It’s been a while since the name flooded the airwaves, so you’d be forgiven for wondering: is the vampire facelift still a thing? After all, you probably haven’t heard of it in a while. That on its own doesn’t necessarily mean anything. The sector of the media that covers cosmetic surgery has a short memory (which is reasonable, as there are so many new and innovative procedures that come out all the time).
Is the Vampire Facelift Still a Thing in Cosmetic Surgery?
So the fact that it hasn’t been in the news of late doesn’t necessarily mean the vampire facelift has disappeared. If that’s the case, what gives? Where is this procedure now and why haven’t we heard more about it?
The answer has to do with marketing and branding, funny enough. The Vampire Facelift is more medically known as a PRP injection (the PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma). Calling it a “Vampire Facelift” was a genius bit of branding–but it was also proprietary. So even though the name caught on like wildfire, clinics needed to pay a licence fee to use that “Vampire Facelift” name. So, is the Vampire Facelift still a thing? It’s quite possible–they just call it something else now.
What Is a Vampire Facelift?
The moniker “Vampire Facelift” is more of a clever marketing name than it is an accurate medical description of a procedure. Most cosmetic surgeons and medical spas refer to a Vampire Facelift instead as a PRP injection. PRP stands for Platelet-Rich-Plasma.
Platelet-rich-plasma actually comes from your own body’s blood. When you go in for a PRP injection, you will have blood drawn. That blood will then be put into a centrifuge in order to separate the distinct elements of that blood, resulting in a predictable amount of platelet-rich-plasma.
Surgeons have begun using platelet-rich-plasma because there’s a school of thought that suggests using your body’s own healing properties is a great way to amplify results. And the PRP has a concentrated amount of those properties. This means that areas targeted with an injection will often see more rejuvenation, especially when combined with other procedures. (For example, PRP is often combined with microneedling procedures.)
Do PRP Injections Actually Work?
Currently, there is no widely accepted, peer reviewed research that suggests PRP injections improve rejuvenation results. Now, that doesn’t mean PRP doesn’t work–it just means that the research hasn’t been done yet. There is, of course, a significant amount of anecdotal evidence to suggest that PRP does a good job (but that’s not quite the same thing).
In any case, most patients are pleased with the way they look after a series of PRP injections. And these injections can be used for a wide variety of purposes:
- Mitigating lines and wrinkles: When PRP injections are coupled with procedures such as Mirconeedling or SkinPen, they’re generally used to amplify the skin-smoothing results of those procedures. In other words, Microneedling and SkinPen are used to mitigate lines and wrinkles and the PRP is designed to help them do that better.
- Increase radiance: Your skin has a certain glow to it, right? And we often associate that glow with youth. That’s why PRP injections, when combined with certain other procedures, are designed to help you recapture that glow. The theory is that the RPR can help rejuvenate your skin back into a more youthful condition.
- Regrowing hair: One of the most novel uses of PRP so far is for the regrowth of hair. It’s probably not your first thought when it comes to the uses of PRP. But early tests showed promise and patients who go to medical spas that offer this often see some significant results. That’s right–patients regrow hair! It’s a great option for those patients who are not interested in some of those more invasive hair regrowth techniques.
The Future of the Vampire Facelift
Whether the so-called Vampire Facelift remains popular and effective in the future is difficult to say with any certainty. Cosmetic surgery can be quite fickle, and if a more effective procedure comes along, the days of the Vampire Facelift might be over.
But that moment hasn’t arrived quite yet. Today, the Vampire Facelift–or the PRP Facial–is still in high demand, especially as an additive for other procedures (such as Microneedling or SkinPen).
That means you can probably find PRP facials on the menu at your local medical spa. And they’ll know what it is whether you ask for it as a Vampire Facelift or a PRP Facial. Ultimately, we can answer that question: is the Vampire Facelift still a thing? It is–it might just be called something else.