Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy — The Vampire Facelift, Vampire Facial, O-Shot, and P-Shot
It comes as no surprise that the best tools for healing the body are, in fact, found already dwelling within the body. Platelets located in the blood are substantially responsible for repairing injuries and wounds. They allow the blood to clot, and through various growth facilitators rebuild the tissue. Because of this, platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, therapy has been widely used to help speed the healing of injuries in professional athletes.
PRP is the foundation of four incredible procedures at Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics: the Vampire Facelift®, Vampire Facial®, O-Shot®, and the P-Shot®. Through each method, we can use those platelets already in patient’s blood to promote tissue rejuvenation.
Platelet-rich plasma, what is it?
The concentration of platelets remaining in the blood after the white and red blood cells have been removed is known as Platelet-rich plasma or PRP. When the blood cells have been excised, plasma and blood platelets remain, which have amazing healing properties. Among these properties are cytokines and seven growth factors – which are essential to tissue rejuvenation.
Creating PRP in a centrifuge
At Smooth Solutions Medical Aesthetics, Dr. Bertolino takes a small vial of the patient’s blood and places it in a Pure Spin Centrifuge. Overall the whole process takes only a few minutes. Once in the centrifuge, the red and white blood cells are removed leaving behind a high concentration of PRP called platelet-rich plasma.
What is the Vampire Facelift®?
As a typical part of aging, the skin on the face begins sagging, the volume is lost in the cheeks, and with the decrease of collagen and elastin production creases and wrinkles form. To combat these inevitable effects of aging, surgical facelifts have been a prominent solution. However, surgical facelifts are an invasive form of surgery that requires a lengthy recovery period.
Through the Vampire Facelift®, we can use a much more efficient combination of hyaluronic acid fillers and the patient’s PRP to create similar results with only a single incision. These hyaluronic acid fillers are used to lift the skin – restoring that youthful volume and shape desired. To similarly restore the skin tone and texture to that youthful state, PRP is added via injections. PRP contains growth factors that facilitate the production of new collagen, tissue, and blood vessels which in turn smooth the skin on the face and return that healthy glow.
How is the Vampire Facelift® performed?
To return the natural shape most commonly associated with youthful faces, Dr. Bertolino injects either Restylane or Juvederm into the areas of the face where volume has been lost, and skin is sagging.
For the next phase of the Vampire Facelift® the patient’s blood is drawn, placed in the centrifuge, and the PRP is isolated.
For the final step of the process, Dr. Bertolino will use numbing cream and a tiny needle to inject and return the PRP below the epidermis of the face, stimulating the growth factors. The method utilized in the Vampire Facelift® is performed only by those trained in this distinct technique. Stem cells already present in the skin tissue are activated by the growth factors and cytokines from the injections. The body responds as it would when it repairs a wound producing new collagen, blood vessels, and fatty tissue.
As a result, skin looks more youthful and will continue improving for the next two to three months. After treatment, these effects can last up to two years.
What is the Vampire Facial®?
Instead of using dermal fillers, micro needling and the topical application of PRP is employed for the Vampire Facial® procedure. Ultimately, the Vampire Facial® is meant to improve the quality of the skin by improving tone and texture, reducing fine lines, and giving it that youthful glow. Unlike the Vampire Facelift®, it does not replace volume or effects sagging skin. It achieves similar results to a traditional facial, made much more efficient by the addition of PRP.
What is the procedure for the Vampire Facial®?
Similarly to the Vampire Facelift®, the first step is to take the patient’s blood and isolate the PRP.
Following PRP isolation a micro needling pen, consisting of 12 microscopic needles, is passed over the patient’s face creating thousands of minuscule routes through the epidermis. These thousands of tiny channels heal in a matter of hours, but the body still perceives them as wounds and increases production of collagen and elastic as a result.
Micro needling can be done as a stand-alone procedure, but when PRP is also utilized the results are much more sensational and dramatic. Through the thousands of microscopic channels created during the micro needling, PRP can penetrate the skin where its growth factors, coupled with the body’s healing processes, can rejuvenate and liven the skin.
Choosing between the Vampire Facelift® and Vampire Facial®
When deciding between the Vampire Facelift® and Vampire Facial®, it is important to consider several factors. If the concern is volume loss and sagging skin, the Vampire Facelift® will be a much more useful PRP procedure as it will plump the skin and replace lost volume with the use of dermal fillers.
If the primary concern is skin quality, as elasticity and volume have been maintained, the Vampire Facial® would be the ideal procedure. While it will not replace volume, it will improve overall skin quality.
Pros and Cons of the Vampire Facelift® and Vampire Facial®
Both PRP procedures use the platelet-rich plasma from the patient, eliminating adverse reactions. While a patient with extensive sagging and volume loss may still want to consider a surgical facelift, where the results normally last around a decade, the Vampire Facelift® can provide similar results without a surgery that will last from one to two year. The Vampire Facial® will similarly provide improved skin quality without surgery and its resulting recovery time.
What is Vampire Breast Lift?
It is a cleavage enhancement procedure done with HA filler and PRP. Great for women with implants, whose breasts have started to pull to the side.