‘Vampire’ PRP Facial
What is a Vampire Facial?
Welcome to where medical science translates into the world of celebrity cosmetic treatments – that really work. A Vampire Facial is where parts of your blood are extracted and used as a serum for micro-needling into your skin. The amazing thing about your blood is that it contains factors to promote growth, repair and healing of the skin and tissues below.
What can a Vampire Facial treat?
A Vampire Facial using your blood extract of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) to enhance the effects of micro-needling has many beneficial effects. Fine wrinkles can be smoothed, large pores reduced, uneven pigmentation softened, milia diminished and an improvement in the glow, luminosity and youthfulness of your skin. A Vampire Facial technique can also be applied to scars and stretch marks to reduce the visual impact of these potentially upsetting skin problems.
How much blood do I need to give for a Vampire facial?
Blood letting is an essential part of the Vampire Facial treatment. The total amount of blood required depends on the area to be treated and whether a Vampire Facelift is being done at the same time. Most Vampire Facials require a volume equivalent to about 3 teaspoonfuls of blood. The blood is then processed to produce the PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) for the Vampire Facial.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is extracted from the plasma part of whole blood. Red and white blood cells are removed leaving the clear yellow fluid, plasma, that is further processed to extract the part that is rich in platelets and platelet growth factors. Medical work of this nature should only be undertaken by a suitably qualified person who is usually a doctor. I have all the expertise and necessary laboratory equipment to safely produce your PRP for your Vampire Facial treatment and would be happy to show and demonstrate to you the whole process before your treatment.
Does a Vampire Facial hurt?
A Vampire Facial shouldn’t hurt at all. Your skin will be numbed and anaesthetised with local anaesthetic cream. It feels a bit cold and then numb so when you are having the Vampire Facial process there is no discomfort, only pressure. Sometimes it can feel like a gentle scrub with fine sandpaper. The Dermapen machine I use for the the micro-needling part of the Vampire Facial can be set to various skin depths from 0.5mm to 2.5mm, depending on your anatomy and skin requirements, and delivers 1200 skin penetrations per second in a high-speed efficient and reliable way without any pain.
How long does a Vampire Facial take?
A Vampire Facial using PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) extracted from your blood sample will take 30mins to 1 hour or more depending on how large an area you want treated. It is possible to treat small areas such as below your eyes, or lower face, neck or chest (décolletage) and hands. The rejuvenation of skin using Vampire Facial techniques can be used on all areas of the body including scars and stretch marks.
Can a Vampire Facial technique be applied to other areas?
The amazing thing about a Vampire Facial is that the technique can be applied to any area of your body. Most Vampire Facials involve the whole face including forehead, under eyes, cheeks and chin. But there is a big demand for Vampire Facial techniques to be advanced to other parts of the body such as the neck and chest (décolletage) areas. Another area to consider when you want to rejuvenate your skin in sun-exposed areas is especially the back of hands.
Am I suitable for a Vampire Facial?
Most people are suitable for a Vampire facial. However, if you have recently had a chemical peel, you have dark skin pigmentation, or you have blood-borne illnesses then a Vampire Facial may not be right for you. A detailed consultation and medical history will determine if your skin and complexion would be helped with a Vampire Facial treatment.
How much does a Vampire facial cost?
The amount you will pay for a Vampire Facial varies depending on the experience, qualifications, quality of equipment and expertise of the practitioner. It is very important to ensure that the clinic equipment is sterile and that your blood is processed in a way that produces good quality PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) that is high in pro-healing growth factors. I am an expert in blood sampling and process your blood in a clinical centrifuge spinning machine to produce PRP of the highest quality. The charges for micro-needling with PRP to give you a Vampire Facial range from £250-£500.
How often can I have a Vampire Facial?
The frequency needed for a Vampire Facial to have maximum benefit is usually 4-6 treatments spread about a month apart. After that about once or twice a year, but more often if you wish. Each Vampire Facial will build on the collagen you have and stimulate your skin cells (fibroblasts) to make new, smooth, collagen. This rejuvenates your skin from the inside, banking collagen for the future and pushing back the ageing process.
What would my ‘down time’ be for a Vampire Facial?
I think there is a misconception that the Vampire Facial is very invasive. In fact, having a Vampire Facial can be quite relaxing and there is very little down time. If you have very pale skin you will look like you have mild sunburn the day of the Vampire Facial, and the next day perhaps look a little wind burned. After that there is nothing to see so long as you remember to moisturise and use a high factor sun block cream. If you have skin that takes a tan you will usually have no down time after the initial 2 or 3 hours following your Vampire Facial.
What should I expect to feel after a Vampire Facial?
Having a Vampire Facial entrains all the healing growth factors from your PRP (platelet rich plasma) down into your skin from the microneedling. The Dermapen microneedling part of the Vampire Facial causes microscopic trauma to the dermis which in turn stimulates your fibroblast cells to make new collagen. The Microneedling causes erythema (hot red patches), drawing new blood healing products into the skin so you feel a warmth and glow in your face. Keeping well moisturised after your Vampire Facial is important and it is common to feel a slight tightness in the areas treated – this settles down a day or so after your Vampire Facial.
What complications may happen following a Vampire facial?
Complications from a Vampire Facial are unusual in expert hands. You should expect redness, heat and tightness in the treated areas for 24 hours or so. Your skin may be dry in the first few days after a Vampire Facial so it is essential to moisturise with a cream containing SPF 25 or more. It is rare but possible that a Vampire Facial could trigger infections such as cold sores or spots or cellulitis, especially if you are prone to these. Bruising is uncommon but tiny pin-prick bruised spot areas may occur – they go away after 2 or 3 days and can easily be covered with makeup.
Who should I trust do do a Vampire facial?
Putting your trust in a doctor of medicine would be the gold standard for Vampire Facial treatments. Your doctor has the detailed knowledge of skin anatomy, histology and an understanding of the molecular processes involved in fibroblast regeneration of collagen that is stimulated by a Vampire Facial. The process of obtaining your whole blood, processing it and extracting the PRP (platelet rich plasma) requires clinical and laboratory skills so you need to be sure the person doing your Vampire Facial is qualified, and that you feel you can put your trust in them.
How do I book a consultation for a Vampire Facial?
You can book through this website using or find me on Facebook. I’d be very happy to have a free consultation with you to talk about what is going to give you the best results.