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 medicine: all fans of the Vampire lift

"vampire lift"

This new rejuvenation technique based on blood injections is causing a lot of ink to flow across the Atlantic. What does this treatment consist of? Is it effective and safe? Investigation into this practice is happening in France.

What's this?

 Injections of “platelet-rich plasma” (PRP) given by a doctor to regenerate the skin and improve its texture.

"vampire lift"

This plasma is an "autologous" product, that is, it is taken from the patient by a simple blood test. Rich in growth factors, this concentrate is believed to activate cell renewal and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin fibers. Some American doctors would be fans of this biostimulation technique, even if there is, for the moment, no scientific study proving its “rejuvenating” effectiveness. Dr. Lisa Airan, a famous New York dermatologist, is thrilled: “We have injected PRP into hundreds of patients, either to treat acne scars or to change skin texture. The results are revolutionary. I had a session eight weeks ago and everyone tells me my skin looks younger. It is in the United States that the treatment was baptized "Vampire Lift": according to "The New York Times", a dermatologist has even registered this name, forcing his colleagues to pay him a handful of dollars each time they use it. A term that French doctors do not use and disapprove of. Especially since this regenerative technique does not "lift".


It begins with a blood test: the doctor, sometimes his nurse, fills two tubes of about 8 ml, the equivalent of a lambda sample in an analysis laboratory. The pro uses a disposable material, designed to collect and reinject safely. The tubes are placed in a centrifuge for five to six minutes to separate the plasma from other blood components. The doctor then collects it in a syringe and reinjects it everywhere, where it is needed, in the cheeks, temples, dark circles, oval, neck, and/or décolleté. And, to treat more pronounced wrinkles, it can also enrich the plasma with an enzyme that promotes blood clotting (autologous thrombin) to obtain a gel, a little thicker, and therefore more effective at "filling".

"vampire lift"

Depending on the technique (like small mesotherapy injections, filling, etc.), it is little or no pain. "It's bearable because it's short, fifteen to twenty minutes of injections," explains Noémie, who is in her second session. It's heating up and I'm red, but it fades in a few hours. And I know I'll be slightly bloated for a day. »Unlike what happens after injection of hyaluronic acid filler, the result is not immediately visible, but gradually sets in over the next three to six weeks, while the cells begin to work. . "I have more radiance, the skin is plumped and the features are smoother," says Noémie. Doctors recommend two or three sessions a month apart, then one or two a year for maintenance. Unless there are contraindications: facial cancer, blood, and autoimmune diseases, anticoagulant treatments, certain allergic conditions ... Hence the importance of the seriousness of the initial consultation.


In France as in the United States, the technique is not new: orthopedists and sports doctors have used it for years to treat tendon injuries. And PRP injections accelerate the healing of chronic wounds. Many specialties are testing their benefits: cardiac surgery, dental implantology, rheumatology (treatment of osteoarthritis). Some are studying its interest in improving the outcome of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, in addition to hair implants, fat grafts, and to treat hypertrophic scars (the ugly marks in volume). No doubt about it: when we inject plasma rich in growth factors locally, something happens. It remains to be seen precisely what in anti-aging medicine.


"Cell therapy is the future," enthuses Professor Guy Magalon, a plastic surgeon at Marseille University Hospital. We use a product that comes from the patient, without preservatives. I'm sure this will replace a lot of devices in use today in a few years. Before that, you have to study. "The technique, although not widely practiced, has already won over French doctors. "It is stimulating for the skin, there are no annoying consequences, and it can be a good solution for people n those who do not want hyaluronic acid injections, "agrees Dr. Sandrine Sebban. Even if it doesn't fill the wrinkles. "Patients are very keen to be treated with natural substances," confirms dermatologist Dr. Patrick Brun. We know that PRP injections trigger a biological activity, that they act on all the constituents of the skin. You can see that there is something changed in the face, but it is difficult to measure. "

"vampire lift"

The real downside? Since no one has the same concentration of platelets, the doctor cannot predict the degree of improvement - it depends on the patient's cells, which may respond a little, a lot, or not at all to injections of their own plasma.


Because we have no hindsight on the use of this protocol in aesthetics. “This is a line of research. There is no scientific evidence proving that it regenerates the skin ", considers Dr. Patrick Bui, cosmetic surgeon. “What is the real rejuvenating effect? For this to be effective, should a plasma be reinjected that is 2, 4, 6, or 8 times more concentrated in platelets than blood? »Asks Professor Magalon. At the moment, the technique is not at all standardized. “It's interesting in theory, but there are so many new techniques that have proven to be meaningless, even risky. This has to be validated, observes Dr. Thierry Michaud, dermatologist. It is not enough for me to say that this is great and that it works! Another major obstacle: the implementation is complicated. "This must be done under very good hygienic conditions, in a sanitized room," Dr. Sebban insists. We are handling blood, we must be careful. "Even reluctance to Dr. Véronique Gassia, a dermatologist:" We do not just take blood, we reinject it. You have to be well organized, to be assisted by a nurse for the blood test ...