Turning back the aging clock and restoring a more youthful appearance to the face isn’t always easy. For one thing, over-the-counter moisturizers that contain things like hyaluronic acid are often combined in mixtures that are unsuitable for some skin types. Abrasive resurfacing can lead to discolorations that are often permanent.
The best way to combat wrinkles and injury scars is to revitalize the tissues that make up the skin. This is accomplished by not only stimulating the growth of new skin cells that are healthier than those they are replacing, but also enticing the body to produce more collagen. The famous Vampire Face Lift® – which isn’t really a face lift at all – is one of the most effective means of stimulating healthier skin growth.
The Secret is Platelet-Rich Plasma
The reason this therapy is referred to as a Vampire Face Lift® is because the procedure involves the use of the client’s own blood. Blood is composed primarily of water, salt, red cells, white cells and platelets. The platelets aid in clotting because they clump when exposed to air. However, they also contain special growth factors, such as proteins. This is important in the healing process should an injury occur.
The idea of using platelets to stimulate healthier tissue growth is based on the fact that these growth factors exist. When blood is separated in a centrifuge, the platelets become more condensed because the red cells and some of the fluid is removed. The platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is injected beneath the facial skin, and the result is plumping and better moisture retention while the platelets begin to stimulate new, healthier tissue growth.
What the Client Can Expect
We first examine the face closely and determine whether discolored skin, wrinkles and injury scars can be successfully treated with the Vampire Face Lift®. If this type of procedure is considered a viable option, we will schedule a series of treatment sessions. The first session involves the injection of PRP, and the follow-up sessions may also include a topping off and fine tuning as well as a visual examination to check the progress of the new tissue development.
A blood sample is taken from the client and then spun in a centrifuge. The platelets and some of the plasma are combined with a fibrin mix. This is then injected, dispersing the PRP into the trouble spots. The platelets react with the surrounding tissue, and the body responds by sending additional blood laden with nutrients to the affected area. The growth factors will aid in the creation of new tissue, and the fibroblast cells in the immediate area are also stimulated. This will aid in the production of collagen.
The positive results aren’t immediately noticeable, but after a few weeks, improved facial skin begins to become apparent. The injections add volume as well, and this helps to eliminate smile lines and crow’s feet. The results are long-lasting, with many clients reporting positive results for up to one to two years. There is no downtime required after treatment, so the client can resume normal activities at once.
Learn More During a Consultation
If you are looking for an effective facial treatment to combat the signs of aging, consider a Vampire Face Lift® at Ciao Bella Medical Center and Spa. During a consultation at our office in Newnan, you can learn more about how this simple cosmetic treatment can rejuvenate the facial skin and minimize the appearance of wrinkles, skin folds and discolorations. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!