The Vampire Facelift
The evolution of PRP for aesthetic treatment is the trademark Vampire Facelift developed by Dr Charles Runels in the US. It’s become a popular skin rejuvenation treatment around the world, no doubt bolstered by its celebrity clientele (just Google it to watch Kim K having one).
The Vampire Facelift is a unique treatment that uses a combination of strategically placed hyaluronic acid gel dermal fillers for structure, and PRP overlay for enhancement of the skin. This results in a natural-looking restoration of facial volume and shape, without looking overdone.
The improvement is gradual and results are cumulative. Usually a course of three to four treatments over four to six months are required, with a single top-up treatment once or twice a year.
In the first part of the Vampire Facelift procedure, the practitioner strategically injects filler to achieve a more sculpted and contoured face –while still keeping the shape natural.
Next he or she harvests your own blood growth factors (hence the name Vampire), which your body would normally use to heal damaged tissue.
To do this, a numbing cream is applied to the face, blood is drawn and then it takes about 5-10 minutes to process the blood. We then extract the platelets from the blood and put it into a syringe and it is injected after the filler is used to sculpt the face.
This platelet-rich plasma improves the tone, texture and luminosity of the skin, as well as reducing pore size, and improving the fine crepey skin around the eyes.
We can go places with PRP that we can’t go with filler, for example, we can use the plasma around the eye area. The end result is a beautifully sculpted face with a nice colour and textural improvement.”