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Vampire Facial: Everything You Need To Know About It

Medically reviewed by Dr. Kendall R. Roehl , MD, FACS
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Vampire Facial: Everything You Need To Know About It March 1, 2019

No, it has nothing to do with vampires! The vampire facial was made famous by Kim Kardashian. She Instagrammed a selfie with her face smeared in her blood after getting the facial done. It was shocking, but that pic of Kim initiated a trend of blood facial treatments. Since then, this extreme anti-aging treatment has become popular among celebs. But what exactly is it? And how does it work? We have answered all your doubts in this article.

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What Is A Vampire Facial? How Does It Work?

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Vampire facial is the nickname that has been coined by the beauty industry. This facial is called platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facial or therapy. It is a treatment that involves microneedling followed by the application of platelet-rich plasma or PRP on your skin.

The PRP is extracted from your blood. The blood is rich in platelets that have extremely high levels of growth factors. When applied to your skin, these growth factors help in boosting cell turnover rate. The growth factors boost collagen and elastin production and increase the skin’s hydration levels. They also infuse your skin with antioxidants. This procedure also improves the absorbing power of your skin – which means your skin can absorb other skin care products better.

To sum it up, a vampire facial uses your blood to promote healthy cell functioning.

Initially, the blood facial treatment might seem extremely painful, but in reality, it’s not. So, what exactly happens during the treatment? Check out the procedure below.

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Vampire Facial: The Procedure

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Here’s what happens when you go for a vampire facial or PRP facial:

  1. The skin care professional will first draw out blood from your body.
  2. They will then extract platelets from your blood. They spin the blood at a fast pace using a centrifuge to separate its layers. The plasma rich in platelets is extracted from it.
  3. These platelets are then applied to your skin through microneedling or microdermabrasion. When the platelets are applied, they trick your skin into thinking that it is injured, making it produce more collagen.

The procedure is not painless, and you will feel mild to moderate levels of discomfort. It all depends on your pain tolerance levels. So, why take all this pain? Are there any benefits?

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What Are The Benefits Of A Vampire Facial?

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As we discussed earlier, the platelet-rich plasma contains growth factors that boost collagen development and enhance the skin’s elasticity. This procedure helps to:

  • Improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Improve your skin texture
  • Reduce the size of the skin pores
  • Improve the appearance of acne scars
  • Improve the plumpness of your skin
  • Give you a youthful glow and smooth skin
  • Improve the effectiveness of skin care products

This facial procedure is non-invasive and can be combined with other facial procedures. Although it has become a trend du jour and is dubbed as the key to the Fountain of Youth, it has several side effects.

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Are There Any Risk Factors Involved?

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The vampire facial is definitely the next big thing in skin care and may help improve several skin conditions, but it also comes with a series of potential side effects. If you google the cons, you will find numerous instances of a vampire facial gone wrong. Here are a few side effects of the procedure:

1. It Might Cause Infection

There have been a few cases (according to news reports) in which people were exposed to blood-borne infections, such as Hepatitis B and C and HIV. This happens when the procedure is not followed correctly, without proper equipment, adequate infection control practices, and the supervision of a medical professional. Often, in spas, untrained people carry out the procedure without any proper guidance. So, in case you are planning to undergo a vampire facial, make sure that the medispa is experienced in performing such procedures.

2. It Is Painful

Yes. Even Kim Kardashian regretted getting a vampire facial done due to the pain it caused (she didn’t use any numbing gel as she was pregnant). If you have low pain tolerance, it’s better to avoid this.

3. It May Cause Inflammation

Inflammation and bruises are very common during this procedure (if you remember singer Kerry Katona whose face was swollen after her vampire facial). You need to follow a proper aftercare regimen to make sure the inflammation is gone.

If you are wondering this is a suitable choice for you or not, it’s better to talk to a qualified dermatologist first. The doctor is the best person to judge your skin condition and determine what type of procedure you might need.

Keep in mind the risk factors and always consult a doctor before undergoing such extreme facial treatments. Hope we have addressed all your doubts in this article. If you still have unanswered questions about this facial, post your questions right below.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

What’s the cost of a vampire facial?

A vampire facial may cost anywhere between $1500 and $2500.

How long does a vampire facial last?

After the facial, your skin continues to regenerate for at least 3 months. The overall effect of the facial may last for about a year (or more).

How long does it take to recover from a vampire facial?

Recovery may take anywhere from 5 days to a week.