A blogger has been slammed by plastic surgeons for encouraging people to perform their own “Vampire Facials” at home.
The bloody procedure, first made famous by Kim Kardashian, is thought to help rejuvenate facial cells but can put people at risk of deadly sepsis, experts claim.
Vampire facials are an intrusive procedure that involves using the patient’s own blood to promote healthy skin cell activity. It entails drawing blood from the arm and harvesting the platelet-rich plasma, which is then injected back into the face.
Fans claim that it boosts tone and texture and minimizes wrinkles — but it’s something that should never be carried out at home.
Top surgeon Christopher Inglefield says that performing a Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) facial at home could cause sepsis, blindness, nerve injury, infection and tissue death.
Shivers, from Oklahoma, even includes links to where viewers can buy their own lab equipment, including a centrifuge machine and disposable tourniquets — bands used to temporarily stop blood flow.
Her shopping list includes hypodermic needles, syringes and vacutainer blood collection tubes.
She also posts images on her graphic how-to blog.
“Here you will find tools, steps and information you’ll need to do a Vampire Facial at home. (I’m not a professional. Proceed at your own risk),” she writes.
“I know I will probably receive a ton of hate mail on this post. I realize this is a drastic DIY that some people will have a problem with. I’m just putting out info that I gathered from lots of online sources so that I could do this on myself and save some money.”
“As long as people use sterilized needles and are having a pro draw blood, the risk is actually pretty low (both of which I recommend).”
The average cost for a Vampire Facial is about $1,000.
She says that the procedure needs to be repeated four times at six-week intervals.
Inglefield is warning the public not to copy RunHoly’s instructions.
“This is a medical treatment which should only be performed by a trained medical practitioner or under supervision of a medical practitioner,” he says.
“Risks start from drawing blood which could lead to sepsis or hemorrhage.” And, he adds, there’s a “risk of contamination of blood during preparation of the PRP and subsequent injection with infected blood.”
“Injection into the skin needs to be very precise and risks with this include bleeding, severe infection, nerve injury, blindness and tissue necrosis.”