Vampire BreastLift: Is Blood the Secret to a Bigger Bust? (Not So Fast…)
Jager Weatherby on 31 Oct 2014 at 4:00pm
By now, we’re all aware of the Vampire FaceLift (thanks, Kim Kardashian!), but what about the Vampire BreastLift? Is this minimally-invasive procedure the next trend in aesthetics?
According to the procedure’s website, the Vampire FaceLift uses blood-derived growth factors to treat wrinkles and rejuvenate the face. The treatment starts with blood being drawn, which is then separated into platelet-rich plasma (otherwise known as PRP). The platelets are combined with a calcium chloride solution to release their growth factors, as well as small amounts of injectable fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm. Once the ingredients have been mixed, the PRP is injected into the face, which supposedly activates stem cells to grow new tissue. “This new tissue includes new collagen, new fatty tissue for smoothness, and new blood vessels for a healthy grow,” the company writes.
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The same principle of the facelift has now been applied to the world of breast augmentation. The company claims that PRP’s ability to create new fatty tissue can increase the size and shape of the breast without invasive surgery. The effects of the procedure supposedly improve for two to three months, with final results lasting up to two years.
Our blood being the secret to bigger breasts seems just too good to be true, so of course, we had to do some research. To get to the bottom of the unbelievable claims, we turned to Virginia plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Centeno to shed some light on this procedure.
“Honestly, I hadn’t heard about the Vampire BreastLift until you mentioned it,” the board-certified surgeon told us. “Interesting ideas, but it’s very premature and potentially illegal to market this procedure. The use of PRP is only FDA-approved as an aid to tissue healing, and I’m unaware of any peer-reviewed journal articles or scientific evidence [backing up these claims].”
While Dr. Centeno acknowledges that PRP can speed up healing, reduce bruising, and possibly stimulate tissue growth, he warns of the potentially dangerous effects. “There’s the chance that PRP could stimulate certain cells in the breast to change their biologic behavior. We just don’t know. With 1 in 8 women expected to develop breast cancer in their lifetime, what is the safety of injecting growth factor into a woman’s breast tissue?”
On top of all the unanswered questions (How safe is it? Is the result reliable? Who’s the appropriate candidate?), Dr. Centeno brings up another suspicious fact. “In my review of the providers on the website, I didn’t find one nationally recognized, credible, board-certified plastic surgeon advocating this treatment. Virtually all the providers are non-core physicians with certifications that aren’t recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialities. From my standpoint, this is a truly scary development.” This observation is indeed alarming: The list of Vampire BreastLift providers include dental practices, weight loss clinics, pain relief specialists, and medical centers focused solely on the sexual concerns of men.
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Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen cosmetic procedures being offered by people who are unqualified to perform them. As we always stress here at RealSelf, the decision to undergo any procedure should be taken seriously. The process should involve a great deal of research and the careful and thoughtful selection of an experienced, board-certified doctor. When your life and permanent outcomes hang in the balance, it’s best to apply a similar level of seriousness, thought, and diligence during the search and selection of your doctor and procedure.
Here are a few tools to help you out:
10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Picking a Plastic Surgeon
Stem Cell Rejuvenation: Biggest Claim on the Year
Plastic Surgery Financing: Everything You Need to Know