What is a Vampire Facial?

When photos of celebrity Kim Kardashian were published showing her face covered in blood, people were at first shocked but then very curious. ‘What is she doing?’, ‘Is it safe?’, ‘Should I be doing it?’ Were just some of the questions being asked.  

To answer all three questions, Kim was getting a Platelet Rich Plasma – or PRP – treatment, yes, it is completely safe, and if you’re noticing the first signs of ageing or simply after a rejuvenating facial, then yes, you should definitely give it a go.  

PRP is often mistakenly advertised as an alternative to anti-wrinkle injections or filler treatment, but while PRP is a form of cosmetic injectable, that’s where its similarities to anti-wrinkle and dermal filler injections ends.  

PRP is a treatment where a small amount of blood is drawn from the client, spun in a centrifuge for five minutes and then reinjected into the client’s specific area of concern (hence why many refer to it as the ‘vampire facial’).  

Clear Complexions also offers the choice to have PRP in conjunction with Skin Needling. The plasma is spread onto the area and the micro-needles from the dermapen device make small punctures to the outermost layers of your skin. It is the latest rejuvenation treatment that is perfect for clients who prefer to avoid needles.

When the blood is spun, it separates the plasma form the other blood products. The plasma is rich in stem cells and growth factors and when injected back into the skin it accelerates the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin.  

It is extremely effective for that delicate under eye area where clients often notice signs of ageing first and where no laser can be used. It is also used to increase the structural integrity and health of the skin, particularly skin that has had more than its fair share of sun damage over the years.   

The PRP process is not new and has been used in the hospital system for wound healing since the 1970s. Benefits of the treatment include; improved elasticity, reduced fine lines and wrinkles, enhanced overall skin tone and radiance. PRP can also effectively rejuvenate thin skin around the eyes, face and cheeks, hands, décolletage and neck.  

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