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Posted by Edna on Jan 14, 2014

Vampire Facelift, Anyone?

The most alluring idea about the vampire myth is that they are supposed to be forever young and beautiful. Even though beauty is culturally- and historically – bound and that what may be beautiful now may not be beautiful 100 years from now, youth will always signify supple and smooth skin. So to keep one’s face looking young and smooth, should one simply go to the local vampire haunt and invite a toothsome party-goer to a bite? Not exactly.

A vampire facelift is a bit of a misnomer because it involves neither a vampire nor a facelift, although it does involve blood. A vampire facelift is a non-surgical procedure in which fine lines and wrinkles are eliminated with the use of a patient’s own blood plasma. It is nearer to the procedure used for Botox and fillers, which are injected in strategic areas to “plump” out the creases brought on by habit and age. A facelift (rhytidectomy), in contrast, is the surgical removal of loose skin so that the remaining skin can be stretched smoothly.
It is important to note that it is the plasma and not whole blood that is injected into the skin. More accurately, the colorless platelets in the blood are separated from the red blood cells, and the platelets-rich plasma (PRP) is then activated by a substance containing fibrin which will then turn the plasma into a thin gel-like compound capable of forming a supporting matrix once it is injected into the desired area. This compound serves as the filler, but since it is derived from the patient’s own body, there is no danger of an allergic reaction.

A vampire facelift is recommended for the elimination of fine lines in spot areas, or to add volume to others. It is not usually recommended for the full face as it would require quite a lot of product. The process can also be used for areas other than the face. The effects can last for as long as 15 months.

Because it is so popular, many establishments, including Aesthetica MedSpa, offer vampire facelifts, but care must be taken when choosing where to get it done. For the most effective and safest vampire facelift, and indeed for any cosmetic procedure, it is best to consult with a qualified dermatologist.

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