What is a Vampire FaceLift®?
A Vampire FaceLift®, also known as PRP Therapy, is a non-surgical procedure that combines using hyaluronic acid (HA) filler and injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) derived from your own blood. A Vampire FaceLift® at the Urban Aesthetix Clinic restores facial shape, improves tone and texture, and rejuvenates your skin.
Blood platelets contain growth factors that stimulate collagen synthesis, skin renewal, cell growth, and tissue regeneration. Plasma contains fibrinogen, a protein that catches platelets at a wound site to form a clot. Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) therapy is therefore a completely natural way for your skin to rejuvenate and repair since it uses your own blood and your body’s own healing powers in inducing tissue growth.
The Vampire FaceLift® technique was created by Dr Charles Runels, who has also successfully used PRP Therapy in the Vampire Breast Lift®.
The first part of the Vampire FaceLift® involves using an HA filler to add volume to your face and improve its shape in a completely natural way.
An amount of blood is drawn, just like in a blood test, and spun in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets and plasma from the other components of blood. The PRP is usually then activated with calcium (chloride or gluconate) to trick the platelets into thinking that they are in the body and the body has been injured.
The PRP is then injected multiple times in specific facial areas with a small needle, creating the equivalent of mini-wounds. Multi-potent stem cells already in your skin therefore become activated ‘believing’ that new and younger tissue is needed. As a result, new tissue that includes new collagen is grown, new fatty tissue is produced for skin smoothness and new blood vessels (neovascularisation) are formed to increase blood flow for a healthier glow and better quality skin.