Vampire Facial treatment is 'bloody' good

WANT to know one of the best products you can use on your skin before attending the next major race day? According to skin expert Susan Walsh from Advanced Aesthetics' Medi Clinic on the Gold Coast, it's your own blood. Kim Kardashian started the celebrity craze a couple of years ago.


The Vampire Facial's real name is PRP - platelet-rich plasma injections. It is a treatment that uses an individual's own blood platelets to stimulate new cell growth. It is supposed to improve complexion, skin texture and restore lost facial volume.

The individual's blood is taken and the plasma and platelets are separated from the red and white blood cells. The plasma and platelets are then re-injected into the skin to stimulate collagen and new skin cells. Because PRP uses the patient's own platelets there is no risk of allergy or rejection of the treatment, although most people experience some mild swelling, bruising or heat in the area of the treatment.

PRP is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, as well as 'crepey' skin around the neck, cheek, arms, back of hands, mid face and jawline. Walsh (pictured), a registered nurse and injectables specialist, said while the famous photos of a bloodied Kim Kardashian might look like something from a Halloween movie, the procedure is actually painless, safe, and can produce significant results.

"After one to three treatments skin elasticity is almost immediately improved," Walsh says, "although it can take up to three months for collagen production to occur, and the final results to be seen. After PRP therapy, fine lines and wrinkles will diminish, and the skin will appear firmer."

Susan, who is also the Queensland Clinical Trainer for Galderma Q Med, the company that produces many of the injectable products used in the cosmetic industry, says these days clients are becoming more and more science-savvy and demand more than just some nice-smelling products.

"Clients are becoming very knowledgeable and they want to see results," Walsh says.

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