Vampire facelifts and vampire facials can be easy to confuse. Even though both of these trademarked procedures utilize PRP (platelet-rich plasma), there is actually a significant difference in how they are completed and the results they provide.
Both procedures use PRP, or platelet-rich plasma. However, the Vampire Facelift is a series of dermal filler injections with a primary goal of improving the signs of aging, while the Vampire Facial is performed with a microneedling device to improve the skin’s overall texture and tone, allowing for dramatic enhancement of the skin’s health and appearance.
Platelet-rich plasma is a unique component of your own blood, containing platelets, including growth factors and stem cells.
To learn about both processes in more detail, continue reading below, and you will learn what these services have in common and, more importantly, how they differ from one another.
WHAT IS A VAMPIRE FACELIFT
A Vampire Facelift is performed by injecting a filler (such as hyaluronic acid, found in both Juvéderm and Restylane) into areas of the face that need a “boost”, then injecting the PRP.
Clients receive the added benefits of the dermal filler adding volume and shape, as well as the advantages of the growth factors that help the body generate new, youthful tissue. Essentially the skin is “fertilized” from the inside out.
A reduction in fine lines is seen, as well as an increase in volume. At the same time, you will see noticeably improved tone, color, and texture. The Vampire Facelift is an excellent solution for those who have facial volume loss that occurs after weight loss or is caused by the natural process of aging.
WHAT IS A VAMPIRE FACIAL?
The Vampire Facial is a type of skin resurfacing or rejuvenation treatment, similar to microdermabrasion or microneedling. It combines microneedling and PRP injections into the skin.
The benefit of this treatment method is that the tiny needles used with microneedling essentially stimulate the body into thinking an injury has occurred. During the repair process, the skin will produce more collagen.
Though the tiny needles may make the skin look red or irritated for a short while after treatment, it is well known to look much worse than it feels! The results are highly beneficial for those with fine lines, acne scars, or other imperfections they would like to improve.
THE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE VAMPIRE FACELIFT AND VAMPIRE FACIAL
A Vampire Facelift and Vampire Facial are similar in that they are both non-invasive cosmetic skin treatments only offered by experienced practitioners who have undergone extensive proprietary training, certification, and follow-up education. Patients can feel confident that the process will be as comfortable as possible and give results that exceed expectations.
In addition, both procedures utilize PRP in a way that encourages the skin to heal itself and look its best for a significant time after the procedure. Results will continuously improve for a few weeks after the process and usually last for at least 12 months or longer. Both of these procedures are considered non-invasive cosmetic treatments that utilize one’s own blood to achieve the desired results while remaining a treatment that has minimal downtime and recovery.
Some of the side effects that may arise after treatments include swelling and bruising. However, these often resolve on their own over the course of a few days. They can be easily disguised with makeup for patients who may need to return to work or social activities soon after treatment.
THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE VAMPIRE FACELIFT AND VAMPIRE FACIAL
The Vampire Facelift and Vampire Facial have several differences. While both utilize PRP, they focus on providing different results.
The Vampire Facelift is used along with dermal fillers with a primary focus on wrinkles and folds throughout the face that contribute to an aged appearance. The Vampire Facial, on the other hand, has a primary focus on improving the skin’s overall texture and appearance by combining PRP with microneedling.
The results from the Vampire Facelift are seen faster than those of the Vampire Facial, as dermal fillers provide same-day improvements. Patients seeking faster enhancement in their facial appearance may choose to move forward with the Vampire Facelift to combat wrinkles, folds, and other skin imperfections that contribute to aging.
The Vampire Facial uses microneedling, which has been used by many professionals to stimulate the skin’s natural collagen rebuilding process, creating hundreds of tiny microwounds with a needling device along the skin. Injecting PRP at the same time can improve the skin’s overall texture, reducing the appearance of acne scarring or fine lines. The results of the Vampire Facial take longer to achieve as the collagen-building process doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, patients see gradual enhancement in their skin over several weeks as the microneedling and PRP injections begin to show noticeable changes in skin texture, tone, and even skin complexion.
Clients looking to achieve skin that is less wrinkled and firmer will benefit more from a Vampire Facelift, while those looking for overall skin rejuvenation may be better suited for the Vampire Facial.
During a consultation appointment with one of our providers, clients can learn about the pros and cons of each to determine which one is best suited for their unique skincare needs. In some instances, our providers may offer a combination of the two, using fillers to address wrinkles and folds while using microneedling to improve the skin’s overall appearance and health.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE VAMPIRE FACELIFT & VAMPIRE FACIAL?
During a consultation visit, clients are encouraged to ask about the similarities and differences to choose the treatment that helps them achieve their skincare goals. Candidates for treatment are those who do not have severe skin conditions that may impact the results achieved and those who are in good overall health. Clients will have blood removed at the beginning for the appointment, which is used to extract the PRP for reinjection. They will also have a compounded numbing ointment applied to limit discomfort of the vampire procedures.
ARE THE VAMPIRE FACELIFT AND VAMPIRE FACIAL SAFE?
While the name of these treatments may feel intimidating, they are both an effective and safe way to address the noticeable signs of aging on the skin or provide rejuvenation. Because the procedure uses the client’s own PRP, the risk of allergic reactions is minimal, even with the Vampire Facelift with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Clients also appreciated that the treatment does not leave scarring or increase one’s risk of infection as there is no surgery performed to achieve the desired results.
WHAT CONDITIONS OR IMPERFECTIONS CAN BE IMPROVED WITH THE VAMPIRE FACELIFT AND VAMPIRE FACIAL?
Our providers work with each client to consider their current skin condition and the issues they’d like to improve when deciding which treatment is best for their needs. These treatments may be recommended for individuals who deal with the following concerns:
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