June 22nd, 2012 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD
Many cosmetic plastic surgery patients have been inquiring about the “Vampire Facelift” more out of curiosity than anything else. Recently Dr. Delgado published a Press Release to clear up misconceptions as to what it is and what it is not. You can see the entire article here.
Basically some doctors are using a patient’s own blood that has been separated by a centrifuge and mixed with calcium chloride that makes a gel like substance and then used as an injectible filler to increase volume of the face. Orthopedic doctors have been using this substance for years for the purpose of tissue repair. To date the aesthetic use as facial filler has not been FDA approved. Doctors that are using it for this purpose are using it “off label”.
With the popularity of vampire books and movies, the name “vampire facelift” gets a lot of attention. A doctor actually trademarked the name and claims it is how he does the procedure, not the actual filler itself.
It is claimed that the filler can last up to 18 months. Dr. Delgado prefers using a patient’s own fat when possible and for many, the volume has decreased very little over several years. Dr. Delgado states, “We must separate marketing from real medicine”.