by Laura Cousins at Heavenly Holistics

I'm here to talk to you about the vampire! Although not that type of vampire as I'm not sure I believe in them… however the vampire facial is something I really do believe in.

Also known as PRP (platelet rich plasma) some of you will remember the famous Kim Kardashian putting a picture online after having this treatment... and trust me when I say this, it looks and sounds scarier than it really is.

Interested to know more?


The vampire facial is basically microneedling of the skin but without using serums such as retinols/anti-ageing serums/vitamin C etc. Instead we use your own plasma to rejuvenate the skin.

Blood is made up of components - red blood cells/white blood cells/platelets/plasma is the liquid portion of the blood; our red and white blood cells and platelets are suspended in plasma as they move throughout the body. Plasma has many growth factors and when centrifuged they become 1000 times richer. This component is the liquid gold for the skin and has so many benefits which I will move onto shortly.


A consultation before a vampire facial is very important, as with any facial, to explain the procedure and check that the client is suitable for the treatment, to check any contraindications and to explain what to expect during and after the facial.

Step 1

The client's blood is taken from the arm - three 4.5ml tubes of blood. This is then put into a centrifuge machine to spin the blood at 4000rpm for approximately 7 minutes. This is enough time for the components to separate.

Step 2

The client is then made comfortable on the beauty couch, the skin is double cleansed and a topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the face for around 15 minutes. Whilst this is taking place the plasma is drawn from the tubes into a syringe ready to microneedle into the skin. Depending on the client's skin concerns:

  • if treating the skin for ageing and wrinkles PRP can be injected directly into wrinkles.

  • if treating a younger client for skin rejuvenation microneedling prp in is the best option.

Step 3

The anaesthetic cream is removed and the plasma is dropped onto the skin and microneedled in at different depths for different areas of the face. when the microneedling is complete a cooling mask is applied for 10/15 minutes. I personally like to give my clients a scalp massage at this stage. To finish the treatment an LED light mask is placed over the face for 10 minutes to speed up the healing process.

The client is then given appropriate after care.

Down time for the vampire facial is around 2 to 3 days... the skin will look like you have mild sunburn for a few days. A gentle cleanser is recommended / no exfoliation as you have had a resurfacing procedure done on the skin. It is imperative to hydrate your skin and protect it from sun damage. No sweating, sauna, swimming, steam room or sun beds for 1 week.


The part you’ve been waiting for...

Benefits Include

1) Increased collagen production - Collagen production is stimulated when skin cell trauma occurs with a vampire facial when the tiny needles penetrate the upper layers during the microneedling portion of your treatment.

2) Reduces fine lines and wrinkles - Lines and wrinkles are the most common reasons people seek a vampire facial; these common signs of ageing are treated as cellular turnover is promoted / old skin cells are recycled and new collagen and elastin are formed, as your face tightens naturally in response to the micro injuries wrinkles are eliminated and skin is plumped up.

3) Tighter/ firmer/ brighter skin - As we age skin becomes thinner and starts to sag on certain areas of the face. By producing new collagen and elastin we create tighter firmer/brighter skin as well as plumping up the skin.

4) Improved moisture retention - The stronger and thicker your skin is the better protected the deeper layers of your skin are from the outside irritants, a strong skin barrier also helps to retain moisture, a vampire facial helps to unclog your pores making your skin more receptive to moisturisers.

5) Enhanced skin tone and texture - If you have acne scars / surgical scars / stretch marks / hyperpigmentation and other forms of poor skin tone or texture you can benefit from PRP with old skin cells giving birth to new healthy ones. You will be astounded by the mind-blowing improvement in the appearance of your skin.

You may be a good candidate for a vampire facial if you:

  • Suffer from acne scars

  • Are afflicted by hyperpigmentation

  • Want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles

  • Want tighter/firmer/brighter skin

  • Are not ready for a face lift

  • Have dry skin

  • Feel your skin looks older than it is.

Please feel free to contact Laura for a free consultation at Heavenly Holistics Cheltenham.