Bram Stoker may have immortalized the romantic notion of vampires in his controversial novel Dracula, but the concept of ever-lasting youth and beauty has been a sought-after goal for centuries. From quests to find the Holy Grail to expeditions to locate the fountain of youth, the search for immortality has driven men and women to madness.
The case of Countess Erzsbet Bathory comes to mind. It is claimed that she killed over 650 virgin servant girls, bathing in their blood, believing that it would keep her young and beautiful. If Hungary's 'Bloody Countess' were alive today, she would be sitting in her physician's waiting room for the Vampire Facelift procedure.
While we now know that blood has very little value as a topical treatment, we have learned that the key to a youthful appearance exists in our own blood. The Vampire Facelift is a three-step, non-surgical, non-invasive procedure, which begins with injections of a hyaluronic filler, Selphyl,which is closely related to Restylane and Juvaderm. This filler is massaged into pleasing shapes, contouring and erasing areas with fine lines and wrinkles. Then, the physician takes as little as two teaspoons of your own blood to be spun down, separating the red blood cells from the platelets. This platelet-rich plasma is activated to release the naturally occurring growth factors and peptides produced by the body to heal injuries. This new serum, created from your own blood, is then injected back into areas of the face that have begun to lose adipose (fatty) support tissue.
The results are a fuller, more youthful appearance. The procedure takes less than an hour and there is very little down time.There is no risk of allergic reactions, because the active ingredients are harvested from your own blood. The results last for up to two years for most patients.
Perhaps Bram Stoker knew more than he let on when he penned the words, 'the blood is the life.' The quest for immortal beauty may end with our own blood. The Vampire Facelift is one of many procedures coming to light which utilize the body's own properties of regeneration and healing to fight the signs of aging.