The latest blood curdling cosmetic procedure to have caught the public’s attention is the Vampire Facial, an anti-ageing procedure that is rapidly gaining popularity. Since Kim Kardashian underwent the procedure on her reality television programme in 2013, there has been an 800% increase in demand. The cosmetic surgery team at Penningtons Manches explores what this facial entails, the desired results and the risks associated.

The Vampire Facial is a treatment where a doctor uses a patient’s own blood to give the skin a more youthful appearance. The procedure itself is said to stimulate collagen and elastin as well as to enhance skin colour, texture and make fine lines and wrinkles look less noticeable. The plastic surgeon who carries out the procedure will make small puncture wounds on the face and will topically apply the patient’s own blood. This is not a procedure for the faint hearted as the puncture wounds on the face are clearly visible following the procedure. However, the results can be noticed immediately with the full results becoming apparent within a matter of weeks.

The procedure itself can be quite painful, particularly when the surgeon is making the puncture wounds and a patient may experience some bruising. The cost of one Vampire Facial treatment is around £538.

Anyone considering a Vampire Facial should  consider the following factors before going ahead:


While the name itself can suggest something quite frightening, the procedure is considered a safe and effective way to lift up the skin and smooth out wrinkles.  We would caution anyone undergoing a cosmetic procedure to ensure they know all the facts and only see a medically qualified practitioner to carry out the procedure if it is the right procedure for you.


As with any form of facial cosmetic surgery, there will be side effects and it is therefore imperative that patients are aware of these risks before going ahead. As the Vampire Facial is still quite a new procedure, it is not yet known whether there might be longer term side effects.

The common side effects are:

  • mild irritation and itching (depending on the sensitivity of your skin)
  • mild swelling or oedema
  • bruising (this is caused by the reaction of your skin to the physical injection).