Get the lowdown on vampire facials and whether they make you look younger

IF YOU want to reverse the ageing process, you could give smothering yourself in blood a try. The cosmetic procedure, which has been nicknamed the 'vampire facial', was made famous by Kim Kardashian. But what is it and how does it work? What is a vampire facial? The 'proper' name for a vampire facial is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy. It's essentially a regenerative therapy, which uses nothing but the patient's own blood. Platelets are tiny blood cells which play a crucial part in helping the body stop bleeding - as well as repairing damaged blood vessels and cells. You could think of them as little powerhouses, which release proteins for growth when they come in contact with the body's tissue. In PRP, a needle is used to draw blood from the client's arm. The blood is then spun in a machine, to remove the platelets. The plasma from the blood is extracted, and spattered on the client's face using tiny acupuncture-style needles to rejuvenate their face. Those promoting PRP say it should: Improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars and stretch marks Rejuvenate the under-eye area Tighten stubborn open poors Plump and volumise any area (e.g. cheeks) where someone might otherwise gets fillers. Are vampire facials painful and are they safe? Before any needles are injected, a local anaesthetic cream is applied to the face. This should make the treatment relatively painless, although clients should expect any injections made directly into the lip border to hurt a bit. Possible side-effects include puffy looking skin, mild itchiness for a day or two, and bruising around the eyes. According to Illuminate Skin Clinic: "Bruising is reasonably common around the eyes. "This is because the under-eye area is very rich in small blood vessels and it is virtually impossible to avoid them." In July 2013, Kerry Katona added the vampire to her extensive list of cosmetic treatments and plastic surgery. Unlike other stars, Kerry had a nasty reaction to the treatment - which left Continue Reading

Undercover film exposes the broken, botched world of Botox and beauty industry

“BASICALLY, I just got lazy and want to do less and make more money.” I’m talking to Shreedhar Vaidya, a struck-off doctor who claims to be providing Botox for thousands of patients across the UK. Vaidya — who illegally presents himself as a “medical doctor” despite being banned a decade ago — thinks I am a beautician interested in providing Botox for my clients. In fact I am a journalist wearing a hidden camera, and have been led to Vaidya after investigating the murky world of cosmetic injectables. Vaidya calls himself “Dr Shree” and tells me he runs a company providing Botox to beauticians all over the country. He admits flouting the clear rules around Botox consultations. Beauticians are able to inject Botox, but Department of Health guidelines state clients must first be given a face-to-face consultation with a medical professional who can prescribe the drug. Shockingly, Vaidya tells me he does not believe this crucial step is necessary and admits having 4,200 patients on his books. He says: “Why do you need a doctor to see a client’s face? You don’t need a medical consultation.” The bogus doctor also says he works with between 80 and 90 Botox providers across the UK, many of whom “keep milking” clients’ names to order repeat prescriptions. He says he charges £60 for each consultation and prescription, and brazenly shows me a month’s invoices totalling thousands of pounds. If he has 4,200 patients, Vaidya could be raking in hundreds of thousands of pounds. Vaidya — struck off the medical register in 2008 for serious professional misconduct while he worked at a hospital in Grantham, Lincs — says he has a team of “prescribers” who work with him. They all may be risking their GMC registration for the murky operation. When a beautician has a client who needs a Botox prescription, they call Vaidya to organise it. He will then either give Continue Reading

Booklet issued for girls as young 15 seeking designer vagina operations

DOCTORS are issuing warning booklets to girls seeking “designer vaginas”. The move comes after it emerged more than 150 under-15s had ops to change the look of their genitals. The booklet — available online and in GP surgeries from Tuesday — assures worried youngsters that “variation is endless” and they should not be concerned if they look different to other women. More than 200 girls under 18 had genital cosmetic surgery on the NHS in 2015/16 and over 150 of these were younger than 15. Some girls as young as nine have even asked for the op but it is not known if they received it. Experts say there is no medical justification for the procedures. The most common involves shortening or reshaping the lips of the vagina, known as labiaplasty. MOST READ IN HEALTH NEWSOH SNOW NOT AGAIN Snow to hit UK 'almost everywhere' at weekend as Beast from East 2 hits jez not on Jeremy Vine says dad spat at by Carragher should be jailed as cops quiz him killed in court Moment Crips gang member is shot dead after attacking witness with PEN ROMPING JAILERS AXED Prison officers who had sex with lags at women's prison lose jobs NAKED FURY Anger as female tourist strips NAKED and rubs against sacred penis-shaped rock CARRA CLAIMS Carragher's ex-teammate hints that personal problems behind spitting shame The guide, named So, What Is A Vulva Anyway?, has been published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and contains detailed sketches. One girl told researchers: “Many people know very little about their own vulvas and I have many friends who worry about their vulvas’ appearance as it looks different to porn.” Project leader Louise Williams, from London’s University College Hospital, said: “This educational resource will help young people to understand their vulva and how it develops during puberty, particularly if they are worried about how they look or feel.” Continue Reading

Plastic surgeon who trained in New England, Manhattan comes home to Buffalo

What does someone do professionally after she graduates from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in biology and a side focus in filmmaking? Tamara Dawli parlayed that education into a career as a plastic surgeon. "I've always been into photography and art," said Dr. Dawli, a Nardin Academy high school graduate who grew up in the Buffalo Parkside neighborhood and returned to the city from Boston to attend medical school. Then it was off to a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., followed by a fellowship in aesthetic surgery at New York Eye and Ear of Mount Sinai on the Lower East Side. Dawli returned last year to open her own practice, Buffalo Plastic Surgery, in the Seton Professional Building alongside Sisters of Charity Hospital, where she was born. You can reach her office through or by calling 821-2935. She specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, breasts and body for men and women. She is credentialed in the Catholic Health and Kaleida systems, as well as several surgery centers in the region. Dawli is glad to be back home. "When you're away for so long, you realize how much you miss it," she said. She's also grateful for the example set by her father, Dr. Naim Dawli, a general surgeon who shares office space with her, and mother, Rima, her chief supporter during the rigors of medical training. Q: You married your husband, Daniel Jammal, in January. He and your sister, Amy, are dentists. Your brother, Elias, works in a tech start-up. Why did you become a doctor? Dr. Tamara Dawli says she appreciates the example set by her father, general surgeon Dr. Naim Dawli, who shares office space with her on the Sisters of Charity Hospital campus; father and daughter have separate staffs. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News) My dad was a big inspiration for me, to go into surgery specifically because I could see the huge impact he could have. I was able to shadow him as part Continue Reading

Mum with giant 38HH boobs to get op over fears they’ll KILL her kids

A MUM terrified of KILLING her babies with her boobs, is finally getting surgery to reduce their giant size. Rachel Ryan's breasts grew from a B cup in her teens to a back-breaking 38HH. But back pain was the least of the 26-year-old's worries. Breastfeeding her two kids became a death-defying feat, with Rachel fearing she would suffocate or choke her little ones. Her boobs are so big they covered Layla, now six, and five-year-old Ollie's faces, while they fed as newborns. After years of struggling to be the active mum she's desperate to be, Rachel's parents have decided to pay the £6,000 for breast reduction surgery. The op, which is taking place on Monday, will see Rachel's chest shrink from a 38HH to a more manageable 38D. Rachel, from Carmarthen, South Wales, said: “I tried to breastfeed my children but my breasts were too big so I couldn’t. “The top of my breast would fall cover their faces, so I was nervous that they would be suffocated by it. “And the milk would come out too fast because of the size of my breasts and they’d start to choke. “It broke my heart not being able to breastfeed and also, because of the back pain I constantly had, I missed out with being able to play with my children. “I couldn’t get down on the floor with them and play properly and that was when I realised I needed to get rid of them. “My parents saw how desperate I was and have agreed to pay for my surgery, and now I’m fundraising to pay them back.” Since the age of 14, Rachel had DD cup breasts, which she claims caused her to receive unwanted attention. Rachel previously tried to have her reduction surgery on the NHS, but due to her physical pain could not lose the weight needed to do so. She said: “Having constant back pain made it unbearable to exercise, so I couldn’t lose the three stone that I needed to. “I knew that I needed to have the surgery so tried to fundraise myself, but my parents Continue Reading

Tummy tuck op could ‘cure’ embarrassing problem that plagues HALF of new mums

A TUMMY tuck could help half of new mums plagued by an embarrassing problem post childbirth. As if giving birth isn't enough thousands of women are left suffering incontinence. Coughing, laughing, even sneezing can cause urine leaks, making life miserable for many new mums. But now, plastic surgeons in Australia, believe a tummy tuck operation could help cure the embarrassing condition - in just six weeks. Dr Alistair Taylor, of The CAPS Clinic in Deakin, said the op, which was also found to reduce back pain for new mums, "leads to a better life for women after childbearing". Most women choose to have a tummy tuck to improve how they look. The new study included 214 mums, with an average age of 42, having the op at nine clinics across Australia. Before and after the cosmetic op, the women answered the same questionnaire, rating their level of disability from back pain and urinary incontinence. Dr Taylor's team found 51 per cent of women were moderately to severely disabled by their back pain, while incontinence was a "significant concern" for 42.5 per cent. Six weeks and six months later, those women showed major improvement, Dr Taylor said. At six months, only nine per cent still suffered moderate disability from back pain. Meanwhile, urinary incontinence remained a significant problem for less that two per cent of the mums. Doctors believe tummy tucks can help women with incontinence, because it involves repairing the muscles - restoring strength and stability in the abdominal and pelvic region. It also repairs the abdominal muscle separation that can affect women after pregnancy. MORE ON PREGNANCYBABY DRIVER Woman forced to give birth on the side of the A66 due to Storm Emma ROYALLY WEIRD One man's creepy fetish is the reason women give birth lying down FOR FLYING OUT LOUD Khloe Kardashian slammed for flying to Japan while 8 months' pregnant BABY ON BOARD Should expectant mums fly? The lowdown on flying when you are pregnant BABY BASH Baby sprinkles are the new Continue Reading

Did these stars go under the knife because ‘selfies make noses 30% bigger?’

Scientists claim that people's noses look THIRTY PER CENT bigger in selfies - and that it's fuelling plastic surgery procedures. With nose jobs seemingly becoming a rite of passage for many selfie-loving reality stars, could this be why? A report published in medical journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery says that taking a photo 12 inches from your face "causes a distortion of the face owing to projection, most notably an increase in nasal dimensions." Researchers now want medics to advise potential patients not to use selfies as inspiration for changing their looks. Speaking to CNN, US plastic surgeon Dr. Boris Paskhover explained that these unreliable images are a real cause of concern - especially when it comes to younger people. He said: "Patients, people, even my family have to be aware that if you're taking a selfie, it's not really how you look. "Selfies make your nose look wider and thicker when it really isn't, and people like a smaller nose. "My fear is that the generation out there now doesn't know. All they know is the selfie." It's not uncommon for people to undergo drastic surgical procedures after being unhappy with a selfie - and CNN claim that a recent poll showed 55 per cent of American plastic surgeons had patients who specifically wanted to look better in selfies. These stars all showed off drastic looks after undergoing rhinoplasties - was it because they didn't like what they saw on the 'Gram?Katie Price Mum-of-five Katie is no stranger to the scalpel, and had a nose job in 2007. She said: "I’ve always had a thing about my nose. I haven’t had a full 100 per cent nose job – they shaved the bone, they didn’t break my nose. "In fact, I liked my nose before and now. If I had a cupboard with both noses, I would alternate between them!”" Chloe Khan Chloe was left 'with no bones' in her nose after a botched nose job in Ukraine. She thought she would get a cute 'dolly nose', but in reality she was left bloodied and with no Continue Reading