‘There’s a new craze among celebrities, and it’s as gross as it sounds: Vampire facials have taken off in a big way, with Bar Rafaeli, Rupert Everett and Kim Kardashian singing their praises. But just what are these yucky sounding treatments, and do they really have any proven cosmetic benefits?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – or a vampire facial to you and me – involves taking a small amount of a patient’s blood from their arm and then putting it through an incubator and centrifuge to separate the plasma, which is the fluid part, from the white and red blood cells. That plasma, which is rich in growth factors that supposedly activate and rejuvenate cells, is then injected into the face. In some instances, practitioners will combine it with other youth-promoting treatments like dermal fillers to further enhance results.
This treatment is supposedly brilliant for your complexion, promotes increased blood flow and turns back the hands of time. While fans of the procedure claim it removes dull skin, wrinkles and acne scarring, critics insist it has no proven value.’