Mature adults often experience increased wrinkling in the facial area due to poor collagen production, dryness, and decreased support tissue. These fine lines and wrinkles are most apparent around the eyes, lips, and upper cheeks. Abrasive resurfacing techniques are somewhat effective, but the best way to combat this sign of aging is to replenish the water volume. The resulting plump eases wrinkles and makes them virtually disappear.
One of the most innovative lifting techniques available today is the Vampire Facelift. It does not involve Dracula, but it does involve using the patient’s own blood. We have found this procedure to be perfectly safe, with no side effects, and we recommend it for those who suffer from dry, aging skin that produce crow’s feet, smile lines, and sharp folds.
The Science behind Vampire Facelift
A Vampire Facelift involves drawing a small amount of blood from the patient and processing it in a way that separates the platelets from the plasma. The Selphyl system is a technique where the platelets are concentrated and then mixed once again with plasma. This is known as PRP, or platelet-rich plasma. Similar procedures using a different mixing technique are also popular.
The plasma is then injected into the trouble spots on the patient’s face. The richness of the plasma draws moisture from the lymphatic system. This allows the skin to become suppler, and fine lines virtually disappear.
What Patients Should Expect
During the initial consultation, we determine the correct areas on the patient’s face where injection points should be located. We then go through the entire Vampire Facelift procedure with the patient, explaining how the blood is drawn and how it is processed. During the procedure, a local anesthetic may be used, but the patient will generally feel no pain at the injection sites.
Depending on the amount of lifting needed to restore a youthful appearance, several sessions may be scheduled over a period of one month or longer. Each session takes only about 30 minutes.
The areas where the PRP is injected begin to draw in moisture, and the tissue beneath the skin becomes supportive. This stimulates increased production of collagen. The platelets themselves eventually decrease in concentration over a period of time, but the rejuvenation process continues.
Patients report no downtime after a Vampire Facelift. This makes the Vampire Facelift technique a favorite because our clients can resume their normal activities immediately. Side effects are mild and include slight reddening at the injection site, some minor swelling, and a small degree of pulsing warmth for a short time after the session is complete. These normal side effects subside over the next 24 hours.
Are You A Candidate For PRP Vampire Facelift?
If you are experiencing symptoms of dry, stretched facial skin and increased fine line wrinkling, we encourage you to contact us at Skin Deep Naples for a no-obligation consultation. Our team is happy to explain the entire Vampire Facelift procedure as well as offer testimonial feedback information from previous and current clients.