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What’s a Vampire Facelift?

The “Vampire Facelift” appeared back in 2009 as an alternative to a true surgical facelift. In fact, it is not a facelift at all. The procedure involves taking your own blood and spinning it down to separate out the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma contains growth factors that are thought to promote new collagen formation. The orthopedic surgeons use this technology to help with joint surgery. In any case, the plasma is then re-injected back into the face to promote collagen formation and help with wrinkles. The problem is a lot of times the doctor also injects a hyaluronic acid filler at the same time (think Juvederm or Restylane) to restore facial volume. So, the true value of the plasma is unknown and there have been no studies proving it’s effectiveness. It also lacks FDA approval. Is it worth trying? Well there should be no harm in having your own plasma re-injected into your face, but I’m also not sure its any better than just using traditional fillers.

Lee E. Corbett, MD

Medical Director for Corbett Cosmetic Aesthetic Surgery and MediSpa

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