A vampire facial has a strange enough name as it is, but when you learn what the procedure actually entails, you may swear to never get this procedure. But this unique facial actually offers many benefits. A vampire facial is a type of platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, which is a type of regenerative medicine.
During a vampire facial, your blood is drawn and placed in a tube where it is transferred into a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the components of the blood—plasma, buffy coat, and erythrocytes. The plasma is then extracted, placed in syringes, and ready to be used in your vampire facial. That’s right, your own blood, or plasma, is used in your facial. It may sound creepy but this type of facial does offer benefits.
Vampire facials are offered at Nuderma Health & Med Spa as one of the few PRP therapies we offer. Your plasma can also be used for an O-Shot procedure and hair restoration, but today we will be covering vampire facials.
Platelets are tiny blood cells that release growth proteins when they come in contact with tissue in the body. These cells play an important role in helping the body to stop bleeding and repairing blood vessels and cells that are damaged. When the plasma is separated in the centrifuge, it is rich with platelets, hence the name platelet rich plasma.
The plasma is spread on the face and acupuncture-style needles are used to help the plasma absorb better into the face. The vampire facial is used to help stimulate collagen productions, allowing the skin to become more elastic and rejuvenated.
This unique facial became a more popular trend after different celebrities started sharing their vampire facial experience. One of the famous social media post from Kim Kardashian shows her face bloodied. Since, vampire facials have become more well known and a popular treatment to get.
Vampire facials did not suddenly become an actual procedure because a Kardashian posted about it on social media. PRP therapy has been used for almost 20 years, according to The Telegraph, but not for facial and aesthetic purposes. PRP therapy was used to help speed up the healing process of wounds and burnt skin, as well as help athletes recover from injury. In 2010, Dr. Charles Runels trademarked the name “Vampire Facelift”, which is most likely where vampire facial came from.
However, these are two different procedures. A Vampire Facelift is similar to a facial, but it also uses fillers. This is used to give the face a fuller and more youthful look. A vampire facial is used to help improve skin elasticity and leave skin looking better, but without adding fillers.
What To Expect
A vampire facial may be a bit intimidating and could make your nervous going into, but this is a relatively easy procedure and our licensed aestheticians will answer all of your questions and run your through the procedure before beginning.
After your blood is drawn and the plasma is removed using the centrifuge, the procedure will begin. It will generally start out as a typical facial—cleansing, exfoliating, and toning. An anaesthetic cream can be applied to the face to help reduce some pain. This is a relatively painless facial but areas around the lips can experience a small amount of pain. The vampire facial will draw some blood, but it is generally not as much as Kim K.’s social media post.
There are a few side effects that go along with the vampire facial. These include skin becoming puffy, mild itching, and bruising around the eyes. Many people do not experience these side effects, but others might.
It is understandable that the vampire facial is not a procedure that you are rushing to get, but there are benefits to this facial that may have your wilder side excited to try it out. We already discussed how a vampire facial can help stimulate collagen production and improve elasticity, but we are going to go over some other benefits that may convince you to give this unique facial a try.
- Reduces the appearance of acne scars
- Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
- Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
- Increases collagen production
- Creates new tissue
- No downtime
This is a sneaky way of tricking your face into creating new tissue, which helps your skin to look younger, tighter, and smoother. While this procedure offers many benefits, the results will not be noticeable right away, they generally take a few months to fully take effect. But this treatment is great for all skin types, ideal candidates are people with crow’s feet, dark circles under the eyes, sun damaged skin, uneven texture, acne scars, and fine lines.
The vampire facial is a strange procedure, and the thought of having your plasma smeared across your face may seem disgusting, but this is a facial that offers many benefits and was once used to help heal athletes and people with other injuries. If you do decide to try something new and exciting, like the vampire facial, be sure to get it done at a medical spa that is knowledgeable, skilled, and professional. Nuderma Health & Med Spa is just the place! If you are interested in a vampire facial, or one of our other PRP therapy treatments, contact us today. We will answer any questions you have and help you get the treatment you need! Be sure to check out our other treatment options!