What Is A Vampire Facial and How Does It Work?

What Is A Vampire Facial and How Does It Work?

Vampires finally share their secret: Could micro-needling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) be the secret to younger-looking skin?


Known for their lust for blood and their…youthful, glowing skin?

Well, it does make sense. Vampires avoid the sun at all costs, consume ample amounts of collagen-rich protein, and consistently get a full day’s sleep. Now that their secret is out, their methods are the latest cosmetic trend and celebrities’ favorite new kind of facial. But what exactly is a vampire facial?

Micro-needling with PRP, also known as “the vampire facial,” is a cosmetic procedure that involves drawing blood from your arm, separating the platelets and red blood cells within it, then reapplying the special blood serum back onto your face.

Sounds refreshing, right?

While it may sound scary (and painful, we promise it’s not!), the results are beyond impressive, leaving you with glowing, rejuvenated skin that leaves your complexion glowing while also boosting your skin cell turnover.

Kim Kardashian displays the aftermath of her Vampire facial on her Instagram.

What exactly is a vampire PRP facial?

Vampires themselves may be ancient, but PRP may very well be the future of skincare.

PRP or platelet-rich plasma is concentrated blood that contains more platelets than what’s considered “normal.”

PRP consists of two key elements: plasma (the liquid portion of the blood) and platelets, which play a vital role in healing throughout the body.

Platelets are known for their clotting abilities and now are recognized for their growth factors that help them ramp up cell production, tissue regeneration, and healing in any area it’s injected into (yes, please).

To create this platelet-rich plasma, clinicians will take a quick blood sample and place it into a centrifuge device that rapidly spins it, separating the blood components from the platelets and then concentrating the platelets within the plasma, making a special potion of “youth.”

What is the vampire facial procedure like?

After concocting this mini youth potion, the platelet-rich plasma is injected into the target area using a special roller device consisting of tiny, tiny needles that prick the skin, stimulating the body’s natural collagen production. Because of this, micro-needling is called collagen induction therapy or CIT.

The whole idea behind CIT, or collagen induction therapy, is to increase the concentration of proteins and hormones, called growth factors, in particular areas to ramp up the body’s natural healing process. And when you add PRP or platelet-rich plasma to the skin on its own through a non-invasive procedure like CIT, cell turnover is stimulated. Which then boosts collagen and elastin production, giving you a plumper, tighter, and smoother complexion.

Who benefits from the vampire facial and PRP treatments?

Anyone with early signs of aging, high levels of sun damage, or whoever desires a more youthful, even-toned complexion make great candidates for the vampire facial.

However, if you have a history of any blood disorders, including clotting or blood diseases, are pregnant, scar easily, or have any other skin conditions, you should avoid PRP treatments and consult your doctor for alternatives.

Risks and side effects are minimal, considering the blood involved (no, really, it’s your blood!) The only immediate threat to consider is the bruising from having to draw your blood sample, as well as the potential bruising on your face from the injections or micro-needling.

Israeli model and television host Bar Refaeli displays her PRP “Vampire” facial on Instagram to her 3.3 million followers.

How much does a PRP treatment cost?

The prices can range for a vampire facial depending on your individual needs and wants.

On the low end, vampire facials can cost $250 to, on the high end, $5,000.

However, the price varies depending on your provider and what you’re looking fend goal is.

Multiple treatments, like fillers, may be needed in addition to PRP based on the area you’re trying to address, so be sure to discuss what you want out of your procedure with your esthetician.

The number of sessions recommended is based on the individual’s progress and condition; however, the treatment should be performed no more than once a month.

What are the benefits of a vampire facial?

Think of it this way, when you micro-needle into your skin with the addition of PRP, the needles create tiny channels which the PRP then gets injected directly into, penetrating deep into your skin for the ultimate facial rejuvenation.

The PRP then gets to work, ramping up collagen production and tissue regeneration, giving your skin the extra oomph it needs to help heal areas that need it the most.

PRP helps treat acne scars, surgical scars, wrinkles, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, large pores, and even…yes, un-even skin tone.

PRP also addresses under-eye puffiness and dark circles to provide a more youthful, well-rested appearance. And since the PRP comes from your blood, the side effects are virtually eliminated.

The most significant benefit of all benefits?

In the vampire facial, you use your body’s natural elements. With the entire process being somewhat natural, the side effects are so limited; having an allergic reaction goes out the window since you’re only using your blood. And the addition of PRP helps decrease overall healing time since there is less of a response to foreign body materials.

Is the vampire facial worth it?

“Bloody” PRP facials aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re looking for that little extra boost to get your skin back to where it was, address any early signs of aging, visible scars, or uneven skin tone, the vampire facial is an excellent choice.

Are you interested in booking a micro-needling session? Call us or click here for a consultation with our esthetician.

It’ll be a bloody good time!