The Beverly Hills Courier has reported that a new trend in non-invasive rejuvenation surgery is emerging – the Vampire Facelift. It gets it’s somewhat catchy name from the procedure itself, in which blood is taken from the patient, enhanced with extra platelets, and injected back into the face to help reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin.
In a world where the Academy Awards offer complimentary procedures to winners, it’s perhaps no surprise that surgery has started to emulate the success of the likes of Twilight and other teen vampire movies. But, put the hype to one side for a moment, and consider the facts.
This could be considered an experimental procedure in facial rejuvenation. It has previously been used extensively by orthopedic surgeons under the name Platelet Rich Plasma therapy – to help fix tendons and ligaments – where it has enjoyed some success. It’s expensive – some surgeons courting the $1500 plus bracket – and, like many non-invasive procedures, results may not be permanent. And, it’s not for everyone – there have been mixed results, but when it does work, it seems to work extremely well.
As always, the advice has to be twofold. Consult your surgeon and consider the alternatives, of which there are always plenty. If it’s rejuvenation that you’re after, there’s everything from Botox and other fillers and injections, to a full-on face lift to remove unwanted fat, skin, and extraneous tissue. Not to mention chemical peels, advanced dermabrasion techniques, and various creams and lotions that all help keep the skin in its best condition.
In fact, it’s often a case of using all the tools available; no one procedure is going to solve all the possible issues related to aging and skin damage from accidents, illness or just overexposure to sunlight. Surgery often can’t do much for the fine lines and wrinkles; they need to be treated by resurfacing. Similarly, a Botox or filler injection might remove the wrinkles, but it will wear off over time and is no substitute for a proper skin care routine involving, for example, chemical peels.
Then there’s the new and trendy techniques that people ‘just have to have’. Whether the Vampire Facelift (sometimes also called the Dracula Facelift or even its technical name PRP) is just another fad or a reliable procedure, time will tell, but like all other procedures it will only ever be a part of a complete skin care package and treatment plan.
To learn more about facial rejuvenation, contact the Naderi Center in Washington DC. The Naderi Center has two locations: Herndon, Virginia (703-481-0002) and Chevy Chase, Maryland (301-222-2020).