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The Daily Mail try out Lee’s Vampire Facelift

March 19, 2013

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Why I’m a sucker for the Vampire Facelift! It stings, it’s scary – and takes  a big bite out of your budget. But it helps keep the stars (and our columnist)  eternally young

Amanda  Platell says she’s experienced ‘few things as frightening’ in her  life

Anna Friel  is one of the many celebrities who swear by the Vampire Facelift

It’s a £600  procedure which boosts creation of new blood cells and  collagen

By Amanda Platell

Blood trickled down my face like raindrops  down a window pane — so much blood that I can honestly say I’ve experienced few  things as frightening in my life.

Admittedly I had volunteered to subject  myself to a radical new treatment known as the Vampire Facelift and I had feared  there might be some blood — but I hadn’t anticipated looking as though I’d been  attacked by bloodsuckers and left with a face that bore a close resemblance to a  novelty Halloween mask.

So why would anyone even think of putting  themselves through such a procedure, you might ask?

Treatment: Why would anyone even think of putting themselves through such a procedure, you might ask?
Treatment: Why would anyone even think of putting  themselves through such a procedure, you might ask?

I could blame it all on actress Anna Friel,  36, a beautiful woman whose youthful face belies her years. She is one of the  many celebrities who swear by the Vampire Facelift and has been extolling the  virtues of regular treatments, enthusing about what a difference they have made  to her complexion.

But the truth is, I’d been swotting up on the  VF some time before Ms Friel went public. Despite an eye-watering £600 price  tag, the biggest relief is that it’s not a facelift at all and involves no  knives, nips or tucks, but does have the rejuvenating effect of  surgery.

 Closer research reveals that it is a  90-minute procedure which boosts the creation of new blood cells and collagen,  and promises the best and safest skin rejuvenation known to woman.

The even better news? No incisor bites to the  neck, no nocturnal rampaging, no garlic required.

And so I surrendered myself to Lee Garrett,  an aesthetic nurse practitioner at Freedomhealth, the cosmetic clinic in London  I’ve been using for years.

Over to you: I surrendered myself to Lee Garrett, an aesthetic nurse practitioner at Freedomhealth in London
Over to you: I surrendered myself to Lee Garrett, an  aesthetic nurse practitioner at Freedomhealth in London

While I lay back listening to an  anaesthetising Snow Patrol track on my iPod, dressed in a blue surgical gown,  Lee applied a thick white cream to my face, neck and décolletage to numb the  pain he was about to inflict upon me.

Waiting for the topical anaesthetic to  kick  in, I looked away as Lee took two vials of blood from my arm using a needle and  syringe.

Happy: I've had it done twice now and I'll definitely be going back for more
Happy: I’ve had it done twice now and I’ll definitely be  going back for more

It didn’t hurt but I am squeamish, so it  wasn’t an especially comfortable experience.

Lee then put the blood into a machine which  spins it around at high speed for six minutes until the red and white blood  cells have separated — a process that produces a plasma rich with platelets, or  very small cells, which stimulate the growth of more cells.

The blood collection tube has three distinct  parts and looks a bit like one of those old ice lollies — at the bottom are the  dark red blood cells, in the middle are the white cells and at the top is the ‘liquid gold’, which are the platelets.

Only the platelets are reinjected back into  the face, neck and decolletage and the rest is thrown away. This whole process  has to happen quickly because the platelets need to be back inside the body  within ten minutes, otherwise they coagulate and turn to jelly — which is  exactly how my stomach felt at this point.

Lee extracted the plasma from the top  of the  two vials using a syringe, then injected it into the ‘trouble  spots’ in my face — the wrinkles under my eyes, the ‘tram lines’ that  run from my nose down to my  mouth — and into my neck.

It was at that point that Lee held up the  mirror to my face and all I could see were rivulets of blood running down  it.

What on earth had I done to myself? And would  my face ever recover from the gory mess it had so suddenly become?

I’d wanted to look like a dewy-faced A-list  actress in the prime of her life, not like someone who was auditioning for a  Hammer horror film. But for all the shock of that moment, I did feel the Vampire  Facelift made good sense.

Pricey: You need three Vampire Facelifts - £1,800 in all - for the best results, at four to six-week intervals
Pricey: You need three Vampire Facelifts – £1,800 in all – for the best results, at four to six-week intervals

We’ve all read about the challenges and  dangers of cosmetic surgery, and heard negative stories about Botox and facial  fillers. By contrast, the VF is non-invasive and involves no foreign bodies. The  restorative powers of a person’s blood being injected back into them were first  discovered by the medical world and, in the case of the VF, by sports  doctors.

Beautiful actress: Anna Friel, 36, is one of the many celebrities who swear by the Vampire Facelift
Beautiful actress: Anna Friel, 36, is one of the many  celebrities who swear by the Vampire Facelift

They regularly inject an injured  athlete’s  blood back into a muscle to accelerate recovery. This helps to rebuild cells  quickly and stimulates collagen, a protein which gives  skin firmness and  strength.

We lose about one per cent of our collagen  every year from the moment we are born, so at 54 more than half of mine has  gone.

I first heard about the VF when Dannii  Minogue confessed to being a  devotee. Her enthusiasm was echoed by Lee, who  described it as the  state-of-the art procedure when it comes to non-surgical  facelifts.

With all those pin pricks and all that blood,  it’s not a treatment for the  squeamish. However, it’s no more painful than  several other procedures  I’ve had, including Pellevé (a wrinkle reduction  system where the face  is ironed) and the Blue Peel (an acid peel that leaves  you looking like a Smurf).

It is undeniably  expensive. You need three  Vampire Facelifts — £1,800 in all — for the  best results, at four to six-week  intervals.

After that, a session is recommended every  six months for general maintenance.

I’ve had it done twice now and I’ll  definitely be going back for more. It’s  about two months since my second  session, and I can see a big difference in my face, especially around my eyes.

My skin is fresher and plumper, and there are  fewer lines, especially on my neck and around my eyes.

The test of a good procedure is not that  people can tell you’ve had  something done — Anne Robinson’s facelift would be  an example of that — but that they simply think you look well, happy and  youthful.

My face also passed ‘The Brenda Test’. Brenda’s the make-up artist on the Sunday morning television show on which I  sometimes appear.

Separated: The blood collection tube has three distinct parts and looks a bit like one of those old ice lollies
Separated: The blood collection tube has three distinct  parts and looks a bit like one of those old ice lollies

Apart from Lee, Brenda’s the only person who  ever sees my skin close-up. When I did the programme a couple of weeks ago, she  said my skin looked amazing. I noticed it has also worked wonders on my neck, an  area so vulnerable to the signs of ageing.

I’ve had it  done twice now and I’ll definitely be going back for more. It’s  about two  months since my second session, and I can see a big difference in my face,  especially around my eyes

The VF doesn’t give you a frozen Botox face,  nor the unnaturally puffed-up cheeks which can result from badly done  fillers.

I’ve never much liked having my blood taken,  and having it reinjected back into me was an entirely novel experience, which  did leave me feeling rather queasy.

But, nausea aside, it does soften and remove  lines, especially around the eyes where wrinkles are the hardest to get rid of  without surgery, and it definitely plumps up the skin.

Happily, there is very little downtime after  the procedure, which was a relief. There was no bruising, and just a little  puffiness which had gone within a couple of days.

I’m a convert to the Vampire Facelift and  have already booked my next one in a month’s time. The fact that it doesn’t  involve lead-lined coffins and low-flying bats is just another point in its  favour.

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