Shedding Light on Vampire Face Lifts
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With this entire craze about these blood sucking and ridiculously attractive immortals from Twilight Saga, Vampire Diaries and True Blood, Vampire face lifts came at a very opportune time. The name has caught so much public attention that many are asking about how it is better than the typical face lift procedure.
A vampire face lift originates from the idea of having that non-invasive, less painful and scar-free procedure, and not from some creepy village in Transylvania or neither is it an enchanted potion to maintain eternal youth. But the reason why it is named as such is due to the fact that it mainly involves the use of your own blood for facial rejuvenation.
But the process of extracting the blood is not as dramatic as the ones described in Bram Stoker’s famous novel. It is taken by the surgeon or a licensed phlebotomist.
Once the blood has been extracted, the container is placed in a centrifuge, which is a machine that will spin the blood to separate its different components. After spinning the platelets will settle separately from the red component or the RBC’s (red blood cells). The necessary element here that will be used for facial rejuvenation is the platelet-rich plasma.
Platelets are components of the blood whose job is to control bleeding as it sticks to the lining of the blood vessels. A bag of platelets can be used to treat patients with thrombocytopenia, and it can also effectively give the skin that youthful look and feel when administered giving that non-invasive face lift treatment.
This procedure has been around since 2006, and since then it offered patients a safe and painless way to fight off the signs of aging. What it basically does is to act as filler, quite similar to the more popular Botox and Restylane.
The areas that can be treated include the cheeks, neck, and jawline, the area around the eyes, chest, décolletage and even the scalp to promote hair growth. It creates full collagen regeneration which allows your skin and the underlying structures to plump up, smoothen out and become clearer. All these benefits can be yours in under an hour as the typical time it would take for the usual two tubes of platelets to be administered.
But for the best outcome patients are advised up to three treatments that are within 4-6 weeks apart. In a matter of three weeks the skin’s improvement would start to become more noticeable. It creates that natural refreshed look without looking so overdone, which is a common tendency in surgical face lifts.
Only a local anesthetic cream is applied over the areas to be treated to make the procedure more bearable. The good thing about this is that it is applicable for all skin color and types.
But the limitation to this is that if you are one who wants that dramatic lifted or skin stretching, this may not be the results you would want.
Minimal swelling, bruising and redness can also be experienced but it can be relieved within 12-24 hours tops. The site of injection might also stay bruised for 2-3 days. But this can easily be concealed with makeup.
But like any other procedure, you need to find a highly skilled and experienced surgeon to do the job. A critical eye is necessary to ensure that the right areas are targeted.
It may be popularly known as the Vampire face lift, but in medical terms this highly promising skin rejuvenating treatment also comes by the name of platelet rich plasma.