Vampire facial; beauty with a bite

If the sight of needles and blood makes you feel squeamish, you had best stop reading now.  

The vampire facial – a treatment now being offered at Beyond Basics – involves taking your own blood and then reapplying it by perforating the skin on your face with near microscopic holes.  

While the treatment has all the hallmarks of a horror film, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Indeed, practitioners report that it is virtually painless.  

Since the vampire facial first came onto the beauty scene in 2011, the treatment has seen a surge in popularity, with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian leading the way. It has been reported that the treatment smooths and tightens the skin, reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and creates a healthy glow.  

How it works 

First a small amount of blood is extracted from the customer’s arm, which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. The healing platelet-rich plasma takes on the form of a honey-colored gel and this is then re-injected into the skin with a micro-needling device called a derma pen. And yes, numbing cream is available for those who request it. 

The platelet-rich plasma is said to help stimulate collagen production to create new skin, therefore creating a more youthful, radiant look while erasing the tell-tell signs of time. 

At Beyond Basics, the treatment takes a half-hour and is carried out under the supervision of Dr. Carmen Martinez.  

Christina Smith at Beyond Basics says the treatment is widely regarded as being one of the best anti-aging facials available, and that it is ideal for those will all skin types who are looking to rejuvenate their skin.  

“It is a corrective and preventative therapy to treat fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating growth factors to release collagen in the skin, manage scars from acne or other injuries, improve skin texture and color from melasma presentations, and also helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks.” 

She added: “The treatment is widely accepted as being very effective, taking advantage of the body’s own powerful growth factors to stimulate healing and rejuvenation.” 

A beauty bloodbath or a healing and restorative treatment? When it comes to anything to do with blood and needles, I’m too much of a nervous nellie to find out. 


Not for the faint-hearted. The vampire facial has seen a surge in popularity due to its reported skin rejuvenating results.

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