Vampire Facelift - Cool, Creepy or Crap? And More in the Weekly Round-up

Princess 19 on 4 Mar 2011 at 12:00am

The subject of plastic surgery dominated the headlines this week. From surgery obsession to new procedures, the news was everywhere. In this week’s Round-Up, let’s begin the topic everyone is obsessed talking about, the Vampire Facelift.

Everyone was all “a-Twitter” on Thursday over the New York Times article regarding the “Vampire Facelift,” also known as the “Vampire Filler.” But, before we get squeamish and conjure up images of Dr. Dracula hovering over us in the surgeon’s office, just relax.

The procedure, known as the Selphyl system, involves using one’s 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.

No biting involved.      

The new nickname is said to be a marketing gimmick to attract new patients and publicity. It’s working! The newfound attention is making people very curious.

Facelift Before and After Gallery on RealSelf

The Selphyl procedure has also been featured on The Doctors and The Rachel Ray Show with glowing reviews. Patients have claimed lasting results of up to two years. But, to some, the newfound fame does not solidify the results. Dr. Jeffrey M. Kenkel, a spokesman for Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety says, “There simply isn’t any objective data out there supporting the claim of two years.” Dr. Phil Haeck, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons also agrees. “There are no scientific studies, only personal attestations.”

With only 300 surgeons across the country practicing this new procedure, the jury is still out. But, this what we do know is the costs ranges from $900-$1500 and patients can be in and out in 30 minutes. Patients opt for this procedure to avoid using a toxin or synthetic filler. Results are said to be more natural looking due to the organic approach. Chalk one up for Team Edward (insert gratuitous Twilight comment here).

In other news...

  • a 26 year-old British woman has spent approximately $52,000 on plastic surgery procedures to look like her idol, UK popstar/model/TV host Jordan. She is in debt and her ex-boyfriends say she needs therapy. Brilliant. (The Daily Mail)
  • A new procedure called Ultherapy (rated on RealSelf with over 25 reviews) uses ultrasound to lift and tighten sagging skin. The goal, once again, is to produce collagen. Apparently, the technique is painful. But, then again, beauty is pain. (ABC 5 in Ohio)

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