Friday, March 15, 2013

Vampire Facelift: Does it Work?

Kim Kardashian's done it. Your mind is racing, huh? Like what hasn't she done? But we're talking about one the newest trends in non-surgical cosmetic procedures-- the Vampire Facelift!  


Kim Kardashian after her Vampire Facelift./Instagram
If you're both scared and intrigued by the name alone (and by the frightening photo of Kim K. to the left), here's a Q&A from Beautypress.com with Dr. Bruce Katz, Director of the Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Clinic at Mount Sinai Medical Center and Director of the Juva Skin & Laser Center.  The New York City plastic surgeon gives us the facts about this buzzed about treatment:

Is the “Vampire Facelift” an actual treatment?

Dr. Katz: First of all, there is no such thing as a “vampire facelift.” There is, however, a product that can be used which is mixed with your own blood as a platelet rich plasma to be injected into the skin to rejuvenate the skin and treat wrinkles.”

How does it work?

Dr. Katz: We take the patient's own blood, which is then spun in a centrifuge. The safe and rapid preparation of natural autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is then re-injected into the soft tissue of the area needing restoration. Stem Cells on the platelets produce growth factors that slow down the look of aging, stimulate the production of collagen and improve the volume and texture of the skin. You see an improvement of texture in a short time.

Where is it effective?


Dr. Katz: We recently conducted clinical trials using this technique to treat hollow, sunken eyes and dark circles in tear troughs – calling it the "Twilight Plasma Renewal" treatment. We have also seen impressive results in rejuvenating facial and neck wrinkles as well as improving the overall texture of the skin. 

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