Appointment With A Vampire.

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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 an occasion.
These facts are the lifeblood of salons.
What better way to come up with a nail-on-the-money 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. But 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 colleague Diana are nurses and beauty professionals. Working inside a hospital in Puerto Vallarta they have chosen to combine their skills with medical machines, gifting youth to Mexico.
I entered this hospital where “Medspas” are commonly located. Ready to give blood (to myself) I lay on the bed. Maribel drew 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 the face, and the red part applied as a selfsame mask.

Much attention was given to show me blister-packed needles and sterilized machines.

Diana performed a facial on me – cleanse, peel, steam, pore cleansing, high frequency, and also dermaplaning, which feels like an electric toothbrush for your skin.
This took an hour and I was composed.
Maribel came back with my divorced blood, extracting the sexy serum from the vial into her needle, leaving the clot (red part) to be used later.
I asked how many injections I would be receiving, expecting to hear 5, maybe 20.
Eighty was Maribel’s answer!
She assured me she had a “good hand”.
She started to inject quickly on my cheeks. No anesthetic was used and it felt like someone was sticking  push- pins into my face. It didn’t seem to be requiring much precision, unlike dermal fillers or Botox. She moved onto my forehead, around my eyes and finally the chin, which oddly felt the most uncomfortable.
The process is a way to allow your body to improve the collagen and texture of your skin. Your own plasma is rich in growth factors, and therefore can be injected into your skin to stimulate collagen. (Perfect for those who have allergies to Botox or fillers).


Afterwards my face felt like it was swelling quickly, like bee stings. More high-frequency was applied and this greatly soothed. The complete injection time had taken ten minutes.
I came face to face with my own exclusive claret, when the blood part was applied as a mask for one minute. Maribel told me they don’t leave it on long, as the skin is porous after the dermaplaning, susceptible to pigmentation marks.

Before leaving I was told to stay out of the sun for 3-4 days, to wear sunscreen and that results would take around 28 days.

Round one, my vampire experience was over. I didn’t even have to go out after dark.

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, a little red, but in the humidity no-one noticed.
Over the next few weeks I noticed a difference in the size of the pores and fine lines on my face. Some hollowness under the eyes filled out nicely, plus skin texture was dewy and calm.

 

 

Video of Vampire facial.

Round 2, The Laser Skin Tightening

A month later I was  back to try a different treatment, which I believe is more of a temporary facelift. One of the perks of being a vampire/ beauty writer seemed to be getting opportunities, so again in a quest for eternal beauty I accepted. 
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 same one Maribel uses to do permanent hair-removal. 
She applied a peel and ten minutes later the treatment commenced. She put goggles over my eyes and started by placing the hand-piece of the machine on my face. As the machine made it’s beeping noises I could feel a warm 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, youthful appearance. It was pleasant, not painful. She started on one side and I could honestly feel the tightening as she worked. After 15 minutes one side was complete and a look in the mirror confirmed one side already looked 10 years younger.
She evened me out, and I left looking truly firmer in the face. No redness, no downtime, just the stay out of the sun advice.
Off I went to do my errands in the shopping mall across the road.

 

Laser Skin Tightening with Maribel.  WARNING : Video contains some flash lighting.

Do One Thing A Day That Scares You? These Two Were Mine.

Over the next few weeks I received many comments as to why I would get these done, results etc.
It depends on your facial shape, tone and age. The Vampire Facial  plumped up my skin, which I didn’t need as I still have a very round, chubby-cheeked face. It made my face feel bigger, and I don’t need volume replacement. It was great for open pores, fine lines and 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 folds from nose to mouth, mouth to jaw. 

I like to think of myself as a moderate, with views in both directions –  as a professional and as a client.
These treatments for me can be summed up easily. They can spook you, but make you want them at the same time.

Just like vampires.

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Comments

  1. Hi,

    Excellent article about vampire facial. I have heard about this many times but I didn’t know that much which I have learned today after reading this article . You explain everything about this treatment very well in the article that whoever going read will definitely get value. And it is more realistic when we heard from practical experience. One of my cousins was thinking to do this treatment a few months before but she was bit unsure, is it ok for her she had some allergic problem? And she doesn’t know the whole process of how the treatment carries out. So I am definitely going to share with her this article. She will get this very helpful. Thanks a lot for this article.

    1. Hi Nazmun, If the allergy problem was on her skin she may need to wait until cleared up, as both these treatments are medical grade, not regular skincare. If the allergy was in her system a blood test would be recommended to find out the cause of the allergy. A free consultation would most likely be available for this purpose.

  2. When I saw vampires in the subject matter I was hooked. What was your first impression when you learned that needles and your face was involved? And your blood too! I loved your honest conclusion and recommendation. Do you think that treatments like this could be economically viable in the US? Thanks for sharing. Appropriate for Halloween time! 

    Edwin

    1. Hi Edwin, I was prepared as I was asked along to review and write about the treatment so a did a little bit of research beforehand. I was kind off shocked to hear how many injections I would be receiving, but it was comfortable and quick.
      In the US I believe the treatment has been available around 5-10 years, although most likely it will cost a good bit more than in Mexico for clients to have done. Definitely a market, and perhaps an estitician, as they are called there and a qualified nurse could get together and do business.

  3. Very Interesting. I thought of having this done when I was in Mexico but also wasn’t sure and didn’t have enough info. Now I think I will!

  4. Very well written and informative article. Thanks for sharing the process and results of these unique beauty treatments.

  5. Thank you for this interesting article about the laser skin tightening. Although the photos look quite scary it seems that the treatments worked well for you. That’s great.

    I have tried similar treatments for cellulite and they did not work well. Fortunately exercise helped me, but can’t do it for my face.

  6. Your subject.is very interesting. When I saw the title, I didn’t immediately understand what it was about, but when I read about it, I saw the videos with the real witnesses and I believed it to be something innovative. I do not know if there is such a thing in Greece but I will certainly share this article with my cousin, who is a dermatologist who deals with the aesthetic of the face.

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