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Who's Down for a Vampire Facelift?

Want to put your own blood to work to plump up your wrinkles? Here's how...

Squeamish? This may not be the procedure for you
A friend of mine just had a "vampire face lift." I was at once appalled and intrigued.

Turns out that this isn't some "Vampire Diaries" marketing ploy, it's a bona fide cosmetic procedure. One that's raising a lot of eyebrows -- and getting a surprising amount of good press/praise. (Yeah, it's the thing Kim Kardashian did before she was a mom)

Here's the deal. First off, it's not truly a "face lift." It's a line filler/plumper like Restylane or Juvederm only, here's the wrinkle, it's made from your own blood.

Still with me?

Step 1: A doctor extracts blood from his patient.
Step 2: He puts in into a centrifuge that works to separate the platelets from the red blood cells.
Step 3: He injects the resulting "platelet-rich fibrin matrix" into your face.
Ta-da.

The process, called Selphyl (cell-fill) is being used by more than 300 docs in the U.S. and some say that their patients prefer the concept of injecting their face with a "natural" substance (like their own blood) over something synthetic like the mainstream hyaluronic fillers that dominate the market. Plus, it's purported to last up to 24 months, much longer than the traditional fillers do.

The price tag? My friend coughed up $1,200, which is on par with a typical wrinkle-filling appointment with the derm.

What do you think? Would you ever dream of doing a procedure like this or is it just way too creepy?

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