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'Vampire facelift' uses plasma to repair skin

Here are some details about a cosmetic procedure that doesn't involve injecting acids or those worrisome toxins into your face. Instead, this filler comes right from your own body.

Lynn just turned 48, and she was tired of seeing tired in the mirror.

"I really wasn't happy. For me, it was about looking in the mirror and seeing what I thought that I should look like," she said.

She didn't want to use fillers or botox, so she opted for something new. Her plastic surgeon, Dr. Marc Salzman, used PRP - or platelet rich plasma - from Lynn's own blood.

Dr. Salzman says PRP is "the mending part of the blood." The healing factors of PRP have been used for years in medicine and Salzman has been using it in cosmetic procedures, especially in fat grafts.

For Lynn, Dr. Salzman used PRP to help the fat grafts survive by giving them the needed blood supply to help blood vessels grow.

Salzman said, "We can solidify these fat grafts and have the take or the percentage of them that will actually survive increase up to the 90 percentile instead of the 50 or 60 percent."

This saves patients money - up to $2,000 on a second procedure. It can also speed recovery time of patients getting laser treatments.

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