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Vampire Facelift Doctor Reveals Her Secrets

The trendy treatment promises to give you a natural, youthful look. Here, the secrets behind it are revealed.
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All it takes is one hour. First, a syringe full of blood is drawn from your arm. It’s then placed in a centrifuge, which spins the blood and causes it to separate into parts. The doctor only needs the clear fluid or plasma and the buffy coat under it, which contains the platelets. While this 15-minute process is taking place, topical anesthesia is applied over your cheeks, eyes, neck, and forehead. After the needed platelets are extracted from the test tube into a syringe, they are injected back into the skin of the face or neck. These platelets contain bioactive proteins that replace, repair, and regenerate tissue.

“The injections cause a mild inflammation that signals healing,” says Dr. Giselle Lazaro, a dermatologist at the Makati Medical Center and managing director of Nu.U Asia Center, which offers the treatment. “As the platelets settle into the skin, they release enzymes to promote tissue regeneration and stem cell repair. The result? New collagen and younger, plumper, smoother skin.”

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The treatment diminishes wrinkles, tightens the neck and décolletage, and decreases scarring. This is the beauty of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy—since it uses your own body’s skin tissue instead of a synthetic product to improve overall skin texture, there is minimal risk and no possibility of rejection. The PRP therapy isn’t new in medical practice—it has been used in soft tissue injuries, wound care, and other orthopedic surgeries over the years. 

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More recently, however, it has become popular in aesthetic regeneration, allowing patients to produce new collagen in the facial areas, making it “the best alternative to fillers, Botox, and lasers,” shares Lazaro. “The treatment is safe for most people aged 25 to 80.” What should you consider before the treatment? A minimal amount of pain during the procedure and some swelling or bruising for a few days. They should also take into consideration the number of required sessions, anywhere from three to five sessions a year. Results are visible in two weeks after each treatment, when the wound healing and collagen induction are complete. Nu.U Asia Center for Dermatology, 32nd Street corner Fifth Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, 856.5013.


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More useful information on treatments and skincare from Dr. Giselle Lazaro

What is one thing we should avoid doing to our skin?
Popping your acne or taking out your blackheads and whiteheads yourself. Even though it may feel good to release the sebum and dirt, a lot of it just goes deeper and causes more inflammation that can lead to scarring. Remember, it’s easier to treat acne than a scar.

What beauty myths would you like to debunk?
There are quite a few. First, that the higher the SPF, the better the protection. Second, that lasers can make you look 20 years younger. Third, that shaving makes the hair grow back thicker. And fourth, that bathing in milk can help you have great skin. All of those are myths.

What do you consider the top five groundbreaking anti-aging treatments?
1. Discovery of neurotoxins (Botox and Dysport). 2. Hyaluronic acid (filler injections) instead of permanent silicone or collagen injections. 3. Using a light source and lasers for collagen stimulation and other indications. 4. Mesotherapy or injecting vitamins and amino acids into the dermis to melt fat, reduce cellulite, and stimulate elastic fibers and collagen. 5. Argireline. This peptide is marketed as "Botox in a cream" because of its apparent ability to temporarily prevent tensing of facial muscles and to give that instant filling in of lines and wrinkles.

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What sets your practice apart?
Nu.U Asia Center is committed to a no-pressure atmosphere where we partner with clients to achieve a rested, refreshed, and relaxed appearance. The improvements can be dramatic, yet subtle and natural-appearing. Our goal is for you to look better but not different.

Any tips for those “shopping” for treatments?
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Second, you get what you pay for. Third, always look for the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS) seal of excellence. This is to make sure that your doctor is guided by laws and principles and has undergone at least three years of training in accredited hospitals.

How do you see the future of dermatology?
It’s definitely a future geared toward general health and wellness and not just aesthetic beauty.

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