Kim Kardashian Gets 'The Vampire Facelift' On 'Kourtney & Kim Take Miami'

A. Foley on 11 Mar 2013 at 12:00am

All the details on Kim's bloody facial. 

For Kim Kardashian, beauty literally is pain -- and blood.

The 32-year-old let Kourtney and Kim Take Miami viewers in on a not-so-glamorous beauty secret: the Vampire Facelift. The March 10th episode showed Kim being splattered with her own blood in hopes to achieve a younger look.

The procedure, known as the Selphyl system, involves using your own blood. It’s drawn and centrifuged to separate the platelets. These platelets are then injected into the face with the hopes of stimulating the production of collagen – which in turn may smooth out existing wrinkles.

Now, when we first heard about the procedure, we were taken aback. The idea of injecting your own blood and an additive called Selphyl into your facial skin seemed strange. 

So can it really erase your wrinkles?

When asked in our Vampire Lift Q & A section, Dr. Sofia Rubbani wrote that it can--  just like Juvaderm or Restylane for a few weeks, at least. 

"It works by temporarily plumping up lines, much like its older cousins Juvederm and Restylane. But unlike the competition, Selphyl uses the patient's own blood to do the plumping.You see an immediate difference with a slight decrease intially in the next four days or so, then over three to four weeks you see the full plumping results; as the body's platelets and growth factors stimulate the production of collagen and improve the volume and texture of the skin," Dr. Rubbani commented. 

However, Dr. Rod Rohrich chimed in, mentioning there is no scientific proof that the procedure can have long-lasting effects.

"First of all, there is no such thing as a “vampire facelift”. There is a product that can be used which is mixed with your own blood as a platelet rich plasma to be injected into the area of wrinkles to help enhance or soften these wrinkles. However, it has not been scientifically shown to have any long term effects. What does work more effectively is when you use a technology such as Harvest Technology which is platelet rich and platelet poor plasma preparation which uses a patient’s own blood as an internal glue. It is used only to reduce bruising and swelling in my facelift procedure. By and large, the vampire facelift is another marketing misadventure with no scientific basis," he wrote. 

With an average price tag of $975, community members who have undergone the procedure have been reviewing it here. 

What do you think? Would you consider this procedure to erase your wrinkles? Join the conversation in the comments section below.

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Whether its money or beauty, it seems some people never have enough of it to feel happy and satisfied. Is she so insecure about her looks? Does she have nothing else in her life to occupy her time? I wonder how she will cope when she reaches a point in her life when there is nothing left to lift, cut or fill. I read somewhere that the Vampire lift is just another hyped up procedure that does not deliver the promises it makes and I wonder if Kim was offered this procedure to promote the product or if she elected for it herself. If its the former, then they chose their candidate well as there really is nothing to improve. My tuppence worth for 2day.
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She is pregnant right? Is this recommended for a pregnant woman? Looks pretty agonizing, to be honest. Not to mention GROSS.
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It's her own blood. So, it's safe. Hundred's of thousands of cases or use of blood derived growth factors in multiple treatments (oral surgery, orthopedics, cosmetic)--never a serious side effect ever. And is your own blood more "gross" than something made in a factory from and shipped in a bottle? What's pumping around in your body now...it's the most natural thing you could use. For something really interesting...check out OShot.info shows the use of the same growth factors to help with stress incontinence and sexual dysfunction in women.
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Not that using one's own blood is gross, but it "looks" gross in the photograph.
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I tried it, the results are great! It is not some big lump like restyline or perlane leaves it smooths and fills the area more naturally and contrary to what you Dr.s say, it works! They just need to call it something else like: "Platelet filler"
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