VAMPIRE FACIAL: WHAT THE BLOODY HELL IS IT ALL ABOUT?

Have you ever noticed, that every Vampire movie out: all the Vampires have this glowing, clear, even-textured skin? Call me a conspiratist but I think there is something going on there. Then, have you seen Kim Kardashians’ skin too? I have an inkling that she aint human: she is merly a superhuman, wielding a Vampire spawn, feeding on the blood of humans to keep her skin in good nick!
OK! Clearly all these painkillers from my operation have gone to my head, cause that is OBVIOUSLY not the case. Kim Kardashian aint out blood-sucking to get her jealousy-inducing-dewy-skin, no, she is just having Vampire Facials, der!
So, you probably would have seen the image floating around the web-osphere of late, of one Kim Kardashian resembling a victim of The Texas Chain Saw Masacare, and thought ‘what the eff’?! Well my lovelies, I thought I would enlighten you as to what exactly she is trying to achieve (apart from fame), and how you too can get plump, gorgeous skin like her (without the pain).
 
Now, we all know Kim Kardashian has some of the most enviable complexions in the world. I personally have a serious crush on her face (not to mention brows, lashes, body.. the list goes on). So, I was pretty excited to see the recent images pop up of her getting a ‘Vampire Facial’, because it is something I had been reading about: and feeling well educated in the area. So let me enlighten you.
What is a Vampire Facial?
Let’s just start out by stating: a Vampire Facial has nothing to do with The Vampire Diaries (oh, how I wish it did: Damon, drool!). 

Moving on! The Vampire Facial is commonly known as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP for short) or Autologous Cellular Rejuvenation, and is a specialised procedure for revitalising the skin (amongst many other things) using ones own blood. 

PRP uses ones own blood (no nasty chemicals- yeah boi!) to naturally stimulate cellular rejuvenation and up collagen production. It is completely natural and safe treatment that is becoming more and more popular with those who are wanting a more youthful and revitalised look, that age, sun-damage or scarring has taken away.
What does PRP do? 

Our blood holds magical powers of rejuvenation, and holds the key to our youth. PRP with all it’s wizardry and finesse, will happily do wondrous things to your skin, such as:
 
Regenerate the dermis
Revitalise the dermis
Smooth our wrinkles and fine lines
Increase collagen production
Improve scarring
Boost hydration
Brighten the skin
Lexie Shinas from Next of Skin in Sydney’s Elizabeth Bay enlightens us a little more on these magical powers of PRP: “PRP can be used on anyone looking for intense skin repair. Sure, you can pay a small fortune on getting a facelift, but you can’t fix the skin with surgery. PRP is the missing link and allows customers to rejuvenate their dermis without the need for fillers, and that doesn’t cost the earth”

Basically, PRP is skin repair on steroids: but au naturale! 
How is it performed?
 
 Blood is drawn out of the patient by a trained nurse or doctor. It is then placed in a sterile tube and centrifuged/ spun around for a couple of minutes, at which time, the plasma and red blood cells will separate. The plasma is then injected under the skin with the implication that growth factors in this liquid (plasma) help rejuvenate and revitalise the skin. 

In the case of Kim Kardashian, she underwent both PRP and Dermapen (micro needling). This is what caused the bloodied affect as blood was injected under the skin or swabbed over the face, and the Dermapen ran over it. 
Utilising both PRP and Dermapen ensures for a glowing complexion. The Dermapen pushes the platelet rich plasma in to the dermis, jump starting a healing process and harnessing the bodies own power to rejuvenate.
 
But what about the pain?

At Next of Skin, a topical local anaesthetic is applied to your face 45 minutes before the procedure. This will help alleviate any pain associated with the procedure, and make the process almost pain free. As you can probably tell from the photos above: Miss Kardashian did not take use the anaesthetic (or is just a chicken with a low pain threshold), hence the ‘i’d-rather-die-expression’ during the procedure.

What parts of the body can it be used on?

Face
Décolletage 
Backs of hands
Scars (not keloid) 
Jaw line
Anywhere where there is thinning skin

How many treatments do I need?

Depending on what you are trying to achieve, and the area you are doing the procedure on, you will need approximately 2-3 treatments, 6 weeks apart.

 

Where is the best place to get PRP in Sydney?
If you were to go anywhere to get PRP done, I would highly (and only) recommend Next of Skin. Why? Because their staff are highly qualified, trained, will adjust the program to your skin’s needs and are honestly, the sweetest, most information-filled people I know. You get the VIP treatment every time, and you can rest assure your skin will be treated like it is their own. Next of Skin goes above and beyond for their customers: a true diamond to be checked out in the middle of Sydney’s Elizabeth Bay.

I am planning on giving it a go in the middle of year, once I have a few rounds of Dermapen (to rid me of my hideous acne scars), so I will keep you updated on my progress.

Would you consider PRP for rejuvenated skin?

   

Images- Kim Kardashian’s Instagram, google
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