This seems like a really bad idea, but I’m not a physician, so who knows… but apparently, there’s a new cosmetic procedure that involves blood being pumped into one’s face. Delightful! Perhaps there’s something to the whole ‘Elizabeth Bathory’ hype; maybe you can stay young with the blood of virgins? Somehow, I doubt it’s that extreme, but either way, it seems more morbid than say, having the fat from your ass, injected into your lips, which is another cosmetic surgical procedure. This is slightly more gross, but it’s also kind of vampiric, and maybe even cannibalistic in a way? Nourishing yourself on blood or human tissue and body fluids is definitely the common definition for cannibalism, but I think since this is cosmetic, it might be a little different.
KLTV in East Texas, reports on and explains the ‘vampire facelift’ procedure:
It’s a new cosmetic procedure where people are actually having their own blood drawn out and putting it back into their face. It’s been dubbed by many as the “Vampire Facelift.” And no, you won’t grow fangs after the procedure.
“I think there’s certain people who just want their own body fluid and don’t want anything else,” said Dr. James R. Motlagh.
So, here’s how it works: Doctors take a tube of your blood and put it in a centrifuge. It’s then spun to separate the platelet-rich plasma. Doctors then take the fluid and inject it into your face to minimize wrinkles.
But, Dr. Motlagh says it doesn’t always work as planned, “For it to work–that has to rely on your immune system. Some people’s immune systems are better than others. Some people make more collagen than others, so, I think there’s going to be a discrepancy on how well this stuff works per individual.”
As of now, Botox and Juvederm are the two most popular fillers on the market, and 100% guaranteed to work, no matter what your immune system is like.
“We see their best pictures, we don’t see the average result for example. So, we’re not quite sure how well it works overall, where as with the off-the-shelf filler products, we know exactly how it works, Dr. Motlagh explained.
And while it is FDA approved, Dr. Motlagh says you still have to do your research, “You know, I think FDA approved has to be taken with caution. People still have to do their research. Don’t be the first on your block to try it. Go talk to people who have actually had it done and then make up your mind.
Dr. Motlagh says a Vampire Facelift can cost about $2000, and the results, if it works, last for about a year.”
Does that mean that it’s cheaper, and riskier to have your own blood injected into your face, than it is to have synthetic plumping and smoothing agents put in there? Ew. Hopefully, the FDA will let this one sit in the dust; it seems like a waste of money anyway, if the effects of it aren’t permanent. But at least the blood is yours. Having a stranger’s blood transferred to your face might be a little too weird, and too far to go for the sake of filling wrinkles and hiding flabby cheeks and jowls.