You must have seen the posts on social media over the past few years of multiple celebrities or content creators with their faces slathered in blood. Something that could easily be mistaken for a form of Halloween Makeup, is actually a treatment performed for skin and scalp care. The treatment is often referred to as a vampire facial or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
The term gained popularity back in the year 2013 when the celebrity Kim Kardashian posted a picture of her face slathered with blood after the treatment and tagged it as #VampireFacial. “The technique involves the separation of the platelet-rich plasma from the blood which will be injected to your skin and scalp, to help rejuvenate the skin and help with stimulating the hair follicles to promote hair growth, respectively,” says Dr. Viral Desai, a cosmetic plastic surgeon in Mumbai.
Dr. Viral Desai further mentions, “Around 10 to 30 millilitres of blood is drawn from an individual, and then put into a centrifuge, to separate the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) from the drawn blood.” In less than 30 minutes, the centrifuge spins the blood to help separate the heavier plasma cells from the lighter blood cells. The individual is provided with topical anaesthesia on their face. The separated platelet rich plasma is then injected on the concerned areas of the face and scalp. The whole treatment can be performed in under 60 to 75 minutes at CPLSS which is one of the best cosmetic surgery clinics in Mumbai.
The centrifuge machine helps to concentrate the platelets in the blood, and this platelet-rich plasma has a high concentration of growth factors which in turn help in stimulating collagen, rejuvenating and tightening the skin.
Platelet Rich Plasma has become the most desired treatment in the industry of cosmetic and plastic surgery, claims Dr. Viral Desai. It is used to treat ulcers that are difficult to heal, acne scars and it also helps with promoting the growth of hair, treating alopecia in males and females, treating problems like pattern baldness, anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation.
The PRP treatment can be treated as any other medical procedure. There is a slight risk of infection if the disposables used are not correctly disposed of or the needles involved in the needle pen are not properly sterilised. Always make sure to check and verify the credentials of the doctor if any of your treatments involve invasive therapies.