Despite the off putting name, the vampire facelift has become very popular. Also known as a “platelet-rich fibrin matrix”, a vampire facelift is a cosmetic procedure used to give patients a more youthful appearance. Although it has recently become popular in pop culture, the procedure has been around in the United States since 2009.
Rather than other facial cosmetic procedures, the vampire facelift does not remove excess skin surgically or inject chemicals into the body. Instead, this outpatient procedure uses the patient’s own blood to fill deep lines and wrinkles. Because of the use of blood as the filler, it has been playfully deemed as the “vampire” facelift.
During the cosmetic procedure, the doctor will draw a small amount of blood from the patient’s arm. After collecting blood, it is run through a centrifuge which separates the platelets. Then, the platelets are injected into the patient’s facial tissue to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Occasionally, the blood is mixed with other fillers for better results.
If you are wanting a more youthful look but don’t have weeks to recover from a cosmetic surgery, consider getting a vampire facelift. You will see similar results without the invasive treatment. The physician only extracts 2 teaspoons of blood and injects the platelets back into the body.
Platelets are typically used to replenish damaged skin tissue. When injected back into the body, they cause the collagen to increase and create blood flow. This rejuvenates your skin allowing it to appear youthful and fresh.
The vampire facelift procedure takes up to 40 minutes for doctors to preform. The effects will be noticeable immediately and improve for up to 3 months after the procedure. The effects typically last any where from 1 to 2 years.
If you think you are a good candidate for a vampire facelift, schedule a consultation with our expert doctors at ASAP to learn more.