HydraFacial vs. Vampire Facial

August 28th, 2019 5:54am

HydraFacial vs. Vampire Facial

With a number of facials in the skincare market today, it may be hard to decide which one is best for you. Today, we’re going to compare two of some of the most popular facial treatments, the HydraFacial and the Vampire Facial. While they’re favourites amongst many in the beauty and skincare industry, there are some key differences between the two which can make one more desirable than the other depending on what you’re trying to treat and achieve with your results. 

Not sure which one is best for you? Let’s breakdown the difference between the HydraFacial and the Vampire Facial:

What Is A HydraFacial?

A HydraFacial is a patented 4-step facial that deeply cleanses, exfoliates and extracts impurities from the skin through Vortex Suction™ technology, a tool that sucks away dirt and dead skin cells from the face. The treatment is followed up by a mild acid peel to further enhance results for more refreshed and radiant results. It’s an incredibly effective treatment used to treat early signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles, acne and blackheads, large pores and hyperpigmentation. While results are impressive with one treatment alone, ongoing treatments are needed for long term results.

Duration Of Treatment

HydraFacial sessions typically last for about half an hour, making it a quick and convenient treatment for those strapped on time. 


There is no downtime associated with the HydraFacial. Clients are able to get the treatment done and carry on with their day immediately afterwards, if they desire. Clients are even able to put their make-up back on following their session. Because of the zero downtime, this treatment is considered an optimal “lunchtime” procedure. 

Recovery Time

Much like the downtime, there is zero recovery required for this treatment. Immediately following treatment, some patients may experience some slight redness on the skin but that typically subside minutes after the session. 


Patients are left refreshed and rejuvenated! They’ll notice that their skin feels softer, even-toned and much firmer than before, bringing out a much more youthful appearance.

What Is A Vampire Facial?

This treatment combines microneedling and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), which uses your own blood for the procedure. The PRP is applied to the face, followed by tiny micro injuries caused by the microneedling device. This forces the skin to go into “recovery mode” and rebuild itself. PRP is reapplied again to help encourage healing, collagen production and ensure a fast and smooth recovery.

Duration Of Treatment

Treatment sessions typically last about an hour. This includes the time it takes to apply numbing cream on the clients face and letting that settle (20-30 minutes), before proceeding with the procedure. 


The vampire facial is definitely not a lunchtime procedure, due to the immediate redness experienced right after the session. Most clients will book a couple days off work to fully recover. 

Recovery Time

The initial redness experienced by the vampire facial will subside significantly after the first 24 hours, however a full recovery could take up to a week. In that time, clients may experience dryness, light peeling and tightening of the skin. With that said, if clients stick to their skin specialist’s aftercare instructions, recovery should be manageable. 


Vampire facials do a great job of restoring your skin’s natural radiance. It’s good at improving scars and imperfections (deep scars especially!), reducing the look of wrinkles and reducing the size of large pores for more flawless skin. 

Which treatment should I go with?

The treatment that you go for, will depend on a number of factors such as budget, desired results and areas you’re looking to treat. If you can’t tolerate the sight of blood or aren’t a fan of needles, getting a vampire facial might not be the treatment for you. If that doesn’t bother you, vampire facials are great if you’re looking for deep tissue healing thanks to the plasma in the platelets, which are known to help produce collagen.

With that said, if you’re strapped on time and don’t have a lot of it to spare for downtime and recovery, a HydraFacial is the way to go! They do an impressive job of smoothing out your skin, but you’ll need to keep those treatments up if you want those results to last for a longer period of time. HydraFacials are also much easier on the wallet, with treatments starting at $135, compared to $695 for a single vampire facial session. 

Clinique De Mode. They understand the skincare needs of every client is different, which is why their personalized consultations will help you figure out what’s best for you given your unique needs. They’re experts in skincare and the latest innovative treatments and do what they can in order to get your skin in the best place that it’s ever been!

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