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'Vampire' facials banned in Dubai salons

DHA stops gruesome beauty treatment where a doctor injects your own blood back in your face

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Skin treatment: PRP uses a patient's own blood cells to rejuvenate the skin

Dubai: A beauty treatment which uses one’s blood cells to rejuvenate the face has been banned in Dubai.

The platelet rich plasma (PRP) procedure is commonly known as vampire facial and is popular among clients at many spas and clinics in the city.

Dr Laila Mohammad Al Marzouqi Assistant Director Health Regulation Department and Head of Clinical Governance Office at DHA confirmed PRP has been banned.

“It’s a relatively new procedure and it should be regulated like any other cosmetic/ therapeutic procedure to ensure the safety of the patient, which is our utmost priority,” she said.

Natasha Bennett, operations manager, Dermalase Clinic, Dubai, said she stopped offering vampire facials at her clinic following the DHA advisory.

But some clinics in Dubai Health Care City continue to offer the treatment, saying they are not governed by DHA guidelines.

PRP treatment is an hour-long procedure in which the therapist draws blood from one’s skin in two to four tubes. These tubes are placed in a centrifuge machine which separates the red blood cells from the plasma in the blood.

The plasma is collected in 12 to 14 syringes and injected into the patient’s face. The average price for one PRP sesssion ranges between Dh4,000 and Dh5,000.

Kim Kardashian is among many celebs who have undergone PRP cosmetic treatments, although its efficacy and safety have not been studied in controlled clinical trials.


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