The Vampire Facial, also known as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment might sound unorthodox and strange, even scary to some. Results show otherwise and with the likes of Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie swearing by it, it might be worth having a look at.
Although the name makes it sound like a doctor might make you drink blood or applying it to your face. Rest assured, this is not the case. The treatment does, however, involve using your own blood, but it isn’t nearly as scary as the name makes it sound.
How does it work?
PRP treatment isn’t actually a facial, but rather a medical procedure. A doctor will first draw your blood and insert it into a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the blood at a high speed to separate the different blood components from each other. The plasma is then re-injected into the face using micro-needling.
Micro-needling is a process where tiny needles are used to puncture holes into the first layer of skin. This stimulates the skin to produce more collagen. The added platelets amplify the process and in turn leaves your skin firmer and looking more rejuvenated. The procedure takes 30 minutes to one hour to complete with minimum recovery time.
What are the benefits of a Vampire Facial?
The Vampire Facial might not exactly be the fountain of youth as it has often been promoted but gets quite close. The platelets that are extracted from your blood is used by your body to stop bleeding and stimulate healing. When your skin is injected with these platelets, it is tricked into thinking that you have been injured. Your skin then starts developing new stem cells which are full of collagen. The collagen makes your skin firmer and helps with scarring. It also helps the epidermis to refresh and recycle itself by creating new, fresh tissue that is full of collagen, new blood vessels, and new cells.
The combination of collagen production and improving the health of the epidermis leaves your skin looking younger and healthier. It is also a great treatment for a variety of skin issues including acne, acne scarring, melasma, wrinkles, lines and overall skin maintenance.
Most treatments only provide a temporary solution by injecting a filler into your skin to plump up a problem area. The Vampire Facial, however, helps restore facial shape and improve skin tone and texture. You can see the difference that the treatment makes immediately but will require follow up treatments for more lasting effects.
If your skin is very sensitive to different treatments and products the Vampire Facial might be just the thing for you. The treatment doesn’t require any invasive procedures, skin ablation, or resurfacing, making it much more suitable for sensitive skin types or people who are concerned about having a reaction to these types of procedures. Added in that your own blood is used to create the serum, and the new tissue and cell growth, you can bank on positive results.
PRP has been around for a number of years
Kim Kardashian might have helped make the Vampire Facial more mainstream, but
PRP therapy has been around for a number of years and has many more uses than just making you look younger. The procedure was first used in 1970 to treat patients with thrombocytopenia. Later on, practitioners started using it after orthopaedic surgery to enhance healing. It is also used for burn victims, in sports medicine and even to help with neck and back pain.
What risks are there to using the Vampire Facial?
The treatment itself does not pose any dangers. The potential danger comes in at finding a professional who is licenced to conduct the treatment. If new needles aren’t used for the procedure, a patient can be at risk contracting diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Although there isn’t much evidence to prove it, there has been a case where patients at a spa in New Mexico was suspected of contracting these diseases after going for a Vampire Facial.
Before making an appointment for a Vampire Facial, be sure to confirm the credentials of not only the facility but also of the person who will be administering it to you. It is also worthwhile reading reviews about both to ensure that you are going to a trusted practitioner.
Is the Vampire Facial worth trying?
The short answer is yes, the Vampire Facial is worth it. Although it can be costly, the PRP treatment shows greater results than most “fancy” facial treatments that are almost in the same price range. Added to this, the treatment is natural and non-invasive. If you can get over the queasiness of the idea that your “blood” is being injected into your face, this is a great treatment to try!
Author: Lizan Gray