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Monday, December 03, 2012

Bite Me

The elfin faced Anna Friel.

Growing up  stout and speccy with frizzy hair I only had one recourse for beauty and that was the singular hope that a vampire would one day take pity on me and swoop down for a gnash on my jugular. I had seen it with my own eyes, a plain Jane would instantly shed her cardi and stout shoed  frump wardrobe  for  a double D cup, a waxy and  seductive red mouth, tousled hair and 'come to my coffin eyes'. Oh and let's not forget the slinky white dress, which probably came in a beribboned box stamped with "abandon hope all ye who enter' 
The prize? Everlasting youth.
There was just that one  small drawback of eternal damnation and the loss of one's soul, but it has never seemed to trouble wall street traders and politicians.



The Vampire Face Lift is making headlines here.
Its less dramatic, marketing friendly name is  PRP, platelet rich plasma  therapy which has been used in other clinical  applications such as nerve injury, bone repair and osteoarthritis.

A sample  of the patient's blood is taken and separated in a centrifuge into its components, the platelets which contain growth factors are then injected back into the problem areas in the hope of rejuvenating the skin through regeneration. 

For a  full "face-lift" effect it is often  combined with laser treatment.







Tempted, or are you once bitten twice shy? 



71 comments:

  1. I wanted to be a vampire when I was younger, but I think I'll pass now! This procedure sounds gross, maybe if I'm desperate in some years ;) I wouldn't want to end up looking like Tom Cruise as a Vamp...maybe if I'm desperate to frighten someone!! Have a great day doll, keep warm :) x

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    1. I don't think it's gross at all, it's just your own blood sample after all but then again I have a strong stomach and am one of those types who can talk about operations over dinner.

      And I'd still love to be vampire, although I wouldn't want to have to go out and do all that killing whenever I was hungry - so caveman!

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    1. Farrah, I must have an iron stomach, I don't think anything ever gives me the "ewwws!"

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    2. They do this type of thing at my husband's medical clinic for those with cancer, but I guess I don't find it necessary, and a little gross. I don't mind seeing blood at all nor shots. I just think the vampire thing is ew.

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    3. Get Fresh - oh yes, you're right, especially the wiggly white bit!

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    4. Oh and worms and slugs, yep anything small and wiggly, I quite like snakes.

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    5. Thanks for commenting on my blog. Nobody's commented since I started blogging again last week.

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    6. "Worms" describes most of Kingdom Animalia. I Like Verme.... They are Soooooooo Cute! Especially Scale worms (of course)... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polynoidae

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  3. At first I thought bloody awful. But then, in comparison to a regular facelift or some of the extreme peels, maybe not so drastic.
    Vampires always remind me of dolled up others at college costume parties. But DH and friends' zombie fix, "Walking Dead" etc., has ruined my tolerance for blood bites.

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    1. I once saw a woman after some kind of laser work, it was horrific looking, she looked like a burn victim, I don't think I could put myself through that.

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    2. She probably had the CO2 laser, which is very aggressive. There are lots of laser alternatives that work well, without the burned look.

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    3. Yes it was that one, it was awful and I couldn't stop staring but to her it was worth it, so thats all that matters.

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  4. The only thing that gave me the 'ewwws' was Anna Friel. What the hell does she look like?! Does one go to one's surgeon and say give me the haunted hungry look?

    If I weren't already put off 'procedures', that would've done it. [I have a terrible cold which appears to have destroyed my filter..but, I mean,....c'mon!]

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    1. Sally she's been skelf like all her life, I think she's as wide as my left arm.
      Do you have the cold too? Everyone I know has the tell tale red raw beak just now.

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  5. You had me at "osteo-arthritis", yes sign me up! Does that actually work? signed, an Old Folk.

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    1. Cate- not a doctor, couldn't say, as far as I know the clinical trials for PRP are still ongoing.

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  6. I'll be back to my polite self tomorrow...promise *wink*

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  7. As I watch my face slide south over the years, I begin thinking almost any idea short of a surgical facelift sounds like a good option!

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    1. Desert Flower - I think I might start taping my face up, no one would see it under my hair, it'll be retro move star chic.

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    2. We could go all out with lots of visible taping for the mummy look (why should vampires have all the fun).

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  8. I'm not sure how many shots of tequila I would need before going for it!

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  9. Eww...no thanks. I'll stick with creams and facials.

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  10. My husband has had PRP therapy for an ankle injury - it's worked well. I hadn't heard about it for an alternative to a surgical facelift though, but sounds like a good idea. As for vampires - I'm a fan. Love the Twilight movies.

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    1. Kathy, that's really interesting, a few people round here had it too with positive results.

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    2. Medically, it makes a lot of sense. Not sure why people are freaking out about it. Creams and facials do nothing for sagging skin.

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  11. Hold on... you want a beautiful tousled mane of hair, double d's, and a gorgeous face? You already have that!
    Are you a vampire? A classy one, no doubt.

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    1. One that just eats sandwiches, not sure if I can cut that deal.

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  12. i'm not sure i'd be brave enough! but giggled reading this whole post. you're a riot, T.

    phiphi's blog

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  13. That sounds really interesting but I am extremely wary of these anti-ageing therapies. I tried IPL about 5 years ago and the technician burned my forehead really badly. It was a scary experience and I still have some faint scars.

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    1. L, that's awful, I have so many broken veins and I'm tempted but I've read a lot about fat loss too which is the last thing I need as I age.

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  14. Vampire face-lift, eh? Had not heard of this before. It seems way less icky than actual surgery, and safer; wonder if it actually does anything though. I admit to having laser treatments on my face, neck, & hands earlier this year. It cost a fortune but I had promised myself that if I lost my baby weight (the baby now being 17!) I would treat myself, in hopes of tightening up my skin and removing age spots & sun damage. I am sorry to report minimal, if any, results. Definitely not worth the expense. Not sure if the dr didn't use strong enough settings, or if my skin is just resistant, or if the whole thing is just a scam. I had IPL on my face & hands, and Fraxel on my neck & chest. Can anyone else report better results? I'm curious to know.

    ---Jill Ann

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  15. It does not gross me out and I am not against any anti-aging treatments per se but I am just very skeptical, a lot of it just seems like scam an side effects are often not fully known/disclosed.

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    1. ajc; completely agree, I would never jump into anything new.

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  16. I'm more frightened of needles than I am of vampires, Tabs so I don't know if I'd be in any rush.So much of this stuff is just a scam. I think that any worthwhile efforts to shore up sagging faces involve going under the knife. For minor work injectables seem to do a decent job in the right hands but I hate seeing women who just didn't know when to stop. They don't look younger,they just look "worked on".I'd need sedation just to look at the bloody needles. I'm very squeamish except when it comes to mauling celebs!

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    1. Oh I don't mind needles, I have but one phobia, anaesthesia, god help me if I ever need an op

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    2. I thought Bourbon was your anaesthesia! Oh God Tabs if we ever meet up we'll both be on the floor!

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  17. Oh, as a 12-13 year old I adored all things Dark Shadows (a soap opera about vampires). I can't work out how we youngsters managed to have a crush on a 40-something, not particularly handsome Jonathan Frid, but we did. And no, I'm not likely to pursue everlasting youth. I think getting older is an adventure and I more scared of looking freakish than elderly.

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    1. Wasn't it his ring that got us weak in the knees?
      :)

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  18. How creepy is that picture of Tom Cruise!
    If I told MrBP about this therapy he'd faint, talking about blood disorders sends him right to the floor. I have chronic anemia and when I come back from the doctor with the latest tests he turns perfectly green.
    I won't have the blood transfusions for my anemia so there's no way I'd do this. But then again I am not appreciating my sagging eyelids!

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    1. Dani, I can make hubs feel faint in minutes, he can't stomach any medical/blood talk and if anything like that comes on TV he has to leave the room - to much laughter and mockery from mum and I.

      Chronic anaemia, oh my no wonder your energy feels low from time to time

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  19. After years of reading both crappy ladymags and legit medical articles involving beauty/anti-aging/skincare tips, I'm pretty sure that the only way to look like you have been bitten by the undead is if you have 1)good genes, 2)never had a suntan, and 3)never smoked. I'm sure everyone would opt for good genes in the first place, but we can't all be Helen Mirren, unfortunately.

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  20. whatever happened to aging gracefully? you can't botox or full or anti-age your whole body...at some point the gig is up! :)

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  21. The neck, the neck, does it re vigorate the neck?

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    1. If anybody figures out how to fix the neck, message me immediately!

      ---Jill Ann

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  22. I want nothing to do with crap that has Tom Cruise or Stewart mixed in!

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  23. I think it sounds quite sensible. I'm not squeamish either about this kind of thing Tabs, I wouldn't ever do plastic surgery or similar myself but I do see why some might. I've had a.couple of General Anaesthetics, I quite liked it.

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    1. Me too ! Thank God, I don't feel so weird anymore !

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    2. Silver Bunny, you should never feel weird compared to me. Remember Michael Jackson used to get his personal doctor to give him an anaesthetic to help him sleep? Frankly I can see the appeal. didn't really work out for Jacko though it has to be said.

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  24. Not me! I hate vampires! Still sleep with the covers up to my chin "in case"!

    Yuck is all I can say!

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  25. hmmm, i think i'll pass on that facelift thing. i'm a chicken-shit as they say. xo

    ps - i left you a message/plea over at dani's.:)

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  26. I luff me a general anaesthetic. It's the needles I loathe.

    Am not ruling a facelift out.

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    1. FF:really? They utterly terrify me.

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  27. I've had enough elective surgery in my time, and would definitely never sign up for a face lift. I've also held a fear of dying under the knife, and would loath it to be because of pure vanity. The blood injection thing sounds much more pleasant frankly. It's your own blood, so what's the problem? Although I can think of around a million things I'd prefer to spend my money on....

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  28. I'm very tempted. Can I see a "before" and "after" to convince me?

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    1. Can't do that, only Real scientists do real comparisons...

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    2. Oh, but I find those "before" & "after" of say breast implants, or hair implants etc etc sooooo plausible.

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  29. This sounds very interesting. I hadn't heard of it and I am open to new ideas. I would try this before a surgical face lift.

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  30. I don't trust any of those procedures. If the lavender spray, rosehip oil and chamomile cream can't/won't do it, oh well.

    I saw that movie with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt ... truly gawd awful.

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    1. Ummm... What with Tom is NOT truly awful?

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  31. Certainly would not give my eye teeth for it!

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  32. I seriously do not get the vampire craze, nevertheless, I must admit they come in great packages lately ever since badly permed Tom Cruise and heavily made Brad Pitt.. With Ian Somerhalder as vampire, bite me all the way please.....!

    Hugs and kisses from :
    MRS JACK OF ALL TRADES
    http://mrsjackofalltradesdaily.blogspot.com/2012/12/up-in-air.html

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  33. I've read all the Twilight books including the short story in Seattle. I've also read The Host. Aliens are tougher.

    That said, I enjoyed the movies, too. I would be a vegetarian vampire. But I am not one now.

    I'm going to The Host.

    Sheree

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    1. Unless you take serious iron supplements (but carefully as too many will kill I assume even the dead), vegans diets for vampire types make No Sense. Stick with some meat. Try not to look like this dying chap (prancing about)... http://www.jcrew.com/mens-clothing.jsp

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  34. OMG Tabs! Never in a million years :-) Having said that I just don't get this whole vampire/Twilight craze. Clearly I've missed something important here as the rest of the world goes crazy about Twilight xx

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  35. I do not know if on your side of our dying planet you will see the same load page, but speaking of spindly vampire no blood types.. what the hell's (vampires I guess) with the dude on this J Crew site page? The "dude" in blue pants prancing about aimlessly).
    http://www.jcrew.com/mens-clothing.jsp
    What has humanity come to? rolled up stretchy pants, untucked shirt, too small sweater, unworn new shoes... fuzzy model face... ICK! mankind is Dooooooomed.

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    1. I just made sure the load page loaded and NOW I wanna scream at someone to throw this man child some food... Poor man has either not fed in months, or has to get to a methadone clinic really really fast.... he is DYING for God's sake!

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