Unlike some other celebrities, actress Anna Friel has always been candid about how she manages to stay looking youthful.
The former Brookside star exercises with Pilates and hikes around the hills in LA but finds it hard to give up alcohol.
‘I love wine. If ever I have a trainer they say: “Anna, if you want to be really fit, that’s got to stop”,’ Anna tells The Times Magazine. ‘But we do all this hard work, it’s hard not to have a glass of wine.
As well as a exercise regime, the actress has admitted to having regular ‘vampire facelifts’ to keep her looking youthful.
‘And I have this thing called a vampire facelift – they take a phial of blood out of your arm, separate the plasma and inject it in your face. It helps the skin repair itself.’
She says she chooses the ‘vampire facelift’ over Botox injections because she doesn’t want to risk having the ‘frozen’ look, which can sometimes be the result of too much Botox injected into one area by an inexperienced practitioner.
The ‘Vampire Facelift’ or platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP therapy), is becoming a popular choice amongst those patients who wish to rejuvenate the skin without going under the knife. The non-surgical nature of this treatment so there is no need for general anaesthetic or lengthy recovery time.
The PRP procedure involves a blood sample being taken from the patient’s arm which is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets in the blood, which contains proteins to heal the skin. The platelet rich plasma is then injected back into the skin.
Once injected into the face, the blood stimulates the production of collagen, which smoothens out the wrinkled area.