Despite its odd name, the Vampire Facelift™ is the latest advancement in aesthetics, and there is nothing strange about it. It is a great and highly advanced solution for both men and women who seek a more youthful appearance. This facelift works to tighten the tissues of the face thus reducing the appearance of frown lines, laugh lines, crow’s feet, sagging skin, under-eye bags, aging skin, and improving the overall smoothness and elasticity of the facial skin.
Dr. Okereke describes it like this: If a football is deflated, you pump it up — you give it volume. If a football is flat, you fill it up. The Vampire Lift technology works in the same manner. It is a filling lift…volume oriented. It renews volume by adding new cells to the area. Dr. Okereke recommends this as an effective alternative to other more drastic procedures such as facial surgery. In cosmetic practice, less is always more. No one wants to look like an alien. Most people just want a younger fresher look. Dr. Okereke has witnessed firsthand that the actual quality of the skin improves with this treatment. And amazingly, the effects last 12 to 18 months. Eating right and maintaining a healthy lifestyle (including proper hormone balance) will help to improve and maintain the results.
It is important to note that this is a non-surgical procedure, utilizing powerful growth factors that are present in your own blood. You have no doubt heard of PRP therapy, platelet rich plasma. The way this procedure works is the same as when you have an injury. If you severely sprain or tear muscle or tissue or have a cut, blood rushes to the site to begin the healing process. The platelets, one of the clear particles in the blood that is packed full of growth factors, release the growth factors at the site of injury. The growth factors stimulate immature dormant cells called stem cells and these start maturing into new adult cells in the injured area. This is what happens when we inject you with your own platelet rich plasma. New cell growth is stimulated and the area receives cells that are new, healthy and active.
We will draw a small amount of your blood. The platelet rich plasma is then separated in our office by a special centrifuge. The centrifuge spins blood down to a very high concentration and allows us to separate out the platelet rich plasma. Note that your PRP is combined with a carefully selected facial filler, such as Juvederm® or Botox®. These are described on the Dermal Filler page. Being an aesthetic procedure, the Vampire facelift needs more artistry and takes longer than than the O-shot or P-shot. After the PRP is prepared the procedure takes about 30 – 45 minutes and there is no significant downtime. The initial mild swelling immediately after the procedure resolves in a few days. There could be bruising in some cases, but steps are taken to minimize this. Most patients can return to work or normal activities immediately after. A local topical anesthetic is used and there is no significant pain. Results continue to appear over time.
This procedure is safe, but we understand that you may have questions or concerns about the Vampire Facelift, and we welcome all inquiries. Both Dr. Okereke and Office Manager Chioma Okereke will gladly speak to you prior to your coming in for the initial visit. Rest assured that you are in good hands with our greatly skilled team.
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