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Vampire Facelift

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This is a recent article from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery website www.surgery.org and is very interesting.  A facelift is a surgical procedure that helps to smooth the skin of the face and neck, tighten the underlying tissues and muscle, and remove excess skin, resulting in a more youthful appearance. However, a new type of facelift is gaining popularity, even though it’s not technically a facelift, as it does not involve the surgical repositioning of facial tissues, according to ABC News.

The so-called “Vampire Facelift” uses a patient’s own blood as an injectable to smooth wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin. While such treatments have made the news before, it seems that more and more individuals are turning to the procedure at greater rates.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the Vampire Facelift – which is also known both as PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy and Selphyl – involves taking a vial of the patient’s blood, isolating the platelet-rich plasma and injecting it back into the face or other areas of the body.

The non-invasive, FDA-approved procedure may be favored by some over other injectables such as Botox and Restylane because the chance of allergic reaction is minimized due to the fact that the filler is the patient’s own blood. Using blood plasma is also believed to cause tissue regeneration and stimulatecollagen production.

However, some caution that this procedure may not be a good option for everyone.

“One of the problems with your own blood is that some people pass out from having their blood taken,” a New York City-based plastic surgeon told ABC News. “Also, blood tends to cause an itchy after-effect. Sometimes it causes burning or discoloration. You’re injecting blood into a place where blood doesn’t normally reside.”

Like other injectables, the Vampire Facelift doesn’t offer a permanent solution, as results are expected to last 15 months.