Kim Kardashian is a fan, as are many other celebrities, and Kim has even posted up a picture of her blood stained face on Twitter, after her treatment using the new vampire cosmetic procedure.
But now researchers are saying that the new vampire cosmetic treatment of utilising a patients own blood could help with promoting new hair growth.
In the cosmetic procedure, a patient has their own blood taken from them, and it is then processed in a special machine that extracts the ‘platelet-rich plasma’ (PRP), which is then injected back in areas of the face or hands to promote a youthful look.
How Vampire Cosmetic Treatment works
With people suffering from hair loss, the same procedure to extract the blood is used, but the PRP is then injected into the patients head, where scientists believe the blood then works to stimulate new stem cells below the skin, which then helps to promote the regrowth of hair.
The research was carried out at the International Hair Research Foundation and University of Brescia in Italy and the Hebrew University Medical Centre in Israel, and has been published in the latest edition of the British Journal of Dermatology.
The scientists involved trialed 45 patients, who were suffering from alopecia areata, which affects about 2 per cent of the population. The 45 patients received an injection of some sort on just one half of their head.
Some were given the PRP, some were given a more traditional steroid treatment, while others received a placebo.
All the patients were given three treatments in total, once a month and any resulting hair growth was measured by assessing the injection site and counting any new hairs. The researchers found that where the PRP was used, there was a significant hair regrowth in the bald patches, compared with both the placebo and the steroid treatment.
Although the patients who took part in the trial suffered from a particular type of hair loss, the researchers were keen to point out that the vampire cosmetic treatment could benefit anyone who had a more common type of baldness problem.
Dr Fabio Rinaldi told the Telegraph: “We think it can help to regrow hair on people with androgenic alopecia (male-pattern baldness). We believe it is the best treatment available, apart from surgery.”
Whilst Nina Goad, of the British Association of Dermatologists, said: “Alopecia is known to lead to overwhelming effects on the patient’s quality of life and self-esteem. This could offer hope to thousands.”
The team are currently working on a cream that contains the PRP solution, so that future vampire cosmetic treatments would not require the use of needles.