Summary: Once one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures on the market, you don’t hear quite as much about the Vampire Facelift anymore. There could be a couple of reasons for that—maybe it’s not as effective as it used to be, or maybe it’s just not as popular. Maybe the hype was a bit much, even for a procedure with a name that’s as marketing-friendly as “vampire facelift.” Of course, now there’s a “Vampire Breast Lift,” so maybe it’s not the novelty of the name that’s worn off.
Considering, Is the Vampire Facelift Still Popular?
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about the Vampire Facelift. The procedure first burst onto the scene a couple years back and, thanks in part to a catchy name, took off. Everyone was talking about the Vampire Facelift and the procedure was quite popular at clinics around the country.
But cosmetic surgery is no stranger to fads. In fact, it’s not uncommon for procedures to come and go—some of them spectacularly. To be sure, others stick around. The non surgical nose job, for example, has proved its utility over the years—it’s more than a fad, it’s a useful and revolutionary procedure. That’s why the non surgical nose job has only gotten more and more popular with time.
So how does the Vampire Facelift stand up? Is it a robust and popular procedure, like the non surgical nose job? Or is it simply another forgotten fad of an industry that loves to innovate? Well, to some, the jury is still out. The marketing for Vampire Facelift procedures (under that name) has certainly slowed down considerably, and yet it’s still one of the most common searched cosmetic surgery terms. There’s got to be a reason why vampire facelift is still popular.
What is the Vampire Facelift?
So, if you’re unfamiliar with the vampire facelift in 2016, that’s okay. It make a big splash in 2013-2014, and the marketing certainly helped. Let’s be honest, a name like “Vampire Facelift” is going to turn some heads, especially when, yes, it does use your own blood. Sort of. Of course, the “sort of” didn’t make for splashy news stories, so that was often buried in the copy somewhere.
Most cosmetic surgeons now advertise Vampire Facelifts under the considerably less provocative name of “platelet-rich-plasma” or “PRP.” It turns out, if you search for PRP instead of Vampire Facelift, you get a lot more results. There might be a couple of reasons for this. First and foremost, the “Vampire Facelift” is closely associated with one particular cosmetic surgeon—the guy who started it all. So, sticking close to that Vampire Facelift nickname isn’t exactly competitive.
Additionally, there’s something a little more “medical” sounding about platelet-rich-plasma. It makes the procedure seem less exotic, more medical, and more controlled—three traits that are desirable after the initial influx of publicity.
How Does PRP Work?
In a way, you are being injected with your own blood. Surgeons will take a certain amount of blood from your body (not very much, don’t worry), run that blood through a purification process (usually using a centrifuge) and separate out the elements. Surgeons will then take the plasma—rich in platelets—and inject that into your skin in order to create a rejuvenating effect.
This usually works best when in conjunction with another procedure, such as microneedling. Microneedling is actually a procedure that is designed to cause very minor but widespread damage to your skin, making hundreds of nearly microscopic cuts on the outer layer of skin. Basically, it’s a way to trick your body’s healing powers to kick into high gear, and then direct those powers to rejuvenation instead (since there’s really nothing to heal).
PRP injections give a kind of jumpstart to these healing powers, amplifying and augmenting their effects. Together, PRP and Mirconeedling make a powerful combination.
Does the Vampire Facelift Stand the Test of Time?
This is the ultimate question: does the Vampire facelift still work? Is the Vampire Facelift still popular? In all honesty, it depends on who you ask. Patients certainly seem to favor the results, and often request the procedure. Scientifically, there’s not a whole lot of evidence in terms of the results. Of course, those results are often subtle and difficult to quantify.
Those results will also vary considerably by patient. That means that, really, if you want to get a good idea of whether PRP will work for you, the best way to do that is to talk to a cosmetic surgeon. There may be features you want to get rid of or change that will be better served by another procedure. On the other hand, you may get great results with PRP injections and a little bit of Microneedling.
Just as the vampire has changed forms over the years (seriously, go back and watch Nosferatu and tell me that vampires haven’t changed), the Vampire Facelift has matured. The end result is a procedure that sounds a little less flashy, for sure, but whose results can speak for themselves.