The Vampire Facelift, one of the latest innovations in facial rejuvenation uses the patient's own blood as an all-natural injectable to restore volume, stimulate collagen and blood vessel growth. In a market of synthetic fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse, new options are becoming available that use the patients own tissues to restore volume: fat transfer to the face and now, blood through the Selphyl system.
Actual Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Facelift results of Dr. Walter Tom 6 weeks post treatment
As seen on The Doctors, after a patient's blood is drawn, it is placed in a centrifuge to separate out the plasma, which is rich in platelets. When the blood platelets are combined with Selphyl, a Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) is formed that can be re-injected into the face where it is needed. Many physicians who have used the system and blood as an injectable have had positive results with plumping out wrinkles and improving skin texture.
According to Newport Beach Vampire Lift provider Dr. Thomas Barnes, "Without going under the knife or going through a facelift, we can rejuvenate the face with regenerative cells from your own blood. They can be placed right under the skin, into the tissue and it helps rejuvenate the tissue. The patients' own cells grow within the tissue, replenishing, keeping the patient young looking and the skin looks better on the face."
The process of injecting PRFM with the Selphyl system is unlike other fillers. Physicians tend to overfill the treatment area because much of what is injected may not survive the transfer. However, what does "take" will slowly produce rejuvenation results as the Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix is encouraging natural collagen growth to fill in wrinkles and lost volume.
The procedure takes approximately an hour to complete. "We call it the Vampire Lift because we’re actually taking cells from the patient's own blood," describes Dr. Barnes, "In a quick, simple, and easy way to rejuvenate the face, making the patient appear more rested without surgery. It can be done in an hour’s time and it lasts for years." While it is unknown how long the results will last, some patients are reporting up to 18 months or more. Due to the fact that the collagen stimulant is from the patient's own tissue, many physicians are hopeful that this is a long lasting facial filler option for patients.
Dr. Drew Ordon cautions that patients with a low blood platelet count or require anticoagulation medication should not undergo this procedure.