Sunday, October 22, 2017
How safe is the ‘Vampire’ facial?

How safe is the ‘Vampire’ facial?

Photo: KIMKARDASHIAN VIA INSTAGRAM

 

So, we’ve all seen the pictures of Kim Kardashian having her own blood injected into her face, but for what cause?

A ‘vampire facial’, otherwise known as a ‘blood facial’, is a cosmetic procedure which involves a doctor drawing a couple of vials of blood from your arm, and then centrifuging the blood in order to separate out the platelets and plasma from the red blood cells, then adding the platelet-rich plasma back into your face. To maximise the absorption levels, the doctor pokes the face all over with a few micro-needles prior to adding the plasma, which is why the face has a red dotted appearance during the treatment.

The idea behind the treatment is to achieve an anti ageing and youthful looking result. The platelets infused into the skin contain growth factors, and practitioners of related injections have claimed that these growth factors are capable of stimulating new collagen growth in the face, thus possessing the anti-ageing star quality many are hoping to gain from the treatment.

It has also been favoured as an emerging treatment due to the fact it is far less invasive than a surgical facelift, takes only 30 minutes to complete, and has been marketed as a quick fix to minimise the appearance of wrinkes, acne, and facial scars.

The process seems gory, and the question ‘why?’ springs to mind. There is no scientific evidence that the procedure works. In an interview with Popular Science, a cosmetic dermatologist claimed that “we need good studies to see if this is an appropriate use for this material.”

Of course, there are also risks which come with needling the skin, such as risk of infection. However, if you receive the treatment from a qualified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, this is likely to carry a lot less risk.

All in all, if you’re likely to be seen in public immediately afterwards, it may not be the best treatment for you. Those who have tried the treatment have commented on the obvious bruising it leaves behind, during an interview with the mirror, channel 4 presenter Anna Richardson said: “I was badly bruised. People stopped me in the street to ask if I’d had an accident.”

If you are considering getting a ‘blood facial’, ensure that you go to a fully qualified plastic surgeon or dermatologist and that you are aware of the after effects.

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BA Journalism student at Salford University, fashion blogger, and freelance writer based in MediaCityUK, Manchester.