A fan of vampire facials, Rupert Everett has even said “What you really want is someone with your blood group running high up in the mountains all day long and sending you down their blood, deliciously oxygenated, which you can inject in various parts of your body,” according to the Calgary Herald.
It is easy to see why this particular anti-ageing facial has been nicknamed the vampire facial, as it literally requires blood! Often referred to as the Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) facial, by those in the aesthetics industry, this facial needs a small amount of your blood to obtain the platelet-rich plasma.
Taken from your arm, your blood is placed in a centrifuge where it is spun to extract the platelets from the blood cells. The resulting PRP is then injected into your face or, applied directly to the skin after microneedling treatment, to allow for deeper penetration. Suitable for all skin types with no risk of an allergic reaction, this really is one of the safest anti-ageing treatments you can have.
Ok so now you know what it is, why on earth would you want to have it?
Platelets in PRP contain platelet-related growth factors that stimulate various cellular processes and tissue repair. By injecting or absorbing PRP through the skin, collagen stimulation is triggered, which tightens and smooths skin, and breaks down scar tissue. When injected into the scalp, stimulation of collagen can even help hair growth and reduce hair loss.
Research into regenerative medicine has shown PRP is the first line of defense against injuries and new cell generation is directly linked to platelet concentrations. And by the looks of 63 year old Rupert Everett, it is an incredible anti-ageing treatment.
- Reduced acne scars and scars caused by surgery or accidents
- Tighter skin and fewer fine lines and wrinkles
- Smoother skin texture and improved skin tone
- Diminish the appearance of sun damage
If like most of us, the thought of blood makes you squeamish, I get it! But as anti-ageing treatments go, vampire facials carry minimal risks. As it’s your own blood that’s used, there is no risk of an allergic or adverse reaction. However, as this treatment does involve puncturing the skin, there is a small risk of infection. This is why it is critical you go to a licensed clinic with highly trained aesthetic practitioners.
Complications from vampire facials are all minor. Immediately after you may experience some soreness, itching, redness, and a possibility of swelling. This will also depend on if microneedling treatment is performed or if you have PRP injections. Within 24 to 48 hours any side effects should have dissipated, and your skin should start to feel more supple.
Due to the equipment and level of expertise required to administer PRP injections, vampire facials do cost more than other premium facials. The cost will also depend on the location of the clinic, and the experience and training requirements for their aesthetic practitioners. You can expect the vampire facial cost in London to be between £400 and £600.
You need to be 18 or older to undergo PRP treatment. This treatment can be used in conjunction with dermal fillers, Botox, and many other aesthetic anti-ageing treatments. Unfortunately, there are some contraindications and a vampire facial is not suitable if you are taking procoagulant or antiplatelet medications or have:
- Symptoms of bleeding diathesis, such as bruising easily, regular nosebleeds, and bleeding gums
- Bleeding or platelet disorders
- Blood born diseases.
If you are unsure about any conditions you may have or what medication you take, speak with your doctor prior to having a PRP facial.
So are you ready to get a vampire facial or will you stick with more conventional facials and anti-ageing treatments?