The Beauty Lowdown: Everything You Need to Know about the Vampire Facelift

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Our beauty editor, Huda Kattan, gives us the lowdown on one of the most talked-about procedures right now: the Vampire Facial.

It seems that now, more than ever, women go to unimaginable, and sometimes painful, lengths to look their best. Last week, shocking photos of Kim Kardashian’s face covered in blood circled the world. The reality TV star, who has made her dislike for invasive procedures clear in the past, had just completed PRP, also known as the Vampire Facelift. This recent stunt has left many people questioning whether they would too allow themselves to be covered in plasma-enriched blood and pricked by hundreds of tiny needles, all in the name of beauty. We may look blindly to celebrities for fashion, beauty, and even fitness trends, but, when it comes to such procedures, do we really know what’s involved?

The Treatment
The Vampire Facelift or Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a new treatment that was created to help women maintain the appearance of youth. Although many scientists have declared it ineffective, the proof is in the pudding. Taking as little as 45 minutes to achieve, the results are instantly visible.

The Lowdown
The procedure involves drawing about 8 milliliters of blood from the patient’s forearm before spinning it in a center fuse that separates a yellow liquid, the plasma, from the blood. The plasma is then enriched with ingredients that will help stimulate collagen production. In case you’re wondering why collagen is so important, it is responsible for keeping our skin from wrinkling, scarring, and, in a way, aging. The more collagen a person has, the less damage and wrinkles are visible on their skin.

Once the plasma is enriched, it is injected strategically into the face. With no recovery time needed, the patient is ready to go home as soon as the procedure is completed. Although you will notice immediate improvement, the collagen will then start to grow over the next few weeks, encouraging a more radiant appearance, and results will last up to 12 months. Less invasive than a facelift and seen as an organic approach to fillers, the procedure is becoming incredibly popular.

The Side Effects
Its name may leave you wondering whether the procedure is safe or not. Rest assured; it is far safer than standard fillers and Botox as it uses your own blood. Although the main side effects are bruising, swelling, and irritation, the entire process is relatively harmless, especially when compared to similar procedures. If the idea of hundreds of tiny needle pricks doesn’t appeal to you, worry not. The skin is prepped before the procedure with a numbing cream to help reduce the pain.

The Verdict
The most important thing to consider when thinking about any procedure is whether or not you really need it. Most women shouldn’t consider facial plastic surgery or any other procedures before the age of 25. Unless you’ve spent more days sunbathing than you have indoors, anti-aging is the least of your worries before you hit your mid 20s.

If you’ve passed that age and notice very deep wrinkles around your eye area, on your forehead, or between your brows, or heavy laugh lines and facial sagging, it wouldn’t hurt to consult a doctor about this procedure. However, any time there is plastic surgery involved, remember that less is more. Keep it as natural as possible and this will help you achieve beautiful, healthy results.

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