A vampire facelift, sometimes called a platelet-rich plasma facelift, is a cosmetic procedure that uses the patient’s blood to potentially fight the signs of aging.
After blood is drawn from your arm, the medical professional will separate the platelets from the rest of the blood using a centrifuge (a machine that spins quickly to separate fluids of different densities). The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) will be injected along with hyaluronic acid filler, like Juvederm.
The procedure may:
. reduce wrinkles
. plump skin
. diminish acne scars
. brighten dull skin
It’s safe for people of any age, but if you’re taking a blood thinner, have skin cancer, or any medical condition related to blood, such as HIV or hepatitis C, a vampire facelift isn’t recommended.
There’s limited research on vampire facelifts, but one study found that the skin’s texture improved significantly more with PRP than it did with saline injections.
The efficacy of a vampire facelift is because of plasma, which is yellow. Plasma is protein-rich, and it carries nutrients, protein, and hormones to the rest of the body.
Plasma also contains growth factors, which can increase cell turnover, collagen production, and elastin for firmer, younger-looking skin.
Vampire facelifts specifically target the face, but PRP can be used on other parts of the body, too. Research suggests PRP may also help stimulate hair growth ease osteoarthritis, and treat tendon and other acute sports injuries. There are also vampire breast lifts.
Side effects of a vampire facelift should be pretty minimal and may include:
. tingling or a slight burning sensation
. reactions to hyaluronic acid fillers are rare but can occur
Your doctor should tell you specifically what they want you to do before you arrive for your vampire facelift. Generally speaking, before the procedure you should plan to:
. Arrive with clean, makeup-free, and product-free skin.
. Drink lots of water in the days leading up to your appointment.
. Avoid unprotected sun exposure or tanning in the weeks before your appointment.
. Arrange a ride home if your doctor suggests it.
A vampire facelift is a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure, but it should still be done by a trained medical professional who has the correct equipment and has been certified to perform the procedure.
It’s always a good idea to meet with a doctor beforehand to have them explain what they’ll do during the procedure.
Most vampire facelifts will follow the same steps:
You may notice some redness on your face after a vampire facelift, but the procedure itself is noninvasive, and it should require minimum downtime.
Try to avoid touching your face in the hours after the procedure. If your doctor says it’s OK, you can use an ice pack or take Tylenol to calm swelling and alleviate any pain.
You’ll see immediate plumping results from the filler, and the glow and evenness from PRP will be visible after 2 to 3 weeks. Results aren’t permanent and will typically last for 1 year and as long as 18 months.
Vampire facelifts and vampire facials can be easy to confuse, and they’re similar treatments. A vampire facelift combines a filler with PRP, and because of the instant plumping and smoothing effects of fillers, you’ll see some results immediately.
Vampire facials, on the other hand, combine microneedling, which uses tiny needles to make almost undetectable pricks in the skin. This is said to deliver the effects of PRP more deeply into the skin itself.
A vampire facelift is a great option for anyone who wants to firm or contour sagging skin, and vampire facials can help improve the skin’s texture or reduce the look of acne scars. Some providers will offer these treatments together.