I Got Botox, Hyaluronic Acid, and My Own Blood Stamped Into My Face For "Glass Skin"
Say hello to the vampire facial's more advanced cousin: microinfusion, a procedure that uses tiny, hollow needles to deliver potent ingredients directly into your skin. I'll admit, even though I'm pretty much game to offer up my face for any and all of the latest beauty treatments on the market, the idea of pricking myself with needles during a facial sounded a bit ominous — even if they are made from 24-karat gold. But when I learned that said needles would be stamping a luxurious combo of Botox, hyaluronic acid filler, and PRP (platelet-rich plasma) from my own blood into my skin, I was intrigued.
The procedure, technically called AquaGold Fine Touch, uses a stamp microinjector with 20 fine needles to deliver small doses of treatment 500 microns deep into your dermis. It sounds a little overwhelming, so to break down the deets of this high-tech facial, I turned to board-certified Upper East Side plastic surgeon Lara Devgan, MD, also the CEO of her own medical-grade skincare line. Keep reading to get her expert take on everything you need to know, plus my personal experience under the needles.
What's the Difference Between Microneedling and Microinfusion?
No doubt you've heard of (or seen the results of) Kim Kardashian's "vampire facial" experience — a face full of blood that could make even the least squeamish person shiver. Let's just start out by clarifying that the microinfusion treatment does not leave you in the same state. That's because there are some distinct differences between microinfusion and straight-up microneedling. "Traditional, old-school microneedling is more aggressive and uses solid needles to make many holes in the skin," Dr. Devgan said. "Then, an active substance, like PRP, is smeared on top. You just have to cross your fingers and hope that it gets absorbed in the right place."
Microinfusion, on the other hand, is a more sophisticated way to deliver those active substances directly into the skin. "I use a sterile single-use device, this little stamper, that has spring-loaded, hollow bore needles," Dr. Devgan explained. "It's like making a thousand little manual injections with a syringe. We're actually putting the active ingredients where they're supposed to go, which allows us both to be more effective and to be less traumatic to the skin."