The vampire facial has been all over social media for the past few years, thanks to celebrities like Kim Kardashian.
But it's a lot more than just a trend in skincare that sounds strange. We promise it's not as scary as it sounds from the name alone. The truth about facials is that they can have great results, especially when it comes to anti-aging, and it's all because of a part of your body you probably haven't thought about much.
What does "vampire" mean in the name?
First, let's talk about the name. Does the so-called "vampire" facial involve blood? Yes, but not in the way you might think.
The main part of the vampire's face which is made of blood is true. But instead of putting someone else's blood on your face, you are the secret ingredient in this facial! More specifically, your platelet-rich plasma (PRP), is one of the parts of blood. If you've seen selfies of people "covered in blood," it's probably because some people are sensitive and bleed after treatment. Don't worry if this makes you feel queasy.
How does PRP help the skin?
If that sounds strange, we get it! But using platelet-rich plasma to treat the skin isn't a new idea, and there's a lot of research to back it up. And PRP isn't just used in dermatology; other fields of medicine also use the same part. PRP is also being used to help change lives by cardiologists, orthopedic doctors, and physical therapists, among others.
But what does it really do?
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