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The Most Outrageous Anti-Aging Beauty Devices: The Vampire Facial

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So to continue our outrageous beauty treatment series, we wanted more info on one of Kim Kardashian's trusted skin care treatments: the Vampire Facial. With a name more appropriate for Halloween than it is for a spa, we had to get the scoop from a plastic surgery pro on just what goes into this potentially blood-sucking session. Read on to learn for yourself:

Dr. Marotta, what is the Vampire Facial?

The Vampire Facial is a treatment in which a doctor uses a patients' own blood to give the skin a more youthful appearance. The treatment was made was famous by Kim K when she underwent the procedure on camera. It is said to stimulate collagen and elastin as well as enhance skin color and texture. A plastic surgeon actually produces small puncture wounds on the patients face and topically applies their own blood.

What entices a person to try this?

People are always willing to try new procedures to turn back the hands of time. The Vampire Facial is said to help fine lines and wrinkles look less noticeable. Skin is left glowing, with a smoother and more youthful texture. Results are noticed immediately, with full results becoming apparent in 3-4 weeks.

What are the benefits? Are they worth the pain?

There are legit benefits. Patients can see a stimulation in collagen production with more volume in the face. Fine lines and wrinkles are temporarily plumped and the face/neck looks fuller and more youthful.

What does the procedure feel like?  

The patient may feel pain and discomfort when the injections are being performed. Additionally, the patient may feel sore afterwards and experience bruising.

Is it tolerable? So many people are terrified of vampires!

Everyone's pain tolerance varies, but typically, yes it is tolerable. Blood must first be drawn (typically from a patients arm) and then after processing of the blood, platelet-rich plasma is injected back into the face. For people who have received cosmetic fillers in their face before, it is a similar feeling. However, for those who have a low tolerance for needles/pain, this may not be the best procedure for them.

Stay tuned to Part 2 of our interview where we detail the cost, procedure details and who makes the ideal patient!

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