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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.

Women are ironing out wrinkles and rejuvenating their skin with injections of their own blood

Women are ironing out wrinkles and rejuvenating their skin with injections of their own blood

The procedure has had impressive results in America and is now being offered by clinics in the UK.

Taimur Shoaib, a consultant plastic surgeon who offers the treatment in three £400 ($625) 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.

He said: “It can rejuvenate and repair skin that has environmental damage. It’s good for skin that has been damaged by the sun or smoking and that is dry and damaged and wrinkled. This appeals to people because it’s a natural product.”

At Bassim Matti’s clinic in Harley Street, 28 patients have had the treatment paying £1,500 ($2,350) for a series of injections covering the face.

Reza Nassab, a registrar in plastic surgery at the clinic, said after six months 60% of the patients were still very satisfied with the results.

He said 40% did not see much of an effect, but staff were hoping to improve the results by changing the concentration of the platelets.

Reza Nassab said: “This treatment is called PRP or platelet rich plasma, but people call it the Vampire facelift. The platelets have growth factors within them. When they are injected into the face, the growth factors are thought to stimulate collagen and other things which help to rejuvenate and regenerate the skin.”

Platelet transfusions have long been used in reconstructive surgery, but this is their first use as a cosmetic treatment.

In experiments on rats injected with platelets, scientists found high concentrations increased the number of collagen fibres in their skin and improved skin quality.

Reza Nassab, who presented the results at the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons scientific meeting in London, said he believed it worked the same way in humans.

He said: “It’s using your own blood, a technique which has been used in medicine for a long time, to give your skin a boost.”

 

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Andie MacDowell celebrated her 54th birthday last month, but she certainly looks younger than her years.

In fact, Andie MacDowell seems to be getting younger every day.

And now it has been suggested that she may be attempting to turn back the clock – just like in her hit movie Groundhog Day.

Celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn, who has not treated the star, told Radar Online: “Andie looks like she’s used her Green Card for plastic surgery.”

Dr. Anthony Youn suggested Andie MacDowell may have had fillers in her face to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

He explained: “It appears that she’s undergone significant plumping and softening of her cheeks, likely by injections of her own fat.”

Adding: “Her forehead also looks relaxed, an appearance consistent with Botox injections. Her upper lip is also plump, causing her smile to look a bit Julia Roberts-esque.”

Andie MacDowell celebrated her 54th birthday last month, but she certainly looks younger than her years

Andie MacDowell celebrated her 54th birthday last month, but she certainly looks younger than her years

Andie MacDowell has not admitted to plastic surgery, but said when quizzed by Hello! magazine back in November: “I don’t judge anyone for what they do.

“But that said I have also known people who have had it done expecting it to change them and make them happy. Cutting a bit off this or that is not going to change the way you feel inside.”

Andie MacDowell was in Cannes for the International Film Festival last week.

And her fresh-faced look was only further enhanced when she posed up with her 17-year-old daughter Sarah on the red carpet at the event’s closing ceremony on Sunday.

Andie MacDowell wore a pale Giorgio Armani strapless, draped gown, while her daughter turned heads in a stunning Elie Saab design.

Sarah is Andie MacDowell’s youngest child with her first husband Paul Qualley; the former couple also have a son Justin, born in 1986, and a 22-year-old daughter Rainey, who was named as Miss Golden Globe 2012.

Andie MacDowell is currently starring in comedy Jane by Design, in which she plays a world-famous fashion designer.

 

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Sarah Burge, a mother-of-three dubbed the “Human Barbie” because of her obsession with plastic surgery, has been slammed by chat show host Anderson Cooper after she revealed she is giving her teenage daughter Botox injections.

Anderson Cooper was forced to cut a TV interview with Sarah Burge shortly after she justified giving her teenage daughter Botox injections.

“I would prefer to oversee my daughter’s Botox than have her going underground finding a voodoo witchdoctor or getting it off the internet and administrating it herself,” Sarah Burge said defiantly.

But appalled by her behavior, Anderson Cooper shook his head in disbelief stating: “I try and to be really polite to all my guests.

“I just think you’re dreadful and I honestly don’t want to talk to you anymore, so I’m just going to stop.”

Sarah Burge, 51, a self-confessed plastic surgery addict recently relocated from UK to the US to launch her eight-year-old Poppy as a child beauty pageant star, believing she could give the stars of the controversial show Toddlers & Tiaras a run for their money.

However, her insistence on teaching her young daughters to pole dance, giving them vouchers to spend on plastic surgery and throwing them Botox parties is proving unpopular on both sides of the Atlantic.

Following the show Anderson Cooper added: “I regret having here on in the first place.

“I think encouraging her little daughter to pole dance and giving her plastic surgery vouchers and then telling the media about it…

“I wish her the best, I certainly don’t want to be rude to anybody.”

“Human Barbie” Sarah Burge has been slammed by Anderson Cooper after she revealed she is giving her teenage daughter Botox injections

“Human Barbie” Sarah Burge has been slammed by Anderson Cooper after she revealed she is giving her teenage daughter Botox injections

Sarah Burge has spent more than $800,000 on her own surgical enhancements and she has been in the spotlight numerous times – for all the wrong reasons.

 

 

[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]After almost three months from Charla Nash face transplant Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Boston, released a picture of her new visage on Thursday, August 11.

 

While the postoperative swellings and bruises vanished, Charla, who was photographed in the hospital bed looks  spectacularly different. She has a new nose, new lips, new palate and new skin. Charla is now able to eat solid food. She can breathe through her nose and even she can smell and taste the food.

Charla Nash face transplant three views

Charla Nash face transplant three views before and after attack and after the transplant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Bohdan Pomahac, director of the BWH Plastic Surgery Transplantation Program, is satisfied with recovery progress. He led the team that gave Charla a new appearance. Over  thirty physicians, plastic surgery doctors, orthopedists, anesthesiologists and nurses contributed to the full face transplant procedure which was performed on May this year.

In 2009 Charla Nash suffered terrible injuries after Sandra Herold’s 200-pound (91 kg) pet chimpanzee, Travis, attacked her. It ripped her lips, nose and eyes and it tore her hands making her defaced and blind.

Since then, Charla covered her disfigured face with a hat and a veil, but she unveiled on a November 2009 episode of “Oprah”. She could not eat any but liquid food, she was not able to breathe through her nose, she could not smell or taste food.

Charla Nash face transplant replaced her entire facial area (nose, lips, facial skin, muscles, and nerves) and it took over twenty hours. She underwent face and double hand transplant at the same time. After the surgery she developed kidney failure and pneumonia and that affected blood circulation to the hands. The hands became septic and they had to be removed.

Charla and her family expressed their gratitude  for the medical team, for anonymous female donor and her family, they also thanked the doctors at the Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, where she was treated after the attack, and at the Cleveland Clinic, where she was admitted for the long rehabilitation program.

Charla Nash face transplant is the third full face transplantation performed by plastic surgery doctors from BWH and it is also the third operation of this kind in US.

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The first world full face transplantation was done in Spain in 2010 and it is the second time when face and double hand transplant were done simultaneously. The first one was in France in 2009, but the patient died in 2010.

Photos credits from left to right: Courtesy of the Nash family, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, by Lightchaser Photography