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The Vampire Face Lift

This procedure has been talked about in the media a lot and is becoming one of the hottest new developments in the facial rejuvenation field.

What is The Vampire Face Lift?

In simple terms it involves using your own treated blood to act as a filler once it has been refined.

Platelet-rich plasma is similar to HA fillers because it can be injected to sculpt the face.  But, here’s the best part: not only does the PRP cause an increase in the volume,  PRP contains at least 8 growth factors that will over a long period of time, continually work like a rejuvenating agent.

By activating these growth factors, all 3 parts of the ageing process improve:

  1. The skin colour becomes a “younger” colour because of new blood vessel formation.
  2. New collagen formations in the dermis lifts the face back to a more youthful shape.
  3. Because the growth factors are working to build a new dermis, the epidermis (the outer most layers of your skin) appears smoother.

The Procedure

Blood is removed from a vein in the patient’s arm. The blood is centrifuged to isolate the platelets from other blood components. The platelets are then activated using one of several methods, the most common being exposure to calcium chloride, to form the PRFM. This gel is then injected back into multiple locations on the face in specific areas that define the Vampire Facelift to induce growth of new collagen, skin tissue, and blood vessels in the skin 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 more youthful and aesthetically appealing appearance. This improvement continues for approximately 12 weeks and lasts at least 15 months.

The Science

The Vampire Facelift procedure is based on the natural role that platelets, one of the cells present in blood, play in tissue healing combined with Dr. Runels’ ideas on how to improve the shape of the face. Normally, in response to tissue damage, platelets aggregate near the site of injury and begin releasing at least seven different growth factors. These growth factors are embedded in a gel-like material called a “matrix” (also made under the direction of the platelets) that hold the growth factors in place so healing can begin. Without the matrix, the growth factors would simply wash away in the blood stream and be of little use. However, when held in place, these factors stimulate multipotent stem cells to develop into new tissue and blood vessels to repair that tissue. Because these multipotent stem cells have the capacity to develop into whatever cell type is required to repair the injury, the body is able to redevelop the necessary cells to regenerate healthy tissue. By instigating growth of new tissue in planned areas of the face, in the absence of actual injury, an overall “new” appearance is created.

In addition to its cosmetic uses, the core process (platelet-rich fibrin matrix generation that triggers growth factor release and stem cell stimulation) is also being used by physicians for such diverse treatments as growing bone, reducing the appearance of scars and stretch marks, healing burns and fostering dental regrowth.