There are plenty of trendy beauty treatments on the market that claim to restore your youth and reserve signs of aging. It seems that every month there is something new and exotic to snag your attention. October is no exception as the vampire facial or Vampire Facelift® has returned with high interest to this holiday season’s list of trendy beauty treatments.
A few years ago the treatment was made popular by several A-list celebrities swearing by its’ success, but now that it has returned to the mainstream, we wanted to arm you with a few facts before you consider tackling this vampire.
Where did the name come from?
We promise there are no vampires involved. However, your blood will be used to create injectables for your treatment.
What is a Vampire Facelift®?
The treatment is targeted towards people who desire healthy rejuvenated skin without having to undergo lengthy treatments or surgery. It is generally an outpatient procedure without incisions and results can be experienced on the same day with benefits that can last up to six months or more.
A few vials of blood are drawn (typically from your arm) and then spun in a centrifuge, allowing the blood to separate into different components. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is then combined with dermal fillers and strategically injected into areas of your face that aid in reducing wrinkles, adding volume, and improving overall skin quality.
The cost can range anywhere from $1,200-$2,500 per treatment. Doctors recommend coming in for touch-ups every six months for continued benefits.
The term ‘facelift’ is used liberally as the facial promises to plum and tighten your skin. Surgical facelifts address both volume loss as well as wrinkles and skin laxity, seeking to both lift and reshape your face.
PRP? What’s that?
PRP is an abbreviation for the term platelet-rich plasma which is used in these vampire facials. Platelets found in your blood aid in forming clots to stop bleeding, but also contains proteins to stimulate healing.
Sounds too good to be true?
If it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Though PRP has been used in sports medicine and other injury-related practices and shown success, it has yet to prove itself fully effective as a cosmetic procedure. It is not for everyone as people with more significant signs of aging would benefit more from other treatments such as Juvéderm and Botox.
Our desire here is not to deter you from trying new things in your quest for beauty. We want you to be the best you can be without investing too much time and money into things that may or may not fulfill your desires. Have no fear if this vampire is ready to bite the dust with the approaching dawn, come into our clinic to receive a consultation on a healthy and safe way to achieve a youthful appearance.