One of the latest procedures to gain rapid popularity among facial cosmetic surgery patients is the so-called “vampire face lift.” The surging interest in the procedure was chronicled in a recent press release in Digital Journal.
This cleverly named procedure gets its title from the basic steps of the procedure, which involve the withdrawing of a small blood sample and the separation of the blood platelets from the sample. These platelets are then re-injected into the face to create smoother, younger-looking skin.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy Becoming More Popular
Medically referred to as platelet rich plasma therapy, or PRP, this interesting procedure has long been used to heal injuries for athletes more rapidly. It is particularly useful for injuries to the joints or ligaments.
Once the serum has been injected, it creates a mesh of growth factors beneath the patient’s skin. These, in turn, thicken the dermis layer of the skin and increase natural levels of collagen. Over time, the body naturally improves the skin tone, texture and tightness in the treated area.
Serum injections are popular additions to other facial procedures, and may prolong the effects of dermal fillers and give the skin an extra lifted effect. It is often used with Restylane, Juvederm and Radiesse. It has very low chances of interaction with other procedures, and is often chosen for its minimally invasive qualities.
PRP is also used following fractional laser treatment, and can improve the natural healing speed and result. It may often be given independently, using a special device that micro-injects the serum into the targeted area.
Results may occur in just a few minutes, and continue to develop over the next several months. In addition to PRP, other types of patient-specific and highly advanced treatments are continuing to develop, with many more likely to be explored in the future.