If you follow me on Instagram stories, you know I recently received a Vampire Facial with Rachel Loren — my go-to Boca Raton-based medical aesthetician and laser technician (that’s her — the total boss babe in bold red lipstick photographed above). Celebs like Kim Kardashian are fans of the facial, which might look quite scary, but it boasts BIG TIME results.
So, what is a vampire facial and how does it work, exactly? The treatment is a combination of a microneedling (using a MDPen), followed by the application of your very own PRP (platelet-rich plasma) which is harvested through drawn blood and spun. The PRP is derived from the serum portion of the blood, which contains platelets. It looks, feels and smells a lot like egg yolk. The platelets contain high levels of growth factors, which, when applied to the skin, will stimulate cell turnover.
In laymen’s terms: It’s a facial that essentially uses, your own blood to help promote the healthy activity of your skin cells.
Does it hurt? Not really. Rachel numbs the skin for 20 minutes prior to the microneedling process. For me, the only areas which feel uncomfortable are along the hairline.
The downtime? You’ll emerge from treatment a bit red, almost like a sunburn, which means post-procedure sunscreen is highly recommended. Applying makeup, though, is discouraged. I looked super red for two days. No biggie. See?
The end result? Smaller pores, even skin tone and tighter and smoother skin. Obsessed.