Vampire Facials: Everything You Need To Know
You might have heard of Vampire Facials, or Blood Facials, in celebrity news or magazines and assumed that it’s a rare and miraculous treatment reserved only for the likes of Kim Kardashian and beauty models like Bar Refaeli.
In fact, Vampire Facials are not exclusively for celebrities and there’s a very clear science behind the miraculous, anti-ageing results being achieved by increasing numbers of people worldwide.
The popularity of Vampire Facials grew substantially following the celebrity hype and now the treatment is heralded as an accessible A-Lister secret to fresher and younger-looking skin.
What Is A Vampire Facial?
Vampire Facials are a non-surgical treatment that uses your body’s natural rejuvenation process, instead of manipulating the skin on your face using surgical techniques.
The Vampire Facial is a type of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment, similar to PRP therapy used in sports medicine. This treatment uses platelets extracted from your own blood to stimulate healing and rejuvenation of the skin.
What Can Vampire Facials Do?
As you age, your skin produces less collagen and elastin. These proteins support your skin’s natural ability to rejuvenate and ‘bounce back’.
The collagen works like scaffolding to ‘hold up’ your skin and keep it taut, smooth and plump. As your natural collagen production decreases, your skin begins to sag and lines and wrinkles begin to appear.
Elastin gives your skin its flexibility and helps stretched skin to recover. This is why skin becomes looser and can droop as you age and your skin elastin levels decrease.
Vampire Facials naturally increase your collagen and elastin levels, effectively transforming and rejuvenating the structure of your skin. This support helps to eliminate and defend against wrinkles and lines.
Replenishing these essential building blocks of youthful skin, reverses signs of ageing and takes years off of your overall appearance.
As well as improving the appearance of wrinkles and scars, Vampire Facials can:
- Brighten your under-eye area
- Reduce the size of open pores
- Reduce acne scarring
- Even skin tone
- Increase volume and plumpness of your overall complexion
What Happens In A Vampire Facial?
Before the procedure begins, your doctor will take some of your blood, just the same way as you would have a blood test. Then your blood is placed into a centrifuge (a machine that spins so fast that it separates the different parts of your blood) so that your platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can be extracted.
Your PRP is then expertly injected into the deeper layers of the skin on your face using a microneedling device. The whole procedure takes less than an hour.
Beneath the surface of your face, the platelets begin stimulating the old, weakened skin cells and encouraging your skin to produce new collagen and elastin. Your skin will appear plumper and fresher, with even better results showing in the coming days and weeks.
Because the PRP that’s gently inserted into your skin has come from your own body, there is no chance of an allergic reaction to a Vampire Facial. This makes Vampire Facials one of the safest cosmetic procedures that you can have to give you younger-looking skin.
How Long Does A Vampire Facial Last?
Your skin’s appearance will continue to improve and rejuvenate for 2 to 3 months after you’ve had your treatment and the anti-ageing effects from Vampire Facials can last for a minimum of 6 months to a year, depending on your current age and lifestyle choices.
Smoking and sun exposure speed up the breakdown of collagen and elastin in your skin. Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle and using sun protection daily will help you to maintain collagen and elastin levels in your skin so you’ll see the effects of your Vampire Facial for longer.
Is A Vampire Facial Painful?
The Vampire Facial is non-surgical and minimally invasive so your discomfort is minimised. A local anaesthetic is given to ensure that you feel very little throughout the procedure.
The microneedling device we use to introduce your platelet-rich plasma into your skin creates tiny puncture holes. This is to channel the PRP into the deeper layers of the skin. The holes made into your skin are minuscule and less visible than large skin pores.
The minor trauma caused to the surface of the skin begins to repair itself within minutes and has the added benefit of also stimulating new collagen in the area. Many of our clients say they find the procedure relatively painless.
Will I Have To Stay Home After Having A Vampire Facial?
As it’s not a surgical procedure, your skin recovers very quickly after having a Vampire Facial. You should be able to go back to work or other activities the very next day, although you must refrain from touching your face or applying creams for 48 hours.
You may have some mild bruising, tenderness and swelling for a few hours after the procedure but most patients will have a full recovery between 1 – 4 days.
Is A Vampire Facial Expensive?
Despite their popularity with A-list celebrities, Vampire Facials are really affordable. Here in the UK, they start from just £450.
Vampire Facials are a low-cost and low-risk procedure and are suitable for almost anybody looking to improve the appearance and vitality of their skin.
At Elite Aesthetics, we’re passionate about helping people to access treatments like this at an affordable cost so even if you’re not a celebrity, you can look incredible and feel happier and more comfortable in your own skin.
Is A Vampire Facial The Right Treatment For Me?
The Vampire Facial is a carefully crafted, patented procedure that should be performed only by official providers and experienced aesthetic practitioners, like us at Elite Aesthetics.
When performed by the right clinic, a Vampire Facial is very effective and long-lasting and the procedure is safe and relatively painless.
To find out if a Vampire Facial is the right aesthetic treatment for you, book a consultation at our award-winning clinic in Greenhithe, Kent. We’re easy to find – just 10 minutes from Dartford and Gravesend stations, 15 minutes from Maidstone and a 20-minute drive from St.Pancras London.
Here, we will talk you through any questions you may have and work out if this treatment will be the most beneficial for you.