It all started with American socialite and celebrity influencer, Kim Kardashian posting a selfie of her face, with the hashtag #VampireFacial in 2013. The first impression of blood could make someone think “How could someone agree to go through a bloody procedure that looks so painful? But after looking up more, the procedure was found to be less complicated and way no scary does it seems!
Vampire Facial also known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, is now one of the most trending beauty facials of all time. Basically, a facial mask is made out of plasma, a component fetched from your own blood and Not anyone else; spread evenly all over your face to produce amazing results, especially ageless rejuvenating skin and everything from hyperpigmentation to acne scars. The truth behind Vampire Facial is basically your own cells are being used for facial.
Let’s dig deeper, what exactly is Vampire Facial?
Vampire Facial is a great combination of micro-needling and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy that stimulates collagen production in your skin. Micro-needling is a procedure that punctures the skin-deep layer with fine needles in the range of 0.5 to 2.5 millimeters. The micro-injuries trigger the skin to heal itself by producing new collagen and allowing the platelet-rich plasma to penetrate deeper.
To extract the platelet-rich plasma, some blood is drawn from your arm and placed into a Centrifuge. The centrifuge is spun to separate blood into three distinct layers: plasma, platelets, and red blood cells at the bottom. PRP is derived from the center part of plasma and platelets, known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
Once the micro-needling procedure is completed, PRP is applied on top of micro-injuries to boost collagen production, fade hyperpigmentation, and tightens the skin pores for more plumper and rejuvenated tight skin.
What to expect after doing Vampire Facial?
Recovery is relatively minimal; you can resume your work the next day. Your face will have signs of redness and minor irritation, all you need to apply hyaluronic serums and a thin layer of Vaseline or any mild moisturizing cream. In the meanwhile, avoid using any harsh cleansers, alcohol-based products, or exfoliants during the recovery stage. Avoid rigorous activities such as running, gymming, or any heavy workouts that trigger excessive sweating that can irritate the skin. Allow the skin to heal for a week or so.
The skin will become sensitive to the sun; therefore, it’s important to avoid any sun activities, especially in the first 2 days of the recovery cycle, and always wear sun protectant cream. The usual healing period could last up to two to three days, whereas extensive skin concerns could last a week or more.
The benefits of the vampire facial will continue to improve over time; usually, it takes visible improvements about a week after therapy. Your skin will look refreshed, brighter, dewier, and rejuvenated- but there is more to it, collagen production and cell turnover will help to improve the skin texture, shrink pores, blur acne marks, and even out the skin tone.
Is Vampire Facial right for you?
Most people are eligible candidates for getting PRP therapy; especially those having skin concerns like sun-damaged skin, premature aging, acne scars skin, dark circles, coarse skin texture, hyperpigmentation, and enlarged pores. Vampire facial is right for anyone who desires a fresh complexion looks and even-toned skin.
However, it is not recommended or safe for people having a blood disorder like anemia or cancer; also, certain health conditions such as pregnancy, certain medications, chronic wound conditions, bleeding disorders, facial eczema, or rosacea. People on antibiotics need to stop taking medications for weeks before treatment and several days following only approved by doctors. The doctor will evaluate your medical history to determine if you are eligible for Vampire Facial.
All seems well with, Vampire Facial right?
Not exactly! Because there’s always a risk of getting a rare infection and scarring from your own component of blood used for PRP. Typically your skin will have bruising, inflammation, redness, swelling, and sometimes even bleeding if you have sensitive skin. These side effects appear right after the procedure is done and your skin becomes sensitive to the sun. Skin conditions like hyperpigmentation and hypo-pigmentation can trigger by sun exposure, so it’s important to apply sunscreen even indoors.
The good news is, most of these side effects can go away once the skin is healed in a period of six to seven days. Just maintain aftercare, it’s designed to support the skin healing process and also minimizes the side effects. All you need to do is:
- For one or two days, strictly use the skincare kit provided by the skin clinic.
- Do not scrub, exfoliate, or massage the treated area of the skin.
- Avoid unnecessary sun exposure and wear sunscreen indoors too.
- Wear a hat or mask when out for further protection.
- Use a gentle cleanser and avoid acid toners and other harsh products that irritate the skin.
Although redness and bruising are common symptoms, they would go away once the skin is healed in a period of a week. Some irritation and discomfort are normal as the skin is generating collagen to boost recovery. And lastly, PRP treatment should be performed no more than once a month.
To Wrap Up
A Vampire facial is a non-surgical procedure however it cannot be done at home! Most importantly PRP has to be your own, and by no means are you able to use someone else’s plasma. According to skin experts, PRP is said to be the future of skincare as it enhances the collagen that you already have in your skin and changes your skin for the better. Even younger people will benefit from their skin looking much better, brighter, and refreshed. The more you do it consistently, the faster you’ll notice results. Vampire Facials with micro-needling are promising long-term benefits and the results seem to be permanent as long as good aftercare is taken and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Although it’s a little pricy, but it’s all worth the blood, pain, and tears over your bank account.