The Vampire Facial, or to give it its official name the Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) therapy involves blood and needles, two of my least favourite things. But followers swear it’s one of the most effective anti-ageing tools out there.
A nurse takes a small syringe of blood from my arm from which the platelet rich plasma is going to be extracted. This is the substance that is naturally produced by the body to help the healing process when, for example, you cut yourself and it is known in the industry as ‘liquid gold’ because of its ability to stimulate cell growth and rejuvenate skin. To extract the plasma from the blood the physician uses a centrifuge to isolate the platelet rich plasma from the blood.
While this is happening, one of the nurses covers my face in a topical anaesthetic so when the plasma is reinjected into me, it hurts less.
This is done via a derma-pen, which in itself creates trauma to the skin that encourages collagen and elastin production.
Dr Veil who is carrying out the process recommends three vampire facials over a period of three months and then one a year as a top up.
Afterwards I look like a tomato and I feel like my face is pressed up against a hot fire. I can’t wear any make-up for the rest of the day and try to avoid any human contact.
The following day I look like I fell asleep in the sun and while the day after, I look vaguely normal my skin starts to flake off, revealing younger skin underneath. Thankfully this process is quite quick and five days after the treatment I start to see the benefits. My skin is incredibly clear, it looks almost constantly exfoliated and cleansed. And it gets better as the weeks pass.
Dr Veil says he has clients who are totally addicted to it. I’m not sure I will ever become a Vampire Facial addict but it’s certainly something I would do again.
Vampire Facial £950 London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery www.lcas.com
VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5
BEAUTY OR BEAST? BEAUTY