Did you know you can use your own blood for a facial? While some may agree that beauty is pain, others would argue that injecting your own blood back into your face in the name of beauty might be a step too far.
First it was semen facials and now we have the vampire facial otherwise known as a PRP (platelet-rich plasma) facial, was first brought into the spotlight by Kim Kardashian West who underwent the procedure during an episode of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians spin-off, Kim and Kourtney Take Miami.
A "blood facial" or "vampire facial" is a cosmetic procedure during which a doctor draws a couple vials of blood from your arm, centrifuges the blood to separate out the plasma and platelets from the red blood cells.
They add the platelet-rich plasma back into your face. So that it properly soaks in, the doctor pokes your face all over with a bunch of micro-needles before applying the plasma.
There's no evidence at all that this procedure works and there is an element of danger with plasma injections because they deal with the patient's own body fluids.
The idea behind blood facials is that they infuse the skin with platelets, which contain growth factors, which in turn are known to be helpful in wound healing.
Needling the skin always has the risk of infection so be sure to receive the procedure from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.
The procedure works best for those with premature wrinkles, high levels of solar damage, or anyone who wants an even tone and fresher appearance to their skin, however if you have a history of blood diseases, including clotting or bleeding disorders, you should not seek PRP treatment.
As far as risks go, there aren't as many as you might think. There is a chance of slight bruising at the time of the venipuncture.
And aside from the discomfort of a blood draw and bruising from injection or microneedling, the vampire facial is relatively safe, as it is your body's own blood being recycled.
Cost typically ranges, but in the dermatologist's office a treatment will set you back around the equivalent of N365,000.
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