Serving up vampire facelifts to erase fine lines, wrinkles and the signs of aging. How does using your own blood rejuvenate the skin? Well the blood is drawn and then put into a special container with compounds that inside a spinner separate out to platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The platelet-rich plasma has growth factors in it, so when injected into the body, it recruits your own natural stem cells to regenerate tissue.
The procedure at work.
First, a filler is injected under the skin, which plumps it up and gives a matrix or “scaffolding” for the PRP. Then the blood products are mixed and placed into small syringes, which are injected into the skin. A noteworthy fact is the product spun from the blood, has actually been used for injury recovery and many other medical remedies for years. For that reason, patients can expect a minimal recovery time with few side effects.
So when can I see results?
Improvements from the filler start right away but the PRP begin at three weeks with maximum effect at three months. The facelift works best with a follow-up “vampire facial.” However, patients can opt to only get the facial which also covers the face with your PRP, but uses a tiny tool to buff it into the skin. The full results of the procedure are expected to last 18 months.
Cost ranges from $700 to $1,200 and is not covered by medical insurance plans.
Would you try it?
Anissa S. Campbell
SHE Magazine Correspondant