The Vampire Facelift® & PRP
The aging process causes the muscles and collagen in your face to decrease. This “collapse” often makes a person’s cheeks flat and their eyes hollow. The skin may also look dull and gray instead of showing the lively rose hue seen in children. The result is that a person may look worn, tired or droopy even when they feel rested and relaxed.
The Vampire Facelift® can bring back this youthful color and volume. The entire treatment takes place in our spa, lasts about 30 minutes and is similar to other dermal filler injections. There is no down time and most clients go right back to work and other normal daily routines.
Vampire Facelift® Procedure Results
The Stem Cells In Your Blood
Scientists have known for years that unipotent stem cells lie dormant in the skin and provide the building blocks for healing when you sustain a burn or cut. Until recently, there was no convenient way to stimulate those stem cells to grow new tissue. By utilizing the growth factors found in the blood (specifically the platelets), our Medical Director and Aesthetic Injection Specialist can activate the unipotent stem cells already in the skin and tell those cells to grow new, younger-appearing skin.
During the process of the Vampire FaceLift® Procedure™, stem cell science is used to tell the body to grow new younger skin. Unipotent stem cells, which grow only one specific tissue, and can be found in every part of the body. For example, unipotent stem cells in the liver grow new liver tissue. Unipotent stem cells in the skin grow new skin. Thus, the FaceLift® Procedure™ takes the cosmetic rejuvenation process to a higher level!
How it Works
Our nurse practitioner will draw a small amount of blood from your arm. Your platelets are isolated from other blood components and they are activated by exposing them to calcium chloride. This mixture forms a rejuvenating elixir (made by your own platelets) called PRFM- platelet-rich fibrin matrix. This gel is then injected back into multiple areas of the face in the specific areas to induce growth of new collagen, skin tissue, and blood vessels around each injection site.
Collectively, this activity lifts the skin away from the bone, creates skin volume and new blood flow, thereby sculpting the face and creating a younger complexion for a more youthful and healthy appearance.
When the growth factors activate the unipotent stem cells of the skin, then the unipotent stem cells generate new skin, new blood flow, and new collagen... all of this means actual new tissue! You'll see and feel more volume as well as truly rejuvenated skin!
The most common word that people use around the third week is "Glowing" because their friends see a younger more "glowing" complexion from the neovascularization (new blood flow from the new blood vessels that grow from the unipotent stem cells). The best way to visualize this is to imagine what you see when a young child has been playing outside in the sun--that rosy, glowing, complexion.
What to Expect
- You'll be lying on one of Ambrosia's extra wide, heated reclining medical beds.
- Ambrosia's Advanced Nurse Practitioner will draw a small amount of blood and filter out your natural autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
- Your PRP activated, PRFM will be formed and injected back into your skin in a variety of locations on your face.
- No anesthesia is required, although we can numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream.
- You may have a few red spots for about an hour.
- As soon as the treatment is finished, you can reapply make up and get on with your day.
- You'll notice a slight plumping or tightening or volumizing effect for a day or two. This is due to the PRFM being injected into the skin. The effect will dissipate and then your wrinkles will start to soften and disappear as collagen and tissue regenerate over the next 30 days.
The entire procedure takes no more than 30 minutes. It is possible to achieve your desired results after just one visit, but only you and your doctor can determine the best approach for treatment. The Vampire FaceLift® is safe and reliable and no adverse reactions have been reported to date. There is no down time and most clients go right back to work and other normal daily routines.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Vampire FaceLift®
Are the injections painful?
The needles used for PRFM injections are only minimally larger than acupuncture needles, and most clients do not require any form of pain relief during the treatment. Although there may be mild discomfort with there are ways to minimize any pain including ice packs and topical anesthesia.
Is it dangerous?
No. The Vampire Facelift is safe and reliable, and no adverse reactions have been reported to date. However, you may experience some common reactions at the injection site: mild irritation, swelling, bruising, edema, itching, discoloration or tenderness. These are temporary conditions and typically resolve themselves within two days. These temporary symptoms are the same symptoms are basically the same as any you might experience with other cosmetic injections.
Will anyone know?
We've all seen the actresses and actors who take it too far and end up with gigantic lips and unnatural looking facial structures. Our goal is to make you look younger and more relaxed while maintaining your natural look - to make sure everyone notices how rejuvenated you are, without anyone knowing you've had a treatment.
Is there any pre-treatment?
You need to not take any medications with aspirin, ibuprofen and/or Vitamin E in them for 1 week prior to treatment. This will decrease the bruising at the injection site.
Is there any post treatment?
You will need to keep your head up for 4 hours after treatment, but that is it.
How many syringes will I need?
We achieve our best results with multiple syringes. Full correction is not possible when using just one syringe on multiple facial areas. Typically one syringe per on one facial area. The results will not only look better but will also last longer, making patients happier with the treatment and more likely to return to your practice.
How long before I notice the results? How long does it last?
You'll notice a slight plumping or tightening or volumizing effect for a few days just like you would with other fillers. This is due to the PRFM being injected into the skin. The effect will dissipate and then your wrinkles will start to soften and disappear as collagen and tissue regenerate over the next 30 days.
This improvement continues for approximately 12 weeks and then lasts at least 15 months.
HOW MUCH does a Vampire Facelift cost?
First it is important to understand that PRFM elixir is administered in syringes. The number of syringes varies from client to client depending on age, depth of wrinkles and the client's goal. Typically 4ml to 8 ml is plenty. 4ml is $1,000 and 8ml is $1,850.
How is it different from other fillers?
Most other fillers are hyaluronic acid-based substances, or synthetically produced in lab. They can last up to a year after injection but are metabolized over time and slowly disappear. PRP and PRFM comes from your body.
All fillers are used to restore volume, fullness and restore structure and shape to correct moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, oral commissures, and vermillion border. We use JUVÉDERM® XC primarily to enhance the fullness of your lips and Radiesse to correct severe volume loss. We use the PRFM (derived from your blood) and the Vampire Facelift to restore, rejuvenate and correct color, shape, texture and volume to areas in the face. Therefore plumping the mattress and the sheet of the skin.
I am a smoker. Can I still get this treatment?
No. Smoking interferes with the growth factors and with tissue healing. If you smoke, you should stick with other hyaluronic acid fillers.