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Vampire facelifts aren't as scary as they sound

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A procedure developed about 8 years ago is gaining popularity, it's called the vampire facelift.

But instead of using someone else's blood this facial treatment uses your own, for a relatively pain-free beauty upgrade.

The theory behind the vampire facelift is actually not as scary as it sounds.

Doctors say to explain think about what happens when we get a cut.

"You get a scab, eventually that scab goes away; and the skin heals. Well the first step in the process is the body sends platelets there and those platelets turn on proteins,” Dr. Kevin Aister said.

Those proteins, in turn, activate stem cells which begin the healing process.

"When these platelets are put in and activated, they're turning on dormant stem cells to rejuvenate the tissues,” Aister said.

The procedure made popular by celebs like Kim Kardashian and Bar Rafaelli begins with a single vile of the patient's blood.

The sample is put into a centrifuge where the plasma is separated and prepared in individual doses.

"Typically anywhere from 5 to 6 cc or ml's of volume is placed throughout the face - from the lower eye area down to the chin area,” Aister said.

The office visit is short, only about 45 minutes.

The results take a little longer; about three weeks.

That's when they begin to see and feel the difference their own body is able to produce.

"Younger skin if you look at a baby's skin, it reflects light really well, because it really hydrated, it's very smooth. That's what we're talking about that youthful looking appearance,” Aister said.

Aister says to expect to pay a minimum of $1,500 for the vampire facelift.

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