The Vampire Facial® is a non-surgical procedure that aims to improve your facial appearance. During the procedure, a licensed provider of the Vampire Facial will resurface your face, periorbital (the area around your eyes), forehead and neck skin. Then they take platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your own blood sample and apply it topically to your face. The regenerative properties of PRP help create a rejuvenated, youthful appearance.
At Ver Halen Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, a vampire facial is a quick and easy procedure. You will notice the benefits on the same day, and full results should be seen after two to three weeks. After about 6 months, the results may start to fade, although many of our patients experience benefits 9 to 18 months after treatment. If you opt for a series of treatments, this will increase your chances of long-lasting results.
The Vampire Facial can correct many of your complaints about your facial appearance, including:
- ‘Crow’s feet’ (lines at the corners of your eyes)
- ‘Bunny lines’ (wrinkles on your nose)
- Fine lines around the mouth
- Forehead wrinkles
- Smile lines
- Frown lines
- Acne scars
- Poor skin texture
- Large pores
- Dark circles around the eyes
- Sun damage
- Crepey skin under your eyes and on your neck
Eligibility for the Vampire Facial
If you struggle with any of the facial issues listed above, then you could make a great candidate. If you have more advanced signs of aging, then this might not be the optimal treatment for you. You would likely benefit more from BOTOX® injections or a surgical procedure, like a facelift.
Vampire Facial vs. Vampire Facelift®
You may have also heard of the Vampire Facelift. While both involve the use of your own platelet-rich plasma, they are quite different. The Vampire Facial uses microneedling, with PRP applied topically to your skin. The Facelift, on the other hand, involves injecting PRP under the skin. The procedures can complement each other. The Facial is intended to enhance the appearance of your skin. The Facelift does this too, but it has the added benefit of adding volume to the face. When you combine both treatments, you can achieve an even more youthful facial appearance. Learn more about the Vampire Facelift HERE.
Vampire Facial: The Consultation
We have two staff members who are licensed to administer the Vampire Facial:
- Elaine Ver Halen, MPAS, PA-C
- Jon Ver Halen, MD
Both have experience with the Vampire Facial, they both have your best interests at heart, and they’re both determined to find the optimal solution for each patient they see.
When you book a one-on-one consultation with either Dr. Ver Halen or Elaine before your procedure, there are various topics you two will discuss, including:
- Your desired outcome and expectations
- Medical history, as well as any medical conditions
- Current use of prescription drugs, dietary supplements, alcohol, tobacco, and/or recreational drugs
- Risks of the procedure
A personal, in-depth consultation is the best way to determine if the Vampire Facial is the right treatment for your needs.
Vampire Facial: The Procedure
Before the procedure takes place, blood will be drawn from one of your arms, just like during a blood test. It will then be spun in a centrifuge, which allows the different components of the blood to separate. The layer that your provider uses is the PRP, which contains a number of growth factors. They will then apply a numbing cream to your face. After this, they will start microneedling, which means using a device with tiny needles to create small punctures on the top layer of the facial skin. The punctures are so tiny, they’re barely visible, and the numbing cream ensures you only feel minor pressure during the procedure. Microneedling encourages the body to produce more collagen and elastin. These parts of your skin reduce as you age. Microneedling encourages the skin to heal itself, essentially. Microneedling is soon followed by a topical application of your PRP. This further stimulates the skin’s healing process. The whole procedure takes just 30 minutes.
Vampire Facial: The Recovery
The Vampire Facial is a quick, outpatient procedure with very little recovery time. The speed of the procedure means that you could get it done on your lunch break and be back in time to finish your day. Many patients experience no pain when the treatment is over. On the day of treatment and the day after, you might notice some redness and tenderness in your face. This is completely normal and is not much different than a mild sunburn. Your skin is able to absorb most of the PRP in the span of 24 hours, so after just a couple days, you should feel completely fine.
The Vampire Facial Combined with Other Procedures
Many of our patients like to combine the Vampire Facial with other treatments, like BOTOX or Dysport®, in order to achieve an even more youthful appearance. Let us know if you’re considering combining treatments, and we’ll discuss possible options with you and develop a treatment plan that best fits your needs.
Vampire Facial Risks
The Vampire Facial is a non-surgical procedure, so it comes with fewer risks than surgical treatments, like facelifts. No incisions are made, which means you can enjoy your rejuvenating results without any scars. As a non-surgical treatment, anesthesia isn’t necessary, so you can avoid the side effects and risks associated with that too. Finally, since PRP is extracted from your own blood, there is no risk of allergic reaction.
There are still some potential risks involved with a Vampire Facelift. It’s important to be aware of them before undergoing the procedure:
- Minor inflammation
- Mild itching
- Nerve trauma
Most of these side effects are temporary and shouldn’t last more than a day. If they persist for longer than 24 hours, get in touch with us right away.
How to Pay for a Vampire Facial
The Vampire Facial is one of our most affordable procedures, but if you’d like to combine it with another procedure, there are financing options available to meet your budgeting needs. Ver Halen Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery accepts several payment options, including healthcare credit cards issued by Synchrony Bank (CareCredit®) and Comenity® Capital Bank (Alphaeon Credit®).You can also obtain a secured loan from United Medical Credit or Enhance Patient Finance. United Medical Credit works well for prime and subprime lenders and has multiple plan options and flexible terms.In addition, you can pay by:
- Credit card
- Cashier’s check
- In-house financing
- Other types of loans
The Vampire Facial is a quick, easy, and painless procedure. It’s one of the most popular treatments for patients who want to feel comfortable and confident in their skin. At Ver Halen Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery, we’re committed to helping you achieve your desired facial appearance. Book your consultation today to discuss what’s best for you!