POSTED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 8:12pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 8:13pm
NBC NEWS — Plastic surgery patients are gushing over what's been dubbed the "vampire facelift."
It's not really surgery, but a dermal plumping system named Selphyl.
It gets its ghoulish nickname because blood is "sucked" or, rather, drawn, from the arm. Doctors separate the blood's platelets and fibrin, then reinject the resulting mixture into the face.
The procedure can take a bite out of your wallet, costing around a $1,000 dollars.
Some experts say there's not enough independent research into Selphyl, and warn against throwing money into this fountain of youth.
Dr. Phil Haeck, President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons states, “There is no long-term study to show that it will plump your face for as long as fat or injectable filler substances."
Still, doctors who perform the procedure say Selphyl is less likely to cause lumps and bumps associated with some fillers.
Also, patients say they're drawn to the fact that they're using their own blood, rather than a toxin or other synthetic.
Some patients have seen results from Selphyl for as long as 15 months after their procedure.