You’ve heard of it. And you’ve probably been like, “What the fu$k is that?”
Well, if you feel like the skin on your face and neck is looking weathered and crepey and like you were a previous sun-worshipper/smoker and overall older than you want it to, this is the procedure for you. It is my number one go-to now for skin rejuvenation. INSTEAD of any laser.
So what is it exactly?
It is an in-office procedure that takes about an hour.
- We draw a tube of your blood (Hence the term “vampire”) and spin it down in a centrifuge in a special tube that separates out the red blood cells and the liquid–the “plasma,” which is yellow and clear. This is what is known as “Platelet Rich Plasma” or “PRP.” It is chock full of growth factors. Think of growth factors as workmen coming in to rebuild your skin. It stimulates collagen production and whatever else has to happen to make your skin thicker/newer/better. We use it in reconstructive surgeries for wound healing as well.
- We put numbing cream on your face (and neck if you want it there. Like me, if you need it on your face you probably need it on your neck).
- We microneedle your face and neck with a Dermapen. Think dermabrasion with actual almost microscopic needles that do not leave marks. This microneedling can be a stand-alone treatment for facial rejuvenation by stimulating collagen production and rebuilding your skin, but it is even MORE effective when combined with the PRP. This part is not uncomfortable when you have had the numbing cream on for at least twenty minutes.
- We inject the PRP directly under your skin, concentrating in the areas that need rejuvenation the most. This part can burn. You can have a pain pill and Uber home.
What’s the Downtime?
There is no pain afterwards. If you do the microneedling alone there is almost no downtime—you look a little sunburned for a day.
If you do the entire Vampire Face Lift, there is some swelling in the areas of injection, and some bruising that can last a few days. If you are not going to an event where people are going to look closely at you, you can really go on with your regular routine, put makeup on immediately, and nobody will notice. Just apply the ointment we give you, and try to stay out of the sun. I went to dinner the next night and nobody at the table noticed. But if you are going to be in settings that will make you self-conscious, give yourself a week. But it’s not a week of looking like a lobster or a Smurf. You can still do regular errands like going to the grocery store/driving kids to soccer and lacrosse/watching soccer and lacrosse, etc.
Or there’s still time to have it done before Halloween and make it part of your costume 😉
When will you see a result?
At about five days afterwards is what we have heard from our patients, and I can testify myself that it is now five days since the procedure and I see the difference. My skin is dewier and younger-looking. So it’s not one of those things that you have to do a bunch of times over months to see a difference. YOU WILL SEE RESULTS AFTER ONE TREATMENT.
In short, this is the skin rejuvenation of the future.
The Cost: $1500/treatment at our office. You will find this to be an incredibly reasonable price if you start shopping around.
Here’s an action photo:
You’ll have to come visit to see the after. Or check out the latest post on our instagram @lipoqueen.com
And you never know. YOUR after photo could look like this: