The Vampire Facial: Rejuvenate Your Face For A New You With PRP Therapy
Celebrities and mere mortals alike are taking advantage of the skin-repairing ability of the Vampire Facial. But what makes the Vampire Facial worthy of its immortal namesake? It’s all about the regenerating power of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). PRP contains growth factors found in your own blood which are responsible for healing skin from injury. When used for cosmetic rejuvenation, they have an unmatched ability to transform the skin.
Benefits Of A Vampire Facial
- Nonsurgical, safe, no downtime
- Sources healing factors from your own blood
- Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
- Removes excess pigment (hyperpigmentation / age spots)
- Diminishes scarring caused by acne, trauma, surgery or burns
- Repairs skin at the cellular level
- Boosts collagen and elastin production
- Restores a healthy, youthful glow
Vampire Facial FAQs
What is a Vampire Facial?
The Vampire Facial makes use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to rejuvenate the skin. During this nonsurgical procedure, the PRP is extracted from your own blood and is then inserted into the skin of the face using a microneedling device. The healing growth factors in the PRP stimulate a process of skin repair — stem cells grow, collagen and elastin are boosted, blood circulation is improved. As a result, wrinkles, discoloration and age spots fade. Even skin tone and texture are restored. Skin is more vibrant, radiant and youthful.
Vampire FaceLift vs. Vampire Facial: What’s the difference?
Both treatments take advantage of the healing power of PRP to rejuvenate the skin and improve the cosmetic appearance of your face.
The Vampire Facial includes a process called microneedling which creates thousands of tiny channels in your skin to allow your growth factors to reach a deeper layer of your skin where cell growth occurs. This procedure is used to create a smoother texture of the skin, reduce pore size and reduce any scarring that is present but does not affect volume of the face. Although your blood is drawn, there are no injections with the Vampire Facial. This treatment is ideal for overall skin rejuvenation, including improvement to scarring, fine lines and brown spots. This option is more superficial than the Vampire FaceLift.
The Vampire FaceLift combines your own growth factors with commonly used hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane products. First, one syringe of dermal filler is injected into your face to provide a scaffolding for the growth factors and to improve volume. Then your PRP with growth factors are injected at the sites of the filler to help enhance the volume and tone of your face. Additional syringes of filler can be purchased depending on your personal goals. This treatment is ideal for patients hoping to improve volume loss and add youthful height and curves to their cheeks. The filler adds lift and volume and the PRP helps build collagen scaffolding over time to support new volume.
What are PRP injections used for?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments have been used to treat everything from arthritis to nerve injuries to tendonitis. Introduced into the world in 1970, PRP became regularly used in medical treatments in the late 1980s. PRP in sports medicine as well as the world of orthopedics is common. Many professional athletes have been fans of this injury-healing treatment including Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods and Maria Sharapova.
When was PRP therapy first used for skin rejuvenation? When was the Vampire FaceLift created?
In 2011, Dr. Charles Runels, MD, registered and trademarked the Vampire Facial procedure, introducing PRP to the world of cosmetics. When platelet-rich plasma is microneedled into the face (i.e., the Vampire Facial), stem cells multiply and grow younger tissue, rejuvenating the skin of the face. After having much success with the Vampire Facial, Dr. Runels pioneered the O-Shot (aka Orgasm Shot), inserting PRP into the clitoris and the vagina wall. Since then, he has introduced other PRP therapies, including the Vampire Breast Lift, Vampire Hair Therapy, the Vampire Wing Lift and the Priapus Shot (P-Shot) for men. Click for Charles Runels’ biography.
What Is The PRP In the Vampire FaceLift? How do plasma injections work?
Platelet Rich Plasma contains growth factors that are packed with proteins and healing factors. Just as it can repair the skin from injury, PRP can effectively be used to restore skin on many areas of the body. Specifically, PRP works as follows:
- Stem cells respond to micro-injury on the skin by going into repair mode, stimulating growth factors and cells to generate new tissue
- New blood vessels form (or “neovascularization”), which increases the blood flow to the skin
- Cellular turnover, collagen and elastin production are enhanced to combating aging
What do Platelet Rich Plasma injections do for the face?
Because of its powerful ability to heal, promote collagen and elastin production and stimulate stem cell growth, the Vampire Facial has many cosmetic applications including:
PRP for Wrinkles / Skin Rejuvenation
Both injecting and microneedling with PRP are highly effective at erasing signs of aging, as well as restoring a healthy glow to dull, tired skin. Platelet Rich Plasma injections for wrinkles boost collagen, elastin and cell renewal, which works on fine lines on many areas of the face. These include around the eyes (crow’s feet); around the nose (bunny lines); lines at the corners of the mouth (frown and smile lines); as well as lines on the horizontal and vertical lines on the forehead (“the elevens”).
PRP for Photodamaged Skin / Hyperpigmentation / Age Spots
By encouraging skin renewal, microneedling with PRP will work to even out skin tone. This results in the reduction of any discoloration of the skin that’s caused by photoaging, melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) or other skin conditions that can cause dark spots.
PRP for Acne Scars / Burns / Skin Texture Renewal
PRP injections will repair underlying collagen and elastin to improve skin’s texture. Specifically, it can heal all types of acne scars, including ice pick scars, boxcar scars, atrophic scars and rolling scars. A series of treatments is recommended for best results.
Are there other cosmetic uses for PRP?
It’s important to note that PRP has applications for other areas of the body as well, including: PRP for hair loss, stretch marks, as well as for healing wounds and burns. The Vampire Facial and the Vampire FaceLift are also both highly effective for the décolleté and the neck.
What happens during the Vampire Facial procedure?
In a nutshell, the Vampire Facial technique includes extracting and then microneedling your own PRP back into the skin.
The procedure typically takes about 30-45 minutes.
- First, the doctor applies numbing medication to your face.
- Then, there will be a blood draw from your arm. The platelet rich plasma is extracted from the blood using an FDA-cleared PRP centrifuge machine to separate the richest growth factors.
- Next, the PRP is inserted into the skin of the face using a microneedling device. Your skin will start to produce new tissue over the next few months, bringing back the elasticity and glow of your younger years.
Do PRP injections during a Vampire Facial hurt?
Because of the use of a numbing cream, most people consider the Vampire Facial rejuvenation to be relatively pain-free. However, individual tolerances to pain will determine how painful the procedure is. Our trained medical staff pride themselves on providing patients with maximum comfort during treatment.
Vampire Facial Side Effects: What’s the recovery time after the procedure?
Some skin tenderness and redness are normal following treatment and usually dissipate within several hours. However, because it’s a nonsurgical alternative to plastic surgery, patients can return to normal activity immediately following treatment. There’s no downtime following the Vampire Facial. However, minor swelling and bruising can occur temporarily at the injection site. This usually dissipates within several hours.
Are there complications of the Vampire Facial? Are there microneedling risks?
Because PRP takes advantage of your own blood, complications from the Vampire Facial are rare. There’s no need to worry about allergic reactions or your body rejecting a foreign substance.
PRP Vampire Facial Before and After: What results can I expect?
Vampire Facial results are sometimes immediate and include added volume to the face, a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, a healthy glow to your skin, as well as smoother and more youthful skin. Over the next few months, collagen and elastin growth will promote further skin renewal and regeneration.
How long do the results of a Vampire Facial last?
The length of the PRP results depends on the starting condition of your skin, as well as your treatment goals. For general skin renewal, the Vampire Facial is effective when performed every three to six months. For acne scarring, hyperpigmentation or to target a specific skin problem such as stretch marks, three sessions that are scheduled 4-6 weeks apart are recommended. Our skincare professionals can assess your skincare needs and make individual recommendations about Vampire Facial cost and treatment plan.
How much does the Vampire Facial cost?
The Vampire Facial costs $750.
We also offer the Trifecta Package For Women, which includes the O-Shot, Vampire Facial or FaceLIft and Vampire BreastLift, all performed during the same session at a reduced package price.
Please schedule a consultation with Glendale Whole Health in order to create a treatment plan and package that’s right for you
Who does this treatment at Glendale Whole Health?
Dr. Speller combines her extensive training in both allopathic and complementary and alternative medicine to offer whole-body care to her patients using a functional medicine approach—identifying and treating the root causes of illness or disease, while focusing on enhanced lifestyle choices to improve health. Dr. Speller recognizes the immense importance of balanced hormones and healthy sexual function for one’s health and fulfillment, and has therefore undergone extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) with BioTe Medical as well as with the American Acadamy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). Dr. Speller is a Certified Provider of the Institute For Functional Medicine (IFM), and has also been personally trained by Dr. Charles Runels, the creator of the Vampire Facial/Facelift, Vampire BreastLift, Vampire WingLift, Vampire Hair Therapy, O-Shot and P-Shot, in all of these procedures. She is happy to offer an ever-increasing range of treatments to address intimate health and cosmetic concerns.
In Summary: What To Know
- The Vampire Facial is a simple and effective 30-45 minute procedure.
- PRP contains the richest growth factors in the blood and triggers the body’s natural ability to heal.
- Use of numbing cream assures a comfortable treatment.
- PRP is inserted into the skin of the face using a microneedling pen.
- The Vampire Facial is a “lunchtime” procedure with no post treatment downtime.
- The Vampire Facial promotes collagen and elastin production which will continue for gradual, natural results.
- Noticeable, immediate results are possible, including a healthy glow.
- Semiannual to annual maintenance procedures assure long-lasting skin rejuvenation.
In Summary: What To Love
- The Vampire Facial is highly effective at:
- Restoring a healthy glow
- Reducing fine lines and wrinkles
- Minimizing pores
- Improving skin tone and texture
- Targeting skin imperfections like hyperpigmentation, photodamaged skin, stretch marks or scarring
- The Vampire Facial is great for all skin tones and most skin types.
Our physician, Cristal Speller, MD is Stanford-educated and was trained personally by the creator of the Vampire Facial.
Ready to return your skin to a more youthful appearance? Click here to book your appointment now or call (818) 551-0464!