Last night channel 7 news aired a story on the ‘Vampire Facelift’, and Dr. Gavin Chan from The Victorian Cosmetic Institute discusses the treatment as well as demonstrates it on a patient. The after result is seen 3 weeks later, with the patient claiming that she is ‘thrilled with the results’.
The ‘Vampire Facelift’ is actually a procedure that uses the healing properties in your own blood (and not someone elses like a Vampire would!) to help rejuvenate the skin and face. Specifically, it relies on the platelets in the blood to help repair and rejuvenate the skin. Platelets natural purpose in the body is to clot any bleeding, and then release growth factors to help heal the wound. By extracting the platelets from blood and reinjecting them in the face, it is possible that the release of growth factors from the platelets helps the skin to regenerate. The same procedure has also been used to help heal injured athletes by injecting the platelets into the injured area, for example in the knee joint.