Thrilling With Horror, The Beauty Results Are In.
Looking one’s age is an existence not everyone is comfortable with. Some have a lifelong commitment to look young, others have an impending need to be attractive for someone special or an upcoming occasion.
These facts are the lifeblood of beauty salons.
Talking about blood what better way to come up with a nail-on-the-money beauty treatment and call it – The Vampire Facial.
As an ever-hopeful (over 40) I was willing to overlook my needle misgivings for this beauty junkie purpose; the notoriety was all so intriguing. Face it, who wants to have their own blood siphoned from their arm and re-injected back into their face?
Still confused? So was I.
What Was The Treatment Like?
Maribel Aleman along with her trusted colleague Diana are nurses as well as beauty therapists. Working inside a hospital in Puerto Vallarta they have chosen to combine their skills with medical machines, gifting youth to women and men of Mexico.
On the day of my appointment I entered this hospital where what I call “Medspas” are commonly located here. Ready to give blood (to myself) I lay on the bed. Maribel did the usual to draw from my arms, resulting in 5 small vials of my Scottish heritage to be spun in a centrifuge machine. This process separates the clot from the platelet rich serum, leaving the serum to be injected back into your face, and then the red part applied as a selfsame mask.
Much attention was given to show me new blister-packed needles, clean machines etc showing professionalism and giving me trust.
Diana then performed a facial on me – cleanse, peel, steam, pore cleansing, high frequency to calm, and also a bit dermaplaning, which feels like an electric toothbrush for your skin.
This took around an hour and I was all composed, ready to see what was next.
Maribel came back with my divorced blood, extracting the sexy serum from the vial into her large needle, leaving the clot (red part) to be used later.
I enthusiastically asked at this point how many injections I would be receiving, expecting to hear 5, maybe up to 20.
Eighty! (80!) was Maribel’s answer.
She assured me she had a “good hand” and I was not to worry.
She started to inject very quickly on my cheeks. No anesthetic gel was used and it felt like someone was sticking little wall tacks or push pins into my face. It didn’t seem to be requiring much precision, unlike dermal fillers or Botox. She moved onto my forehead area, around my eyes and finally the chin, which oddly felt the most uncomfortable.
The process is basically a way to allow your body to improve the collagen and texture of your skin. Your own plasma is very rich in growth factors, and therefore can be injected into your skin to stimulate collagen. (Note here, perfect for those who have allergies to Botox or fillers).
Afterwards my face felt like it was swelling quickly, not unlike bee stings. More high-frequency was applied and this greatly soothed. The complete injection time had taken ten minutes.
In the end I did come face to face with my own exclusive claret, as Maribel applied the blood part. This was not left on long, maybe one minute. It left me thinking that this red mask at the end is much for show; the photo opportunity. Maribel told me they don’t leave it on long, as the skin is porous after the dermaplaning, susceptible to pigmentation marks.
Nevertheless here I am in my personal embodiment of evil.
As you can see I need to work on my vampire vixen, but at least I managed a blood-laced pout. Before leaving I was told to stay out of the sun for 3-4 days, to wear sunscreen outside and that results would take around 28 days to kick in.
That evening I was able to go out with friends. A few pinpricks on my cheeks were barely visible and I was already starting to take on an ethereal glow. My face felt tight and was a little red, but in the Mexican summer humidity no-one noticed.
Over the next few weeks I noticed a big difference in the size of the pores and fine lines on my face. Some hollowness under the eyes also filled out nicely plus skin texture was dewy and calm.
And I’d done it! Round one, my vampire experience was over. I didn’t even have to go out after dark…..
Round 2, The Laser Skin Tightening.
A month later I was invited back to try a different treatment which I believe is more of a temporary facelift. One of the perks of now being a vampire/ beauty writer seemed to be getting these opportunities, so again in a quest for eternal beauty I accepted graciously. I knew it would be a wise and worthy decision as I had already seen a difference with the Vampire Facial.
This time I was escorted into the room where they have their YAG Laser ProU machine. Being a jack-of-all trades laser machine, it’s the very same one Maribel uses to do permanent hair removal.
She applied a peel to my skin, and ten minutes later the treatment commenced. She put sunbed goggles over my eyes and started by placing the hand-piece of the machine on my face. As the machine made it’s usual beeping noises I could feel a warm to hot sensation wherever she placed the node. It produces a laser light source to heat the collagen under the skin’s surface, resulting in an immediate smoother, more youthful appearance. It was very pleasant, not painful. She started on one side of my face and I could honestly feel the tightening as she worked away. After 15 minutes one side was complete and a quick look in the mirror confirmed one side of me was already 10 years younger.
She evened me out, and I left the office looking truly firmer in the face. No redness, no downtime, just the stay out of the sun advice again.
Off I went to do my errands in the shopping mall across the road.
Which one did I like best?
Over the next few weeks I received many comments both in person and online as to why I got these done, what where the results etc.
I would say it depends on your facial shape, tone and age. The Vampire Facial I felt plumped up my skin, which I didn’t need as I still have a very round, chubby-cheeked face. It kind of made my face feel bigger, and I don’t need volume replacement. It was great for open pores, fine lines and making me glow. I was pleased with the way it plumped up hollowness under my eyes.
The laser skin tightening suited my face better. Chubby cheeks don’t come without jowls and this treatment really slim-lined my jawline, disappearing the folds from nose to mouth, mouth to jaw.
In conclusion as a former beauty therapist I like to think of myself as a moderate, with views in both directions – both as a professional and as a client. These treatments for me can be summed up easily…. they can certainly spook you, but make you want/ need them at the same time.
Just like vampires.
Do one thing a day that scares you? These two were mine.
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Most people know what they for their own face and skin, but don’t be scared, due to the very low prices it’s easy to try both. If you have enjoyed this post, or have any questions, please comment below.