Recently, when I mentioned to a local orthopedic surgeon that I was going away to study about injecting platelet rich plasma (or PRP) for aesthetic medical purposes, he told me rather matter-of-factly that he thought this was old hat. He informed me that orthopedists, oral surgeons, and even veterinarians have used PRP for years for treatment of multiple conditions that required improved healing.
Indeed, injecting PRP has proven to be safe in every area of the body into which it has been injected. It is, after all, your own blood that is used, and the platelet derived growth factors that are stimulated come from your own body. This is essentially what the Vampire-based procedures are all about— using your own body’s immune system and reparative mechanisms to rejuvenate that particular target area of the body.
In the case of the Vampire Facelift, a dermal filler in the form of Juvederm is combined with platelet rich plasma to correct the shape of the face and improve skin texture. In addition, the PRP improves skin tone and color by stimulating new and healthy blood vessels below the skin.
PRP also enhances skin appearance by stimulating collagen production. Because collagen acts like a mattress for your skin, having new collagen injected into your skin is like getting a new mattress for your bed and replacing that old worn and saggy mattress.
To further use the sculptors analogy from Thoreau above, I as your aesthetic doctor will use the Juvederm filler to sculpt the face into a natural and beautiful shape. Meanwhile, the PRP will further enhance the sculpting effect by improving the color, texture, and shape of the face over time.
I took time from my busy practice schedule to go to train with the developer of the Vampire Facelift for a very specific reason. Since Dr. Runels essentially invented this procedure and continues to further perfect the use of PRP in this area of medicine, I wanted to learn the quality and most effective methods of injecting these materials in order to enhance beauty and restore more youthful appearance to my patients.
With this intensive and hands-on training, I am confident that the required materials, and the methods I will use to administer them, have been studied thoroughly and standardized to achieve the best results. Also, by studying with Dr. Runels personally, I will be at the forefront of the continuing research in this area so that I can update materials and techniques as the science and studies improve.
As I have noted previously, only those doctors who have trained with Dr Runels personally are allowed to use the trademarked term, Vampire Facelift. This rule is to insure that every doctor using that term understands the procedures thoroughly and has been certified in the use of these materials and techniques.
In summary, platelet rich plasma is derived from your own blood and re-injected into specific areas to improve the appearance of skin and soft tissues. While this PRP has been used for decades in other areas of medicine, the Vampire procedures combine these blood-derived products with other dermal fillers to restore beauty and revive a youthful appearance.
In future blog posts, I will outline more aspects of these procedures and will announce when I will be starting these techniques at Maine Laser Skin Care. I have obviously had the training, and just need to accumulate a few other pieces of equipment and supplies before starting in full swing.
If you have any questions about these procedures, or want to get on a waiting list for when I begin scheduling appointments, call (207) 873-2158 and talk to Emily or Denise.