Hollywood Trend: Vampire Facials

From books to movies to television series, vampires are everywhere! And now vampires have worked their way into the skin care industry. You may have heard about a certain celebrity who recently documented her experience with a vampire facial, also known as The Vampire Facelift®. The photos may have been a little hard to look at, but the procedure is real. In fact, plastic surgeons have been performing vampire facials for about three years. Costing around $1200 to $1500, these facials are becoming a hot new trend in Hollywood. Gift cards for the procedure were even included in the gift bags handed out at this year’s Academy Awards.

So what exactly is involved in this gory looking procedure? It starts with about two teaspoons of blood drawn from the client’s arm. The blood platelets are separated into a platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This plasma is then mixed with an injectable filler, such as Restylane or Juvederm, and the mixture is injected into the face. The result is the removal of scars and fine lines, which is noticeable after one to two days, and the results typically last for four to six months. Why does the procedure use the blood? The idea is that the blood platelets contain growth factors which aid in healing wounds quickly and also stimulate collagen production.

Whether vampire facials really work is still up for debate. If you’re interested in this procedure, you should have them done by a doctor who specializes in facial treatments. If you’ve had this type of facial done before, we’d love to hear your thoughts on it. Comment here or on our Facebook page!

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