Vampire Facials – what are the risks?


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As any diehard Twilight fan knows, vampires live forever. But though Vampire Facials don’t quite promise immortality, they can give you a face and neck Dracula would find hard to resist…

(Yep, we know it’s called Vampire Facial because of the blood thing – but cut us some slack will you, it’s nearly Christmas!)

A Vampire Facial (aka Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy) is pretty unique among injectable treatments. It uses no artificial products – just an enriched sample of your own blood. Specifically, a super-concentrated dose of your blood plasma that’s bursting with healing growth factors.

So it puts nothing into your skin except more of the good stuff that’s already in your body, making it very safe.

But are there any risks to having Vampire Facials? Are there any things you should consider before going ahead?

UntitledPotential side effects of Vampire Facials

Because of it’s excellent safety profile, it’s more appropriate to think in terms of side effects than risks.

And there are, as with all non-surgical treatments, some side effects associated with the Vampire Facial. These usually show up pretty quickly after your treatment, and include swelling, bruising and redness. You might also experience some tenderness at the injection sites, which is perfectly normal.

All these side effects should resolve themselves within a few days, but may take a little longer – up to a week or so. But to help them along, your practitioner will give you some advice.

Typically, you’ll be told to:

  • Apply cold compresses to bring down any swelling.
  • Use over the counter painkillers to relieve any soreness if you need to.

You’ll probably find, like most patients do, that you can go straight back to all your usual activities after having treatment.

To keep yourself comfortable, you’ll want to be gentle with the injection sites. So take extra care when washing, applying moisturiser and make up etc in the days after your treatment.

By and large, it’s an extremely safe treatment with minimal side effects that are quite easy to manage.

That said, it’s fair to say that not every skin treatment will be suitable for everybody. And Vampire Facials do have their own contra-indications to bear in mind.

Who isn’t suitable for Vampire Facials

The vast majority of people can undergo Vampire Facials without any issues. To be considered a good candidate for a Vampire Facial, you just need to be in good health with realistic expectations of the results you can achieve.

It’s particularly suited to people looking for a milder, less invasive and safer alternative to anti-ageing surgery. Of course it won’t achieve the same results as a facelift, and you need to go into it with your eyes wide open about that.

It’s possible to see real improvements in your skin’s texture and tone, but it won’t remove loose, sagging skin. So if that’s what you’re looking for, Vampire Facials aren’t for you.

And there are medical reasons why some won’t be suitable for a Vampire Facial. Anyone with blood disorders like platelet dysfunction syndrome, hypofibrinogenaemia, critical thrombocytopenia or haemodynamic instability, as well as sepsis, infections and chronic liver pathology will unfortunately not be a suitable candidate.

Vampire Facials are also to be avoided if you’re taking anti-coagulant drugs. But for most people, they’re an extremely safe rejuvenating treatment that is well worth a try if you’re looking for naturally healthier skin.

Next step > take a look at our Vampire Facial FAQs.

Want to know more about Vampire Facials?

For more information on the Vampire Facial or other anti-ageing treatments, or to book a free consultation, get in touch – we won’t bite… Call the team on 01844 318825 or fill in our quick contact form and we’ll be in touch.