Beauty clinic’s ‘vampire facials’ (Kim Kardashian swears by them)

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It’s the grisly-sounding skin treatment which is said to be making the faces of Kim Kardashian and supermodel Bar Refaeli look more youthful than ever.

So when I, a confirmed plastic surgery and needle hater, lay on a gurney about to have 10mg of my own blood plasma pumped into my face, I consoled myself that I was keeping good company.

Aurora Clinics in Princes Risborough is leading the way in the treatment, which works after blood is drawn from the arm, then separated using a centrifuge before the plasma is re-injected into problem areas such as the face, neck and décolletage.

The clinic even trains other practitioners in platelet rich plasma therapy or PRP (to use its real name), which is also used to help heal burns and bone injuries in the non-beauty world.

Mel Recchia, who administers the treatment, said: “Like a lot of things the treatment started in the medical world.

“The theory behind it, which is about the platelets rejuvenating certain areas, led people to think about what would happen if it was injected into the skin.

“It has been used for burns and wound healing with positive results, too.”

And Mel says that although at 29 my skin is not showing the test of time too badly, having the treatment may serve as a preventative against the onset of wrinkles.

She said: “For us here at the clinic the majority of our patients are in the 40 to 55 age group.

“There are some younger people sometimes and it is advisable to start things younger because it can be more effective than simply trying to cure everything.”

At the start of the treatment my hair was tied back, and a thick layer of numbing cream was applied to my skin.

This stayed on for around 30 minutes, and in the meantime Mel drew 10mg of blood from my arm – it didn’t really hurt, although as I’ve said, I don’t like needles.

Doing this has convinced me that I would be brave enough to give blood – which has to be a good thing.

After that my blood sample was taken away and spun in a centrifuge for 10 minutes and the sensations in my face are at this point almost completely nil. It’s a strange feeling, but I’m grateful that it’s worked and I won’t have to feel the injections.

And then the sample is back, and Mel prepares to inject the platelet rich plasma, which has separated from the rest of my blood in the centrifuge, into my poor face.

At this point I must admit that I was very nervous. I have never had any desire to have plastic surgery.

I’ve accepted that I’ll never be a supermodel, but have never for a moment considered doing anything about it, it just doesn’t seem right somehow.

So, in the name of an interesting feature it was time for the injections to start.

I won’t say there was no sensation in my face at this point, that would be a lie, but it wasn’t the searing pain of having a needle stuck in your face that you might expect.

Mel was very gentle, and injected the plasma just under my skin around my eyes, on my forehead and around my cheeks.

A second technique involved lightly pricking my face with the needle, before the remainder of the plasma was smeared over my face like a facepack.

After it was all over I tried to think of a feeling to compare it to, but there isn’t one. It’s the feeling of having a tiny needle stuck into your slightly numb face!

After the procedure had finished I was told not to lie flat in bed that night to avoid any puffiness forming, and I’m glad to say that didn’t happen.

I was also lucky and escaped any bruising, another possible side effect, and my skin does feel smoother.

All in all the vampire skin treatment really wasn’t as scary as it sounds and is a benefit to some people. But honestly, I’m not sure it’s for me.




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