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 rich 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.
The basic PRP treatment has been used for almost 20 years to accelerate the healing of wounds and burnt skin, and help athletes - including, reportedly, tennis ace Rafael Nadal - recover from injury. But it was when Dr Charles Runels from Alabama trademarked the name “Vampire Facelift” in 2010, during the craze for the Vampire Diaries and Twilight Saga, that the procedure became attractive for A-listers.
The godmother of vampire facials is socialite Kim Kardashian, but even our own sweet-faced Anna Friel has reportedly succumbed to the trend.
Here's how it's done: 3 Steps of the Vampire Facial® Procedure
First, the physician (1) isolates growth factors from the patient’s blood. Then (2), the provider uses a micro-needling device to create multiple micro-punctures --both driving the isolated growth factors into the skin & creating stimulus for tightening and rejuvenation of the collagen of the face. Then (3), these provider paints the growth factors onto the micro-punctures so that the growth factors soak into the tissue for further stimulation of tightening and skin rejuvenation.
The skin tightens, and glows with color, and scaring softens for a beautiful younger and very natural result.