Vampire Facial (PRP)

The ‘Vampire Face Lift’

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is often referred to as the ‘Vampire Face Lift’. PRP therapy works on the basis that the body’s own natural healing powers can slow and even reverse the ageing process, by placing growth factors (special proteins that help to heal injured tissue or damaged skin) in the exact location where we want the skin to repair and rejuvenate itself.

The Vampire Facelift is effective for:

• restoring natural beauty and shape
• loss of volume to the face
• fine lines and wrinkles
• crow’s feet
• tear trough hollows
• dark circles
• smoker’s lines
• temple hollows
• crepey neck and décolletage

How does it work?

PRP therapy involves harvesting platelets from the patient’s own blood in order to inject them into problem skin areas, giving it the nicknames Vampire Facelift and Dracula Therapy. Before the procedure, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient and put into a centrifuge, where the blood is spun in order to separate the red blood cells from the platelet plasma. The platelet plasma, which is the component of the blood that is known for being highly effective in treating burns and skin injuries, is then injected into the chosen area, where it plumps up the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

When the platelet plasma is injected into the skin, the platelets release their growth factors. The growth factors stimulate other cells surrounding the injection site, plumping them up and causing them to increase in volume. The platelet plasma sends out signals to other cells in the body when it is injected, telling them to rush forward to the injection site. One cell that is stimulated during the process is the fibroblast cell, which is the cell type that creates collagen. Collagen is what gives skin a youthful appearance. As we age, collagen is produced less and less, causing wrinkles and fine lines in the skin, and therapies such as PRP therapy that stimulate collagen production can counteract this. Another cell stimulated during the process is the pre-adipocyte cell, which is a cell type that can convert into a fat cell, which is especially important in the face to fill out lines and to contour the face.

PRP therapy can be used on the face, particularly around the eyes, mouth and nose, the backs of the hands, and all over the body, more commonly the décolletage and even the knees to give skin a more youthful and radiant appearance.


How long does the treatment take?

The Vampire Facial treatment takes around 60 minutes.

Are there any side effects?

There may be slight redness and swelling straight after treatment. The redness and swelling should be gone after 24 hours.

How long do the results last?

Results from a Vampire Facial will last around 6 months.

How many treatments should I have?

At River Aesthetics we recommend 3 treatments one month apart to achieve the optimum results.

When will I see the results?

You should see immediate benefits, however due to collagen stimulation you will see the optimum results at 12 weeks.

Treatment Summary

Procedure Time
60 Minutes
Recommended No. of Treatments
Not Required
Side Effects
Redness, bruising, swelling
Improves over 3 months with collagen stimulation
Duration of Results
6 Months
Back to Work
Full Recovery
24 Hours

Treatment Results

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Expert Comment

Dr Victoria Manning

Vampire Facial

“This treatment is not just for Halloween, it’s great all year round to give you healthy, plump glowing skin , boosted by your owns body’s growth factor – it’s a quick and easy treatment.”

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