Celebrities smiling with blood smeared across their faces. It sounds like an opening scene from the latest thriller, when in actual fact, this is the aftermath of a skin treatment.
No, something didn’t go wrong. In fact, the blood was put there on purpose. And this is where things get a bit weird – it was extracted from the subject’s own body first. The treatment in question is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, or – perhaps more fittingly – The Vampire Facial.
Don’t fear, all horror ends there. No giant needles accompanied by the sound of high-pitched shrieks. Well, maybe a few micro-needles, but we promise that’s it.
So, what is this vampire facial? Why on earth are people doing it (willingly), and what are the benefits?
We speak to Jamie Sherrill, Hollywood skincare expert and registered nurse to find out more.
Why are blood facials good for you?
“What we actually use is platelet rich plasma (PRP). These are stem cells that are extracted from your blood. Applied after microneedling (repeatedly piercing the skin with tiny, sterile needles), PRP can reduce the appearance of sun damage and give skin a more youthful look.”
What is the process of a blood facial?
“Vampire or PRP facials will either involve injecting the plasma into your skin with a very thin needle, or microneedling the skin, and then massaging in the plasma afterwards.”
Does it hurt?
“The procedure is relatively painless. Particularly if you go for the microneedling option.”
What does microneedling do?
“It helps the PRP to penetrate the skin, but also works to increase collagen levels for smoother, fuller-looking skin. It can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and scars.”
How long do the results last?
“Your cells will continue to regenerate for 3 months after the procedure, and results can last for over a year. For the best results, we recommend a series of treatments, leaving 4-6 weeks between each.”
How do we prepare?
“You should stop using any retinol or Retin A before your facial. You will also need to notify your practitioner of any other medications and supplements you take regularly.”
Is there anyone who should avoid this sort of treatment?
“Anyone with a history of blood diseases, including clotting or bleeding disorders should steer clear.”
Why is it important to do your research?
“This is an intravenous treatment, and with that comes risks. Using a reputable practitioner who specialises in this sort of treatment will significantly reduce the chances of getting an infection, or worse.”
Are there any alternatives for hemophobics?
“There is a “bloodless vampire” procedure. It’s a similar process, but uses a plant-based stem cell serum. It’s incredibly effective and can help with acne scarring, enlarged pores, wrinkles, and pigmentation.”
Fancy trying it out? Vitamin Injections London offers both the traditional and bloodless versions of the treatment. Or, if you happen to be in Los Angeles, why not visit Jamie herself. All she needs is you, and your veins.
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