A Vampire Facelift® isn’t really a facelift at all. Unlike a traditional lift procedure that involves pulling the facial skin upward, a Vampire Facelift® is an injection filler treatment. The injections contain platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. The idea is to add volume to the regions below the skin where support tissues have become weak.
A PRP treatment uses the patient’s own blood, so there’s no risk of cross-contamination. This type of cosmetic procedure is most effective when treating mature adults who have thinning skin on the face and an abundance of fine-line wrinkles around the mouth or eyes.
We suggest a consultation so that we can examine the face and determine whether this type of skin rejuvenating procedure is right for you.
About Platelet-Rich Plasma
The platelets in the blood not only serve as a mechanism for clotting, but they also act as a powerful growth factor. This helps damaged tissue heal more rapidly.
When we get a cut on our skin, the blood rushes to the injury site and the platelets are exposed to the outside air. As soon as the clotting occurs, the platelets also react with nutrients to aid in the production of new tissue.
When PRP treatments are performed, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient. The blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and plasma from the red cells. The resulting mix is then combined with a fibrin compound and injected beneath the skin where wrinkling occurs and where added volume is needed.
Best Candidates for a Vampire Facelift®
Those who are generally in good health and who have no serious skin conditions should achieve positive results with PRP injections. Because a small amount of blood is used, the treatment can only be performed on targeted areas of the face.
If a full facial skin resurfacing procedure is recommended, then a Vampire Facelift® likely won’t be the best option. Individuals with “crepey” skin, a condition where the skin folds and wrinkles are caused by brittle surface tissue and poor underlying support, will benefit the most from PRP injections.
How the Procedure Works
The blood is drawn from the patient’s own body and spun in a centrifuge to separate the red cells from the plasma. After the mixture is concocted, the injection procedure takes only minutes. The fibrin mix acts as a substitute for supportive tissue, but over the next several weeks, platelet-rich plasma begins to draw in nutrients that will build up volume beneath the skin.
Normally, a single procedure is adequate to produce the desired results, and the treatment can be repeated after a year or two.
Benefits of PRP Injections
Some volumizing injection treatments only draw in moisture to the affected area. They do not actually encourage healthy tissue growth. A Vampire Facelift® is a recommended procedure because it doesn’t involve any surgery or skin ablation. Some individuals are very sensitive to abrasive resurfacing treatments and chemical peels.
A PRP treatment targets the supporting tissues beneath the skin rather than merely treating the upper dermal layers.
Get the Facts From Us
To learn all the facts about a Vampire Facelift®, schedule a consultation at Skin Deep Naples, located in Naples. During our meeting, we can outline the entire procedure and answer any questions you may have about this revolutionary cosmetic treatment. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.