Are you interested in the latest beauty trends and want to make your skin look younger? Those who have will be familiar with the term “Vampire Facial.” The unique cosmetic procedure’s promise of younger-looking skin and an enhanced complexion has boosted its appeal in recent years.

Let’s take a closer look at the Vampire Facial, its benefits, and who could be a good candidate for it before you make your final decision.

What is a Vampire Facial?
A "vampire facial" is a new surgery-free cosmetic procedure involving microneedling.

What Is A Vampire Facial? 

The phrase “Vampire Facial” may sound strange. But it’s a cosmetic procedure that doesn’t involve surgery and combines two essential parts: microneedling and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

A vampire facial combines the techniques of microneedling and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). During microneedling, fine needles, typically ranging from .5 to 2.5 millimeters in size, are used to gently puncture the skin. These needle pricks, resembling tiny pinpricks, are superficial and do not penetrate beyond the skin’s surface. The purpose of these pricks is to induce a controlled “injury” to the skin, stimulating the natural healing response, which includes the production of elastin and collagen. This process also facilitates the deeper penetration of the PRP.

Following the completion of the microneedling procedure, the PRP is administered topically to the skin. PRP, derived from blood, is a concentrated source of platelet-rich plasma protein. PRP contains a high concentration of growth factors, which play a crucial role in promoting tissue healing and repair. This makes PRP an effective treatment for a wide range of skin issues.

The Science Behind the Vampire Facial

During a Vampire Facial, the practitioner starts by drawing the patient’s blood from their arm. Then, they use a machine called a centrifuge to separate the valuable platelets and plasma from the red blood cells. These platelets and plasma contain vital elements like growth factors, collagen builders, and platelets, which are crucial for the treatment.

Once they have separated this valuable component from the blood, it can be carefully applied to the facial area. The application to the face is adaptable to each person’s preferences and needs, offering versatility in the procedure.

Some people decide to combine the platelet-rich plasma technique with other fillers like  Restylane, while others choose it as a standalone procedure. This flexibility allows patients to tailor their treatment to their specific goals and preferences.

The Vampire Facial Procedure 

A Vampire Facial consists of several steps.

Blood collection

In this step, a practitioner or medical assistant uses a needle to draw about 2 teaspoons (equivalent to 5-15ml) of blood from a vein in the arm. Once the vial is full, it’s quickly sealed in preparation for the next step, which happens right away.

Centrifugation for PRP concentration

The first step begins with a mixture of blood and plasma inside a test tube. Next, the blood sample is placed into a centrifuge, a special device that spins around a fixed axis. Inside this machine, it separates the platelets, creating a concentrated form known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

During this phase, the platelets become activated, triggering the release of growth factors. These growth factors, in turn, stimulate the platelets’ natural healing properties. Interestingly, some practitioners fondly call the resulting substance ‘liquid gold.’ This centrifugation process typically wraps up in about 15 minutes. 

Micro-needling procedure

As the patient’s skin is thoroughly cleaned in preparation for the treatment, a mild numbing agent, often in the form of cream or ointment, is generously applied to the patient’s face or the chosen treatment area.

Then, a micro-needling device like a derma pen, derma roller, or similar tool is gently used to create tiny needle wounds on the skin’s surface. A skilled practitioner guides the device, ensuring it penetrates the outer skin layers to a depth of about 2mm. This needling causes some redness and swelling, typically subsiding within a few days with mild discomfort or inflammation.

Before applying serum, this needling process serves to stimulate collagen production under the treated skin. This boost in collagen rapidly improves fine lines and skin textures and reduces scars, preparing the skin for the next steps in the treatment.

The Vampire Facial

The areas being treated, whether it’s the face, neck, décolletage, or a combination of these regions (which can all be safely addressed in a single session if desired), are covered with the carefully prepared PRP concentration. This is done by reintroducing the PRP into the skin through a second round of micro-needling.

The growth factors within the PRP quickly get to work, activating the skin’s stem cells. This process tricks these cells into thinking the skin is injured, which kickstarts a faster healing response and the creation of new tissue. As a result, the skin visibly transforms, becoming plumper and thicker, effectively reducing wrinkles, lines, or scars.

Shortly after the session, the skin starts to feel tighter, and its texture, color, and tone begin to improve. Additionally, the skin becomes softer and continues to improve over the following weeks.

Post-Vampire Facial Treatment Care

If there’s any PRP left, it’s used to essentially ‘cleanse’ the treated skin areas by gently massaging it into the treatment site. This helps reduce skin redness and swelling, eliminating the need for additional creams or ointments after the facial.

Normally, any pink or red discoloration fades within 24 hours and, sometimes, by the second day after the procedure. Since the treatment is entirely on the surface and involves no other substances, there’s no downtime required. Patients can go back to their regular skincare routines, including applying makeup, after just 48 hours. Healing typically progresses rapidly, and the skin should return to its normal state within 1 to 4 days, depending on an individual’s skin sensitivity.

For those with sensitive skin, there’s a chance of experiencing minor bruising, especially in delicate areas like the skin around the eyes. However, such bruising is usually mild and tends to go away within 7 to 10 days after the treatment. It’s crucial not to disturb or scrub off any scabs that may develop during this time, as the skin is delicate during the healing phase, and attempting to remove scabs can lead to scarring or pigmentation issues. Some individuals may also notice mild skin peeling, which should also be left undisturbed for the same reasons.

It is best to get immediate medical attention if you have any odd or unexpected side effects, such as burning, pain, bleeding, or even numbness. Individuals developing adverse reactions or contracting infections as a result of poorly sanitized tools and equipment in a respected therapeutic setting are extremely rare.

Benefits And Expected Results After a Vampire Facial

This treatment’s key advantage is that it allows both men and women to reverse the effects of aging without resorting to invasive cosmetic surgery. Other benefits can include:

Increased collagen production

As we age, typically around 30 years old, our body’s collagen production starts to decrease, which has a significant impact on our skin’s health, leading to a decrease in its quality. This reduction often results in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. However, opting for this facial procedure can be highly effective in increasing collagen production and enhancing the overall structure and health of your skin.

Enhanced skin firmness and tightness

Collagen is crucial for firm and tight skin. As we get older, our facial skin tends to sag and thin, particularly in areas like the cheeks, lips, and face. The Vampire facial is an excellent choice for defining the cheeks or enhancing lip fullness, providing a non-surgical option instead of more invasive medical treatments.

Improved skin tone and texture

Vampire facials remove dead skin cells and encourage the growth of fresh, rejuvenated skin. This treatment is beneficial for people with concerns like hyperpigmentation, surgical scars, acne scars, stretch marks, or other visible scars, resulting in improved skin texture and tone.

Enhanced moisture retention

A strong outer skin barrier is vital for keeping pores clear and trapping moisture when using skincare products. Vampire facial treatments help unclog and shrink pores, making it easier for the skin to absorb skincare products, leading to overall skin improvement.

Reduced fine lines and wrinkles

Fine lines and wrinkles are typical signs of aging. Vampire facial treatments with PRP help remove old skin cells and boost the production of elastin and collagen. This results in fewer wrinkles and fine lines on your skin.

Minimal discomfort

In vampire facial sessions, a skincare expert ensures the face is thoroughly cleaned and applies a local anesthetic to the treatment area. While you might experience slight sensitivity in some facial regions, the procedure is typically not uncomfortable.

Side Effects Of Vampire Facials

Vampire facials don’t pose any major risks, but there are a few things you should know about possible discomforts. This list of adverse effects includes:

Risk of infection

Ensuring your safety during a vampire facial procedure involves a few critical considerations. Inadequate adherence to meticulous infection control practices, improper equipment usage, or the absence of medical professional supervision can potentially pose a risk of infection. It is crucial to select a practitioner and a facility with care. Look for a reputable and experienced professional who follows strict safety protocols and maintains a clean and sterile environment. This way, you can minimize any risks associated with the procedure, making your vampire facial experience as safe and effective as possible.

Inflammation and bruising

Experiencing inflammation and minor bruising during a vampire facial is a common occurrence. However, by following a well-structured aftercare routine, you can effectively manage these issues in the days following your treatment.


It is expected to feel a tingling feeling during the healing process, and most people find that it is bearable.

Skin redness

You may have some redness in the treated regions, but this usually fades away within a few days.


Sometimes, swelling occurs as a result of skin sensitivity. Therefore, it is recommended to address any skin concerns with your doctor prior to beginning treatment to ensure a personalized strategy that is in line with your specific needs and preferences.

Is Vampire Facial Right For You?

PRP therapy is a favored choice among numerous patients seeking facial rejuvenation. Its appeal lies in its swift treatment sessions, the enduring nature of its results, and the minimal to nonexistent downtime it entails. In the following sections, you’ll find additional details to help determine if you are a suitable candidate for a PRP facial.

You have visible signs of aging. 

If you have visible signs of aging like uneven skin tone, acne scars, dark spots, and wrinkles, a PRP facial with treatments like micro-needling can boost collagen production to help improve these issues.

Health considerations

Your eligibility for a PRP face relies heavily on the state of your general health. People with certain blood diseases or anemia or those who have ongoing infections should proceed with caution when considering platelet-rich plasma injections as a facial rejuvenation therapy.

Smoking and alcohol

PRP injections might not work as well for heavy smokers and drinkers. In addition to increasing blood pressure, smoking lowers platelet counts. Furthermore, excessive alcohol use reduces the body’s efficiency in releasing stem cells.

Medication caution

Be warned that PRP facial treatments may increase the side effects of corticosteroid pills or anti-inflammatory drugs like Mobic, Voltaren, or Nurofen. For at least a month before and after your PRP treatment, you should not take any of these drugs.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Most cosmetic operations and treatments, including PRP therapy, are not considered safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Before undergoing PRP treatment, it is advisable to wait until after childbirth or the completion of the lactation period.

Be Your Perfect Self at Sculpt Spa

Sculpt Spa specializes in skin rejuvenation through the use of the vampire facial. This procedure harnesses the power of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. 

At Sculpt Spa, our skilled practitioners prioritize safety and comfort, ensuring that our clients have a pleasant experience. The result is a more youthful complexion and an improved skin tone. Thanks to our expertise and advanced techniques, Sculpt Spa consistently achieves remarkable results in the field of vampire facial treatments.

For more information, contact Sculpt Spa today…or book a session now.