What’s the deal with all these photos of people’s faces covered in blood spatter? You’ve probably seen it on social media, through influencers and celebs alike; Vampire facialshave quickly become one of the latest trends in skincare. Even Kim Kardashian, queen socialite of all things trendy, has become a huge fan of the facial, plastering pics of her Halloween inspired bloody face all over Instagram. But, to be honest, using my own blood seems a wee bit intense for me (and probably isn’t recommended for those squeamish to blood and needles.
The facial may look scary while in progress, but it’s supposed to boast some big time skin benefits; ranging from helping wrinkles, sun damage, and uneven skin tone and texture. But why are people going so gogo gaga over it? Well, the treatment is a combination of of microdermabrasion and PRP (platelet rich plasma). PRP is the serum portion of bloodthat contains super powerful platelets. The theory is thatthe platelets contain growth factors, which when applied to the skin, will stimulate cell production revealing a new, even, fresh skin tone. Pretty cool right?
Basically, the facial uses your ownblood to give you a fresh face by promoting collagen production and skin cell activity. Our skin is already made up of these red blood cells and serum, so the facial basically just gives your skin an extra boost so it can function and regenerate cells at a quicker pace. It optimizes function for collagen, elastin, and supposedly gives extra antioxidant properties. PRP is becoming increasingly common in facials, micro-needling, and fillers.
The treatment begins with an initial blood draw, from your own arm. Luckily, that first needle poke is about the only thing that hurts during the whole process. After the blood is drawn, it’s run through a centrifuge. This is a machine that basically spins the vile of blood super fast so it can separate the blood from the platelets, with the PRP being a yellow tinged liquid & the blood remaining red.
Then you receive either a microdermabrasion or micro-needling, either of which will create tiny micro tears into the skin, allowing for better absorption of the PRP. Next, PRPs are spread across your face either with or without radio frequency. Sounds pretty high techy-tech because it is, but it’s also increasing our understanding of how the skin works and helping to create better technology to suit our needs.
Recovery time is usually about a day or two. Depending on how aggressive the dermabrasion is and how sensitive your skin is, could be a few days more or less. Vampire facials are relatively safe, the only risk you run is bruising at the time your blood is drawn. After the treatment it’ll look and feel a little bit like a sunburn. Aftercare includes minimal skincare, no makeup, and adequate amounts of sunscreen.
Luckily, most people are a candidate for PRP facials. Unless you have a history or blood disease or are prone to blood clotting, then you should not seek out treatment. So if you’re looking to rejuvenate your skin, decrease fine lines and wrinkles, and even decrease hyper-pigmentation the vampire facial might be the way to go.
Vampire facials can run a little on the pricey side, averaging about $1,000 a treatment. Though I’ve seen some as cheap as $600, it was recommend to have at least three treatments, totaling in $1,800. The price depends on the doctor and the number of treatments needed to achieve desired results.