Kim Kardashian has gotten one. So, apparently, have other ladies in Miami.
A "blood facial" or "vampire facial" is a cosmetic procedure during which a doctor draws a couple vials of blood from your arm, centrifuges the blood to separate out the plasma and platelets from the red blood cells, and then adds the platelet-rich plasma back into your face. For extra absorption, the doctor pokes your face all over with a bunch of micro-needles before applying the plasma. Reminds me a little bit of making a Jell-O poke cake.
There's no evidence at all that this gory procedure works, and only the babiest starting evidence that injecting platelets into the skin works at all against the appearance of aging. But there probably is little harm, at least, to plasma injections because they deal with the patient's own body fluids, dermatologists say. The technologies dermatologists use for the facials are U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved for adding plasma to bone before orthopedic surgery... but not for wrinkle-busting.
The idea behind blood facials is that they infuse the skin with platelets, which contain growth factors, which in turn are known to be helpful in wound healing. Practitioners of related injections say the growth factors may stimulate new collagen growth in the face. Collagen is the protein in skin that keeps young'uns' cheeks firm and taut.
Whether that collagen growth really happens and helps, "nobody really knows," Patricia Farris, a cosmetic dermatologist with a practice in Louisiana, tells Popular Science. "I just think that it's a procedure you don't know all that much about. I think we need good studies to see if this is an appropriate use for this material."
"It's not something in mainstream cosmology or dermatology practice," she says later in our conversation. In her practice, she offers injections such as Botox and Restylane for smoothing wrinkles, she says, but not plasma injections.
Needling the skin always has the risk of infection, but Farris didn't think that would be a significant danger if people received the procedures from a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. She also doesn't think that getting your own plasma is likely to cause a problem, but she says that nobody has studied whether that's true.
Sclafani is enthusiastic about the injections for certain patients. "It's been terrific," he says. "It's not for everybody," he continues, saying that some patients don't see any difference from the treatment. For those for whom it works, it appears to last a long time. Sometimes patients come back in six to eight months to get further treatments done, Sclafani says.
Side effects he has seen include small bruises. Like Farris, he mentioned the potential danger of infection, but added he hadn't seen that in his own patients.
He's less enthused about the all-over needling that vampire facials require. "I wouldn't let anyone do that to me," he says. He doesn't believe micro-needles deliver the plasma properly into the skin.
Sclafani's injections are an off-label use of Selphyl, the Aesthetic Factors technology that separates plasma from the blood. Bruce Katz, another New York dermatologist who offers individual injections, uses a similar technology made by the Swiss company Regen Lab. Katz advertises "twilight plasma renewal treatment" on his website. His patients get about 20 injections at once in the face, neck and décolleté, he says.
No injectable platelet-rich plasma has FDA approval for aesthetic uses, Sclafani says. But doctors commonly—and are legally allowed to—use FDA-approved drugs and devices in a way for which the drug or device didn't earn FDA approval.
Both Sclafani and Katz say their typical treatment costs about $1,500, but the amount depends on how much a patient ends up using.
There are several prescription injections that are FDA-approved for temporarily improving wrinkles or padding the face to look younger. Some of the better-known names include Botox, Restylane and Juvederm, but there are lots of others. Sclafani and Katz say the reasons to use platelet-rich plasma instead of other injections is that the plasma is "natural" and doesn't carry the risk of allergy or rejection—because it's your own blood.
That picture freaks me out.
She's going to get HIV/ AIDS one way or another. Ha-haa!
On the stupid scale, this surely must score a perfect 10.
Perhaps she was trying squeeeeze into some tight fitting jeans and her face began to explode.
What the hell Kim? Uggh!
Wttp isn't just sick Auroria, he/she can obviously not read either.
The risk of her getting HIV/AIDS from this treatment is all but none since she's using her own blood. She'd have to already been infected with the virus in that case.
As some of my more brazen colleagues would say:
"Only in America"
Wat. Da. Fak.
Not as bizarre as the once (and maybe still ) popular Hollywood practice of anal bleaching.
Oh, how nice it must be to have the disposable income to throw money away on unproven procedures in order to satisfy your vanity.
It is very risky to do that... I can't see wasting blood like this.
To do this for vanity is to me bizarre. But if it helps someone with a 'real' medical problem, I think it's great!
I imagine Kim did this for her money maker face and she is a business woman and her face and body has made her millions. The girl is not stupid.Oh and yes, the world knows she likes to be the center of attention too, lol.
"Why Are Celebrities Injecting Their Faces With Blood?"
Because they're overpaid narcissistic morons?
KK reminds me of the movie "She" with the lovely Ursula Andres who for thousands of years stepped into a rejuvenating flame to maintain her timeless beauty, that is, until prince charming came along and snubbed the flame, OMG moments abound.
CO2 laser, from a dermatologist, will do the same thing and is proven to stimulate collagen production. The funny thing is, after a CO2, you get pin point bleeding that looks just like Kim's picture. Takes about a week to heal where nobody can really tell you had anything done.
Bathe in blood at home; involuntary sanitarium placement. At spa? Make the society pages. I'm glad that this didn't show anyone that I think is a worthwhile person anyway. So does Kim there wear the skins of other faces like Ed Gein, or is she still warming to the tragic person she is?
This is just gnasty.
Maybe if she exercised more her circulation wouldn't demand that she hire a quack to take it out of her arm and squirt it into her facial tissues. Don't suppose that the quack actually recommended that to her.
"go with the status quo.I got to get one of those facials" said every girl ever.
I dont even know why she is famous.I dont think she sings or stuff like that.
This sounds similar to Countess Elizabeth Báthory's secret to ageless beauty.. *twitch*
Why are the Kardashians famous? They are simply famous for being famous. Sort of like Paris Hilton and a discouragingly long list of others.
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She's famous because her father was involved with the OJ Simpson trial and made lots of money and she grew up as a "socialite" a.k.a. a party slut. Her sex tape with an almost no name rapper is what really got her noticed by the wider media.
In short, she doesn't deserve fame or fortune, but she has both.
so she a porn star?
"I think we need good studies to see if this is an appropriate use for this material." Ah, I disagree.