Understanding the Side Effects of a Vampire Facelift

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Many of us are willing to buy cabinets full of expensive beauty products and makeup to give us great skin. As life goes on, it can get harder and harder to keep skin looking healthy. For certain concerns, there isn’t much you can do with store-bought products that only go on topically. In some cases, people are willing to go to more extreme measures to get perfect skin. This includes a number of treatments and procedures that can provide you with more dramatic results. One procedure that’s become more popular, in part due to the celebrities who get it, is a vampire facelift

What is a vampire facelift?

If you aren’t already familiar with a vampire facelift, the name can sound nothing short of terrifying. The name is actually a little misleading. A vampire facelift isn’t actually a facelift at all, but it does involve some blood. You won’t even have to go under the knife to have it done, and it usually only takes around an hour. A vampire facelift is similar to other liquid facelifts. While the name might turn you away, this procedure is much easier than a regular facelift. Of course, the name alone has garnered the procedure a lot of attention. 

What makes a vampire facelift different than most other cosmetic procedures is that your own blood is used to get the desired results. During a vampire facelift, a medical professional will draw your blood to extract the platelets. After the platelets are extracted from the blood, they’ll then be injected back into the skin on your face whenever you want to be treated. Treatments using platelets are called platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. The platelets can also be re-introduced by microneedling first and then applying them topically to allow them to absorb into the skin. 

While this might not be the right procedure for those who are afraid of blood, it’s a more natural approach to cosmetic procedures, unlike injecting foreign substances. It’s possible to only get PRP injections, but a vampire facelift also involves dermal fillers for added volume.  

How does it work?

It might seem unnecessary to injection something into the skin that you already had. Injecting your own platelets into the skin can actually provide a lot of benefits. PRP helps new skin cells form to improve your skin’s overall health. This can also encourage the body to heal itself. PRP injections are sometimes given to treat injuries in tendons and ligaments, but it can also help the skin. These platelets can help collagen and elastin grow, which means your skin will continue to improve itself. Collagen and elastin are naturally found in skin but decrease over time, so this can create a more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers then work to smooth the skin and bring back fullness, similar to an actual facelift. 

What can it help with?

People of all ages can find a way to benefit from a vampire facelift. Because a vampire facial has dermal fillers included, many people who are dealing with skin sagging due to age or have any problems with fullness in the face get this procedure. PRP can also be used to encourage new hair to grow. After the procedure, you’ll get to enjoy smoother, brighter, and firmer skin. There might be some slight pain afterward, but you can get right back to your regular activities when it’s finished.

After your vampire facelift, the results won’t be noticeable right away. Since this is a non-surgical procedure, it won’t give you results as dramatic as an actual facelift, although there’s no recovery time, quicker, and less expensive. If you’re looking for minor rejuvenation, a vampire facelift can be the right procedure for you. The final results can last up to twelve months, with some lasting around two years.  

What side effects can it have?

A vampire facelift has very few risks involved. Because platelets are taken straight from a person’s blood, they typically don’t experience any negative side effects from the procedure. Some side effects caused by receiving an injection or from dermal fillers include itching, redness, swelling, pain, or bruising. Additionally, people who take blood thinners aren’t good candidates for this procedure. 

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