The first part of the Vampire Facelift Procedure utilizing HA fillers to begin sculpting specific areas of the face. The glycosaminoglycans (what an HA replaces) act like a sponge to hold water in the face providing a basic shape. The initial injection of HA is the precursor to the ultimate desired form. Next comes the polishing and refining step of the sculpting process which ultimately contributes to the appearance of a younger version of you.
With HA fillers (hyaluronic fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane), the face is truly lifted away from the bone and youthful volume can be restored to a beautiful shape.
The term ‘Vampire Facelift’ has already become such a part of our common vocabulary that if you Google it, you’ll find 134,000 pages that use that phrase. And yet, it was only last year that Charles Runels, M.D., first came up with the idea of calling the procedure by that name.
“I first conceived it in April of 2010, and when I first Googled ‘Vampire Facelift’ it got zero hits,” says Dr. Runels, who practices outside of Mobile, Ala. So he coined the term as a way to popularize (and protect) a procedure he had begun using, which combined the facial filler Juvéderm with something called PRP, which stands for platelet-rich plasma.
PRP is a form of blood plasma, the liquid component of blood that carries the red and white blood cells to their destinations. Platelets are tiny cell fragments in blood that contain growth factors, natural substances that encourage cellular growth (it’s what helps heal wounds).
At the time Dr. Runels came up with the Vampire Facelift® he was trying to find a way to standardize the use of Juvéderm, a hyaluronic acid that is injected by cosmetic surgeons to plump up sagging faces and stimulate the production of collagen. As we age we lose collagen, a protein that holds your skin tissue together, so our faces lose volume and sag.
“My approach [as a cosmetic doctor] is to make someone beautiful,” he says. “The product [Juvéderm] doesn’t define how it should be used. If you hand a syringe of Juvéderm to ten cosmetic or plastic docs, and they have a patient with [the same problem], would they do the same procedure? The odds are low.”
Dr. Runels’ method was to mix Juvéderm with PRPs, which dramatically enhanced the effects, since the growth factors in the PRP accelerated the production of collagen. He then standardized the process and made it available to other doctors. “The idea is to give the patients something more predictable,” he says.
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Roland Garza, RN