Ever wanted to restore your face without undergoing a surgical facelift, then a relatively new and increasingly popular procedure might be just what you have been looking for. Known as the Vampire Facial, it is a non-surgical procedure in which a mixture of natural fillers and plasma from the patient’s own blood is injected into specific areas of the patient’s face. A US doctor, Charles Runels, trademarked the name ‘Vampire Facelift’ in 2010 during the height of the vampire craze in US entertainment, and with numerous celebrities undergoing the procedure, its popularity has soared. The reason for its fame, no doubt, stems from it being a more natural approach to fresher looking skin. But what is it exactly and how does it work?
The Vampire Facial, also known as PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma), utilises your own body’s healing ability to stimulate skin recovery and smoothing and is thus on the cutting edge of regenerative therapies. While the basic treatment has been used for almost 20 years to expedite the healing of wounds, burns and sports injuries, it is only in recent years that this has been used in a ‘face-lifting’ capacity.
The process involves the extraction of blood from the patient, which is then centrifuged to isolate the plasma from red and white blood cells. The concentrated plasma is rich in platelets, which are the parts of the blood with growth factors, and this is then injected into specific areas of the face. Platelets play a role in stopping bleeding and in repairing damaged blood vessels and cells in the body. They also contain substances called ‘growth factors’ that activate and rejuvenate cells in our body. The platelets induce new collagen, skin tissue, new cells and blood vessels in the skin around each injection site. Collectively this lifts the skin away from the bone, creates skin volume and new blood flow, thereby sculpting the face and creating a more youthful and aesthetically appealing appearance. Skin rejuvenation with PRP can be done on the face, neck, décolletage and back of the hands as well. We have also seen great success rate by using this treatment method to stimulate hair growth.
With the Vampire Facial you are not only are getting the benefits of a smoother and brighter skin, but you are also being injected with only natural substances. This makes it a much safer choice because it mitigates most side effects and has virtually no risk of allergic reactions – although people with a history of skin allergies should naturally inform the doctor accordingly. The Vampire Facial does not give the appearance of a ‘frozen’ Botox face or unnaturally puffed up cheeks, and there is very little downtime after the procedure with minimal bruising and puffiness. Other benefits include reduction of lines, moisturising effects, and skin tightening, lifting and smoothing as well as evening out of skin tone.
Medical doctors should only perform the procedure, which takes approximately one hour with recovery from the treatment usually taking one to four days and the improvement in the skin continuing for approximately 12 weeks. While only one treatment will provide visible results, it is recommended that you attend 4 to 6 sessions with results lasting for anything up to 2 years. Some practitioners recommend that you undergo a session every 12 months for general maintenance.
With more people preferring the natural, and less risky, approaches to skin rejuvenation, the Vampire Facial is testimony to the increasing trend of utilising our own bodies’ amazing healing and regenerative properties for this purpose.
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