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如果看官们不怕打针这回事的话，这一篇绝对能让各位有所顿悟。啊？什么顿悟？原来「自己脸上的岁月痕迹可以靠自己的血液来修复」！而且是由新山信誉非凡的 Regency Specialist Hospital 立康专科医院 里的专科美容医生为咱们亲自操针进行疗程，每一步骤皆细心解释让人完全免去了惶恐与忐忑不安，毕竟你我的脸蛋只有一个，爱美虽重要，疗程的安全性与卫生要求更是不能被忽视，贸贸然让非专业人士操作，到头来可是会事倍功半的哦！
BLOODY HELL! You’ve heard us right! If you want to reverse the ageing process, you could actually let Count Dracula have a go or have your face covered with blood splatter.
No, it’s not Halloween makeup, but it’s actually one of the latest trends in skin care treatment which might look quite gory in progress, but boasts glorious big-time results! Those with premature wrinkles, high levels of sunburn or anyone who wants an even tone and fresher appearance to their skin would gladly pay the “price” to turn back time. Don’t take our words, just ask Kim Kardashian and a host of other international celebrities!
这可不是整容手术哦！而是近年来风靡欧美日韩的 PRP 疗程 (Platelet Rich Plasma)！PRP 亦被称为「Vampire Treatment 吸血鬼疗程」，主要是因为 PRP 乃利用自身的血液，提取出富含高浓度的血小板与各种自身生长因子的血浆后，再以微针滚轮注射入肌肤，让肌肤得到再生的机会！除了脸部能回春外，PRP 对于大面积的烧伤或伤口久久无法愈合的案例也非常有效果。在尚未进行疗程之前，早已听闻身边友人大赞 PRP 的效果了，吸血鬼疗程的最佳代言人莫过于全球知名的名媛 Kim Kardashian，当初她於 Instagram 上泼出了这张让人印象深刻的照片后，立即让 PRP 声名大噪！这一次大人决定献出颈部以上的部位，亲自出马上阵让看官们直击此疗程！
Don’t let the name fool you. In all seriousness, the “vampire treatment” is a combination of micro-needling or mesotherapy, followed by the application of PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) derived from the serum portion of the blood which contains platelets. In short, the facial essentially uses our own blood to help promote the healthy activity of our skin cells! Sound serious? Actually, the process involving the initial blood draw, then running the blood through a centrifuge to isolate the platelets before our PRPs are slathered across our face using twelve tiny acupuncture-style needles to “rejuvenate” our face! Having decided to get this procedure done, we figured this is something that must be done by a doctor or well-trained and highly skilled aesthetician. After all, when there are needles and blood involved, whether it’s a spa treatment, tattoo, or piercing, we need to know exactly who you’re working with to ensure that everything goes off without a hitch. We began our research around town as early as last year and finally decided on placing our faith with Dr Sharifah at Regency Specialist Hospital!
注：此疗程建议进行2-3次以达最大效果，3次以后可每隔一两年再重复进行，效果因人、肤质与生活习惯而异。每一次疗程的修复期约为三天，全疗程约需2小时。欲进行此疗程前，请先如实咨询医生让他们依照你的健康或用药状况作出正确的评估。有意者请联系：Regency Aesthetic Centre +607-381 7800
PS: For the best results, it’s recommended that patients get one treatment spaced four to six weeks apart for two to three months followed by one treatment yearly. For more information, contact the experts at Regency Aesthetic Centre +607-381 7800 for a FREE skin analysis and consultation to print out a detailed report of our skin’s spots, pores, wrinkles, UV spots, brown spots, red areas, texture and acne-causing bacteria.
Pre-treatment consultation & skin analysis
与有关部门预约好时间后，大人特地素颜依约准时抵达位于立康专科医院底层的 Aesthetic Centre 等候美容医生的召唤😊。在进行了简短的交谈询问与讲述了自身的敏感肌肤状况后，随即根据医生的指示连同护士到附近的护理室进行清洁脸颈部与涂抹麻痹膏的步骤。由于大人素颜到访，因此洁肤过程耗时蛮短，紧接着涂好麻痹膏后，约需45至60分钟等待功效发作，过程中可自行在室内看看书，回复手机讯息等都没问题哦！
Our appointment initially set for September last year was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, but here we are finally The 120-minute treatment started with applying a heavy-duty numbing cream to our entire face, which is meant to minimise any discomfort since it involves electric micro-needling and a series of injections. We arrived with our face “clean” (without makeup) so that we can jump straight into the action! We were tingly within minutes but fret not, we could still browse Facebook and reply the occasional messages on Whatsapp at least for another 45 minutes before the real effect sets in!
Numb & number…
在为肌肤进行清洁与麻痹的过程中，护士对于大人的肤质还挺满意的 (顿时放下心头大石，因为担心肌肤状况若是太糟就要被大量施针啊！)「当然若是能让细纹消失就再好不过了啊！」重点来了，PRP 针对所有细纹都很有效哦！不管是抬头纹、川字纹、鱼尾纹、眼周细纹、鼻背纹、法令纹、嘴角皱纹、颈纹等都有显著效果！但是脸部问题又何止这些碍眼的细纹呢？肤色黯淡、毛孔粗大、痤疮、疤痕、色素沉淀等原来统统都能透过 PRP 疗程而有极大的改善哦！
Thanks to our regular skincare routine, most of our skin’s texture had a near-perfect score, and we probably do not need “excessive” treatment (for our fear of being poked incessantly by micro-needles) ourselves. One of the reasons the PRP facial is so popular is because it works miracles on neck rings, fine lines, increased pore size, smile lines, ageing hands, acne scars or even crow’s feet by stimulating collagen and has no side effects. Many, before us, have sworn by their varying but visible results, so hopefully, the treatment would seal the deal on those pesky percentage points LOL!
Drawing the first blood…
涂抹了麻痹膏约40-50分钟后，一阵沉坠感准时降临大人脸部，医生 Dr Sareswathi 观察后请大人就绪，因为…「一分钟都不能浪费，主要是担心过程中麻痹膏会逐渐失效而感觉疼痛。不得不说的是，在此疗程中麻痹膏所扮演的角色绝对至关重要啊！」由于大人手臂的血管较不显见，因此医生改从手背上为大人抽取约30毫升的血液。若看官们不怕被大量施针与见血，那这项疗程绝对百分百适合你，因为接下来的步骤都是针和血的派对啊！
While the cream was working its magic, Dr Sareswathi, our therapist for the day, came in to draw our blood from the inside of our elbow. Alas, our veins on both arms decided to get tough, so the vital fluid has to be taken from our palm instead (ouch). Being a bundle of nerves around the needle, some of us had to look away as she injected the syringe, and we started feeling dizzy as soon as we saw how much blood (30ml gasp) was required for the treatment, which felt more like a gallon to us.
Once the hard part was over, we were able to relax a bit while Dr Sareswathi took the blood to a machine that spins it, separating the platelet-rich plasma from the platelet-poor plasma.
Extracting the PRP & PPP
到底这项自体细胞回春术是如何能风靡医美界的呢？原来 PRP 能刺激大量胶原蛋白、弹性纤维、胶质等的产生，同时亦能促进皮肤多个组织的生长及重新排列，从而达到全面提升肌肤状态与延缓衰老。几乎零副作用的安全疗程也因取自体血液而无需担心过敏或有排斥现象，这亦是大人一开文所说的「自己脸上的岁月痕迹可以靠自己的血液来修复」啊！
For the first centrifugation, the rotation speed and time was 3,200 rpm for 5 minutes, which was the minimum for separating red blood cells from plasma. A counterweight on the opposing bucket (merely another device with equal mass) to balance the spin. The second centrifugation was performed at 3,100 rpm for a further 3 minutes.
Honestly speaking, even knowing we are in the good hands of the professionals from the Aesthetic Centre, we felt a little weird knowing something that had been inside our body just a few minutes earlier was now being slathered on our face. But hey, we are used to having strange things put on our face in the name of beauty, so that feeling only lasted about a minute as we braced ourselves for this pretty painful procedure and inevitable bloodshed. Or so we think…
「这就是传说中的微针滚轮啦！将血浆滴在肌肤上后，医生开始以微针滚轮极速注入肌肤里。」过程中，医生会不时询问是否可忍受当下的疼痛感来决定施针的深度 (可选 0.8mm 或 1mm，心想既然人都在砧板上了，当然不假思索选择 1mm啦 😂 )！大人此时要赞叹麻痹膏的万能功效，除了少许发际边缘肌肤与颈部细嫩部位较有感外，基本上脸颊部位可说是毫无明显感觉 (若是怕疼，可请护士在疗程前在发际部位多涂些麻痹膏)。
“Just a tiny prick”, Dr Sareswathi explained that she would adjust the pen to penetrate our skin anywhere from 0.8 mm to 1.5mm deep depending on the area of our face but we dared ourselves to 1.0mm dept without any second thoughts. Before we could say go, she has begun to use small needles to reinsert the blood into the thin levels of the skin. To get the PRP drilled back into the skin, Dr Sareswathi applied the blood like a serum on our face and buffed it in using an electric micro-needler.
平日打一针就足以让人心惊啦，那这拥有十二个针头的器材，是否让人却步呢？为了迎接大量的胶原蛋白，大人可是一点也没有在怕的叻，毛孔们请张开迎接！「快以 1mm 的深度努力为大人注入血浆吧！」
Your minds must be thinking that one tiny needle is terrible enough BUT TWELVE 1mm micro-needles pricking your skin all at the same time? If you think the tool sounds scary, you should’ve heard it buzzing. The micro-needles sounded like something we might find… at the dentist!
Once the micro-needling was in full swing, we were surprised at how little it actually hurt.
Warning! Parental guidance is advised for the subsequent images may be unpleasant for the eyes! Ok, we’re not going to say the process was painless, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as we had imagined. It helped that throughout the 30-minute procedure, Dr Sareswathi made sure to check with us to see if we were in too much pain or needed a break. She also told us exactly what she was doing so there were no surprises and kindly warned us when it was time to needle my non-fatty areas because those are the spots that made us flinch. Now we truly appreciate the real meaning of how it feels like to have “a pain in the neck” haha!
So far so good! In between micro-needling different sections of our face, Dr Sareswathi continuously applied more plasma, and it’s hard to explain how soothing this felt. Since the “serum” came from our own body, it literally felt like it was coming home. After a brief pause, Dr Sareswathi returned to use the last of the PRP on the more “problematic” parts on our face using a series of tiny injections. Those certainly hurt as the numbing cream effect was slowly wearing out, but she worked quickly enough that it was over before we knew it.
经过约20分钟的见缝插针注射后，终于来到了最终步骤 (松了一口气)：为肌肤冰敷减缓红肿敏感。护士在为大人清理时通报说，由于大人的肌肤状况还蛮令人满意的，因此整体看来非常干净并无大碍，哇心中又再放下了一颗大石 (不过千万别指望此刻脸上毫无痕迹哦，些许红肿是必然的结果)！护士告知若看官们属痘痘肌或敏感肌，状况也许会更加明显哦！由于还是有些许红肿，万幸大人有预备口罩防身才不免吓坏人啊 😂 ！
注：医生也将未用完的血小板 (约为两日的份额) 让大人带回家后可当成护肤品使用，需立即置入冰箱保存，大人建议尽快在一天半内用毕，因为藏得越久就越有血腥味了啊！
Once the final treatment was complete, our face was covered in cold mask to protect the skin and reduce the swelling. Dr Sareswathi explained that she tries to use all of our nutrient-rich plasma during the procedure to ensure the best results. By the end of the 20-minute treatment, she had made many sweeps across the different sections of our face, and our skin was happy to soak up all the plasma they could get.
PS: Nothing is left to waste as the remaining PPP is good for 2-day dosage as a natural moisturiser for application at home, but be sure to keep it refrigerated for best effect.
While we were told before the treatment that there is no downtime after this PRP facial but maybe don’t make plans immediately after. So, we highly recommend you take ur cue and arrange for your treatment nearer to the end of the week so that you can stay in over the weekend. In our case, we chose (thank god it’s) Friday for our 120-minute procedure. We went to sleep that night with bright-red, tomato-hued skin, but even by the next morning, it had cooled into something much less frightening. After two days, the redness had disappeared entirely though we were still left with a little bruising from the injections, especially around our jawline that had completely healed a week later.
此外，大人也使用了医生所推荐的 Camelle 洗脸霜与水分满满的护肤霜！好喜欢这护肤霜的水嫩质感，涂抹在脸上丝毫不油腻！Camelle 可是由 Dr Sharifah 所研发的美容产品系列，因此大人用得超放心啊！毕竟疗程后的防晒与保湿工作占了很大比例的成功关键，大人心想难得有机会让肌肤水嫩重生，又怎能不趁机补补肌呢？一般上肌肤会在两周后看到初效，得先耐心让血小板进入肌肤为咱们部署胶原蛋白哦！最佳效果则需等待2-4个月，当然这也是因人而异的，有点像女人坐月子般补身的概念吧，毕竟疗程后若是常熬夜、不防晒保湿，肌肤还是无法快速有好的变化！
For better results, we also recommend Dr Sharifah’s personally-formulated Camelle range of soothing face wash and heavy-duty moisturiser to help speed up the healing process. Continue to soothe, calm and protect the skin gently for three days after micro-needling, and you may resume your regular skincare routine after day three post-treatment. As always, eat well, exercise regularly and giving our body ample rest is still the best “medicine” we could offer our skin, for FREE!
The terrifying “vampire treatment” – demystified!
大人原先的肌肤状况尚属不错，因此在这次的疗程中，最大的改善即是肌肤的亮度增强了不少！有了亮度，人也显得精神活力许多！而法令纹与苹果肌部位亦有微幅上调，肤质细腻了，色阶明显上升了，涂抹起保养品当然也更容易吸收！有了那么好的初效，大人此刻正热切期待最佳效果 (2-4个月不等) 的来临啊！看官们，别说大人私藏好康哦，更多诱人配套详情可点击参阅：Aesthetic Centre
注：此疗程建议进行2-3次以达最大效果，3次以后可每隔一两年再重复进行，效果因人、皮肤与生活习惯而异。每一次疗程的修复期约为三天，全疗程约需2小时。欲进行此疗程前，请先如实咨询医生让他们依照你的健康或用药状况作出正确的评估。有意者请联系：Aesthetic Centre +607-381 7800
Still can’t see yourself trying this bizarre blood-sucking beauty treatment? Having bravely taken the plunge, As far as risks go, the only chance we really run is bruising at the time of the venipuncture. Aside from the discomfort of a blood draw and bruising from micro-needling and subsequent injection, the vampire facial is “extremely safe” as it is our body’s own blood being recycled. Even through the redness and bloody streaks, we could see our skin were already glowing. We’ve had our fair share of facials that left us wondering if the treatment worked or if our skin was just having a good couple of weeks. Trust us, you will never once question whether or not this PRP treatment is effective. The entire experience definitely required some courage, especially for those who don’t like the sight of blood but we were glad we faced our fear.
Regency Specialist Hospital
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