself yields no bruising.
How Long Do Vampire Facial Results Last?
For the majority of patients, a Vampire Facial can have tremendously positive results, leading to continued improvement in skin cells for a few months after full duration treatment, as well as lasting rejuvenation effects for 1-2 years. Some Vampire Facial recipients report improved skin for up to 6 years.
How Often Should You Get a Vampire Facial?
In order to see maximum results, a minimum of 3-4 treatments are recommended for the Vampire Facial. Once patients have completed the Vampire Facial treatment once a month for the first three months, they can make additional appointments every six to twelve months for maintenance.
24 year old female – PRP / Vampire Facial
Who Can Perform a Vampire Facial?
At our office, we take immense care to ensure that the Vampire Facial process is safe and entirely sterile, ensuring you the best possible experience. Our PRP Facials are both safe and effective, and we pride ourselves on satisfying the skin care needs of our patients in the context of their holistic health.
Recent news reports have shown that unsafe practice can lead to transfer of blood-born diseases, such as Hepatitis B. For example, VIP spa in New Mexico was ordered to stop Vampire Facials by the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), as its sterilization process was risking harm to its clients. This risk has only been affiliated with improper sterilization and application of Vampire Facials.
For a Vampire Facial, or any procedure that punctures the surface of the skin, we encourage you to seek treatment with a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon, rather than a spa or medspa environment. At our office, we can ensure that the procedure is completed by a certified medical professional, rather than an aesthetician or specialist without healthcare affiliation.
Is the Vampire Facial Right For Me?
If you have mild to severe acne scarring, fine lines, or sagging or uneven skin texture, a Vampire Facial may be just what your skin care regimen needs. Most patients prefer the process to a more traditional facelift procedure, as the PRP Facial relies on natural platelet-rich plasma, allowing the body to restore itself. However, we recommend looking at other facial treatment options if you have any of the following preexisting conditions:
- History of Diabetes
- Blood-clotting disorders
- Active Skin Infections
- History of Shingles
- Active use of immunosuppressants
- Active use of blood-thinning medication
If you are wondering whether a Vampire Facial is best for you, Dr. Green is available to discuss your tailored skin care treatment options for optimal results.
What is the difference between a Vampire Facial and a Vampire Facelift?
A Vampire Facelift is similar to that of a Vampire Facial in that it relies on platelet-rich plasma enhance growth factors within skin cells. The Vampire Facelift differs from the Vampire Facial in that it begins with an injection on Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm, natural substances that help to improve both fine lines and deep lines. A Vampire Facelift can be combined with Botox to help treat facial lines in the forehead and around the eyes as well. The only added side effect is the risk of slight bruising from these dermal filler injections.
Dr. Green prefers Juvederm for her patients: “I have found that Juvederm, which has the highest concentration of HA (Hyaluronic Acid), and a smooth, homogeneous composition, provides excellent results and a high degree of patient satisfaction.” HA fillers are designed to fill deeper lines and wrinkles, while the platelet-rich plasma treatment helps improve skin tone, texture and fine lines.
The remainder of the Vampire Facelift operates like a traditional PRP Facial, enhancing the effects of the HA fillers while encouraging natural skin cell production.
How Should I Prepare for My Vampire Facial or Facelift?
In order to prepare for your PRP facial or facelift, we recommend that patients abstain from using Retinol or Retin-A skin care products for at least the day before treatment. Patients should also avoid extended sun exposure prior to the procedure, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid both caffeine and aspirin consumption the morning of the procedure.
The procedure itself only takes about a half hour, but we recommend reserving 60-90 minutes in order to account for blood sample and numbing cream preparation . Before applying the numbing cream, skin must be clean and free of makeup and, once the anesthetic takes effect, the brief application process can begin.
After PRP Facial Treatment, your skin may be a bit swollen or feel dry. Once a few hours have passed, you can wash your face with lukewarm water to remove any remaining serum or dried blood. For a minimum of 6 hours, skin should remain clear of any makeup or sunscreen. Skin can be sensitive to sun exposure for the next couple of weeks, so it’s best to avoid sun exposure as much as possible, or wear a protective layer of sunscreen. Furthermore, patients should avoid any toners that contain alcohol in them for up to two weeks.
Typically, it takes about two days for skin to return to normal, and skin will continue to improve over the next few weeks. Skin may feel tight or dry for the first couple of days, but after that, you can go back to your standard daily skin care routine.
For healthy, rejuvenated skin through natural growth factors, contact the office today and find out how a Vampire Facelift or Vampire Facial with PRP Treatment could work for you and contact Dr. Michele Green at her NYC based office by calling 212 535 3088 or contacting us online.