Vampire Lifting, PRP Platelet Rich Plasma, Arthrex Personalized Cell Therapy

PRP is the abbreviation of Platelet Rich Plasma, in colloquial speech also called vampire lifting. PRP is a treatment that employs the client’s own blood and plasma plus the blood platelets it contains to stimulate regenerative processes in the skin.

Why vampire lifting with PRP?

Of course the quite dramatic term “vampire lifting“ or “Dracula lifting“ does not have anything to do with vampires but was coined by the media since it does sound significantly more promotionally effective than PRP Platelet Rich Plasma. However, quite as bloody as frequently shown on spectacular celebrity photos this treatment is not. PRP is a yellowish-transparent fluid without any red blood cells. The vampire lifting employs the plasma and the concentrated thrombocytes (blood platelets) obtained from your own blood. The growth factors contained by the blood platelets promote the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid. The result is a firmer skin with a smoother surface and a reduction of fine lines.

Application fields of vampire lifting / PRP at Bodyclinic in Zurich

  • treatment of slack lower eyelid skin and pouches
  • skin tightening and anti-wrinkle treatment in the face, on neck and décolleté
  • skin rejuvenation (glow-effect)
  • treatment of stretch marks in combination with fractional CO2 laser or micro-needling
  • stimulation of skin regeneration after laser treatment

The advantages of PRP

  • no allergic reactions
  • absolutely natural and organic
  • promotes regeneration processes
  • versatile
  • quicker healing even of deep micro-needling treatments

Vampire lifting at The Bodyclinic in Zurich

Prior to the treatment

Prior to the treatment, about 15ml of blood are taken from the client’s vein. A specific procedure then serves to separate plasma and blood platelets from the other components. The plasma is always made fresh. Depending on the treatment option and client’s requests, we use special anaesthetic creams to make the treatment more pleasant. Also depending on respective treatment options and client requests, the plasma is additionally enriched by hyaluronic acid gel and various vitamin or mineral serums.

The actual treatment can be applied in various forms:

Different methods serve to introduce the platelet rich plasma (PRP) into the deep skin layers: our day clinic in Zurich offers traditional PRP treatment by injection, also in combination with micro-needling or CO2 laser.

PRP plus micro-needling

So-called micro-needling (Dermapen®) serves to incorporate the plasma with the median skin layers, which intensely stimulates the skin to regenerate. The growth factors contained by the blood platelets promote the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid. This leads to improved skin elasticity, a smoother skin surface and the reduction of fine lines. Ideal are 3 treatments allowing about 4 weeks to pass in between. The result will become very obvious about 2 to 3 months after the entire treatment has been completed but will still keep improving thereafter.

PRP combined with CO2 laser

Following a skin rejuvenation treatment with fractional CO2 laser, the PRP (platelet rich plasma) is applied to the skin like dressing. The result is quicker healing (3 instead of 5 days) and an intensified treatment effect. Of course combinations like those described above are possible for this option, too.

PRP by injection

In addition to incorporation by micro-needling fine injection needles like those used in mesotherapy serve to introduce little depots into the skin and underneath deeper wrinkles. Even dep wrinkles will level off being treated like this. Also with this approach, the result will become obvious after about 2 months and keep improving thereafter.

Vampirlifting Injektion Zürich

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the underlying principle of auto-blood plasma (PRP) treatment?


The treatment approach employing platelet rich plasma is a natural way of improving the skin’s properties. About 15ml of the client’s own blood will be centrifuged in a specific procedure to obtain PRP (platelet rich plasma), which is enriched by endogenous thrombocytes. Thrombocytes are blood platelets (the blood’s smallest cells), which contain a large share of activating substances and growth factors. They cause an intense regeneration impulse in our tissue. New skin cells are thus produced and the connective tissue propagates.


How long does the treatment take?

Depending on the area to be treated and the method applied (with or without injecting) 45 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes.

What result may I expect?

PRP treatments lead to more skin elasticity, a smoother skin surface and the reduction of fine lines. PRP also serves to treat stretch marks.  Moreover, it helps reducing the recovery time after CO2 laser treatments.

When will I see the results?

The final results of PRP treatments including micro-needling will become obvious after about 2 to 3 months but still keep improving thereafter. We recommend 3 treatments allowing 4 weeks to pass by in between. The results of traditional vampire lifting applied by injections will also become visible after 2 months.

How long will the effect last?

If you undergo one treatment, the result will last for about two months. For sustainable treatment success, we recommend 3 to 4 treatments allowing 4 weeks to pass by in between. This treatment can then be repeated e.g. once a year to maintain a permanent effect.

Is this treatment safe? Does vampire lifting involve any unwanted side effects?

Vampire lifting is extremely low-risk. In rare cases, clients suffer from minor bruises, swelling or reddening after undergoing PRP treatment.  If you suffer from acute health problems like flu, cold or the like, you should spare undergoing a treatment. The treatment is not suitable for people who suffer from autoimmune diseases, acute or chronic hepatitis, untreated HIV-infections, etc. Our day clinic in Zurich uses the PRP system made by Arthrex, which stand for premium quality and long-standing experience.

How do I have to prepare for PRP treatment?

Do not take any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for at least 3 days before the PRP treatment. Such drugs include products aspirin, ibuprofen and similar analgesics. When we discuss your treatment in advance, we will also provide you with details on the course of the treatment and inform you of the things to be observed before and after the treatment.

What do I have to ensure after undergoing PRP treatment?


  • Do not do any sports for the 3 days following the treatment.
  • Do not apply any face packs, peeling treatments or cosmetic products containing acid for a term of 5 days.
  • Do not go to the sauna for at least 10 days.
  • Avoid sunbathing for two weeks.

Have you got any further questions?

Or would you like to ask Dr. Ledermann something specific about vampirelifting?

Please don’t hesitate to call or mail to us.

Phone +41 (0)44 387 99 20

Literature on PRP treatment

  Schönheit aus mir selbst (Beauty from Within), Arthrex Personalized Cell Therapy

  Article by Dr. Mathias Aust Anti Aging Treatment of the Lower Eyelid (PDF)