Sorry but the only vampire I get excited about is Edward Cullen. The vampire facelift is all the buzz since Kim Kardashian had a vampire facial on national television. A dermaroller with microneedles made tiny little holes in her skin and then her own blood was placed in those holes. Her skin is beautiful but I’m not optimistic that’s solely because of her vampire facial. Who knows, maybe it is. The vampire facelift claims to be a combination of steps to make your skin rejuvenated. The first step is drawing your blood and putting it into a centrifuge to separate the parts of your blood. While that process plays out, you will be having hyaluronic acid injected into you-that’s juvederm or restylane. After your volume loss has been corrected with the filler of choice then they take the plasma part of your blood and inject it into your skin. On www.vampirefacelift.com they call this third step “injecting the magic into your face”. That just sounds awesome. No seriously, I would expect to have Harry Potter powers after that. I believe in magic. It’s called platelet-rich plasma rejuvenation. Theoretically this part of your blood is high in growth factor which then produces collagen resulting in a more youthful appearance. So what’s wrong with that, right? According to an article in medscape http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/759592 “the efficacy and safety of PRP for cosmetic treatment have not been studied in controlled clinical trials.” Well all the FDA approved fillers that I inject have been studied in controlled clinical trials and are proven to show effects. Since they use one of these fillers in the vampire facelift, I’m sure people see some results in volume loss. What I don’t know with complete certainty is whether or not having the PRP part of the procedure is making any difference? So why go through the process and pay for that extra procedure called PRP on top of filler? In hopes that it works I guess. In hopes that it’s a procedure that will turn out to be awesome and it’s not just a gimick. In hopes that the results are worth the money. I rely on science, research and evidence and I can’t spend my tax return nor my savings on a hope. If I rolled like Kim K and Kanye then I might be able to give it a try. Maybe one day with more research and experience I will be using the vampire facelift on patients. Until that time comes, if you’re like me, you’re wondering “what is the newest advance in technology that’s cutting edge AND evidence based?” In my opinion it’s Voluma. Voluma is the most recent FDA approved hyalurinic acid filler. I’ve been injecting it since it hit the US in November and the results are pretty ahhhmazing! What’s the best part about Voluma? I can’t decide.Maybe that it’s so smooth or that it’s easy to inject. Oh, and did I mention it lasts up to two years?!?!?! I don’t know where this quote is from but I love it and it sums up how I feel about the vampire facelift.
“I’m not interested in competing with anyone… I hope we all make it”.
I don’t think the vampire facelift can compete with the fillers because part of the vampire facelift is filler. I don’t know if the PRP part makes your results better. In fact, I don’t think anyone knows on a level with which I’m satisfied. But, for the sake of all our youthfulness, I hope it does turn out to make the cosmetic world a better place! Until then, I’m gonna stay on the brink of research and on the look out for products proven to keep all our skin young and beautiful! Here are some before and after pics of a lady I injected with Voluma whose inner beauty is just as rad as her outer beauty.
Voluma may or may not be the choice for you. Come in for a cosmetic consult and let’s chat about it! I hope you have all noticed the follow button I added and put it to use. Thanks for following my blog! xoxo
Hope to see you all at the clinic this week. Remember you’re gorgeous so let it shine out through your skin this week!
Joy to all, Nina