Do you wish you looked younger than your chronological age? Do you lack the time or money to commit to an invasive medical procedure? At Dr. Golberg Wellness & Functional Medicine in New York, NY, we are proud to be on the cutting-edge of aesthetic treatments. We can help you look younger than your chronological age with an innovative, non-invasive treatment known as a vampire facelift. Today, we’re talking about the amazing results you can achieve with this safe, affordable treatment.
What Is a Vampire Facelift?
A vampire facelift involves two treatments. The first phase involves PRP, or platelet-rich plasma. This is the “vampire” part of the treatment. The effects of a vampire facelift are similar to dermal fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane. The primary difference is the aforementioned products are manufactured. They mimic hyaluronic acid produced by your body, but they are artificial fillers. With a PRP facelift, there is no risk of an allergic reaction to the active ingredients because the active ingredients are your body’s own platelets.
During treatment, we overfill the target regions by 20% so you can get an idea of what the final results will look like. If you are dissatisfied with your results, you may need one or two more treatments. This is perfectly normal. We recommend scheduling your next treatment session before you leave.
By the end of the day following your appointment, the excess product will be gone. Over the course of the next three weeks, the fibrin matrix will build up and you can start to enjoy the results of your treatment. If you receive no further treatments, you can see your final results in six weeks to three months.
Benefits of This Treatment
The primary benefit of this type of treatment is that you get the results of a facelift without the extravagant costs or extended downtime. However, this is just where the benefits begin. There is no strict post-treatment regimen that you must follow.
Even better, there’s no downtime or recovery period. Once your treatment is finished, you just have to wait for the results. Finally, because the treatment uses your own plasma, there’s no risk of allergies, treatment rejection, or other potential negative reactions.
How Does This Treatment Work?
This treatment promotes the growth of strong, healthy tissue at the cellular level. Once your platelets have been carefully extracted from your plasma, we activate them. This prompts the release of certain growth factors. When the platelet-rich plasma is injected into the desired treatment sites, skin tightening and rejuvenation are triggered.
Depending on your desired results, this treatment may be combined with other facial rejuvenation treatments. For example, if you’re looking to add volume to sunken, hollow cheeks, a PRP facelift may be followed with hyaluronic acid filler injections, such as Restylane or Juvederm.
Does It Hurt?
A vampire facelift may sound scary or intimidating, but rest assured that treatment is not painful. When your blood is drawn initially, the needle used is so fine that you’ll only feel the slight pinch of the needle coming out. Moreover, we will lather the treatment area with lidocaine to numb the site.
Am I a Good Candidate?
The vampire facelift was designed to rejuvenate your skin without the need for a medical procedure. If you want to enjoy youthful, healthy skin without downtime, you’re probably a good candidate for this treatment. We will assess the condition of your skin and your unique goals during your initial consultation to determine if this is the best treatment to meet your needs.
The best candidates for this treatment have no severe skin conditions and are in fair overall health. This treatment is most effective for clients with “crepey” skin. This skin condition occurs when fine lines and coarse wrinkles form from brittle surface tissue and weak underlying support. You may also be a good candidate for this treatment if any of the following apply to you:
- Asymmetrical pigmentation
- Drastically thinning skin
- Dermal lesions
- Surgical scars or acne scars
- Substantial drooping from weak connective tissue
Who Isn’t a Candidate?
While a PRP facelift is safe for everyone, it isn’t the best treatment method for every situation. For example, dermal fillers alone may be the best treatment option if you need to treat wrinkles on your entire face. Because so little blood is drawn, there aren’t enough platelets to treat the whole face. If you have poor underlying bone structure, such as an asymmetrical nose, In that particular case, rhinoplasty would be necessary to correct structural asymmetry.
During your initial consultation, we will review your medical history and determine if you are currently in good health. If you have a history of blood diseases, such as a bleeding disorder or clotting disorder, we’ll help you find a better alternative for your unique case.
What Results Can I Expect?
You can expect incredible results from a vampire facelift. The regenerative properties of PRP are gradual, so don’t worry if you don’t see immediate results. Results really start to show after four weeks. The most dramatic results are revealed after six to 12 weeks. The best part is, you will look younger and more refreshed for over a year after your treatment.
How Often Should I Receive Treatment?
The results of a PRP facelift can last up to two years. After your initial one to three treatments to achieve your ideal results, we recommend coming in every 15 to 23 months. Since it takes several weeks to several months for your body to produce new collagen, this treatment schedule ensures your face remains looking taut and youthful.
How Can I Extend the Results of Treatment?
No facial rejuvenation treatment is permanent. Even a traditional facelift can’t stop the aging process. However, there are lifestyle choices you can make to extend the results of your treatment.
Drink Plenty of Water
First, consume at least 48 to 64 ounces of water daily. This can come from water, decaffeinated coffee or tea, or water-dense produce, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelon. Hydration is essential for your overall health and skin health.
Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage
Second, protect your skin from sun damage. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for the most common signs of aging, including wrinkles and sunspots. UVB rays can leave your skin looking old and dull. Both types of UV rays increase your risk of skin cancer.
People who smoke regularly for years tend to look older than their chronological age. In part, this is due to the nicotine found in cigarettes. Nicotine diminishes your blood circulation and minimizes the amount of oxygen that reaches the skin.
Moreover, there are over 4,000 chemicals present in tobacco smoke. Among these are several that result in the depletion of elastin and collagen. These are the building blocks of young, healthy, beautiful skin When they are destroyed, the result is sagging, deeply wrinkled skin.
Don’t Drink Alcohol in Excess
Alcohol is nearly as bad for your skin as nicotine is. Even women who only consume two drinks daily on a regular basis can look 10 years older than their chronological age. Primarily, alcohol dehydrates the skin, causing it to wrinkle.
Moreover, alcohol causes systemic inflammation resulting in a histamine reaction. At first, this presents itself as a mild flushing. Unfortunately, over the course of several months or years, the dull complexion becomes relatively permanent.
Consume a Balanced Diet
We all understand that a healthy diet is essential to our overall health. But did you know the foods you eat affect the quality of your skin? To extend the results of your PRP facelift, meet your RDA for essential vitamins and nutrients. If you can’t do this through diet alone, take nutritional supplements and consider scheduling an appointment with a licensed nutritionist.
Vitamin D is the most important nutrient for keeping your skin looking young, healthy and beautiful. But you don’t have to sunbathe every day to get your daily recommended allowance. Breakfast cereal, milk, and several other products are fortified with this critical nutrient. Vitamin D wards off wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, redness, excessive dryness and more. Also, make sure you’re getting your recommended daily allowance of vitamins C, E and K. These also help to keep your skin hydrated and maintain even pigmentation.
Can PRP Therapy Address Other Issues?
A PRP facelift can address a multitude of concerns besides wrinkles and volume loss in the facial region. It is often used to contour the jawline by correcting fine lines and noticeable sagging on the chin. You can also use it to treat skin laxity in the decollete region or “crepey” skin around your cleavage. Less common skin conditions treated by PRP therapy include:
- Crow’s feet
- Hair loss
How Does PRP Therapy Treat Cellulite?
PRP therapy treats cellulite by prompting your body to shed the fat cells responsible for cellulite. It also stimulates your body’s own collagen production. The result is new, healthy cells that will not form into cellulite. It takes several weeks to see the results of PRP therapy for cellulite reduction, but your appearance will improve gradually over the weeks following your treatment. You can see the final results of your PRP therapy within two to three months of treatment. Even better, results are permanent.
Can a Vampire Facelift Replace a Traditional Facelift?
Unfortunately, a PRP facelift may be unable to replace a traditional facelift. Remember, a PRP facelift helps you look younger by smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. A traditional facelift, on the other hand, removes excess skin and pulls the remaining skin laterally to achieve a tighter, more youthful look.
It might be inaccurate to compare a PRP facelift to a traditional facelift; however, it can be compared to other facial rejuvenation treatments. Some people choose to replace more common facial rejuvenation treatments with a PRP facelift. PRP therapy is also often used to complement other facial rejuvenation treatments.
A PRP facelift and microneedling are a match made in heaven. Microneedling tricks your skin into believing it’s been significantly injured when in fact it has not. Platelet-rich plasma contains the signals that your body sends when it is trying to heal an injury. PRP alone can stimulate collagen production. However, the micro-injuries caused by microneedling promote even greater collagen growth, making them the perfect complement to a PRP facelift.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
A vampire facelift can take years off your face. To learn more about the amazing results you can achieve, contact the office of Dr. Golberg Wellness & Function Medicine in New York, NY today to schedule your initial free consultation. We can’t wait to help you see a new and improved you!