Indulge in a little Vampire


The Vampire range of treatments has fast caught on with celebrities around the world. Photographs of Kim Kardashian undergoing the Vampire Facial soared around the internet earlier this year, and the Vampire O-shot and Priapus Shot were included in Oscars award goody bags.

Our Fitness Journal team is intrigued by this new rejuvenation innovation, dubbed ‘the secret blood method to revive youth and restore beauty’, so we sought some expert advice. We asked Hamilton’s exclusive practitioner of the Vampire treatment range, Dr Kirshni Appanna, from Jeunesse MedSpa for some details:

What is Vampire?
The ‘Vampire’ name, although a little spooky, simply means that the treatments use your own blood.
It involves obtaining a small sample of blood and extracting the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) which is used to rejuvenate tissues.

The platelets contain growth factors which stimulate the body to repair and restore tissues using the body’s own natural processes. PRP is a simple way of harnessing the bodies’ incredible ability to “fix” itself.

Dr Charles Runels, who started out as a research chemist and ER physician, is inventor of The Vampire Facial®, Vampire Facelift®, Vampire Breast Lift , O-shot® & Priapus shot®, a series of trademarked treatments designed to rejuvenate the face, breast and genital area.

“The procedures are simple, safe and very effective with almost no downtime,” says Dr Appanna.

“The treatment includes drawing about 2-4 teaspoons of your blood which is harvested into a special tube and then spun down in a centrifuge to separate your platelets and plasma from your red blood cells.

“The clear yellow plasma and active healing platelets are applied (Vampire Facial) or injected (Vampire Facelift) into your face or neck in a specific way to rejuvenate your tissues, and the red cells are discarded.

“PRP is considered to be very safe, as it uses your own body’s natural healing “processes – the growth factors that tell your body’s stem cells to repair and rejuvenate the tissue they’re placed in.”

The Vampire Facial:
The facial includes the use of dermal needling to allow the PRP to penetrate  into the skin  to stimulate the deeper tissues.

The Vampire Facelift:
The facelift uses a combination of PRP with natural, reversible HA (Hyaluronic Acid) fillers in a specific way to gently and naturally restore youthful volume and shape, without looking overdone

What will Vampire Facial Treatments do for you?
–  Loss of firmness on the face, hands, neck and chest
–  Fine lines and wrinkles
–  Dry and dull skin
–  Thin and transparent skin
–  Hollowed cheeks and eye sockets
–  Sagging skin
–  Enlarged Pores
–  Hyperpigmentation (sun and age spots)
–  Redness and ruddiness
–  Uneven texture

The Vampire Facelift and Facial are the mostly widely known treatments. However, the Vampire Breast Lift, O-Shot and Priapus Shot are becoming increasingly popular.

The Vampire Breastlift:
The breast lift uses the same combination of fillers and PRP to enhance the cleavage area of the breasts. It is a non-surgical breast lift and does not replace breast implant, and reduces hollowing that occurs with implants over time. Specific techniques can also be used to improve nipple sensation and in some cases ‘pop out’ inverted nipples.

The O-Shot:
Research suggests more than 40 percent of women experience sexual dysfunction such as painful sex, inability to orgasm and loss of sensation, especially after having babies.

The O-shot is one of the many tools used to enhance sexual function. It is a non-invasive treatment that aims to enhance female sexual function by extracting PRP, or platelet rich plasma, from a woman’s own blood.

It involves just two tiny injections into highly specific areas of the female anatomy and is relatively painless. Many women experience an improvement in their urinary stress incontinence almost immediately, while an improvement in sensation may take three weeks to three months.

The Priapus-Shot:
The The Priapus Shot, also known as the P-Shot, uses platelet rich plasma (PRP) to rejuvenate and repair damaged tissue without side effects. The Priapus Shot, when made part of a tailored sexual wellness treatment plan, can help men experience a healthier, more fulfilled sex life.

Dr. Appanna is only one of three doctors in New Zealand trained, certified and licensed to administer the O-Shot and Priapus Shot.


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