Vampire Facelifts, a step too far?


Recently these so called, ‘Vampire Facelifts’  have been in the press since Kim Kardashian indulged in the ‘treatment’ which was filmed for her show ‘Kourtney and Kim Take Miami’. Kim, 32, was seen having the rather unique treatment  on 10th March when she posted a picture on Instagram, and has since started a massive media interest in the extreme process. The ‘facelift’  involves taking blood from the arm of the client,  the platlets in the blood are then ‘cleansed’ through a machine and then injected back into the face. The benefit of this treatment is that it is said to give one a more youthful appearance. During the show Kardashian commented, ‘I’ll never get a facelift if it feels like that.’ 

The Indepenent mentioned these ‘Vampire Facelifts in it’s 18th Feburary 2013 edition, written by Nick Clark,

‘Demi Moore has admitted to leech therapy, but Dr Charles Runels has gone one step further and gone from actual bloodsuckers to mythical ones with his patented Vampire Facelift – tagline: “your beauty revived”. The process involves extracting a patient’s blood and injecting components into their face, with celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Anna Friel swearing by the proceedure. The process, which supposedly boosts the development of new blood cells and collagen, smooths out wrinkles and gives the skin elasticiity and plumpness.’

On the website for said ‘Vampire Facelift’ the process is explained further, ‘PRP (Platlet-Rich Plasma), drawn from the blood, contains growth factors, and when concentrated, stimulate the collagen in the skin, revitalizing your skin’s texture, laxity, volume and tome. HA (Hyaluronic Acid) filler is a smooth gel that will soften wrinkles‘  It also sells itself as a ‘designer proceedure’ and was advertised in the Oscar Nominee’s ‘Swag Bag’ which they received on the night.

You might already be aware of similar treatments if you are an athlete, as doctors regularly inject injured athletes blood back into the muscles to aid in recovery. They do this to help rebuild cells and stimulates collagen, which promotes firmness. So it appears there is some scientific basis behind this cosmetic proceedure. However, the sight of Kim Kardashian’s face while having the treatment is rather shocking and even more scary than the title ‘Vampire Facelift’. The name alone hardly instils a sense of confidence in the proceedure, but despite this many people are indulging in the treatment ( even Danni Minogue ). So who knows, perhaps this method will prove to be effective.

The treatment is available in the UK and has been for some time. It takes around 90 minutes to complete the whole process. One session costs £600, however, to recieve full benefit, it is said that you need 3 sessions with 4-6 week gaps inbetween. After the initial three sessions, it is reccomended every six months to maintain results.  So it is an expensive ongoing process.

In an article in the Daily Mail 19th October 2012 it was said by writer Amanda Platell:

‘The VF doesn’t give you a frozen Botox face, nor the unnaturally puffed-up cheeks which can result from badly done fillers.’  then later adding ‘I’m a convert to the Vampire Facelift and have already booked my next one in a months time.’

Despite this positive review I find it hard to divorce myself from the ‘goryness’ of it all. I find it very difficult to see that plumper skin is worth such an ordeal, all the pain and all the expense. But each to their own and if people find happiness through this proceedure then who am I to object to it?

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