This is a procedure very similar to an injection of Botox, Juvederm or Restylane. It is not surgical in nature, rather it is an in-office procedure like other filler injections.
The difference here is what is being injected into your skin.
In a vamp lift procedure, blood is drawn from your arm, just like any other blood draw at a lab. Once the blood is drawn, the platelets are separated from your blood and made into a gel-like substance known as P.R.F.M., or Platelet Rich Fiber Matrix, also known as Selphyl. The P.R.F.M. or Selphyl is then combined with other fillers (think Juvederm), or with Botox and other facial rejuvenation treatments like facial creams or peels. The Selphyl is injected into carefully selected areas of your face for maximum results.
The thought behind using platelets from your own blood is that it is more safe than using synthetic substances and that you are less likely to experience bumps or irregularities in the appearance of the skin, thereby giving you a more natural appearance after the lift.
This is not an entirely new concept, it has just found new life with an intriguing name and great marketing.
The goal of any filler injection is to plump up the hollow or wrinkled areas of skin which gives your face an immediate "lift" for a much younger look. When the skin is injected, the filler goes to work on filling up these areas and plumping them back up. The goal of Selphyl is to accomplish this, in addition to stimulating the production of collagen in the skin.
As you age, collagen and elastin levels in your body decrease, making your skin "sink" or begin to take on a "hollow" look. You will also get wrinkles as collagen levels decrease and the skin takes on a dull appearance. After the injections, your face takes on a more filled out, youthful appearance, wrinkles decrease and increased blood flow returns a glowing look to your complexion.
The effect of a vamp lift is supposed to give you a more natural, immediate younger-looking result.
Know that this procedure has only been performed for the last couple of years, so there is no long-term research on its effects.
This procedure does not have FDA approval or clearance to be used for any kind of facial rejuvenation procedures.
The in-office procedure generally takes about 30 minutes to complete, and there is little to no downtime or recovery involved. The procedure is quite costly, anywhere from $900 to $1500 a pop. The effects are thought to last for about a year, but may vary on an individual basis.
So, while there is no real sound evidence confirming the claims of a Vampire Lift, the only real danger, as with all cosmetic procedures, is making sure that the person performing the injections is qualified, certified and really knows what they are doing.
This procedure was developed by Dr. Charles Runels, a licensed cosmetic doctor from Alabama. Any licensed cosmetic professional needs to be approved by Dr. Runels himself to administer a Vampire Lift.
If you are interested in getting more information about this procedure, visit Dr. Runels' web site at http://vampirefacelift.com.
As always, be sure to do extensive research regarding the risks associated with this or any cosmetic procedure.