If you want to take a few years off of your appearance and look more youthful, you have more options than ever before these days. There are traditional surgical treatments, which tighten loose skin and smooth wrinkles. There are fillers that add volume where it’s been lost or that help reduce certain wrinkles. And there’s the vampire facelift, which uses your own blood to turn back the hands of time.
You might be thinking, how is that possible? Your blood contains platelets, which are made up of growth factors. Those platelets play a role in helping your blood to clot and wounds to heal. They can also play a role in helping you look younger.
What Happens During a Vampire Facelift?
The vampire facelift is a two-part, non-surgical treatment. During part one, a sample of your blood is taken, usually from your arm. The surgeon will then put the vial of blood into a centrifuge. As the blood spins, the platelets are separated from the red blood cells and other materials in the blood.
Once the blood is separated, the surgeon will place the platelet rich plasma (PRP) into a syringe and inject it into strategic areas of the face. In the case of the Vampire facelift, the PRP injections are often combined with injectable fillers such as Juvederm to further improve results.
What is PRP?
PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is a type of blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. Those platelets contain cytokines and growth factors, which are types of protein. PRP contains as much as 10 times the number of growth factors naturally found in blood.
Although PRP is becoming more well known for its use as a cosmetic treatment, it has been used for some time as a treatment to help people heal after injuries. The exact way that PRP works isn’t clear, but the concentration of growth factors seems to improve cells’ ability to heal. In the case of a vampire lift, the PRP is thought to improve the production of collagen, creating firmer, smoother skin.
Vampire Lift vs. Liquid Facelift
Like a PRP facelift, a liquid facelift is a non-surgical option for turning back the clock. It also involves injecting fillers into certain areas of the face to help increase fullness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. A liquid facelift is more in-depth and involved than simply getting a filler treatment. For one thing, the surgeon usually administers the injections deeper into the skin during a liquid facelift, so that the results last longer, as it will take longer for the injections to wear off. Additionally, a liquid facelift usually involves more fillers than a standard injection.
There are several advantages to a liquid facelift over other options. For one thing, unlike a vampire lift, it doesn’t require any blood to be taken. Like a vampire lift, the treatment usually doesn’t take very long. Most patients are in and out of treatment in under an hour. Additionally, the results from a liquid facelift tend to be long lasting. The exact duration of results varies from patient to patient, but many see improvement for at least a year or two.
The type of fillers a surgeon uses during a liquid facelift will depend on your specific needs and wants. In some cases, hyaluronic acid fillers, like Juvederm, are used. In others, Radiesse, a filler made of calcium hydroxyapatite, or Sculptra, a synthetic filler, might be used. Sculptra tends to provide the longest lasting results, but also requires a series of treatments.
Vampire Facelift vs. Traditional Facelift
Neither a liquid facelift nor a vampire facelift can fully replace a traditional surgical facelift. A vampire lift might provide some improvement of laxity in the skin and a liquid facelift can help smooth wrinkles and add volume, but only surgery can really correct significant sagging and looseness in the skin.
A facelift might provide the most dramatic and long-lasting results compared to other treatments, but there are some trade-offs involved in getting those results. For one thing, the procedure is a type of surgery. That means you’ll most likely be given IV sedation and a local anesthetic during the procedure.
Facelifts also have a considerably longer downtime compared to non-surgical alternatives. You may need to take a week or so off from work after your surgery. There might be swelling and bruising for several weeks or even months afterwards. Finally, you might need to wait for as long as six months before you see the final results from the surgery.
So which option is right for you? Both surgical and non-surgical “facelifts” can help you get a more youthful look. The procedure that’s best for you depends on your specific goals, the degree of aging on your face, and your overall health.
About Dr. Rubinstein
Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein is a double board certified plastic surgeon who performs both traditional surgical facelifts and liquid facelifts at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, PC in Newburgh, New York. Dr. Rubinstein can help you decide if a surgical or non-surgical facelift is the procedure that will help you reach your goals. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rubinstein, call 845-863-1772 today.