The vampire facial, or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), involves extracting a couple of dessert spoons of a patient's blood from their arm and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma - the fluid part - from the red and white blood cells.
The concentrated plasma, which is rich in platelets - the part of the blood with growth factors - is then injected into the face. Some practitioners combine it with dermal fillers to further plump up problem areas, such as under the eye.
What do you think about vampire facials/facelift?
Would you do it?
PRP does contain some medicinal benefit. It's used predominantly in treating sporting injuries where specifically there is soft tissue damage (this is where I first heard about commercial blood cell treatment). Having majored in biology, we studied this but at the time of my studies (20 + years ago) commercial treatment wasn't even known about (to my knowledge at least).
From a scientific perspective, the blood cell (or platelet) contains agents that allow for clotting, growth and healing. Which from a medical standing PRP treatment makes sense.
However in terms of cosmetic rejuvenation, I'm very sceptical and treat this as more of a fad. But then again who really knows. Would I do this - NO - not for cosmetic purposes.
I won't even consider things like Botox for the sake of vanity, let alone blood being injected into my face.
However, if I sustained severe soft tissue injury, which would greatly benefit from PRP treatment, I would.