1. Get numb.
I arrived at plastic surgeon and RealSelf contributor Dr. David Shafer’s New York office for my first-ever vampire facial. They gave me a lidocaine and tetrocaine numbing cream to apply all over my face, which takes about 30 minutes to kick in. Having done it, I can now tell anyone who’s thinking of trying it that you may want to bring a hair tie to keep it from getting in your hair (which happened to me), and if you drink water while numbing, use a straw so that your throat doesn’t get numb too! Numbing cream is optional, but I highly recommend it. The doctor also advises that you should stop using any retinols or AHAs one week before treatment.Back to top