You haven’t lived in the 21st century if you haven’t experienced the Vampire Facial, made famous by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian-West and model beauty Bar Refaeli. The Vampire Facial procedure was invented by Plastic surgeon,  Dr. Charles Runels, known as the “Calvin Klein of aesthetic medicine” by  combining stem cell science with the principles of aesthetic artistry. Dr Wikus Pretorius is one of a select number of Doctors in South Africa accredited by the American Cosmetic Cellular Medicine Association to provide the full range of vampire procedures including the Vampire Facial, Vampire Facelift, Vampire Breastlift, Vampire Hair Restoration and the O-shot and P-shot. 

Read on to find out more about this cutting edge skin rejuvenation treatment…

What is The Vampire Facial?

The Vampire or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Facial is powerful non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment that use stem cell science to achieve a natural younger-looking appearance.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), rich in growth factors, is derived from your own blood and injected back into the skin in order to “supercharge” healing, repair and renewal. 

PRP activates the body’s stem cells to reverse cell damage, repair DNA & grow new healthy tissue, including:

    • New collagen (for firmness)
    • New fatty tissue (for volume & smoothness)
    • New blood vessels (for a healthy glow)

Who is a good candidate for the Vampire Facial?

The vampire is for suitable patients of all skin types and ages looking to improve:

•    Signs of ageing
•    Crow’s feet  
•    Smile lines around the mouth
•    Dark circles around the eyes
•    Dull, rough, flaky skin
•    Sun damage / uneven skin tone
•    Acne scars or surgical scars
•    Stretch marks
•    Enlarged pores
•    Sagging skin on the face, neck, décolleté
•    Crepey skin in eye area / neck / décolleté

What is the Vampire Facial Procedure? 

Step 1:

Application of a  medical grade numbing cream to the face for 30 min, to minimise discomfort .

Step 2:

Extraction of a small amount of blood through a vein
in the arm (just like a blood test).

Step 3:

Blood is placed in the centrifuge and spun at high speed to separate out the platelet rich plasma (PRP).

Step 4:

PRP is delivered back into the skin via small mesotherapy microinjections to stimulate the healing process and total skin rejuvenation.

The growth factors get to work quickly, stimulating multi-potent stem cells which already exist in the skin. This ‘tricks’ the cells into ‘thinking’ the skin surface is injured triggering the natural healing process and the generation of new tissue. 

How long does it take?

The entire procedure takes an hour. 

What does it feel like?

A medical grade numbing cream is applied before your treatment to minimise discomfort. The procedure can be mildly uncomfortable however most patients find it quite tolerable.

What will I look like immediately after treatment?

Immediately after treatment the skin will feel warm, tight and a bit sensitive, with some pinkish/red discolouration and minor swelling which typically resolves within 3 days. Some mild bruising may occur (especially in more delicate areas like the skin around the eyes) and generally resolves within 7 to 10 days. Your normal skin care routine (including make-up application) can be resumed after 24 hours. 

What results can I expect?

The Vampire facial has been shown to:

•    Smooth, tighten & firm the skin

•    Improve skin texture & tone

•    Soften & plump fine lines & wrinkles

•    Improve the appearance of acne scarring & enlarged pores

•    Boost radiance & glow

•    Improve skin volume & thickness

•    Reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes

•    Achieve a natural, more youthful-looking appearance


When will I start to notice results?

Within a week your skin will start to feel softer, firmer and look plumper and more radiant. The results will progressively improve overall with your maximum result being seen after 3 months, when the new collagen has been laid down.  

How many treatments do I need?

Generally a course of 3 – 4 Vampire Facials at 4 to 6 week intervals, is recommended for optimal results.


How long do the results last?

This new natural, youthful look can last between 6 months to 2 years, depending on the individual’s lifestyle, skincare programme, sun exposure etc. 

What we Love?

  • It is a very safe & effective total skin rejuvenation procedure with minimal downtime
  • It is suitable for all skin types & ages
  • There is minimal downtime
  • It is a fully natural skin rejuvenation procedure, with no artificial injectables

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