The Vampire Facial

The Vampire Facial, also known as PRP (Platlet Rich Plasma), is a treatment that involves the process whereby your own growth factor containing platelets are injected into the skin to activate a powerful regenerative process to stimulate an abundance of healthy collagen production. This procedure is performed at Dr Nerina Wilkinson’s SKIN CLINIC in Cape Town.

woman profile getting injection of PRP, vampire facial treatment

Marisa’s Experience

If you haven’t heard of the facial that made headlines following Kim Kardashians photos of her post treatment red blotchy and bloody face…then it’s time you hear about this state of the art next level anti-aging rejuvenating treatment. But before I get into the gory details, you must know that this is not your average straight forward pretty facial, but with the proven benefits of this revolutionary procedure, it’s very understandable as to why PRP is a worthy R6500 investment for many seeking to ‘drink from the fountain of eternal youth’.

I have always had a very simple skin regime which (shamefully) often used to entail face wipes and cheap moisturisers, never really being phased about the side-effects of aging …that was until I hit my thirties. Enter adult acne, wrinkles and pigmentation!

Thankfully our journey with WITC exposed us to a new world of wellness and how imperative it is to look after our skin (the body’s biggest organ) using preventative treatments whilst we are still young.

Women getting an injection into face - PRP treatment or Vampire Facial

At first I was very apprehensive as the treatment sounded a bit too invasive for my liking, but what attracted my attention was the fact that PRP is considered to be the only natural method to regenerate your skin without the need of added active ingredients.


The Procedure:

Before receiving the treatment I received supplements for pain as well as a little something to calm the nerves. Thankfully the therapists apply a fair amount of numbing cream so once the procedure starts, the skin isn’t as susceptible to pain. Certain areas on my face were a bit more tender, such as my forehead, but the vibrating machine that the therapist uses alongside the injection and dermapen is a good distraction and the pain (that feels like a light pin prick, and little sting) doesn’t last long.

After effects:

Immediately after the dermapen application my skin felt a little itchy, but the sensation quickly disappeared as the therapist applied a cool soothing face mask. For the remainder of the day my skin was fairly red and blotchy, however it was pain free. The following day the redness had disappeared and there were one or two very small bruised marks from where the needle insertions. Just remember everyone’s skin responds differently, but the PRP is known to not have a long down time (around 2-5 days depending on sensitivity.)


Two weeks post treatment I really started to see some results – my acne scars and pigmentation were lighter and my overall skin texture was smoother. It definitely is a combination of the PRP and facial peels that I have been receiving from the clinic and so far I have been very impressed with my facial glow and the compliments from friends who have notably seen an improvement in my skin.

Woman face after PRP treatment facial also known as the Vampire Facial  

– This picture is taken directly after the treatment. No filter is used.


PRP stimulates collagen and elastin production which thickens and tightens thinning skin, effectively smoothing wrinkles and fine lines. Because it boosts collagen, it’s also a great treatment for improving overall skin texture and tone.


  • Sun damaged skin
    • Textural damage with dull dry skin
    • Fine lines and wrinkles
    • Thinning hair
    • Pigmentation
    • Dehydrated skin
    • Scarring
    • Reduction of down time after invasive aesthetic treatments
    • To optimize the skin’s radiance


  • Step 1: The blood collection:  Your own blood is drawn and up to about 20mls of blood is collected
  • Step 2: Centrifuge:  The blood is then spun to separate the red and white blood cells from the platelet containing plasma
  • Step 3: Injection: The platelet rich plasma is then injected very superficial into the skin using a mesotherapy technique along with micro needling device


The ideal treatment cycle includes 3–4 treatments separated by 3-4 weeks, once you start the treatments you should see continued improvement of the results for up to 6 months. After that the clinic recommends maintenance treatments for at least every 3-4 months if you are serious about skin rejuvenation.

*note that the treatment is not safe for pregnant women


  • Wait at least 45 mins after the procedure before washing the face with clean water, and apply a fast skin repair cream followed by a SPF 50 Sunscreen and make up
  • Avoid the sun for 48 hours post treatment. Continue with a good sunscreen SPF 50 daily
  • Do not take any inflammatory medicines for at least 2 weeks after the treatment. This allows for optimal collagen formation

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Two women at reception of skin clinic

Procedure performed at: SKIN CLINIC – Dr Nerina Wilkinson 

Photo credit: Jenni Elizabeth 

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