The Vampire Facelift is the newest cutting edge procedure, using the plasma and platelets from your own blood in combination with dermal fillers to regrow younger skin. Britta Wetteskind is a Registered Nurse in Newport Beach at European Wellness Cosmedical and came in to show us how it works.
The procedure's cost varies depending on the patient, but generally starts around $1,500.
European Wellness Cosmedical
359 San Miguel Drive #301
Newport Beach, CA 92660
HERE'S THE INFORMATION ON THE VAMPIRE FACELIFT.
How to know besides age if you have "aging skin".
1. The skin color changes because of less underlying blood flow.
2. The shape becomes collapsed and droopy as muscle and collagen decrease.
3. The texture of the skin becomes less smooth.
As a result, the person looks "worn", or "tired" or "droopy." The lively, rosy hue seen in children of every skin color fades to a dull gray.
How the procedure works with science.
The first part of the Vampire FaceLift® Procedure™ utilizing HA fillers to begin sculpting specific areas of the face. The glycosaminoglycans (what an HA filler replaces) act like a sponge that holds water in the face providing a basic shape. This initial injection of HA is the precursor to the ultimate desired form. Next comes the polishing and refining step of the sculpting process which ultimately contributes to the appearance of a younger version of you.
Scientists have known for years that unipotent stem cells lie dormant in the skin and provide the building blocks for healing when you sustain a burn or cut. Until recently, physicians had no convenient way to stimulate those stem cells to grow new tissue. By utilizing the growth factors found in the blood (specifically the platelets), a physician can activate the unipotent stem cells already in the skin and tell those cells to grow new, younger-appearing skin.
During the process of the Vampire FaceLift® Procedure™, stem cell science is used to tell the body to grow new younger skin. Unipotent stem cells, which grow only one specific tissue, and can be found in every part of the body. For example, unipotent stem cells in the liver grow new liver tissue. Unipotent stem cells in the skin grow new skin. Thus, the FaceLift® Procedure™ takes the cosmetic rejuvenation process to a higher level.
First: the practioner draws a similar amount of blood required for a basic lab test.
Second: the practitioner places the blood into a centrifuge and spins the blood at a very rapid rate to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood.
Third: The platelets are activated by using one of two methods that are natural to your body. This activation of platelets is the final step in producing your very own platelet-rich plasma. The best way to visualize PRP is to remember the yellow "goo" that surrounded the scab you had when you fell on your knee as a child. The thickening of the serum to form that yellow material holds specific growth factors in place that call stem cells to the area and activates them to create new skin.
Platelet-rich plasma is similar to HA fillers because it can be injected to sculpt the face. But, here's the best part: not only does the PRP cause an increase in the volume, PRP contains at least 8 growth factors that will over a long period of time, continually work like a rejuvenating agent.
By activating these growth factors, all 3 parts of the aging process improve:
1. The skin color becomes a "younger" color because of new blood vessel formation.
2. New collagen formations in the dermis lifts the face back to a more youthful shape.
3. Because the growth factors are working to build a new dermis, the epidermis (the outer most layers of your skin) appears smoother.