- Plasma is the clear part of blood, and platelets are small blood cells that assist in clotting.
- Platelets have many growth factors, and plasma containing a high concentration of platelets (i.e. platelet-rich plasma) has been studied in wound healing.
The theory behind a Vampire® facelift is that the fillers add volume and smooth out wrinkles, while growth factors from the platelets somehow rejuvenate skin. There have been some studies done suggesting that platelet-rich plasma does actually improve healing. But there are no studies comparing a Vampire® Facelift to other treatment options such as using only fillers without the platelet-rich plasma, or injecting the patient’s own fat to add volume. So we don’t really know whether this procedure gives the benefits advertised.
As will all non-surgical facelifts, the results are not as impressive as a true facelift operation. In addition, treatments will need to be repeated as the filler is gradually reabsorbed.