A new procedure is gaining popularity among cosmetic surgeons across the United States. Selphyl treatments, which do not involve surgery and can be easily administered in-office in a matter of minutes, may be an effective way to restore a youthful glow to patients who are interested in a fuller, smoother face.

The treatment has acquired some interesting nicknames such as “Vampire Facelift” and “Vampire Filler”, owing to the fact that it’s derived from the patient’s own blood supply. Selphyl treatments are prepared by drawing blood from a patient’s arm, filtering out the blood’s platelets using a centrifuge, then injecting the extracted platelets into strategic areas of the patient’s face. According to some doctors, the platelets can stimulate collagen production which brightens and smooths facial features naturally for more than a year.

While the procedure has been promoted on television’s “Doctors” and “The Rachel Ray Show” as well as mentioned in a handful of local news broadcasts, its efficacy remains cast in a shroud of uncertainty. The president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Phil Haeck, expressed concern about the lack of clinical research associated with Seplhyl.

“There are no scientific studies,” said Dr. Haeck, “only personal attestations.”

So far the FDA has refused to approve Selphyl as a facial rejuvenation treatment. The market for “Vampire Filler” continues to grow, however, and with treatments ranging from around $900 – $1,200 more and more cosmetic surgeons are eagerly embracing the new trend.

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