Vampire Facelift – secret to eternal youth, or just a pain in the neck?
Not quite as catchy. But it’s the basis on which PRP Therapy – aka the Vampire Facelift – works.
Intrigued? Read on for some FAQs on this novel rejuvenating treatment…
What is a Vampire Facelift?
Also known as Platelet Rich Plasma (or PRP) Therapy, the treatment uses no products – just a concentrated dose of your own platelets derived from a small sample of your blood.
These are injected back into your skin, and as they’re packed with restorative ‘growth factors’, they stimulate growth of new tissue and blood vessels to rejuvenate your skin.
What can it help with?
It can be used to help improve fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and crepey skin – and is even used for hair restoration. In our own clinics, we’ve noticed eyelash growth in some patients who have had PRP treatment under their eyes!
Which areas can be treated?
Any area that’s showing signs of ageing. Most popular areas are around the eyes, the forehead, the nasolabial folds, the backs of the hands and the décolletage.
How long does a Vampire Facelift treatment take?
The whole appointment takes around 1 1/2 hours, with the injections only making up around 20 minutes of that.
How many treatments do you need?
It’s usually recommended you have a course of 3 treatments to achieve the best results.
How quickly will you see results?
This depends on your skin type and condition, and your age. Generally, a skin cycle (the time taken for new skin cells to be created) is around 6 weeks, so improvements can usually be seen in 4-6 weeks. You would usually have a second treatment at that time to boost stimulation of your new skin cells.
How long do results last?
Again, this depends on your age, skin type and condition – and any other treatments you’re having. Typically, if you’ve had a course of 3 treatments, you can expect your results to last around a year. A top-up treatment every 6 months will help you maintain results.
Is there any down time?
Afraid so! Because you’re having lots of small injections in delicate areas, you’ll have some redness afterwards. There may also be some bruising.
Redness usually subsides within a couple of hours, but bruising will take longer. For that reason, we usually say to leave 2 weeks after treatment before attending any special events.
And lastly – is the Vampire Facelift safe?
Absolutely – it’s one of the major advantages of the treatment. Because it only uses your own blood, not a synthetic product, PRP Therapy is completely safe.
It’s a tried and tested technique that’s been used for at least 10 years in various fields of medicine, including orthopaedics and surgical wound healing, before making its way into aesthetics.
Aurora Skin Clinics offer the treatment at the Paddocks Clinic in Bucks. To find out more about the Vampire Facelift, call us on 01844 318825 or email email@example.com to book a free consultation with one of our expert aesthetic nurses.