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Saturday, July 17, 2010
Vampire facelifts: Cosmetic surgery's crazy new trend.
Salon talked to Dr. Anthony Youn, a cosmetic surgeon who happens to be a favorite of the Rachel Ray show, to ask how the facelift works and whether it's a good idea.
So what exactly is a vampire facelift?
Does it have a different effect than other injections, like say, making you sparkle in the sun or thirst for human blood?
Alas, it won't make your face immortal or make your skin paler or anything like that. But it is different from what we've been doing. When we first started using injectables, in the 80s and 90s, we mostly used collagen. The problem with that was skin testing -- you can have horrible allergic reactions to collagen, so the process for getting an injection was longer. More recently, we started using hyaluronic acid, which is similar to collagen but lasts longer. But it's made from synthetic ingredients -- rooster comb and cow, stuff like that. The other thing we can do is fat grafting, but that's a more invasive surgical procedure. What's interesting about the Sephyl is that it's all your own tissue, so it eliminates the allergic reaction problem.
Is it cheaper than a regular injection?
What kind of longevity will it have? Is it just a Twilight-fueled novelty?
Well, patients aren't really asking for it. It's very new. It's more of a sensationalist thing. Not a lot of people doing it. Is it going to really last? It's a tough one. I don't really see it making a dent in the longterm. This may be just a vampire craze, but for people that are hesitant to have something synthetic injected, it may actually last. Probably the procedure will last longer than its nickname. I mean, the fat injection isn't called the blob facelift.