The popular Twilight Saga with its beautiful people and timeless love story brought vampires into a new light. The film accentuated the timeless beauty, smooth skin, classical features, and youthful appearance of the mythic Vampire. Quite in tune with this glamorous image, and because of a basic involvement with blood cells, Dr. Charles Runels, M.D., branded a procedure he named, The Vampire Facelift.
PSP: The Basics of the Vampire Facelift® (VFL)
Dr. Runels told the online journal, the Plastic Surgery Practice, “The VFL procedure is a very specific way of using platelet-derived growth factors (PRP) combined with an hyaluronic acid filler (HA) to increase the beauty and de-age the face. ”
1. The cosmetic surgeon draws blood from the patient. That blood is put into a centrifuge to separate out the platelet-rich plasma, or “PRP,” to be injected back into parts of the patient’s face, as described in Step Three below.
2. Then your doctor utilizes HA to lift your brow, and soften your cheek as well as your nasolabial folds, and the lines around your mouth, gently bringing a more pleasing oval shape to your face. He only uses one syringe of HA to accomplish this part of the procedure.
3. Here is where the clever use of the vampiric name comes in. For the next step, after the HA filler, the doctor will isolate growth factors from platelets, using the blood drawn in Step One. These growth factors, PRP, from your own blood are then injected into your face.Both under the eyes and over the locations where the HA was injected. Proponents of the VFL believe these injections further sculpt, and texturize your skin and features. This is accomplished “through increased collagen production, neovascularization, and adipocyte enlargement and multiplication.”
What Is Beauty?
4. Doctors who are certified in the brand name VPL method, as well as many other plastic surgeons, patients, and entire cultures, judge beauty based on mathematics. Their general concept of beauty comes from studying the mathematics of classical proportion and beauty of the human face. Dr. Runels added, “The VFL primarily strives to enhance beauty–decreased wrinkles are a secondary benefit.”
It is however, specifically branded. You and your board certified cosmetic surgeon should discuss all of your options.
We know you would not chose a surgical technique because it has a clever brandname, or because it is the choice of a popular celebrity. We advise you to do a little research with your surgeon as a guide, before you decide what’s right for you.