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Vampire Facelift: Hype or Hope?

Published onNovember 24, 2013

There is a new procedure attracting interest that you may have recently heard of called the “vampire facelift.” In short, the so-called vampire facelift is a nonsurgical cosmetic treatment that purports to reduce wrinkles and provide facelift-like results by taking the platelets from an individual’s red blood cells, then mixing those with a filler that is then injected into the face to improve its contour. The appeal here is the seemingly newness of this treatment and the allure of a “natural” rejuvenation using one’s own blood cells.

It is important to note that “facelift” is a misnomer, because an actual facelift involves surgical correction of loose or falling facial tissue. Rather, the vampire “facelift” can be more accurately understood as a facial filler than as a medical facelift. This treatment seems to be more hype than hope, part of the trend toward sexy marketing lingo that either re-names established procedures, or promises miracle cures without substantial evidence. Facial fillers and facelifts are both proven methods for cosmetically improving your facial appearance and restoring a youthful look to your features. However, an individualized facelift and/or the strategic placement of facial fillers are not synonymous, so the name here seems misleading, while it does not speak to the importance of carefully designing a treatment plan that is catered to the individual.

Facial fillers, such as Restylane, Restylane Lyft®, and Juvederm, work not because of any magical healing power, but because these are proven and safe fillers that correct the fundamental problem of tissue deficiencies in the face. By restoring a natural fullness to hollow or drooping features that can appear with age, time, and gravity, a more youthful fullness and reduction of wrinkles is achieved. With time, research, and development, these facial fillers have become excellent and respected products that have revolutionized cosmetic treatment by providing safe, natural-looking, nonsurgical, and impermanent options for obtaining your desired look. Depending upon the anatomical region being treated, there are very specific recommendations as to which type of filler, how much, and precisely where is best. At other times, when there is the presence of a neck cord under the chin or jaw line laxity, a facelift is indicated as a powerful surgery for improving your appearance.

Evidence-based facelifts and evidence-based fillers are both excellent and well-researched treatments today that have been proven to be safe and effective. The vampire facelift, on the other hand, seems to be more hype than hope, by using misleading language rather than using the best facial filling methods that are trusted and proven today.

To learn more about how a proven treatment can help you address concerns related to facial wrinkles, hollows, sagging features, and other problems, please call today and schedule a straightforward and honest consultation with a leading oculofacial surgeon. Dr. Steinsapir is among the best providers for both facial filler treatment and individualized facelifts that achieve a natural and balanced look, and will always individually plan your treatment course based on your unique concerns and reliable scientific practices.

About Dr. Steinsapir
Dr. Steinsapir is a board certified eye surgeon and fellowship-trained in oculoplastic surgery and cosmetic surgery in Los Angeles where he specializes in balanced facial cosmetic surgery for natural results, with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques, fast recovery time, and leadership in medical technology. Dr. Steinsapir has a private practice and also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Contact us today to learn how Dr. Steinsapir’s experience and training make him an expert in cosmetic surgery, which can be a vital part of your evidence-based treatment plan.

Services described may be “off-label” and lack FDA approval. This article is informational and does not constitute an advertisement for off-label treatment. No services should be provided without a good faith examination by a licensed physician or surgeon and an informed consent with a discussion of risks, benefits, alternatives, and the likelihood of treatment success. Only you and your treating physician or surgeon can determine if a treatment is right for you.