A Vampire facelift is a procedure intended to restore facial fullness and a more youthful appearance through the injection of fillers and platelet-rich plasma (PRP). A Vampire facial skips the fillers and just injects the PRP by itself. The name “vampire” refers to the fact that the PRP is isolated from blood donated by the patient.
The first step in a Vampire facelift is to inject hyaluronic acid fillers under the skin to restore volume. Vampire facials skip this step entirely. During aging, the tissues under the skin fade away, leaving the cheeks hollow and removing the youthful curves and plumpness. Without any underlying tissue to support the skin, it slips downwards, forming bags, jowls, and wrinkles.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the human skin. When mixed with water, it forms a thick gel that can be injected under the skin to restore volume. The gel looks and feels like natural tissue. Because it is a natural material, there is little risk of any kind of reaction.
The second step in a Vampire facelift, and the only step in a Vampire facial, is to prepare and inject PRP. A sample of blood is collected from the patient and the PRP is purified from the blood in a 10-minute procedure that can be performed in the physician’s office while the patient waits. The PRP is injected into various locations in the face. PRP is full of powerful growth factors that encourage the skin to heal and rejuvenate, developing a more youthful structure and appearance.
PRP has long been used by doctors and physical therapists to help treat injured athletes. PRP is prepared from the athlete’s blood and is injected at the site of tendon, ligament, or muscle injury to accelerate healing. The body naturally uses PRP to assist in healing. When an acute injury occurs, platelets rupture, releasing their packets of growth factors. The platelets clot the blood, preventing excessive bleeding at the injury site, and the growth factors accelerate healing. However, chronic injuries suffered by many athletes, such as tendonitis, are unable to activate the platelets. Therefore, doctors decided to step in and induce the healing cascade themselves.
The aging process of skin is similar in nature to chronic injuries, and is unable to activate the healing properties of PRP. However, the Vampire procedures can bring this healing power to the facial skin.
What to Expect
A Vampire facial takes about 30 minutes to perform, and only requires a small sample of blood (about two tablespoons worth). There may be some discomfort from the injection process, but local anesthetics can relieve most pain. Patients can resume regular activities immediately. Vampire facials are recommended once a month for three treatments, and then once a year for maintenance. A full Vampire facelift including the dermal fillers takes around two hours to complete. Dermal fillers need to be re-injected once a year to maintain volume.
Schedule Your Consultation
Are you looking for a non-surgical way to restore volume or smooth out wrinkles on the skin? Then a Vampire Facelift or Vampire Facial could be right for you. Doctor Edward Zimmerman will work with you to determine the most effective treatment for your needs. Contact Las Vegas Laser and Lipo today to schedule your consultation.