Thoughts on the “Vampire FaceLift”
Article by Karol A. Gutowski, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
Innovations and new technologies are continuing to offer patients safer procedures with better results. One of the latest areas of cutting edge research involves using stem cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP). In most cases, the stem cells are taken from a person’s own body fat and the platelet rich plasma is created using a small amount of a person’s own blood. It is thought that stem cells and platelet rich plasma may improve healing and reverse aging of tissues. However, while this may be possible in theory, there is little clinical evidence that these treatments are useful in plastic surgery.
One of the latest choices being offered as an alternative to a traditional face lift is the “Vampire FaceLift”. The process starts with injections of hyaluronic acids (such as Restylane or Juvederm) into the face to restore the fullness lost with aging. Next, the PRP is purified from a patient’s blood and injected into the face to activate the body’s stem cells. While there are some small and poorly done studies supporting this procedure, there is a lack of quality data to recommend such treatment at this time.
For a more complete discussion on the Vampire FaceLift, please read the New York Times article from March, 2011.
Source: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Vampire FaceLift
Copyright: Karol A. Gutowski, M.D., Chicago, IL, 2011