We’re always looking for ways to keep ourselves youthful and fresh-faced. Luckily, the vampire facelift has nothing to do with bathing in other people’s blood. Instead, your own blood is used to create a personalized healing serum known as platelet-rich plasma. This concentration can boost your body’s natural repair response, leading to tighter, brighter skin.
At her practice in Columbia, Missouri, Dr. Bonnie Friehling provides PRP treatment as part of a procedure some call the “vampire facelift.” This modern form of facial rejuvenation combines several treatments, including PRP application, to restore a youthful freshness to your features, without having to undergo cosmetic surgery.
A brief overview of PRP
PRP therapy isn’t a new concept, and it’s not exclusive to cosmetic treatments. In fact, platelet-rich plasma is a popular form of regenerative medicine. It works by boosting healing using your body’s existing resources.
This is done by isolating the healing components within your blood. We take a blood sample from your arm and spin it in a centrifuge, which separates the plasma and platelets from the rest of the fluid. The platelet-rich plasma has many uses in medicine, as it can draw growth factors to the site of an injury to promote faster healing.
PRP can be injected into painful joints, or spread over injured skin, where it begins working immediately. Your plasma is unique to you, which means your body will automatically accept the bioidentical serum. This boots the efficacy of the treatment and improves your results.
What happens during a vampire facelift
The vampire facelift was developed by Dr. Charles Runels. It combines injectables with platelet-rich plasma to tighten your skin, which reduces wrinkles and sagging. Dr. Friehling has trained with Dr. Runel, and has plenty of experience with the procedure.
During your vampire facelift, we use a dermal filler to replace lost volume in your face. Deeply set wrinkles are caused by a lack of the structural proteins collagen and elastin in the area, but we use hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance that draws in replenishing moisture, to fill in the gaps. Once your wrinkles have been filled in, your personalized PRP serum is used to boost healing. The results of your treatment are immediate, and they will last for months as your body continues healing itself and absorbing the filler.
Want to take a few years off your face? A vampire facelift can help you get results without surgery. To learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Friehling. Call the office at 573-446-1200, or visit the contact page for more information.