Dracula Therapy – can you handle the bite?
Human placenta, oxygen, and now blood? Is the beauty industry running out of PR ideas or does this new blood therapy work? We set out to find out more about the new Dracula therapy, and to meet the man behind the needles, Dr. Maurizio Viel.
First we are asked to volunteer our blood (eek) and face to try the treatment, which Dr. Maurizio assures me is not as terrible as it sounds. The treatment better known as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is known to rejuvenate the quality of the skin, reduce fine circles and fine lines using your own blood.
My blood is extracted by a comforting nurse (my palms are clammy) and whizzed around in a special machine that separates the good parts of my blood (AKA the platelets and plasma) from the rest. At the same time, he has placed some anesthetic cream on my face which I am told will take the bite out of the stinging needles. Hmm…
When the Doc tells me we are ready, I can feel my palms sweating and I’m feeling increasingly anxious.
The needles, to my surprise, are extremely fine and thin – almost acupuncture-ish, and they are laid on a tray next to my face. Dr. Maurizio begins pricking the needles into my cheeks and it’s just about bearable, but as he goes toward my under eye and forehead I am literally digging my nails into my fist with sheer discomfort. I keep chanting under my breath “If Kylie Minogue can do this so can I. I should be so lucky, lucky, lucky…”
After 15 minutes, the intense needlework is over, and I analyse the damage. I look like a sunburnt pin-cushion. Great.
Two days later, however there’s a marked improvement. Fast forward six weeks, and I’m a smitten kitten. I have totally forgotten about the needles and the blood. Instead, I can’t stop analysing my peachy soft complexion.
It seems to have an indefinable improvement – I can’t put my finger on it or figure out why my skin looks better but it just does. My complexion looks like I have slept, had a holiday, and detoxed for months. Even better, Dr. Maurizio tells me that this improvement keeps on going and going.