Vampire Facial® FAQs

What is the difference between a Vampire Facial® and Vampire Facelift®?

The Vampire Facelift® and the Vampire Facial® are not the same treatments. The Vampire Facial® does not use any fillers. The purpose of the Vampire Facial® is not to add volume to the face, but rather to enhance the benefits of micro needling. The procedure aims to improve the texture of the skin by applying PRP (platelet-rich plasma) during and after the micro needling process. This allows the PRP to be absorbed topically over the whole face allowing for improvement of skin elasticity, texture and improvement of scars and wrinkles. The combination of micro needling with application of PRP results in the stimulation of collagen and improvement of the skin texture.

Who is a good candidate for the Vampire Facial®?

During your consultation, Dr. Melfi will discuss your cosmetic expectations. The men and women who are the best candidates for the Vampire Facial® are those looking to improve fine lines and wrinkles, decrease scarring from acne, chicken pox and other tissue trauma, and improve texture and color, resulting in a fresher, more rested look. Those who do not need to add volume to their face are also better candidates for the Vampire Facial®.

How long will the effects last?

The Vampire Facial®, like any other PRP treatment, shows a gradual progression of improvement over time. Some notice improvements starting at 3 weeks and continued improvement over the next 3 months. Although the Vampire Facial® and PRP can help turn back the clock, annual maintenance treatments are recommended to maintain optimal and lasting results, since it does not stop the aging process. We suggest 3-4 sessions 4 weeks apart initially to address any trouble areas, and then maintenance treatments thereafter. Effects typically can last up to 12 months depending on the issues we are addressing. We recommend that you at least have annual treatments to maintain your skin’s vibrant and refreshed look. Some opt to have more frequent treatments due to the results they have achieved, and there is no contraindication to having more frequent sessions.

Are there any side effects? What can I expect afterwards?

There is minimal risk associated with PRP treatments, since it is derived from your own blood. However, you may want to plan on 48 hours of sensations of a moderate sunburn and dryness. After 48 hours most redness will have dissipated except for perhaps some blotchiness in areas. Consider planning the procedure on a Thursday or Friday when you can stay home for the weekend and pamper yourself with some home spa treatments. Such as mineral baths, manicures, pedicures, or a massage from your partner. Perhaps spend some luxurious time reading a book, or even trying some light meditation or breathing exercises!

What can I apply to my face afterwards?

You will be given post procedure instructions; however, it is very important to use a skin care regimen including a facial moisturizer. Our office recommends Altar™ and it is the official Vampire Skin Therapy™. The patented ingredient in Altar™, SBD-4, works synergistically to enhance the effects of the previous steps and to help supply blood flow to fragile new growth of healthy pleuripotent stem cells.

  • Only certified providers of the Vampire Procedures (Facelift® and Facial®) offer this very important skin care step.

Who can perform the Vampire Facial®?

Official, certified and experienced physicians who have successfully completed the training and certification process of The Vampire Facelift® and Vampire Facial® Procedure by creator, Dr. Charles Runels and are listed as a trusted provider on the official Vampire Facelift ® website. ( Many men and women are excellent candidates for the procedure. Dr. Melfi would be happy to complete a consultation to determine if you are one of them.

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