Do you frequently suffer from outbreaks of acne, pimples, and other skin problems? Then, you may consider getting vampire facial and microneedling treatments. They are medical procedures aimed at treating skin conditions, especially aging spots, acne, wrinkles, scarring, uneven skin tone and loss of skin elasticity. Although they both involve prickling of the skin with the aim of improving skin health, they have key differences in terms of process, working, cost, etc as the article discusses.

1.      Process

In vampire facial, also known as platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) therapy, a doctor will administer local anesthesia to your faces. Lidocaine is the common medication used for local anesthesia. Then, the specialist draws blood from your body, usually 30 ml, and runs it through a centrifuge to seclude the platelet-rich-plasma (red in color) from the platelets-poor-plasma (white in color). The PRP is injected back to your skin in order to trigger the production of collagen.

On the other hand, microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, involves using a microneedling machine on your face accompanied by the application of serum which may be vitamin A, vitamin C, or growth factor. However, to make the procedure easier and more comfortable for you, the doctor must administer local anesthesia on your face. A numbing cream can also be applied on your face and neck to produce an anesthetic effect. The machine is moved across your face in circular motions as the serum is continuously applied on your skin. The procedure is done on both your face and neck.

2.      Working Mechanism

Vampire facial works by supplying platelets-rich-plasma in your skin. The needles move up and down on your skin to create channels for PRP to flow into your skin. PRP enhances blood clotting and supplies your skin with proteins that enhance cell growth. By triggering the stem cells to produce collagen, PRP serves to rejuvenate the skin and hence reducing aging while enhancing your skin’s elasticity.

In microneedling, the micro needles puncture your skin continuously causing trauma to the stem cells. The cells respond by releasing collagen which treats scarring resulting from aging, injury, and acne. Moreover, micro needling has shown great capabilities in eliminating skin pigmentation problems, acne, and stretch marks.

3.      Cost

The cost one session of micro needling ranges between $100 and $700 and varies depending on the intensity of your facial treatment. Dermatologists recommend about 5 sessions for the effective treatment and this translates to total costs ranging from $500 to $3500. In addition, micro needling is not covered by insurance since it’s regarded as a cosmetic procedure.

PRP therapy is more expensive than microneedling due to the added extraction of PRP. The average cost of one session is about $1300 whereby microneedling accounts for the highest charges, about $800, while the extraction and application of PRP cost about $500. Depending on the intensity of the procedure, the cost of the procedure varies between $900 and $2500.


Microneedling and PRP therapy are minimally invasive procedures that are aimed at triggering the release of collagen, although through different mechanisms. However, the skin therapies have considerable differences in regard to the process undertaken, working mechanism, and costs as outlined above.