Can the Vampire Facelift Really Get Rid of Wrinkles?

on npr they said that you can now get rid of face wrinkles by a procedure called a vampire facelift. a doctor injects your own blood back in your face. seems kinda strange! ABC calls the product mixed with blood Selphyl

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Vampire Lift

It works by temporarily plumping up lines, much like its older cousins Juvederm and Restylane. But unlike the competition, Selphyl uses the patient's own blood to do the plumping.You see an immediate difference with a slight decrease intially in the next four days or so, then over three to four weeks you see the full plumping results; as the body's platelets and growth factors stimulate the production of collagen and improve the volume and texture of the skin.So the benefits are that its more cost effective for the volume that you are injecting into the face, it lasts longer than most fillers, it improves the quality and texture of the skin, and Selphyl is natural (not synthetic or derived from animals).

Manhattan Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Vampire facelift

The procedure is typically complemented with filler, which helps with wrinkles.  With a vampire facelift, we use PRP, or platelet rich plasma. We take some of your blood and spin it down into a centrifuge. We then get the plasma, which has the platelets in it. We remove and discard the red blood cells, and are left with a yellow serum that has all the growth factors. The serum has all the great factors of blood, plus the platelets, which stimulate everything to grow inside, such as the collagen, or angiogenesis. This makes new blood vessels and is great for your skin. You can then inject the PRP into the face, just underneath the skin. Over time, you can get around 10-15% more volume in your face, which can last a few years. It takes about 8 weeks to see. The procedure also gives you a better glow. It helps with your pores and your blemishes, and it gives you overall healthier looking skin.


While your cheeks are full from the PRP injection (cheeks will be full for four or five hours), we also take filler, and will put that in the cheeks and lower eyes. The filler is injected through the same little cannula (hole). The filler will remain for six or seven months. Overall, everything is performed in one procedure that typically only lasts an hour. Adding the filler help with wrinkles that are present, and when combined with the PRP treatment, can really help improve your appearance and give you a younger and more rejuvenated look. Please feel free to ask any specific questions about the procedure, I would be happy to answer them for you!

Paul S. Nassif, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

The Vampire Facelift® Heals Wrinkles and Restores Volumes

Thank you for your question. There is considerable confusion about “The Vampire Facelift®”. Having been trained by Dr. Charles Runels (inventor of the Vampire Facelift® ) and performing the The Vampire Facelift® in New York on my patients, I can share with you my experience. The Vampire Facelift® is a “designer procedure” developed as a way to enhance volume in the face using a combination of hyaluronic acid (such as Restylane) and platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) which is a thicker form of PRP (platelet rich plasma). Selphyl and RegenLabs are systems to create this and platelet rich fibrin matrix (PRFM). The principle of restoring volume with this approach is based on the way these parts of the blood help you heal after a cut. The Vampire Facelift® procedure is a way to “heal wrinkles” and restore volume by initiating the body’s healing response and generate collagen to fill the areas where volume is needed.

Amiya Prasad, MD
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
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What Is A Vampire Facelift?

First of all, there is no such thing as a “vampire facelift”. There is a product that can be used which is mixed with your own blood as a platelet rich plasma to be injected into the area of wrinkles to help enhance or soften these wrinkles. However, it has not been scientifically shown to have any long term effects. What does work more effectively is when you use a technology such as Harvest Technology which is platelet rich and platelet poor plasma preparation which uses a patient’s own blood as an internal glue. It is used only to reduce bruising and swelling in my  facelift procedure. By and large, the vampire facelift is another marketing misadventure with no scientific basis.

Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Vampire Facelift.


Thats great.. Not sure if this works but the concept is probably related to filling the face with blood products that will serve as fillers to plump out wrinkles. Also there are companies that are using stem cells to reverse aging characteristics.

I don't think any of these methods have been tested clinically to any benefits.



Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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“Vampire Face Lift” : Is it a “Sucker Lift”?


Calling this procedure a facelift is false and deceptive marketing.  It involves using as an injected filler, a product derived from your own blood, platelet rich plasma (PRP), mixed with chemicals to produce a material that is injected into the wrinkles. It is categorically not a face lift. It is a marketing gimmick and the claims of what it achieves are not proven in a valid scientific

manner.  The procedure is not FDA approved. While some patients may get a slight smoothing of the skin from a transient swelling,  it has not been shown to be more effective than the temporary benefit achieved with FDA approved fillers like Perlane, Restylane or Juvederm nor does it produce the permanent results that can be achieved with micro fat injections. It certainly does not compare to the longstanding results of a well performed, natural appearing face lift that can be achieved by a board certified plastic surgeon. At this time, the hype and spin are far greater than the reality.

Robert Singer, MD  FACS

LaJolla, California


Robert Singer, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Vampire facelift

A Vampire facelift is truly a catchy term that has little science and  truthful scientific comparisons  with other traditional techniques.  The idea behind the name is that plasma rich proteins( PRP)  obtained by mixing blood with traditional fillers (restylane or juvederm, and injecting this mixture into the skin as a traditional filler.  There is some suggestion that this combination may increase the plumping effect and longevity of the filler effect.  It is suggested that there may be a greater collagen buildup if this is used when compared to filler injections alone.   If this is true , that would be a good thing.  Many  physicians are unconvinced  .


Good luck if you  choose to consider this. 


Frank Rieger M.D.  Tampa Plastic Surgeon.

Marketing terms and a facelift

It used to be that advertising in plastic surgery, or medicine in general, was not the norm. Now of days, there are so many "cosmetic" surgeons who have approached these procedures without formal plastic surgery training, that they tend to use marketing, advertising and catchy names to try to promote business. Don't get fooled by a fancy ad, but make sure you discuss your complaints with a board certified plastic surgeon.

Vampire Facelift

There were many cosmetic procedures touted in the media and online. It is best to consult with a reputable experienced cosmetic surgeon who will discuss you best treatment options and offer recommendations based on his or her experience

Sigmund L. Sattenspiel, MD
Freehold Facial Plastic Surgeon

Vampire facelift

Just another twist on a Liquid facelift or using a natural filler to "plump" up the face. Selphyl is a trade  branded name for use of blood products with additives to inject into the facial area. Nothing really new. Still Fat grafting best when done correctly.

The newest Fat graft idea is the SCAFT grafts = Stem Cell Activated FaT, using lipoed fats processed with stem cell activating serums and a scaffold of HAs mixed in to provide longer lasting fat transplants. These SCAFT grafts are now being tested and studied for application in face injection, in combination with facelifting, buttock enlargement, breast enhancement and reconstruction, extensor hand rejuvenation, traumatic defect repair. 

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