Does a Vampire Facial Really Work?
Patients seeking facial rejuvenation want to know, “Does a vampire facial really work?” It turns out the secret to youthful skin may, in fact, come from your own blood. The vampire facial microneedling with PRP (platelet rich plasma) has gained a lot of attention in recent years as a popular treatment for acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skintone, and overall younger looking skin.
RealSelf saw a 25% increase in vampire facial searches in 2015 compared to 2014. More than half of those visits came from users 35 years of age and older.
HOW DOES A VAMPIRE FACIAL WORK?
Within the blood are growth factors (platelet rich plasma) that contain healing properties that boost the immune system. Doctors obtain those growth factors by drawing a patient's blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to extract the growth factors. The serum is then put on the face and microneedled into the skin. The needles create trauma that induces the body's natural healing reponse. This prompts the natural production of collagen and elastin in the skin. The growth factors boost the process as they are considered “emergency responders” in the blood.
For full results, most patients need three to four treatments, each spaced four to six weeks apart. Immediately, the skin looks brighter, though somewhat red for about 24 hours after treatment. Overtime, the skin continues to heal itself, leading to reduced scarring and wrinkles and overall brigher, more youthful skin.
Over 80% of RealSelf users who have undergone vampire facial treatments say it's worth it and recommend it to others. Mixed results come from patients who have used PRP on the skin alone, and saw little results. But when used in conjunction with microneedling or injectables, patients can expect real lasting changes in their skin.