Okay, so the Vampire Face-Lift has nothing to do with the Twilight books or movies but you can’t deny that anything dealing with vampires is pretty cool. Although they lack that sun kissed look, vampires are known for remaining forever young. The power to turn back the hands of time has resulted in tons of treatments and procedures appearing on the market. Selphyl or the “Vampire Face-Lift” is the latest in the new generation of anti-aging treatments that’s finding favor with those who have tried it.
So why the odd nickname? The answer is the main factor that this anti-aging treatment revolves around: blood. The practice involves using a patient’s own blood as a dermal filler, which is supposed to “plump” up and fill in fine lines and deep wrinkles that appear as a result of the natural aging process. Known as a form of facial restructuring, the process is considered to be both non surgical and non invasive - a major plus for those who have done it or are considering it. What makes Selphyl effective is the treatment’s ability to separate the fibrin and platelets in a person’s blood to create a thickened concentrated form, which is then used to stimulate and activate the new growth of skin cells.
After being injected into the skin, the concentrate goes to work, resulting in better, stronger collagen levels. Additionally, the Selphyl treatment produces a special protein once injected, which also aides in the creation and activation of new skin cell growth. Aside from treating fine lines and wrinkles, the Vampire Face-Lift is also ideal for remedying acne scars, plumping laugh/frown lines around the mouth, filling in pock marks, skin divots and creating the appearance of plumpness in individuals with naturally hollow cheeks. Complete results typically appear after 2-3 weeks and last for several weeks.
The great thing about the Selphyl process is that it is FDA approved but can only be administered by trained providers within Europe and the United States. In terms of who is eligible, those currently on medication (aspirin regimens, herbal treatments, certain vitamins, blood thinning products), dealing with blood clotting issues or who are treating infections should not consider the Vampire Face-Lift. Otherwise, this procedure is open to virtually any candidate of any ethnicity. As far as risks go, opting for this anti-aging treatment could involve possible infection but this is rare. In general, Selphyl is considered much safer compared to traditional dermal filler methods. It is normal for patients to experience bruising, slight itching and mild swelling of the treated area(s) one or two days after receiving treatment. The recovery period is relatively easy and only requires over-the-counter pain medication if the patient experiences any discomfort due to the side effects mentioned.
Unfortunately, insurance companies consider the Vampire Face-Lift a cosmetic procedure and do not offer coverage for this service. However, financing is usually available through the provider. The cost for this anti-aging treatment ranges between $850-$1,200.
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