Plano Aesthetics - Vampire Facelift
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Male News Anchor: About two months ago, we showed you the vampire facelift. It's exactly what it sounds like. Doctors use the patient's own blood, and re-pump and rejuvenate the face.
Female News Anchor: We showed you the before and during, now let's take a look at the after. Health care reporter, Barry Carpenter is live with more on this. How does she look?
Barry Carpenter: Sounds kind of scary, doesn't it?
Male News Anchor: It does.
Barry Carpenter: Withdrawing and then re-injecting the patient's own blood. Doctors call it regenerative medicine, others call it the vampire facelift. Whatever you want to call it, Lona Dion decided to give it a try, and now, two months later, she may have found her fountain of youth.
Barry Carpenter: Lona Dion looked in the mirror one day and decided she wanted to look like she did just a few years ago. The former model knew she didn't want facial fillers, Botox, or anything that might make her look fake.
Lona Dion: At this point in my life I'm just wanting to look a little bit younger.
Dr. Caruth: Little stick right here, sweetie.
Barry Carpenter: So she turned to Dr. Jeffrey Caruth, who performed a vampire facelift. Her blood was drawn, then spun down to separate the blood from plasma. The plasma is activated with a calcium product and then re-injected to remove fine lines and wrinkles.
This is Lona today. It took eight weeks, but now she's in full bloom again.
Lona Dion: I woke up that day, and I looked in the mirror, and I thought, "Okay, now I'm 100%."
Barry Carpenter: Lona says the fine lines above her lip are gone and the skin under her eyes is now plump. A friend commented that she looked like she did when they first met, which was 10 years ago. Another friend, Carolyn Lee Jones wondered what Lona had gotten herself into, but not anymore.
Carolyn Lee Jon: The thing that I was so impressed about is it didn't look there was any major surgery going on. All of a sudden I just kind of looked at her and like, "You just look really refreshed."
Barry Carpenter: And that's the look Lona was looking for, but warns that she did have some bruising and swelling for about two weeks.
Lona Dion: Oh my God, oh dear Lord. I look like a little clown.
This is definitely not a lunchtime procedure. This is something that I would advise anyone if they're curious about it to make sure that they can schedule about two weeks where they don't really have to be anywhere.
Barry Carpenter: But Lona says it was well worth it. Dr. Caruth says the benefits will last for years and at $1500, less expensive than procedures that need repeating. At 57, Lona's fountain of youth was coursing through her very own veins.
Lona Dion: I don't really mind getting old but gosh do we have to start looking old?
Barry Carpenter: Barry Carpenter, the 33 News.