The latest anti-aging procedure is downright vampiric. Perhaps that's why it's known as the vampire face-lift. Basically, a doctor takes blood from your arm, separates the platelets from the blood, and then injects those platelets into your face.
Number one: GROSS.
Number two: To me, the after photos of patients who've undergone the procedure look pretty much exactly the same.
What do you think?
The system that produces the platelet mixture is called Selphyl. Get it? Self fill? Heh. According to The Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in New York, which performs the procedure:
A small amount of your blood is drawn (like having routine blood tests in your doctor’s office), and Dr. Sclafani uses Selphyl® technology (an FDA cleared device to separate the elements of your blood in a specific way) to generate a platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM).
This Selphyl® PRFM primarily contains fibrin, a natural blood protein, and platelets, the part of your blood chiefly responsible for stopping bleeding. Howver, in addition to this function, platelets also contain growth factors, proteins which signal cells in your body to perform tasks such as producing or reorganizing collagen, developing blood vessels, etc. The platelets in the Selphyl® PRFM, as opposed to other platelet systems, release these growth factors in a concentrated but natural way.
It is believed that these growth factors stimulate the cells in the tissue treated, such as those below wrinkles, folds, laugh lines, and acne scars, to rejuvenate the skin over the next few weeks.
All that ... for this?
Clearly, this woman is wearing makeup in the second photo, but beyond that ... Am I missing something? She hasn't really changed!
Still, the vampire face-lift is qualifying as a new craze, having been featured recently on The Rachael Ray Show, The Doctors, and in The New York Times. While some doctors claim effects from the vampire face-lift can last up to two years, The New York Times notes that no clinical trials have been done proving these claims. Most doctors charge between $1,000 and $2,000 to do it.
Aging gracefully has never seemed more ... edgy.
Would you get a Vampire Face-Lift?
Images via NYFacelift.com