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 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!

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

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).

Sofia Rubbani, MD
Tucson Ophthalmologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 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
4.3 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

Vampire Facelift is a very natural way of improving your wrinkles

Benefits of the Vampire Facelift®
  • Smoother, brighter face
  • Injected only with natural resources - no artificial materials
  • Less expensive than similar types of skin tightening procedures
  • Body easily accommodates the filler because it is made from your own blood
  • Helps your tissue regenerate collagen
  • Improves skin texture and tone
  • Restores facial shape
  • No surgery or downtime
  • Non-invasive facelift
  • Rejuvenates scars
The Vampire Facelift® offers a way to restore shape and volume, improve tone and texture, rejuvenate collagen growth and give you a more youthful, attractive look.

Sharon J. Littzi, MD
New Canaan Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Vampire Facelift.

That's 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
4.8 out of 5 stars 263 reviews


Yes, Vampire Facelift or Facial is using your own blood.   But we don't bite you in your neck to take your blood out.  We draw it out of your vein in your arm, like a normal blood draw.  We then spin it down and separate out the serum or plasma.   This golden serum has the nutrient and growth factors that helps to stimulate the skin when it is injected or microneedled into your skin. 

Erik Suh, MD
Bellevue Family Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews


The procedure does help get reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and crepe skin. Watch this video and you will see everything.

Hope this video helps!  Her before and after pictures are on realself and my website.
Sheila Nazarian

drsheilanazarian on Instagram

Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

“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
4.6 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Vampire Facelift

The vampire lift has been coined to refer to more than one procedure. Using Selphyl, platelets and plasma drawn from your own blood are injected under the skin and these encourage collagen formation in the tissues which, in term, produces facial rejuvenation. The best analogy I can make is that Selphyl firms up the foundation of a building while the fillers, such as Restylane and Radiesse, fill in the cracks in the service. This can be combined with injections of the fillers for volume enhancement. I think that both are valuable tools when used in appropriate circumstances and can also be used in conjunction with surgical procedures.

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.

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