The Blood Facial has become the new talk of the town as celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Anna Friel have been seen or admitted to availing this new cosmetic procedure. Celebrities nominated for the 85th Academy Awards have also received certificates for free sessions, making it the most talked about gift during the event. The procedure claims to make patients look younger without going under the knife. It may be considered a minimally-invasive type of procedure but may require more guts from patients.
How the procedure is conducted
Contrary to what the name implies, this cosmetic procedure does not involve sucking out the blood of another person but it does require you to give up some of your own blood. What happens is that a small quantity of the patient’s blood is taken, much in the same way as a doctor would draw blood to conduct standard medical tests. Chemicals such as calcium chloride or thrombin are added to the blood before it is sent to a centrifuge machine. This device effectively separates the platelets from the red blood cells. Once separated, the red blood cells are removed from the mixture until all that is left is the serum of platelets.
A topical anesthetic is applied on the skin before the serum is injected into various parts of the face. Patients feel minimal discomfort during the procedure. Some patients feel more concerned about feeling blood dripping down their face as the serum is injected.
As a minimally-invasive operation, the procedure can be completed within half an hour. Once the procedure is over, the patient can leave the clinic.
Blood Facial: How it Works
The platelets in a person’s blood contain a variety of growth factors that can help stimulate the production of new blood vessels and collagen in the body. Injecting the activated serum directly onto the face encourages the body to produce more collagen in that area. The extra collagen creates more volume, making your face appear smoother.
Blood Facial Benefits
This particular concept is not entirely novel. The way it is applied to the skin is similar to injecting fillers such as Restylane and Juvéderm. In some cases, the doctor may even mix in these fillers into the serum to activate the growth factors. What does make Blood facial different from other procedures involving the previously mentioned fillers is that platelet serum is natural. As the doctor is mainly injecting back components of your own blood, the chances that the body will reject the substance are minimized.