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Vampire Facelift

09Feb

Doctor’s medical assistant says, “Mrs. Jones, the Doctor is ready to suck your blood.  Well not exactly, but they will draw your blood.  There has been media frenzy in Tampa regarding the “Vampire Facelift.”  If movies like Twilight, Vampire Diaries, and television show, Being Human, weren’t so hot, the Vampire Facelift would probably be called something else.  Maybe the “Au Naturale Facelift”, or the “Your Own Facelift”.  Who knows but it would be something.

 The question everyone should be asking, “Is this safe and how long does it last?”  I have heard several physicians say they like the idea as it is “your own tissue so it’s natural”.  Well guess what, there are a lot of things in our bodies and in the world that are natural; natural doesn’t mean safe!!!

So, the Vampire Facelift is your own blood that is spun down to mostly contain the platelets.  Platelets are made by bone marrow and are part of the blood responsible for clotting.  Now, it’s been awhile since I was in school learning about all the different parts of the blood, so I decided to look it up. 

One of the reasons the Vampire Facelift is supposedly good because it has growth factors that help the body regenerate its own tissue.  When I went to look up platelets, I found that they have very little growth factor naturally, hence why the platelets are “enriched” with this product from a company called Selphyl.  Selphyl has a process that enriches the patient’s platelets with growth factors, therefore in theory, causing the tissue to regenerate its own collagen.  I was unable to find out exactly what Selphyl contains.  Only information I could get was a “proprietary blend”.  If I don’t know what a substance is or where it came from, I certainly don’t want it injected into my body….especially my face!!

 There’s a lot of research being done in regenerative medicine, but it’s not quite there yet.  As far as I can tell, Selphyl does not have an FDA approval.  The FDA is taking their time giving approvals for regenerative products.  At this time, we don’t know if you enrich a patient’s tissue (blood, platelets, and fat) and inject back into the body, if it is safe LONG term.  LONG term meaning does it cause cancer in 5 or 10 years.

Think about it, there are drugs, therapies, etc. that are pulled off the market routinely because the LONG term studies show it not to be safe.  The Vampire Facelift falls into the category of “we think it’s safe, but we don’t know.”

My best recommendation is to WAIT.  There are many, many dermal fillers that have been injected into millions of patients and we know they are SAFE!  Such fillers as Restylane®, Perlane®, and Juvéderm® are hyaluronic acid and are great for filling in moderate to severe wrinkles and folds.  Hyaluronic acid in the skin is what makes a babies face look so plump.  As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid production decreases.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE new products and technologies.  Dr. Aguiar and I are kind of “junkies” in this field.  However, we are take the “wait and see” approach.  Dr. Aguiar attends meetings, conferences, and webinars frequently.  As a matter of fact, he is attending a conference this week to learn more about regenerative medicine and see what the newest research as shown.

So I ask all of our wonderful clients and future clients to WAIT or choose a safe dermal filler.  I personally get dermal filler frequently and I would not have this procedure done at this time.

 Stay tuned for more and stay SAFE.  Feel free to leave comments.  I’d love to know what you are thinking.  :-)

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