With Halloween and the recent release of the final movie of the Twilight series, the popularity of vampires continues to grow. A blog posted recently by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed that the cleverly named, vampire facelift brand isn’t technically facelift surgery at all.
The cosmetic treatment, which consists of drawing a patient’s own blood and running it through a centrifuge to isolate the plasma and reinjecting the platelet rich plasma (PRP) along with a dermal filler such as Restylane®, Radiesse®, or Perlane® into areas of lost volume on the face, was supposedly coined by someone in the media. After that, a physician registered the term and now earns royalties when the brand is advertised.
PRP treatments have been used previously in the treatment of orthopedic injuries for their cell healing capabilities; however, their cosmetic capabilities have not been widely studied. Additionally, most board certified plastic surgeons define a facelift, whether it’s a full or partial facelift like a Band Aid Facelift or browlift or forehead lift, as a procedure for addressing skin and muscle laxity of the aging face.
As Atlanta cosmetic and plastic surgeon, Dr. John LeRoy has emphasized before on his blog, these “mini” facial procedures should be researched heavily before being pursued by patients. While this treatment is appealing because of its non-surgical nature, patients should understand that it will not produce the same results as a traditional facelift or even a mini facelift like the Dr. LeRoy’s Band Aid Facelift because it does not address the underlying facial muscles or eliminating any excess skin contributing to sagging or drooping on the face.
If you are contemplating facial rejuvenation, it’s best to first schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who can sit down and discuss your cosmetic goals with you and explain all of the available surgical and non-surgical methods to effectively achieve the facial rejuvenation results you’re after. To learn more about Atlanta facelift surgery, join Dr. LeRoy on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.