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How Is a Vampire Facelift Different Than a Traditional Surgical Facelift?

Posted February 22, 2018 in Blog, Facelift

Most of the signs of aging in the skin are driven by the loss of volume and support as we age, leading to a dull, lifeless complexion; fine lines and wrinkles; crow’s feet; droopy eyelids; jowls; and the dreaded “turkey neck.” In order to combat these signs of aging all at once, many people opt for a traditional facelift, which requires surgery and downtime for recovery.

Now, science and skincare research has pioneered a nonsurgical technique that restores this loss of volume and support to rejuvenate the skin without the need for invasive plastic surgery—the Vampire Facelift®!

How Is the Vampire Facelift® Performed?

The key to the Vampire Facelift® is the platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which is the “vampire” portion of the procedure. A small amount (several teaspoons) of the patient’s blood is drawn and placed in a centrifuge, a machine that spins at thousands of revolutions per minute to separate the liquid portion of blood—the plasma—from the blood’s other components. Sometimes called “yellow gold,” the PRP contains stem cells and other growth factors that contribute to skin’s healing and repair abilities.

Some practitioners utilize a two-step procedure (injection of a hyaluronic acid [HA] filler followed by injection of PRP), while others do a one-step procedure, mixing both the HA filler and PRP in one vial for injection. Common HA fillers used are Restylane® and Juvéderm®. As a result, the procedure is sometimes referred to as a “filler facelift.” The treatment is administered with a very small, thin needle after local anesthesia, which is typically a topical numbing cream.

The Vampire Facelift® can be completed in 45 minutes to 1 hour. The injected growth factors not only stimulate the growth of new skin tissue but also the growth of new collagen, new blood vessels, and new deposits of fat beneath the skin, which restore volume and support for a more youthful appearance.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for the Benefits of the Vampire Facelift®?

Individuals with telltale signs of aging who are non-smokers are ideal candidates for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved Vampire Facelift®. If you have a bleeding disorder or low platelets (thrombocytopenia), you may not be a candidate for this treatment. Common side effects include minor swelling and redness, which typically subside in a few hours to a few days. There is minimal downtime after the procedure, as many patients resume normal activities in a day or two. Many patients also report immediate results, while others see no results as long as 4 weeks after treatment. Don’t worry if you don’t see immediate results, as continued improvement and optimal results can be seen anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks after the procedure, with results lasting 12+ months.

As a highly effective wrinkle treatment, benefits of the Vampire Facelift® include improved skin texture and quality, which includes better complexion and fewer fine lines, folds, and wrinkles.

If you’re looking for the benefits of a facelift with rapid administration, minimal downtime, and no long-term side effects, contact Precision MD today for a free consultation to see if you’re a candidate for the Vampire Facelift® procedure.

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