The Bloody truth about ’Vampire Facials’

by Aesthetica Skin Centre (Pty) Ltd


Platelet Rich Plasma! (PRP Therapy), also known as the “Vampire Facial”.

The nickname ‘Vampire FaceLift’ known as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, made famous by Kim Kardashian and other well known celebrities.

The Bloody truth about ’Vampire Facials’

The word on everybody’s lips. PRP has grown to be a desirable treatment in the Aesthetic field and has become a debate at  most social gatherings. The question….What exactly is the so called “Vampire Facial”?

PRP therapy has become one of the most popular procedures in recent months, especially after several foremost celebrities have talked openly about the benefits they have had from the treatment. Summarising in short…Anti-ageing medicine is in your own blood. Yes, blood is all you need for eternal youth.

Why are this treatment so “phenomenal”?

Platelet-rich plasma

PRP therapy involves extracting blood from a patient arm by a specialised phlebotomist, nurse or a doctor and spinning the blood in a centrifuge to split the red blood cells from the plasma and white blood cells (fluid part). See image below:

The fluid part is then injected into the face. The rich plasma from the blood can also be combined with dermal fillers to further plump up problem areas.

It has been found that the rich plasmas from the blood has a greater concentration of growth factors(a naturally occurring substance capable of stimulating cellular growth) and has been used to encourage a brisk healing response across several specialties, in particular dentistry, orthopedics and dermatology for over 20 years.

What are the benefits?

  • Improves complexion;
  • Increased collagen;
  • Firmer appearance;
  • Skin texture;
  • Restores lost facial volume;
  • Hair loss, stimulates hair growth;
  • Sports injury or chronic tendon.

The treatment can be done in combination with dermal fillers, as mentioned above, chemical peels, lasers and micro-needling.

Dr Bianca Cowan at Aesthetica Skin Centre says, the excessive demand for this celebrity  “Vampire Facial” are  in demand and can be done in a patient’s lunch hour and almost anyone can get a PRP treatment (men and women).

“I do between four and seven procedures a week. Prp therapy are very similar to “Meso Therapy”, and it only takes 30 to 45 minutes. Bear in mind, because it is a needle therapy, there may be a little bruising. I use a local anaestetic and therefore, pain during the procedure is minimal. I have never had any allergic reactions, since it is your body’s own plasma I am injecting”.

The recommended sessions per year is three, which are four weeks apart, and maintenance is only once a year. Mild swelling, redness or bruising may occur immediately after the treatment, although it subsides quickly (within 2-3 days). Expected results begin to show 2-4 weeks after the first treatment.

Furthermore, PRP therapy also increases a healthy sex life and a sense of well-being when platelet rich plasmas are injected into the “g-spot / o-spot”. With PRP therapy, the area would be enhanced and stimulated, which heightens orgasmic response, according to Dr Yanke vd Westhuizen.

“Prp therapy results are phenomenal. Weekends with friends and family is a big deal! It’s our quality time. It’s so much fun to unload and not feel guilty complaining or talking about my skin insecurities or bonding over things that you thought you were on your own about”.

by Alouisa Olckers

Somatologist Medical Aesthetics /