New York: Doctors have come up with an innovative albeit a bit macabre way of treating wrinkles – vampire fillers.
It is exactly what it sounds like – sucking the blood from a person’s body but there’s more – the same blood is then pumped back into the face to treat fine lines and wrinkles.
Dubbed the ‘Vampire Filler,’ the technique of using uses patient’s own blood as a cosmetic filler is being used as a "natural" alternative to treatments like Juvederm or Restylane, according to a news daily.
"We are harnessing the body’s natural regenerative powers by extracting the patient’s blood, and using it as a filler to plump up and heal tired and ageing skin," a news daily quoted Dr. Julio F. Gallo of the Miami Institute of Age Management and Intervention as saying.
But further studies are needed to test its effectiveness, says Dr. Doris Day, an aesthetic dermatologist and attending physician at Lenox Hill Hospital.
As for the fact that the ‘vampire filler’ doesn’t cause allergies, she said that’s not possible; it’s just that the allergy rate with conventional cosmetic fillers is under 1pc.
Dr. David Avram, a dermatologist at Long Island College Hospital that it takes about three months for the ‘vampire’ filler to work.
"I would not have patients rush into having this done yet since we already have fillers that work very well and that we know are safe,” he said.