What Is A Vampire Facial?

PRP (platelet rich plasma) facials are all the rage, with many women turning to this technology in order to improve their skin.

There is a large amount of growth hormone in your blood plasma, which can help to rejuvenate the skin. How do you get hold of the blood plasma you may ask? Well from your own blood of course.

People who are used to donating blood will be aware that their donated blood can be used as it is or the plasma can be separated off, which actually has some of its own uses in different treatments.

So, to get this facial, your cosmetic surgeon will have to take a sample of your blood, and then will place this in a centrifuge to separate your platelets and plasma.

This plasma will then be injected into the skin on your face, which can be numbed with an anaesthetic cream.

There are some side effects that can be caused by the procedure, such as bruising and swelling. You may need to take the following day off to let this go down (as this journalist discovered), and this can be helped along with using moisturising creams and ice.

There can be come pain and itching with the recovery process but these can be managed with antihistamine and painkillers.

If you want to have a vampire facial then you will need to find a qualified practitioner to do it, as due to the blood extraction and injection, this requires some specific skills.