Following all my recent reports about my training in the Vampire line of procedures, many people have been asking me several excellent questions about the Vampire process. One of the most common is concerning the headline question: What is the difference between a Vampire Facelift and a Vampire Facial?
As you know from prior blog posts, the use of platlet-rich plasma, or PRP, in the aesthetic medicine field has become increasingly popular for the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture improvement, scars and overall skin rejuvenation. PRP is the end product of your own blood, which is drawn from a vein and then concentrated with the use of a specially designed centrifuge.
The platelets are thus concentrated to at least 4-6 times what is naturally found in the blood. When used in these Vampire procedures, the PRP causes the release of growth factors which stimulate collagen production, blood vessel growth and tissue regeneration.
To put it simply and answer the question, the difference between the two procedures is how the PRP is used on the face. With the Vampire Facial, micro needling is used to create thousands of microscopic channels of varying depths into the skin.
When the PRP is applied over the micro needled areas, it is able to penetrate deeper into the underlying skin. The PRP then intensifies the natural healing mechanism within the skin by the absorption of its high concentration of growth factors.
The micro needling with PRP of the Vampire Facial is best for patients who have baseline good skin that is not severely damaged, but who are looking for overall skin rejuvenation and improvement in skin texture. Several of the post-treatment pictures you have seen in prior posts that show a smiling person but lots of redness represent the appearance immediately after a Vampire Facial.
I always tell people that it looks much worse than it feels. The redness and scratched looking appearance may last for 1-3 days. Once the redness resolves, the tightening and rejuvenation begins in earnest.
Generally, with the Vampire Facial, treatments are needed 3-6 times about a month apart to achieve the best results initially. Afterwords, periodic one-time touch-ups are recommended to maintain the effects.
In the case of the Vampire Facelift, PRP is injected and combined with the use of hyaluronic acid filler such as Juvederm. The Juvederm is injected first into the areas of the deepest lines and greatest need.
After the PRP concentration process described above, in the Vampire Facelift, the PRP is mixed with calcium chloride that activates the growth factor immediately prior to injection. During the PRP injection process, multiple areas of the face that would not be appropriate for fillers, such as the forehead, around the eyes, and the cheeks, are targeted.
The use of activated PRP in the Vampire Facelift is especially best for patients with general facial volume loss such as that which occurs with aging and/or weight loss. After injection and over the next several days, injected platelets release growth factors which stimulate collagen production, blood vessel growth and tissue regeneration similar to the Vampire Facial, but at a much deeper level.
Interestingly, despite the fact that both filler and PRP are injected into the skin in the Vampire Facelift, the facial appearance after the treatment is very mild. Any swelling or redness is minimal and very temporary.
After I have shared with many of you, I myself had the Vampire Facelift performed on me one month ago. I was able to fly back from Alabama to Portland the next day without difficulty.
After several weeks, I started to notice a feeling of definite difference in the texture and appearance of my facial skin. Many superficial acne scars on my cheeks have smoothed significantly.
This is in keeping with the general experience that following the Vampire Facelift, results are starting to be seen and felt around 3 weeks after the procedure, and continue for up to 3 months post-treatment. Results should last at least 1 year and have been known to last up to 18 months.
I hope that answers the headline question and I will be addressing other issues on the exciting and cutting edge niche of aesthetic medicine in the coming weeks. If you would like to know if you are a candidate for any of these and other treatments we offer, feel free to call Emily or Denise at (207) 873-2158 to schedule a free consultation.