What Is A Vampire Facelift?
This non-surgical cosmetic treatment is known by other names, such as:
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
- Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM)
- Selphyl, “Vampire Filler”
- Dracula Facelift
This outpatient procedure uses the method of extracting your platelets and creating your very own unique dermal filler in order to provide you with a more youthful appearance. This method has proven to be an effective treatment to help restore volume in the lips, cheeks and under the eyes in addition to smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines.
How Does It Work?
Our blood contains platelets, growth factors, plasma, white blood cells, and other natural healing agents that get stimulated any time our body sustains an injury. The use of Dermapen (a minimally invasive procedure) which creates thousands of tiny micro-injuries, is combined with the added benefits of your platelet rich plasma. The Vampire Facelift can be completed in less than 1 hour. Your skin will go through a rapid healing process to stimulate new growth of collagen, tissue and stem cells to give you a vibrant glow.
How Long Before I See Results?
Generally you will see some improvement almost immediately after the procedure. However, you will notice gradual improvements over the next several weeks as collagen starts to grow and generate more healthy cells under the skin. Optimum results typically take two to three months.
Tell Me More About The Process…
A venipuncture is performed, no different than having your blood drawn for testing purposes. Once a tube of whole blood has been collected, it will be placed in a centrifuge allowing the whole blood to separate into red blood cells, plasma, and platelets.
A topical numbing cream, such as lidocaine may be applied to your face to help make this treatment more comfortable. Your platelet rich plasma will be mixed with a hyaluronic acid facial filler like Juvederm, Restylane, or Radiesse and will be administered with Dermapen to ensure consistent and even coverage. Since this dermal filler is made up of all natural ingredients, the chance of experiencing an allergic reaction is highly unlikely.
More questions about the procedure are answered on this FAQ page.
What Should I Expect Post Treatment?
The area(s) treated will be red, tender and may show slight bruising which can last up to 7 days. You may be advised to avoid sun exposure, sweating, and applying make up for the next 24 hours while your skin heals and the pores are vulnerable. You may receive a post treatment kit that includes a specially formulated cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen to promote the healing process.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has also been used effectively by means of an injection to treat the following medical conditions:
- Ligament tears/sprains
- Golfers and Tennis elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shin Splints
- Hair Loss
- Tissue repair