Vampire & PRP
The Vampire Facelift is a mini-facelift procedure that can be performed in under an hour with no down-time. It’s an affordable, effective alternative to a surgical facelift. It requires no general anesthesia or sedation and is increasingly popular among celebrities.
Vampire Facelift process
The Vampire procedure starts by applying a topical numbing agent to the face and drawing blood. We then spin your blood in a centrifuge to isolate platelet rich plasma (PRP). Next, we inject filler and set-up a scaffolding in your face. Lastly, we inject concentrated growth factors into the face to stimulate new tissue growth.
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The Vampire Facelift procedure was invented by Alabama Dr. Charles Runels. Dr. Gentry first met and trained with Dr. Runels in 2013. It was then that Dr. Gentry first performed the Vampire Facelift, Vampire Facial, O shot, and P shot. Dr. Gentry has trained with Dr. Runels multiple times and is the only approved provider of these procedures in Fayetteville. (Feb 2018)
The magic behind the Vampire Facelift is PRP. When you fall and scrape your knee, platelets perform multiple treatment functions. Platelets first stop the bleeding. Next, they activate white blood cells to remove dead-cells and debris. Finally, platelets release growth factors and stimulate stem cells, which triggers tissue regrowth and repair.
With the Vampire Facelift, we draw your blood and isolate a concentrated solution of your platelets from the remainder of your blood. This PRP solution consists of your own blood products. We basically trick your platelets into thinking there has been an injury and inject the PRP into your face in a certain method to stimulate growth of new tissue. This growth occurs gradually over the next 3-12 weeks.
Safety and expectations
Because the procedure involves only HA filler and your own blood products, the risk is the same as that of fillers alone. This is typically mild swelling and bruising to the injected areas that resolves within 2-3 days and can usually be covered by makeup.
Apart from some mild swelling or facial redness, recovery is generally minimal and fast. The Vampire Facelift costs $1500. (this includes 1 syringe of filler)
While the Vampire Facelift is applied with an injection, the Vampire Facial is a topical procedure. It’s a subtle way to improve the shape, tone, and texture of your face without surgery or extended recovery time. You will have the immediate effects of the filler and over the next several weeks, your body will grow new tissue as well so there is a longer effect as well.
Treatments start by drawing a patient’s blood, similar to a blood test. We then isolate platelets (PRP growth factors) from that blood—all within about 10 minutes in the office. We then perform a microneedling procedure, creating tiny channels so the PRP can penetrate the skin. The Vampire Facial costs $600, which includes the microneedling, blood draw and aftercare kit.
Vampire Facial Science
The Vampire Facial involves a combination of microneedling and platelet rich plasma (PRP). Microneedling uses a tiny needle to superficially penetrate the skin at a rate up to 25,000 times per minute. While this may sound painful, due to the numbing cream most patients have little to no discomfort. This breaks up abnormal collagen in the targeted area and stimulates the growth of new collagen. The PRP contains concentrated amounts of your own growth factors to stimulate the growth of new collagen and blood vessels. This gives your face a gradually improved texture, and a youthful glow while reducing scar tissue.
Vampire Facelift vs Facial
The Vampire Facelift improves facial volume and skin tone because it’s injected under the skin. As a topical PRP application, the Vampire Facial concentrates more on skin texture and superficial skin tone. The Vampire Facial is also effective at reducing acne scars.