Thanks to state-of-the-art advancements in skin rejuvenation treatments, people are now going back in time, figuratively, to more youthful versions of themselves. You can do the same with the help of a Vampire Facelift at RefineU MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK, where our goal is to help you achieve your ideal look and feel.
Recapture a Youthful Look With a Vampire Facelift
The Power of Two Treatments in One
A Vampire Facelift is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that combines two of the body’s naturally occurring resources to recapture the complexion of youth. The treatment combines injections of hyaluronic acid fillers with injections of platelet-rich plasma, commonly referred to as PRP. The purpose behind this combination is to obtain better results than either PRP or hyaluronic fillers can achieve on their own.
What Is PRP?
PRP is a concentration of platelets derived from a small amount of your own blood. These platelets are part of the human body’s natural healing process. Under ordinary circumstances, their job is to rush to the site of injuries and stimulate tissue regeneration using one of the many growth factors they contain.
Each of the growth factors in PRP plays a different role in tissue repair, cell turnover, collagen synthesis, and the growth of new blood vessels. Recent studies show that growth factors in PRP can also inhibit melanocytes, which are the cells that produce melanin. These cells and your melanin are responsible for age spots. PRP is widely used in all kinds of medical treatments, including surgeries and slow-healing ligament injuries, because of the way it can stimulate faster healing and growth.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a gooey, gel-like substance that the body produces naturally. Researchers have found more hyaluronic acid in the skin, connective tissues, and eyes than any other parts of the body, and its main function is to keep tissues moist and lubricated. One molecule of this powerful natural acid is capable of retaining more than 1,000 times its own weight in water.
As we age, our production of this vital element naturally declines, making it harder and harder to keep skin young, smooth, and moisturized. Introducing hyaluronic acid fillers produces immediate results in the state of your skin. These dermal fillers instantly smooth lines and wrinkles, soften creases, enhance facial contours, and restore lost volume.
Short and Long Term Results
The hyaluronic acid brings back a fuller and more youthful structure to the face instantly by lifting collapsed areas, which helps restore a more youthful appearance to the skin surface. This means you’ll see short term results and walk out of the office feeling and looking refreshed.
The long term results come from the PRP that stimulates additional changes. By delivering the body’s own growth factors directly where you want to see changes, you are activating stem cells to stimulate the formation of blood vessels, collagen, and elastin, all of which make up the matrix that holds cells together and thickens the skin. As a result, there is an improvement in fine lines, moisture, skin texture, and the skin’s overall quality and integrity. This change is slower than the first because it’s happening naturally, from the inside out.
A Safe and Versatile Treatment
An additional benefit of PRP is its versatility. We can use it wherever we use fillers, and we can often use a single tube in more than one area. Its application as a key component of Vampire Facelifts has benefited patients spanning a wide range of ages, virtually all of whom report enjoying significant changes in skin tone and texture. Also, the treatment is safe for all skin tones and types.
Better yet, there is almost no chance of an allergic reaction because hyaluronic acid exists in the body naturally and the PRP comes from your own blood. This is a very natural way of treating the skin, which is another reason it is so appealing to many. One last thing to note is that we can dissolve hyaluronic acid fillers with hyaluronidase to reverse an outcome if you’re in any way dissatisfied with the shape of your face.
What to Expect
Our treatment professionals will first numb the skin by applying a topical anesthetic for about 30 minutes to reduce any discomfort. This allows time for a small blood draw, after which your blood is put in a centrifuge and spun to isolate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of the blood. We then purify the plasma and prepare it as an injection.
The first step is the dermal fillers, which are carefully injected to achieve exactly the look of full, youthful freshness you’re looking for. We then deliver the PRP through a series of injections that take less than an hour altogether. The treatment area is carefully chosen and mapped out ahead of time so we can be sure the PRP is going to work in just the right spots.
The fillers create immediate volume, so there is no wait time to see an initial difference. Ultimate results, however, will become apparent as the effects of the PRP kick in. Patients normally see additional improvement in appearance within two weeks, and the skin continues to improve for up to three months as collagen and elastin production speeds up and blood flow improves.
With time, you’ll typically see about 10% to 15% more volume in your face, and this effect lasts up to two years. The best news is that when you get fillers regularly, you will gradually need them less often as the body begins to produce more of its own natural collagen.
Getting Your Vampire Facelift
Choosing a Practitioner
You always want to get your facelift from someone with the experience and training to provide the best results. Providers of this treatment, in particular, should have received special training and should be licensed by the Cellular Medicine Association. This is an important step not just to ensure your safety, but to get you the best results.
Beauty is as much about art as mathematics and training. Only a practitioner with a practiced hand and a good eye can inject your fillers in a way that creates a perfectly natural shape and results that look like you, only younger.
Setting Up Appointments
Your first step is to come see us for a consultation about the best way to treat your skin issues. We’ll get to know you and your goals, your medical history, and your areas of concern. Our skincare experts will then help you build a treatment plan that’s fit for you in particular.
Each person’s needs are different, but so are their bodies. The treatment schedule that works for one person might not be right for you. Just as you could go to the gym and work with the same amount of weight as a friend, yet build muscle at different rates, PRP will cause rejuvenation in your face at a different rate from another person. We’ll adjust your appointment and treatment schedule as needed as we go along for the best results.
The Best Candidates for Treatment
Though the body responds best to PRP at an early age, this treatment is effective for anyone desiring facial rejuvenation: even people in their 50s and above. This is good news given that most of the concerns people are looking to address with this treatment show up with age. Most people who are interested in this treatment are great candidates for it. However, we don’t recommend treatment for people with:
- Hepatitis C, HIV, or AIDS
- Blood cancer
- Skin cancer in the area targeted for treatment
- Cardiovascular disease that requires taking a blood thinner
How to Get the Best Results
To prepare for treatment, avoid herbal supplements, blood thinners such as aspirin, and other anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for two weeks before your facelift. Also, refrain from drinking alcohol for 24 hours before and after a scheduled appointment since alcohol increases blood pressure.
After treatment, we recommend avoiding direct sunlight for the next few days and being extra conscientious about sunscreen. We also recommend no makeup or face washing for at least half a day following. It’s also a good idea to forego arduous activity for a day to avoid bringing blood to the skin and to minimize displacement or migration of the filling.
How Does This Compare to Other Treatments?
Vampire Facelift vs Vampire Facial
Because they sound so similar, people can easily confuse these two treatments. However, there are distinct differences in the way the two use PRP and for what purpose. The facelift relies on PRP and fillers for shaping the face, lifting sagging skin, and smoothening out wrinkles, whereas the facial focuses on targeting acne scars, large pores, fine lines, and pigmentation using microneedling and a topical layer of PRP.
In essence, the facelift is about plumping the skin to improve contour and shape, improve skin color, and bring back a fresh, healthy texture with a rosy hue. The facial is all about brightening the complexion by focusing on certain aspects of the skin’s exterior, particularly sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and acne or other scars.
Differences From a Surgical Facelift
What a Vampire Treatment Can’t Do
Though a vampire facelift can achieve changes with little downtime by using your own platelets to achieve results, the outcome will never be as dramatic as a surgical facelift. It cannot mold or lift the lower face, neck, and jawline in the same manner as a competently performed surgical facelift or neck lift can. Also, the rejuvenation achieved will not last as long as a surgical facelift, the results of which can continue upwards of 10 years.
Where the Vampire Treatment Shines
While the surgical facelift is the right choice for some people, there’s no denying it’s a serious procedure. It is expensive, it demands careful preparation and lots of downtime for recovery, it is not comfortable or painless, and, as with all surgery, it always comes with some risks.
By seeking a non-surgical facelift, you can still see significant rejuvenation in the appearance without any of the risks and downsides that come with a surgical procedure. Best of all, this treatment can be repeated as often as you need it, even for years, and still not come close to the costs associated with surgery.
Let Us Show You What’s Possible
Cosmetic rejuvenation no longer requires major surgery or expense. To find out more about our cosmetic treatments and the diverse range of aesthetic care we offer, contact RefineU MedSpa in Oklahoma City, OK to talk to us about how we can help you with the latest and most popular non-invasive treatments and injectables. You too can reclaim your youthful appearance and love what you see in the mirror again!