EDMOND, Okla. (KFOR/CNN) — A new cosmetic craze called the vampire facial claims to use your own blood to make you look younger.
The procedure uses a patient’s own blood platelets to help heal tissue and regenerate cells.
First, a numbing cream is applied, then blood is drawn and put through a machine, which separates the red and white blood cells from the platelets, turning into a yellowish color.
“Patients don’t feel any pain from the micro-needle,” said Natausha Spears of Injectable Aesthetics.
Next, comes the skin pin. “It’s electric and it has about 10 or 12 little needles that come out of it all at once,” Spears said.
In vertical and horizontal passes, the skin pin causes pin-point bleeding, allowing the plasma rich platelets, or PRP, to seep into the skin.
“I can feel it a little bit, but it’s not bad at all,” said patient Kim Caldwell.
It takes about four weeks without anti-inflammatory drugs for the platelets to sit on the skin and multiply, then comes the benefits.
“You can see a reduction in brown spots, reduction in pore size, overall skin brightness, skin health is better after PRP,” Spears said.
It’s something to look forward to after a day or so of redness.
“It’s not that I want to look like I’m in my 20s or even in my 40s, it’s just that I want to feel and be the best that I can be,” Caldwell said.
The price for youth is pretty steep. The facial costs about $600.