Vampire Facelift®: Cosmetic Surgery Procedure Uses Patients’ Blood

Vampires are known for having pale skin and an anemic pallor, so the idea of a “Vampire Facelift®” sounds bloody awful, doesn’t it?

Maybe, but a technique known colloquially by that name is starting to suck up attention and take a bite out of other forms of facial rejuvenation.

The technique — actually a series of techniques — was invented by Alabama-based Dr. Charles Runels, and requires a doctor — not Count Dracula — begins the procedure by drawing a vial of blood from the patient. That blood is put into a centrifuge to separate out the platelet-rich plasma, or “PRP,” which is then injected back into parts of the patient’s face.

According to Dr. Jack Berdy, a New York-based doctor of aesthetic medicine who has been doing the so-called “Vampire Facelift” for a year, the plasma fills volume in the face, but also stimulates the body to produce more collagen and elastin.

It also only takes 30 minutes in a doctor’s office. The downside? Well, it’s on the high-end of facial rejuvenation injections because, compared to other facial injections, it is more physician-dependent.

Oh, and there’s the blood-drawing part.

“It makes some patients queasy,” Berdy told HuffPost Weird News. “Some patients can handle being injected, but faint when blood is drawn.”

However, patients like 51-year-old Nancy Chira say the Vampire Facelift®, despite the spooky name, is allowing them a chance to look better without going through a recovery process that requires them to look like a mummy.

“I don’t have to scare my kids by looking scary,” she told Fox News. “They won’t really know know and, hopefully, it improves over time.”

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