by Marissa Magsino, M.D., FAABFM
7450 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 204, Orlando
The Vampire FaceLift is a minimally invasive facial that brings about a more youthful appearance. Growing in popularity, many people first heard of the procedure when celebrities Kim Kardashian and Gisele Bündchen openly talked about theirs. The term “vampire” was inspired by how this facial uses the patient’s platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to stimulate tissue regeneration.
This procedure smoothes facial wrinkles and rejuvenates the complexion by stimulating collagen production and improving the skin’s blood supply (microcirculation). PRP with a hyaluronic acid filler is absorbed into the skin and enhanced by microdermabrasion and dermal needling. This quickly repairs and plumps the deflated areas of the skin.
We all age differently. Depending on diet, environment and other contributing factors such as smoking, stress or sun exposure, the procedure works well for individuals experiencing any of the following: thinning of the dermis, fine wrinkles, acne scars, a decrease in skin elasticity, drooping or sagging of the skin, loss of facial fullness or volume, deepening facial grooves, or wrinkles around the upper and lower lips.
Discomfort during a Vampire FaceLift is minimal. Topical anesthesia is used when dermal needling is part of the procedure. Although rarely necessary, some patients prefer oral sedation as an option.
Vampire FaceLift Process
Step 1 — Clean the face and apply local anesthesia.
Step 2 — Draw a small amount of blood.
Step 3 — Run the blood through a centrifuge and separate the platelets from the other components in the blood.
Step 4 — PRP is activated to release at least eight essential growth factors and signaling proteins. A combination of fat and stem cells, separated by free oils, excess blood and wetting solution fluid, is then processed to concentrate the stem and progenitor cells. This increases the fat-layer stem cell concentration from 2 to 5 percent in to nearly 100 percent pure stem and progenitor cells. In a Stanford University study, these stem cells showed to retain their capabilities to become any cell in a person’s body; however, they are most likely to become blood vessels (endothelial cells and perivascular cells) and adipocytes (fat cells).
Step 5 — PRP is injected back into the skin. The platelets ignite tissue regeneration, improve blood supply and stimulate collagen production.
Risks Involved With Vampire Facelift
PRP is a regenerative technology that deploys aspects of one’s own biochemistry, activating growth factors instinctively known to repair and strengthen specific tissue. Because all constituent parts retrieved in PRP are from that person’s body (autologous in origin), there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or intolerance.
Also, PRP has been successfully used for more than 20 years in more than 50,000 procedures for a variety of treatments, from accelerating wound healing to speeding recovery from orthopedic surgery among others. To date, no adverse reactions have been reported. 💓