The “Vampire Face-Lift” is also known as a procedure called Selphyl. It is an in office procedure that requires the patient have blood drawn from their arm and put into a centrifuge. The centrifuge then separates the platelets from the rest of the blood. The platelets are then injected into the face in the hopes that it will stimulate collagen production in the areas which are prone to wrinkling. This procedure is known as the “Vampire Face Lift” because of the way that it uses the patient’s own blood to make their face look younger and fuller.
Many patients prefer the Selphyl treatment because of they like the idea of using their own blood for a face lift rather than an artificial filler or neurotoxin. Although this procedure has been around since 2009 and over 300 doctors perform it, Selphyl has not been proven to actually stimulate collagen growth. The procedure, however, has still been featured on many shows and remains a hopeful candidate for more research as a possible procedure to replace the artificial anti-aging procedures used most commonly today. Many doctors believe that using natural materials for a face-lift can reduce the risk of bumps or other types of irregularities that artificial face-lifts can.
Even though the idea of a natural face-lift material is attractive, the Selphyl procedure has not been cleared with the FDA, even though there are certain doctors that have been rumored to claim that it has. People continue to pay 900-1,500 dollars for a half hour procedure that has no proven results. The lack of solid evidence on the Selphyl method, however, has not stopped doctors from claiming that it can reduce the visibility of early and mild signs of aging.
For now, the procedure is mostly used for people who are afraid to use neurotoxins like Botox and do not wish to go through a surgical procedure such as a fat transfer. The risks are incredibly minimal and the procedure is not invasive. Often Selphyl is paired with another face-lift procedure, so it is not entirely clear which procedure is actually doing the work. While the idea of Selphyl is a good one, there is still some research and science that still needs to happen before it becomes the next big beauty procedure.