Since my late 30’s I have been having some cosmetic procedures on my facial area. I’m definitely one for having procedures that help turn back the clock a few years but also procedures with no downtime. If I can grow old gracefully I will grab it with both hands lol. I recently decided to have a procedure that would help plump my face whilst also giving it that lovely glowy look. My aesthetics nurse Nichola from Be You Facial Aesthetics had been talking to me about the Vampire Facial (PRP) a few months ago. Being the inquisitive one I decided to look into it a bit more and was really impressed with the results. This is a procedure that has been around for many years. A favourite of Kim Kardashian and also a treatment used to repair sports injuries. Today I’m going to be talking all about my experience having the Vampire Facial (PRP) done and I will also come back in around 5-6 weeks time and do a review with the end results.
Be You Facial Aesthetic Clinic
Nichola who is the owner of Be You Facial is a fully qualified nurse with over 20 years clinical experience. Nichola is a highly experienced facial aesthetic Nurse and also an independent Nurse Prescriber. Nicola offers an array of aesthetic treatments from her home clinic in Bangor, Northern Ireland. These include PRP, Botox, Fillers, Chemical peels and also treatments for men. Nichola can be contacted by the following ways:
‘I strive to stay at the top of my profession and am always at the forefront of new and advanced treatments. I aim to be the best in my profession. Being an Independent Nurse Prescriber means I can offer my clients a full medical consultation and treatment’. Nichola
Vampire Facial (PRP)
‘The natural way to turn back time or momentarily stop the clock and the new facial treatment favoured by celebrities. PRP refers to Platelet Rich Plasma. Blood is taken from the arm, proceesed using a mechanical decive to separate the platelets from the blood, increasing the concentration of platelets up to four times the normal level. This is then injected back into the face, focusing on areas that need the most attention.’
Vampire Facial (PRP) My Experience
I arrived with Nichola on Monday evening a little nervous but glad that I had done some more research and watched some YouTube videos since our last chat. Nichola will always put you at ease and this is one of the many reasons why I go back to see her time and time again. I hopped up on the chair whilst Nichola got everything ready for the procedure. There are a number of processes to go through before the actual procedure can begin:
- A vial of blood is taken
- Vial is put into the centrifuge to separate the plasma from the blood
- A layer of numbing cream is applied
- Plasma is removed from the vials into syringes ready for the treatment process
- Numbing cream is removed from the treatment area
- The treatment process can begin
The idea behind having this treatment done is to inject the concentrated plasma which is rich in platelets back into the face using multiple injections (100) using a fine needle. Plasma is a part of the blood which is rich in growth factors and the platelets stimulate collagen and elastin growth. The benefits of having this treatment carried out is plumping the skin, helping reduce the signs of large pores, reduce the appearance of acne scarring, give the skin a more youthful look, help with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles whilst also reducing any darkness in the under eye area (which I suffer from badly)
Nichola knows I have a really low pain threshold so she talked me through the process and counted me down before starting (I always find this helps me prepare) We started with the under eye area first, this is the one area that’s showing more signs of aging than the rest of my face. I also have really dark circles under my eyes which I really wanted to boost. I actually didn’t find this area too painful which was a shock as for me I thought this would have been a more sensitive area. I will admit that I did find the rest of my face more painful, especially around the lip area. But that said I hummed a few songs to get in a zone and asked for a few breaks in-between injections. The injection process took probably around 20 minutes with a few breaks along the way.
Although the process was uncomfortable I would do it again. That evening my face was a little tender, nothing a painkiller wouldn’t solve. I’m really looking forward to seeing the end results which I will post on here just after Christmas so keep your eyes peeled for my update.
** I paid for this treatment myself. All thoughts as always are 100% my own.