Sagging facial skin and wrinkles are natural results of the aging process. However, you don’t have to live with them. At Rejuvalase Medical Spa in Santa Barbara, CA, Dr. Gregory Keller is proud to offer a non-invasive way to restore the health and natural beauty of your face. Today, we’re answering some of the most frequently asked questions about a vampire facelift, including what it is and what concerns it can correct.
What Is a Vampire Facelift?
A vampire facelift is a non-invasive anti-aging treatment. It combines the benefits of PRP therapy and injectable dermal fillers. Both treatments rejuvenate the skin, but they address different cosmetic concerns.
Combining them into a single convenient treatment provides dramatic anti-aging results. It combines the growth factors and healing properties within your blood with the most effective anti-aging dermal fillers. It truly is the best of both worlds condensed into a convenient, pain-free session.
What Concerns Can It Treat?
There are a number of cosmetic concerns that can be addressed with this non-invasive facelift. The dermal fillers reverse volume loss caused by the aging process. It also tightens inelastic skin, corrects asymmetry, and erases lines and wrinkles.
Additionally, PRP therapy restores a radiant, youthful glow to your face that will make you look years younger and much healthier. Whether you want to improve the health of your skin or you are more concerned about erasing the signs of aging, this treatment will add volume and dimension to your face.
How Does This Treatment Work?
An Initial Evaluation
An initial evaluation is required before your treatment session can be scheduled. At this time, Dr. Gregory Keller will ensure you are a good candidate for this treatment. Most people who are concerned about the appearance and health of their skin will qualify.
That said, some people should hold off on receiving this treatment for safety reasons. Rest assured, we have an anti-aging treatment that will restore your natural beauty safely if you do not qualify for a vampire facial.
The Dermal Fillers
Injectable hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers will be administered to recontour your face while maintaining your natural look. Your results will look, and be, completely natural.
The Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy part of the process begins with a painless blood draw. The bit of your blood that is drawn is processed in a device known as a centrifuge. The centrifuge turns incredibly rapidly, separating the components of your blood by density. This process takes only a few minutes.
Once the device is done spinning, the golden growth factors are extracted and combined with the plasma. Through this process, your plasma becomes rich in platelets. Platelets have high levels of growth factors. Growth factors, among other benefits, encourage your body to heal itself. Therefore, regardless of the aging signs you’re experiencing, you can feel confident your skin will be healthier and more beautiful after your session.
Administering the PRP Therapy
Once the PRP has been added to your plasma, it will be put into a syringe so it can be administered. This healing, completely natural formula will be administered into strategic locations within your problem areas. Once the PRP is administered below the surface of your skin, it starts to work immediately. Your skin’s natural self-healing process is stimulated and extra collagen is produced. Collagen is an essential supportive protein that facilitates cellular turnover.
Cellular turnover is essential for keeping your skin looking healthy and young. The visible layer of your skin, known as the epidermis, is made up of dead skin cells. This layer of your skin can trap dirt and debris, even when you wash your face regularly. Cellular turnover is the process of shedding dead skin cells so they can be replaced by younger, healthier cells. For weeks after your treatment, you will notice your skin becoming younger, healthier and firmer.
What Is PRP?
As noted above, PRP is an abbreviation of platelet-rich plasma. This therapy has been used for medical purposes for well over four decades. Recently, research was conducted on its cosmetic applications and it is now an incredibly popular anti-aging treatment. It is used commonly in cosmetic treatments due to its healing, restorative properties.
What’s really great about using PRP therapy to reverse the signs of aging is your skin heals itself. Thanks to the growth factors in the blood platelets, injured, damaged, and dead skin cells are shed. This makes way for new, healthy cells.
How Long Will the Results of This Treatment Last?
The results of this non-invasive facelift will last a year or longer. The younger and healthier you are when you receive this anti-aging treatment, the longer your results will last. You can extend the longevity of your results by keeping your collagen as healthy as possible.
Other FAQs Answered
What’s the Difference Between a Vampire Facelift and a Vampire Facial?
People often use the terms “vampire facelift” and “vampire facial” interchangeably. That said, there are significant differences between the two treatments. The former includes platelet-rich plasma therapy and dermal fillers. Great candidates for this treatment are fairly healthy individuals who want to combine the benefits of dermal fillers and PRP therapy. The initial results of this treatment are apparent immediately and continue to improve over several months.
A vampire facial includes platelet-rich plasma therapy but does not involve dermal fillers. Rather, it induces collagen production through microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy. This treatment is appropriate for people who are not interested in recontouring their faces. Again, initial results are visible immediately, and they continue to improve over time. A vampire facial is used to correct such cosmetic concerns as:
- Wrinkles and lines
- Stretch marks
- Acne scars
- Uneven skin texture
What Are the Benefits of a Vampire Facelift?
The primary benefit associated with this treatment is it provides people with the opportunity to reverse the signs of aging without undergoing an invasive procedure. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits provided by this non-invasive treatment.
It’s Not Surgical
A surgical facelift provides dramatic results. That said, not everyone is emotionally, financially, and physically ready for such a significant commitment. This non-invasive treatment also provides dramatic results, recontouring the face, lifting sagging skin, and encouraging your skin to heal itself. Unlike a surgical facelift, this non-invasive facelift does not involve suturing the muscles beneath your skin.
Additionally, it does not involve scalpels, stitches, or healthy skin removal. Since this treatment isn’t invasive, there is no downtime or required recovery period. This makes it accessible to people who can’t afford to take several days off from work.
There are potential risks associated with any cosmetic procedure. Opting for a non-invasive facelift mitigates the risks of an invasive procedure. You will not feel any pain during your treatment because a topical anesthetic is applied to your skin before the session begins. Besides a topical numbing cream, there is no anesthesia or other medication required to keep you comfortable throughout the entire process.
Furthermore, the ingredients used in the dermal fillers are identical to the chemical compounds your skin produces naturally. There is no risk of developing an allergic reaction during this treatment because the platelet-rich plasma is taken from your blood. Additionally, there is no risk associated with using hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers to recontour your face.
It Provides Natural-Looking Results
We cannot overstate how natural the results of this treatment look. Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide that your body produces naturally. Additionally, it encourages your skin to produce collagen and elastin, essential supportive protein and fibers. Furthermore, the platelets from your blood encourage extra collagen production. Your results will not look artificial because they do not come from surgical tightening or collagen from animal sources.
Once your session is over, you will look glowing, revitalized, rested, and youthful. You will be astonished by how much younger you look immediately after your non-invasive facelift. After that, your confidence and appearance will continue to improve for several months. Your contours will be improved, asymmetry will be corrected, loose skin will be tightened, and nobody will be able to tell lines and wrinkles once crossed your face.
Often, people only receive one invasive facelift. Since there is no downtime or recovery required after this non-invasive facelift, it is easy to come in for a follow-up treatment once the results begin to fade. Remember, the results of this treatment continue to improve over the course of several months. After that, the results last for over 12 months.
Therefore, you shouldn’t expect to need a follow-up treatment for at least 18 to 24 months after your initial treatment. When you come in for your initial evaluation, if Dr. Gregory Keller determines you are a good candidate for this treatment, he will advise you on the post-treatment timeline you can expect.
We’d like to reiterate that this non-invasive treatment is incredibly convenient. There is no need to be observed for several hours after your session is over because there is neither sedation nor general anesthesia involved.
As soon as your treatment is complete, you are free to return to your usual routine. Typically, sessions can be completed in 60 minutes. Simply schedule your appointment at your convenience, and feel confident the rest of your day will not be affected.
This treatment is incredibly popular because it is so effective, safe, and convenient. In fact, some of the busiest, most famous celebrities have worked this treatment into their hectic schedule and tout the efficacious nature of this treatment.
That celebrities with virtually limitless resources who opt for this treatment to maintain their flawlessly tight, smooth skin over other procedures speaks volumes about how beneficial this treatment is. It may seem too good to be true that you don’t have to undergo an invasive facelift to turn back the hands of time, but it is true. It is hard to imagine how much happier and more confident you will feel once you receive this treatment of the stars.
How Should I Prepare for This Treatment?
You don’t need to do much to prepare for this non-invasive treatment. Among the steps you should take are:
- Not smoking
- Not drinking alcohol
- Not taking blood thinners
Restore Your Youthful Visage Without an Invasive Procedure
You don’t need to undergo an invasive procedure to restore your youthful appearance. A vampire facial can improve the health and appearance of your skin significantly. To find out if this non-invasive, restorative treatment is right for you, please contact us today at Rejuvalase Medical Spa in Santa Barbara, CA to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Gregory Keller.