Have you heard of the vampire facial? Of course you have. Kim Kardashian has made sure of that. But how much do you know about it? A lot of people are still in the dark, so it is worth educating yourself before you decide to have it done. The vampire facial is a procedure that takes advantage of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and its growth factors to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the effects of aging and sun damage.
The procedure gets its name from the fact that a patient’s face doesn’t look so pretty as it’s being done. In fact, the face looks red, swollen, and dotted with blood. Do not let that scare you though. Compared to some other aesthetic procedures, the vampire facial is not as bad as it looks.
Below are three important things to know about the vampire facial before you elect to try it. Should you decide it is right for you, please work with an experienced aesthetic physician who has undergone proper training. According to Utah-based Apex Biologix, training is not necessarily a given. There are some doctors who are ‘self-taught’. Avoid them.
1. The Vampire Facial Hurts
Let us get the worst of it over with first. In short, the vampire facial hurts. If you are expecting a facial rejuvenation procedure that involves absolutely no pain, this is not it. The vampire facial starts with a blood draw. Right away you are talking about a procedure involving a needle. Good so far? Great.
The blood your doctor draws from you is processed in a centrifuge to isolate platelets and growth factors. The resulting material is then applied to the treatment sites. Application can be done through direct injection, micro needling, or a combination of both. Either way, there are more needles involved.
The good news is that the pain is by no means excruciating. If your pain threshold is high enough to easily tolerate inoculations and standard blood draws, you will be fine. However, do not be surprised by some minor bruising and pain for a few days after your procedure.
2. You Might Need Multiple Treatments
Though there are exceptions, most patients require multiple treatments to realize the maximum benefits of the vampire facial. The general rule is three treatments. You may need fewer; you may need more. Just go into it knowing that a single procedure may not be enough for you.
In light of this, it is important to sit down with your doctor and thoroughly discuss your treatment plan before you agree to anything. Your doctor should be able to tell you how many treatments you’ll need based on your objectives and the current condition of your skin. If your doctor says he/she really isn’t sure, you might want a second opinion.
3. The Vampire Facial Isn’t Cheap
Finally, don’t go into the vampire facial expecting to get away with a bill of just a few hundred dollars. It doesn’t come cheaply. A single treatment can range from $300 to more than $1,000. That adds up when your doctor tells you that two or three treatments are most appropriate for you.
Also note that health insurance does not cover most aesthetic procedures unless there are justifiably medical reasons for recommending them. And even if they did, no insurance company yet covers PRP therapy for anything other than post-surgery wound healing. What does this mean? It means you will bear the expense out-of-pocket.
Now you know three important things about the vampire facial. If the procedure still intrigues you, there are plenty of aesthetic physicians now offering it.