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October Skincare: What Is The Vampire Facial?

Kelowna Selphyl, Kelowna Vampire Facial

Happy October! This month, we’ll be exploring a treatment that is sometimes seen as a little spooky: the vampire facial. What is a Vampire Facial? Despite what its name would imply, this treatment offers rejuvenation without the use of blood--or the need to be bitten by a paranormal creature! 

The Selphyl treatment first gained popularity in the late 2000’s. At the time, the “vampire facial” was certainly the subject of a lot of shock and confusion. People had many questions, and some even mistakenly thought that the Selphyl procedure involved blood being applied on the face.

It now goes without saying that this isn’t true. Selphyl does involve using components of the patient’s blood, but does not involve the use of untreated blood. This procedure is rapid, safe, and uses the patient’s own platelets to fill the skin and ensure rejuvenation.


How Does Selphyl Work?

The Selphyl procedure is very straightforward and takes less than 30 minutes at our Kelowna skin clinic. Here is what patients can expect:

  • Selphyl is an injectable filler that is designed to fill out wrinkles and rejuvenate the features.
  • First, a nurse draws a small amount of blood from the patient’s arm. It is then spun around in a centrifuge, and the platelet-rich plasma is extracted from the blood.
  • The platelet-rich plasma can then be turned into Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM).
  • PRFM works as a three-dimensional scaffold to maintain the platelets at the site of the injection. This scaffold also protects the platelets as they release their growth factors.
  • It is then injected into areas that require a reduction in wrinkles.
    • This helps to reduce wrinkles as well as ongoing rejuvenation.


Why Does Selphyl Use Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelets in human blood are a key component in healing. They release growth factors that respond to tissue injury, where they initiate and promote healing.


FAQ - Common Selphyl Questions Answered By Our Kelowna Skin Experts

Not sure if the vampire facial is right for you? Check out these frequently asked questions.

I am afraid of the sight of blood! Does PRP/PRFM look like blood?

No, PRP does not resemble normal blood. The preparation removes virtually all red and white blood cells. A properly prepared syringe of PRP has a golden, straw-like colour.


How Long Does A Selphyl Appointment Take?

The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes to perform.


Are there any side effects?

Some patients may experience temporary irritation, swelling, bruising, itching, discolouration, or tenderness at the injection site. However, as the filler comes from the client’s own system, there is little risk of rejection. There are also no animal or synthetic processes for patients with sensitivities to worry about.


Where Can Selphyl Be Applied?

Selphyl can treat a wide range of signs of ageing.

Selphyl can be applied to treat:

  • the borders of the lips
  • marionette lines
  • hollow cheeks
  • smile lines
  • acne scars
  • lines between the eyebrows
  • Forehead lines


Contact Us

If you’re not certain if the vampire facial is right for you, contact our Kelowna-based Selphyl experts. We’d be happy to provide you with a custom consultation and can help you determine which treatment best meets your needs. Call us at (250) 868-9290, or send us a message through our online contact form.

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Donna McAteer

Donna McAteer

Donna is the general manager and has been with the Okana­gan Skin Care Cen­tre for over 14 years. She is a certified Es­theti­cian and previous business owner with over 20 years enjoying the skin care industry. Her passion for knowledge, integral client care and maintaining a syn­er­gis­tic team that represents professional excellence in skin care remains her focus.

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