• A vampire facelift is a noninvasive procedure requiring only topical anesthesia.
  • There should be minimal downtime, and side effects may include burning, itching, or swelling.
  • Make sure your procedure is done by a trained medical professional using a sterile needle.


  • The procedure typically lasts about 1 to 2 hours and should have minimal downtime.
  • If you’re comfortable with redness, you can likely return to work the next day.
  • The procedure will likely take place in a medical office, but it can also happen in a spa, which is OK as long as you’re going to a reputable and trained professional.


  • A vampire facelift will typically cost between $1,500 and $2,500.
  • You’ll likely need more than one treatment to see the best results.
  • Results last for about a year.


  • You’ll notice immediate smoothing, which is a result of the filler.
  • In 2 to 3 weeks, you should see improved skin texture and glow, which can last for a year.

A vampire facelift, sometimes called a platelet-rich plasma facelift, is a cosmetic procedure that uses the patient’s blood to potentially fight the signs of aging.

A similar treatment, known as the vampire facial, garnered a lot of attention back in 2013 when Kim Kardashian posted a selfie on Instagram of her face covered in blood. But how does it work?

After blood is drawn from your arm, the medical professional will separate the platelets from the rest of the blood using a centrifuge (a machine that spins quickly to separate fluids of different densities). The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) will be injected along with hyaluronic acid filler, like Juvederm.

The procedure may:

  • reduce wrinkles
  • plump skin
  • diminish acne scars
  • brighten dull skin

It’s safe for people of any age, but if you’re taking a blood thinner, have skin cancer, or any medical condition related to blood, such as HIV or hepatitis C, a vampire facelift isn’t recommended.

The price of a vampire facelift varies, but it generally costs between $1,500 and $2,500. In some cases, it may cost $3,000 depending on how much filler is needed.

Most people will need at least three injections to see the best results. Because vampire facelifts are a cosmetic procedure, they won’t be covered by insurance.

There’s limited research on vampire facelifts, but one study found that the skin’s texture improved significantly more with PRP than it did with saline injections.

The efficacy of a vampire facelift is because of plasma, which is yellow. Plasma is protein-rich, and it carries nutrients, protein, and hormones to the rest of the body.

Plasma also contains growth factors, which can increase cell turnover, collagen production, and elastin for firmer, younger-looking skin.

Most vampire facelifts will follow the same steps:

  1. First, the doctor will clean your skin. They’ll likely also apply a topical numbing cream.
  2. Then, they’ll draw blood (as little as 2 teaspoons) from your arm. Some doctors may choose to first inject the face with filler, targeting areas with deep creases or wrinkles.
  3. The blood will go into a centrifuge. This separates the PRP from the rest of the blood.
  4. Using a small needle, the PRP will be injected back into the face.

Vampire facelifts specifically target the face, but PRP can be used on other parts of the body, too. Research suggests PRP may also help stimulate hair growth, ease osteoarthritis, and treat tendon and other acute sports injuries. There are also vampire breast lifts.

Side effects of a vampire facelift should be pretty minimal and may include:

You may notice some redness on your face after a vampire facelift, but the procedure itself is noninvasive, and it should require minimum downtime.

Try to avoid touching your face in the hours after the procedure. If your doctor says it’s OK, you can use an ice pack or take Tylenol to calm swelling and alleviate any pain.

You’ll see immediate plumping results from the filler, and the glow and evenness from PRP will be visible after 2 to 3 weeks. Results aren’t permanent and will typically last for 1 year and as long as 18 months.

If you’re deciding whether or not a vampire facelift is right for you, it’s helpful to see before and after pictures of real patients. Below are some photos that may help you decide.

Your doctor should tell you specifically what they want you to do before you arrive for your vampire facelift. Generally speaking, before the procedure you should plan to:

  • Arrive with clean, makeup-free, and product-free skin.
  • Drink lots of water in the days leading up to your appointment.
  • Avoid unprotected sun exposure or tanning in the weeks before your appointment.
  • Arrange a ride home if your doctor suggests it.

Vampire facelifts and vampire facials can be easy to confuse, and they’re similar treatments. A vampire facelift combines a filler with PRP, and because of the instant plumping and smoothing effects of fillers, you’ll see some results immediately.

Vampire facials, on the other hand, combine microneedling, which uses tiny needles to make almost undetectable pricks in the skin. This is said to deliver the effects of PRP more deeply into the skin itself.

A vampire facelift is a great option for anyone who wants to firm or contour sagging skin, and vampire facials can help improve the skin’s texture or reduce the look of acne scars. Some providers will offer these treatments together.

A vampire facelift is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure, but it should still be done by a trained medical professional who has the correct equipment and has been certified to perform the procedure.

It’s always a good idea to meet with a doctor beforehand to have them explain what they’ll do during the procedure.

Vampire facelifts are a noninvasive cosmetic procedure in which your platelets are injected under your skin along with a hyaluronic acid filler.

The filler instantly smoothes wrinkles and creases, while the PRP can improve your skin’s overall glow. The downtime should be minimal, but it’s still essential to find a trusted dermatologist or plastic surgeon to perform the procedure. Side effects should resolve quickly, but they may include swelling and bruising.