The Vampire Facelift – what is it and how does it work?
You may have heard the term Vampire Facelift and thought either “what is it?” or “urgh that sounds strange and not very pleasant”. Whether you know what is it but aren’t sure how it works or you have never heard of it before here is what you need to know about this popular treatment that everyone is talking about. Who knows – by the time you reach the end of this article you may be reaching for the phone to book yours!
What exactly is a Vampire Facelift?
So let’s start with what it’s not! Despite its quirky name you are not going to be throw into a den of vampire bats who want to suck your blood. The name was given because of the fact that a patient’s blood is collected, treated and then re-injected but it is collected with a syringe – not a blood thirsty creature! Usually a couple of dessert spoons of blood are collected from the patient’s arm (not the neck as the name may lead you to believe) and then the platelets are extracted from the blood using a centrifuge to produce a yellow serum like substance. The enriched substance can then be combined with a hyaluronic acid dermal filler before being injected back into the face.
Why might you choose to have a Vampire Facelift?
As well as the wrinkles that appear with age and the laughter and frown lines that show we have lived, the skin can become more grey, the shape of the face can become droopy and the skin can look worn and tired. Overall we lose that pink, healthy glow and that smooth, soft feel and appearance and we start to look tired and worn. That’s when you will benefit from the Vampire Facelift. The areas that are treated with this treatment are as follows -
- Lines that appear at the corners of the mount
- Wrinkles on the nose
- Crow’s feet – wrinkles at the side of the eyes
- Wrinkles on the forehead
- Frown lines and smile lines
- Cheek plumping
And the results?
The results can last for a few months up to a year. The treatment takes about an hour to complete which includes the drawing of blood, the platelet preparation and then the injections back into the face. It can be done in a lunchtime hence how it has adopted the name “the lunchtime facelift”. The process of facial skin renewal can continue for up to 3 months with the results lasting for up to a year. The skin will take on a healthier, more glowing appearance and the regeneration of the skin will lead to a more youthful appearance.
The Vampire Facelift combined with other treatments
Many choose to combine their treatment with other treatments such as Botox for maximum effect but like any treatment it is best to talk to a professional first and have an initial consultation. Once you have decided on the treatments and the results you would like to achieve you can plan your treatments. There may be medical reasons why some treatments may not be suitable for you like pregnancy or a pre-existing medical condition. It is important to make your consultant aware of any issues like this to avoid any potential contra-indications.
Are there any side effects?
The main side effects to be expected are maybe a mild irritation, swelling, bruising or itching where the skin was injected. Let’s face it most injections leave at least a small puncture wound but the needles used are tiny so they aren’t too noticeable. As you are being injected with blood from your own body you can’t be allergic to the injections (unless you have an unlikely reaction to any fillers mixed with the bloods). If you have a phobia of needles you are likely to suffer more from the effects of this than any other effects although if you do have such a phobia it is unlikely that you will have got this far through the article. You must always disclose any medical conditions though before undertaken any treatments.
Unlike vampires who live forever the treatment doesn’t last forever but some recipients have noticed the effects last for as long as 15 months. Bear in mind though that everyone is different and what works for one may have different results for another. It will also depend on your age, the condition of the skin to start with and what other treatments you have.
SourcesWikipedia, Retrieved Jan 2017, Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix Method
Telegraph, Retrieved Jan 2017, What is a Vampire Facial?