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.