Dubbed “vampire plasma,” companies were hawking the infusion treatments for thousands of dollars, claiming to treat a number of conditions.

While the FDA “strongly” discourages consumers from falling for these fountain of youth claims, highlighting the risks involved, there are some treatments where a patient’s own plasma is used, and those remain legal.

Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Benjamin Stong says, “PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. It’s essentially a treatment where we draw a patients’s blood. We spin it down in a centrifuge here, to isolate platelets and growth factors from the blood.”

PRP started in orthopedics before other industries looked into how they could use it.

Dr. Benjamin Stong says, “We sort of converted it in the aesthetics industry to help promote collagen synthesis in the skin. We also use it to promote hair growth in the scalp and delay hair loss.”

One popular treatment is the vampire facial, made famous by Kim Kardashian and social media.

Dr. Benjamin Stong says, “Vampire facials or prp facials are really for people just looking to rejuvenate their skin. Minor superficial wrinkling, or for texture issues or just for a healthier glow to the skin.”

And while the procedure is usually safe for people who do not have problems with blood clotting, make sure you do your homework.