The Inside Scoop on “Vampire” Cosmetic Treatments
You may have heard of the cosmetic technique in which a gel-like substance derived from the patient’s own blood is injected back into the patient to promote healthy skin regeneration. Dubbed “Vampire” treatments for obvious reasons, these branded procedures have been used nationwide to nonsurgically rejuvenate the face as well as enhance other parts of the body.
The Secret Ingredient
The ingredient used in all Vampire treatments is a blood plasma that has been enriched with a certain type of blood component called platelets whose main purpose is to promote healing. This platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, contains several components that stimulate the growth and healing of collagen and soft tissue, making the substance ideal of skin rejuvenation.
The Vampire Facelift® reduces facial wrinkles with PRP derived from the patient’s blood injected into specific areas of the face, much in the same way that dermal fillers and BOTOX® are injected. In most instances, filler is simultaneously injected to provide short term correction while the effects of the PRP take place over 3-6 weeks.
The Vampire Facial uses a needling device to drive a PRP serum into the surface of the patient’s face, stimulating collagen and elastin fibers in the epidermal (superficial) layer.
Vampire Breast Lift®
The Vampire Breast Lift® can restore lost volume and fullness to breasts that have become deflated or droopy as a result of age, weight fluctuations or pregnancy. As with other Vampire procedures, the Vampire Breast Lift® is performed by injecting a derivative of the patient’s own blood into the breasts. While the procedure will not increase breast size, it can be an ideal enhancement for women wanting a more youthful breast shape. The procedure must be repeated every 9 to 24 months. It is typically injected into the upper portions of the breast to provide added fullness or tissue thickness.