Vampire Facelift FAQs

vampire_facelift_bannerMore and more patients are undergoing the Vampire procedures since I had introduced them to my practice here at Maine Laser Skin Care this fall.  I have also distributed many copies of the book written by the inventor of the procedure, Charles Runels MD, with whom I have personally trained.

Many of you have repeatedly asked questions about the Vampire procedures, particularly the Vampire Facelift. I would like to focus my attention on the Vampire Facelift specifically and answer some of your most pressing questions in this blog post.  After all, I know that if one person asks a question, there are many others who are wondering the same thing.

How does the Vampire Facelift work?

Vampire_Facelift_planningThis procedure, custom designed by me for each individual’s facial needs, combines hyaluronic acid fillers and platelet rich plasma (PRP).  The Juvederm filler is used to correct the most serious existing facial lines and create a more youthful appearance initially.

Then, the PRP is injected in strategic locations around the face to jumpstart the natural rejuvenation process.  Over the next several weeks and months after the procedure, the PRP will contribute to maintain the more youthful appearance by improving skin quality, color and texture.

Am I a candidate for the Vampire Facelift?

vampire_procedureGenerally speaking, since this is a minimally invasive procedure, almost anyone can have the Vampire Facelift if desired.  A small subset of people who have a large amount of very loose facial skin due to dramatic weight loss and/or age will not be improved, even with the procedure.  This subset may be better served with a traditional surgical facelift.

However, more people are opting for the Vampire Facelift.  It is, after all, less expensive and safer than invasive surgery, and without the downtime of surgery.

Can I go to work after the Vampire Facelift?

Many people do go back to work, out shopping or out to eat immediately after this procedure.  After my Vampire Facelift in August during my training, I had dinner out at a restaurant, returned my rental car, and checked into a hotel without a single person saying a word about my appearance.

The next day, I flew home to Maine without incident.  Other than a few needle marks that I could see (because I knew they were there), there was no negative indication of procedure being done on my face.

Some may experience mild redness and/or swelling that usually resolves within 24-48 hours at its worst.  Like any procedure involving needles or injections, bruising is always possible.

Unfortunately, the redness, swelling, and bruising cannot be covered up with makeup.  However, these effects will go away sooner rather than later.

Is the Vampire Facelift better than a traditional surgical facelift?

Traditional facelifts tighten and lift loose skin on the face, but do not do anything to add volume to the face that has been lost over time.  Surgical facelifts also expose you to possible anesthesia and post-op infections.

Additionally, long healing times are common with facelifts depending on the extent of the facelift.  The bruising from traditional facelifts lasts up to 6-8 weeks.

In short, the biggest advantages of the Vampire Facelift are that this procedure involves only needle injections of very safe products, including fillers and a derivative of your blood (PRP), precisely to the desired areas of your face that need volume and enhancement.  The best side effects of the Vampire Facelift include minimal downtime, no anesthesia risk, and virtually no side effects of significance.

How long will the effects of the Vampire Facelift last?

vampire_facelift_b&aI have discussed this question with many of the doctors who have doing this procedure for a number of years.  Most agree that the positive effects will last at least a year.

Like fillers, the positive effects will likely last longer with better general skin care (e.g. no smoking, no tanning, good diet).  As with many other hygiene and health maintenance, no procedure is a one-time event, just like getting your hair cut.

As I frequently say, we can figuratively turn back the clock, but we cannot stop the clock.  If you like the results, periodic ongoing maintenance will be required to restore the youthful effects.


I hope that this answered some of the questions you may have had.  If you have any questions that were not answered with this or the other posts of this subject, give us a call at (207) 873-2158 to pose your query.

Also, I still have multiple copies of the Vampire Facelift book that you can either pick up at our Augusta office or I can send you a free copy by request.  In the meantime, I will continue to bring the most cutting-edge treatments in aesthetic medicine here to central Maine.

About Dr. John Burke

John Burke M.D. has practiced medicine for over 25 years, and is the founding partner of MidMaine Internal Medicine. He established Maine Laser Skin Care in 2004 after devoting years to learning the latest in laser and dermatologic technology. Dr. Burke has treated patients from all over the United States. He is one of Maine's busiest practitioners in laser treatments, and in the use of Botox for upper facial lines and excessive sweating.
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