Injecting your own blood could be an alternative to Botox
Thinking about a facelift but can’t bear the idea of Botox or plastic surgery? The answer could be coursing through your veins.
Women are ironing out wrinkles and rejuvenating their skin with injections of their own blood.
The procedure – dubbed the ‘vampire facelift’ – involves taking a blood sample from the patient’s arm and putting it through a machine which separates out the platelets.
These are tiny fragments of cells which circulate in the blood and are filled with hormones and proteins.
They are responsible for making the blood clot when we get a cut or bruise. But also at high concentrations they are thought to stimulate the skin to repair itself. These platelets are then injected into the face.
The procedure has had impressive results in America and is now being offered by clinics in Britain.
Taimur Shoaib, a consultant plastic surgeon who offers the treatment in three £400 sessions at his clinic La Belle Forme in Edinburgh, has performed the procedure on several hundred men and women since launching it earlier this year.
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