The Vampire Facelift Broken Down

Extracting blood to achieve youthful-looking skin, this process gave the name to the aesthetic procedure made popular by Kim Kardashian a few years back.

Vampire Facelifts are the latest trend in the anti-aging world. By using your own blood you can add volume to the skin and also stimulates the growth of new tissue by using regenerative cells found in the blood.

What is a Vampire Facelift?

A Vampire Facelift is a non-surgical procedure that utilizes injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) taken from the patient's blood to replace lost volume and help build up collagen.

PRP is administered all over the face as a natural filler, focusing on the areas where fine lines and wrinkles appear. Sometimes Hyaluronic acid filler is used in combination with PRP and this combo is especially helpful in treating undereye bags, softening acne scars and reducing pore size.

How does Vampire Facelift Work?

The key factors as to how the Vampire Facelift works are:

  • Plasma harvested from the collected blood, PRP contains growth factors
  • Microneedling, basically micro-injuries to the skin

Growth factors and other natural healing agents present in PRP gets stimulated any time our body sustains an injury. The presence of the micro-injuries from microneedling further triggers a rapid healing process to stimulate new growth of collagen, tissue and stem cells that results in healthy new skin with a vibrant glow.

What Happens During a Vampire Facelift Procedure?

First, blood will be drawn from the arm to harvest what we call “liquid gold,” or the blood plasma (platelet-rich plasma or PRP). The PRP is a golden color and contains proteins, clotting factors, and growth factors. This part of the process is completed all within about 10 minutes.

Anesthetic cream is applied topically to the face to numb the skin, after the cream has taken effect, a microneedling device (we use Dermapen) will be passed along the surface of the skin which will create thousands of microscopic channels of varying depths into the skin. The micro punctures prime the skin to receive the PRP solution.

PRP extracted earlier is then injected into areas of the face where there is loss in volume and the underlying skin may need some “building up” of collagen.

This procedure was designed to also incorporate hyaluronic acid fillers to produce the most effective results, HA can be injected into deep wrinkles to provide a highly effective solution that hydrates and improves the look of the skin.