This weeks episode saw Tanya Bardsley undergo the popular Vampire Facial before attending the launch of her new book.

So what is the Vampire Facial?

The vampire facial, or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), involves extracting the patient’s blood from their arm and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma – the fluid part – from the red and white blood cells.

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The concentrated plasma, which is rich in platelets – the part of the blood with growth factors – is then injected into the face. Some practitioners combine it with dermal fillers to further plump up problem areas, such as under the eye. But it is commonly combined with skin treatments such as dermaroller or fractional CO2 laser where it dramatically reduces downtime and improves results.

The basic PRP treatment has been used for almost 20 years to accelerate the healing of wounds and burnt skin, and help athletes – including, reportedly, tennis ace Rafael Nadal – recover from injury. But it was when Dr Charles Runels from Alabama trademarked the name “Vampire Facelift” in 2010, during the craze for the Vampire Diaries and Twilight Saga, that the procedure became attractive for A-listers.

kimkbeforeafterThe godmother of vampire facials is socialite Kim Kardashian, but even our o Anna Friel has reportedly succumbed to the trend.

The recommended dosage is three sessions, four weeks apart, and then once a year for maintenance. But, this is dependant on the skin condition prior to treatment and the application process.