Ever since Kim Kardashian had her *Vampire facial’ back in 2013 it has become a cosmetic treatment that sounds both dark and glamorous.
Everyone wants young skin, even if you are only 19 to start with; perfection is still to be achieved and if a visit to a cosmetic vampire can turn you into the beautiful undead this Halloween why not try it?
A vampire facial is a type of facial that involves withdrawing blood from your own body and then re-injecting it into your face. The vampire facial is said to help improve the appearance of the skin and give it a more youthful look. While the procedure may sound intense, it is actually relatively simple and can be done in a short amount of time.
Vampire facial, a seasonal treat?
Although ‘Vampire’ facial sounds cool and seasonal, your local salon knows it as a PRP facial.
So, what is PRP and should it be a treatment for you to consider in 2021? This treatment which involves injecting a small amount of the patient’s own blood to release various growth factors from the platelets has moved on from its celebrity fanbase to a wider audience.
Look at our quick checklist to see if a PRP (vampire) shot is a good treatment for you.
- Your skin colour has become more grey due to a lessened blood flow or perhaps a college breakup.
- Your face has become ‘droopy’ with age (well, you just turned 20!), and facial muscles look like they could collapse.
- Skin texture becomes less smooth. The teenage glow has gone, and you exhibit the scary signs of being in your twenties.
If this sounds like you, then let’s see what happens with this treatment.
Is a vampire facial your best choice for Halloween?
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge (whoosh, whoosh) to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your ageing teenage facial tissues. . This releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.
So why not just have a regular facelift or filler?
Cosmetic surgery can remove excess skin and make the person appear younger. But, a surgical facelift can be more than what’s needed for some people (especially if you are still in college).
Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers lift the skin away from the bone to restore youthful volume and shape. But HA fillers can cause problems near the eye. Also, the injector of HA fillers can chase a wrinkle and create a shape that looks like a visiting alien.
Unlike most procedures, the Vampire Facelift offers a way of both restoring shape, and improving tone and texture, as well as literally rejuvenating new and younger. it also gives ‘bragging rights’ on social media. It sounds mysterious and deliciously ‘goth’ as a process. Although whooshing your own blood around in a centrifuge is nowhere near as spooky as the name suggests.
Do I need To Prepare Myself for a Vampire Facial?
Well yes, to an extent. There are some things to bear in mind.
Avoid alcohol for a week before the session.
Avoid blood-thinning medications
After the procedure, most of the same prohibitions apply and also you should keep exercise to a minimum for 7 days. Also probably best to avoid selfies showing redness and maybe some scaly bits. Give it a couple of weeks before you post your post-vampire pics to your admiring fans.
Here is Kim K’s Vampire Pic, which is not necessarily a ‘good look’.
In an interview with Allure magazine, Kim said that when she first heard about this facial, she was intrigued. Kardashian West was pregnant when she decided to try the facial. She couldn’t use a numbing cream or painkiller before the treatment like doctors usually suggest. She said it was really painful, and it scared her. So we can add another tip: don’t do this facial when you are pregnant.
If injecting your own teen blood back into your face is not enough to consider for Halloween I would mention a start-up company called Ambrosia that offered to sell teen blood to older women to inject in their faces. Unfortunately, Ambrosia fell foul of the FDA and was forced to shut shop back in 2019.
The founder Jesse Karmazin is still around and has moved on to form the Live Forever Club, which sounds like a hangout spot for wannabe vampires. It seems as if his plans to harvest college-girl blood have been put on hold but if you want to explore more this is where you will find him (probably between dusk and dawn).
So what about the cost of a vampire facial?
In the UK, you should expect to pay around £1000 for a face and neck PRP therapy session. Prices in the USA are similar ranging from $1250 to $2000 depending on the clinic. Anyway, it is much cheaper than a surgical facelift and a more interesting cocktail lounge topic.
So, have you had a vampire facelift or any other cosmetic surgery? We would love you to share your experiences in our comments section below.