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Vampire Facelift® – Quick Facial Rejuvenation

The Vampire Facelift® is a procedure developed for people who want healthy, youthful, and rejuvenated skin, but done quickly and without surgery. This procedure is able to do this by harnessing your own body’s healing and regenerative properties. The Vampire Facelift® is an outpatient procedure, and results can be experienced on the same day, with continual benefit of skin regeneration lasting for months—even over a year—after the procedure.

Vampire Facelift performed by Amiya Prasad MD before and after results on female patient
Vampire Facelift performed by Amiya Prasad MD before and after results on female patient

The Vampire Facelift® is actually not a surgical facelift at all, but rather a type of skin treatment using the body’s own natural healing and growth factors that are derived from your own blood (hence the name The Vampire Facelift®), combined with a hyaluronic acid dermal filler. The procedure is a near painless series of injections into strategic areas of the face to reduce wrinkles, add youthful volume, and improve the quality of your skin.

Immediate results of vampire facelift on female patient
before and immediately after prp face treatment

What is a Vampire Facelift?

The Vampire Facelift® is a “designer procedure” developed as a way to enhance volume in the face using a combination of hyaluronic acid (such as Restylane) and platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM), which is a thicker form of platelet-rich plasma (PRP).

The key ingredient of the Vampire Facelift® is platelet-rich fibrin matrix, which is derived from the patient’s own blood before being mixed with other factors. Platelet-rich fibrin matrix starts with a blood draw, just like any normal blood test.

The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is then separated by spinning the patient’s blood through a centrifuge. Platelet-rich plasma appears as a clear yellow serum after it is separated from the darker components made mostly of red blood cells.

Calcium chloride (CaCl) or another activator is added to the PRP to turn it into the thicker and longer lasting platelet-rich fibrin matrix. Platelet-rich plasma is used in the medical field for its wound and injury healing properties. It also stimulates the production of collagen and for tissue regeneration.

These properties makes platelet-rich fibrin matrix an ideal natural serum for rejuvenating facial skin quality and volume with increased collagen production, blood supply, and new skin and fatty tissue generation, creating that youthful appearance that comes with healthier skin.

Dr. Prasad: Today, we’re doing a Vampire Facelift® and a brief explanation of what a Vampire Facelift® is, basically the idea of lifting the face is what leads to some confusion. As a cosmetic surgeon, I perform face lifting routinely. And what I’m doing? I’m routinely vertically lifting the face. That means lifting the skin upwards. Now instead of lifting upward, the Vampire Facelift® concept is more about lifting the skin outward. Now why is that? Well, because as we get older, we lose bone, muscle and fat. And so the face starts to go inward. You start to see more of the skeleton, the underlying structure of the face.

Patient: Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that my skin doesn’t quite feel smooth and bright as it used to. I’ve noticed that there are certain small indentations that begun to appear under my eyes, in the areas around my nose and lips. And these are the kind of issues that I want to address but at the same time, without getting the very obvious artificial look. This is why I’m really looking forward and very excited for the Vampire Facelift®.


Dr. Prasad: So what the Vampire Facelift® is doing is we’re adding hyaluronic acid and platelet-rich plasma in a unique way to restore volume in areas that need volume. As you get older, as you hit your mid to later 30s and beyond, you start to lose areas of volume of fat particular such as the lateral part of your eyebrow, the outer part, the tear trough area or the under eye area, the cheek area, the nasolabial fold also called the parentheses line, the outer corner of the lip. So the concept of Vampire Facelift® is to literally to take one syringe of a hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane, Juvederm, Belotero and use that very strategically. So that way we avoid an unnatural, over inflated effect and for people with these early stages of facial aging, they don’t need very much. The idea of using platelet-rich plasma is really very inspired. The platelet-rich plasma stimulates healing so it increases blood supply and collagen. Think about it when you get a cut, the area where you get the cut heals by generating collagen and new skin cells. So what we’re doing is we’re kind of manipulating that healing response and placing the PRP and stimulating new collagen and blood supply to the area that needs it.

Now the synergistic effect of hyaluronic acid and platelet-rich plasma has been very well documented in wound healing. And so this is a benefit that we get really nicely with the Vampire Facelift®. So our plan today is to add volume in the areas where she needs volume by doing a Vampire Facelift®. So we’re going to start first with a hyaluronic acid filler. So this happens to be Restylane but you can use Juvederm, Belotero or any filler that you are comfortable with. So what we’re going to do is first start with identifying where the opportunity is. Now to me, her lateral brow is already very nice and high so we’re not going to place anything in the lateral brow.

I think we have an opportunity right here in the tear trough area and hollows. She had already topical anesthetic and she should be relatively comfortable. I’m going to ask her to rest her head back so she doesn’t feel the pressure to stay steady and we’ll start placing. You can bring your chin up. So now we’ve got this area filled in very nicely. It looks very natural it’s blending in very well.

Candidates for The Vampire Facelift

The Vampire Facelift® is not for everyone. People with more advanced signs of aging may benefit more from surgical treatment and/or Botox applications.

People with less visible signs of aging may benefit from using less extensive non-surgical procedures like hyaluronic acid fillers and platelet-rich plasma alone. A personal consultation with an accredited provider like Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Amiya Prasad is the best way to determine if The Vampire Facelift® is right for you.

Areas treated by the Vampire Facelift®:

  • Lines at corners of the mouth
  • “Bunny lines” or “bunny nose” — dynamic wrinkles on the nose
  • Crow’s feet (lines in corners of the eyes)
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Frown lines
  • Smile lines
  • Plumping of the cheeks

A Leading Practitioner of The Vampire Facelift

Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Amiya Prasad has appeared on Fox News New York performing The Vampire Facelift®, and has made a commentary about the procedure in The New York Post, The Daily News, and Access Hollywood. The procedure has been featured nationally on The Doctors, Dr. Oz, CBS News, the New York Times, ABC’s Nightline and The Huffington Post. Dr. Prasad is recognized as one of the leading doctors of The Vampire Facelift® by his clients, the viewing public, and by The Vampire Facelift® Inventor, Dr. Charles Runels.

Fox News 5 Features the Vampire Facial with Dr. Amiya Prasad

The procedure was made famous by Kim Kardashian, who underwent a procedure called “The Vampire Facial” in 2013 (referring to it as a “blood facial”). When The Vampire Facelift® or the Vampire Facial is done properly, the patient will not experience any significant pain or have much blood on their face, unlike Kim Kardashian’s much publicized experience with the procedure.

It is called the vampire facial also known as the blood facial Kim Kardashian made famous on her reality show but would you do it?0

Tonight a look at the extreme measures that some women are going to to get younger smoother looking skin

Do you think my skin looks better?




What is that you did a blood facial?

Wait look there’s more

Oh my god

Kim Kardashian did it and so can you the vampire facial also known as the blood facial the idea is to draw your own blood separate the protein rich plasma then re-inject it in the areas that need plumping making them look rejuvenated

That’s gross

Doesn’t look good we came we are

Originally from Romania what is very famous for being Dracula place so yeah, we don’t like it

Women are desperate we’ll do anything to look younger Dr. Amiya Prasad a cosmetic surgeon on the Upper East Side explains the procedure and says women in New York are lining up to get it

Dr. Prasad: It’s actually combining two medical procedures one is called micro needling now the vampire part the part where involves blood has to do with drawing your own blood and spinning it and getting a part of the blood called platelet-rich plasma and now platelet-rich plasma is the part of the blood that’s involved in healing so what we’re doing is we’re manipulating the healing factors of the blood to stimulate your own body’s collagen and blood supply

And women are getting the procedure done from coast to coast Dr. Lawrence Janowski has an office outside of Denver and one of his patients says the procedure is painless microdermabrasion

I think I’d like to try it it’s a it’s the cutting-edge it’s a new thing

Dr. Prasad: the typical candidate is a woman usually in their mid to late 30s and were older and it’s because around that time you start noticing some dullness to the skin the cell turnover isn’t there as it once was genetics starts to kick in some fine lines start to form environmental sun exposure and other factors start to age the skin

Narrator: Dr. Prasad says the procedure takes no more than an hour

Dr. Prasad: Essentially when they go back home to their families their relatives at workplace people say to them why their skin glowing and as cliched as that sounds it actually does glow so it’s but that’s why it’s become so popular

Woman: no pain no pain no pain no gain I would say no baby

I was about to say you better have a little bit of money because it’s gonna cost you a thousand bucks doctors we spoke to said that you can get the tree the treatment done as many times as you like and it won’t hurt your skin

If it works or did you think that it worked on you did you

Feel it looks interesting but you know I try probably not that’s a little they

Have to take your blood first yeah it’s

An interesting science it’s an

Interesting science Dr. Prasad made good points

I think you love it

Thank you yes it is very intriguing and

Affirmation glow and you’re happy you

Know other ways you can do a lot of things

How the Vampire Facelift® Helps You Look Younger

The face ages in two ways:

  • There is loss of volume from bone, muscle, fat, and skin. This can make the under eye area and cheeks look flat and hollow. The skin can look dull or gray instead of being rosy as it was when younger.
  • The loss of support of the skin results in drooping upper eyelids, lower eyelids, cheeks , jowls and sagging neck skin (“turkey neck”).

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers for Adding Youthful Volume

The first step of The Vampire Facelift® is the application of an injectable hyaluronic acid dermal filler like Restylane or Juvederm. One of the two main components of the facial aging process is the loss of volume due to a reduction of facial bone, muscle and fat in an area known as “the apples of the cheeks”.

Dermal fillers add youthful volume to the face, while keeping a natural appearance. Hyaluronic acid fillers do not paralyze facial muscles like Botox, so volume is added without inhibiting facial movement or expressions. There is an art to the application of fillers for a natural and youthful appearance, and you can be confident that Dr. Prasad will apply his natural artistic abilities, technical skills and 20 years’ worth of experience to perform your procedure in the best possible way.

Rejuvenating Facial Skin from Within

Today we’re doing a Vampire Facelift and we have a wonderful patient here today who is going to enjoy the benefit and we’re looking forward to helping her.

Hi I’m Laurie I’m at Prasad cosmetic surgery I’m very excited for my Vampire Facelift today I heard some wonderful things about the procedure a few of my concerns on my skin is the dark circles under my eyes also some fine lines on the side of my eyes and smile lines over here as well and I just want a rejuvenated refreshed look which I heard that this procedure will bring now before we start to do the procedure.

I’m going to talk a little bit about what it means to do a Vampire Facelift first of all for anyone who is a doctor or surgeon it’s important to understand that it’s not a regular facelift in terms of the definition of a facelift and that means a facelift helps the jowls and jawline as well as the neck skin by lifting all of the sagging tissue the terminology facelift has now been transformed to just mean facial enhancement so really this is more about restoring volume than it is about lifting so show me what you want to see change the hollowness under my eyes look at the darkness also okay as well as like like the creasing I’m walking directly mm-hmm so we want to see a little bit more volume and this is one of the things that happens and if we’re lucky we get old enough to have some of these problems but when we as we get older we lose fat we lose volume and so the cheek area and the under eye area start to look a little bit hollow so with the vampire lift we’ll be able to restore some volume in this area as well as in other areas of the face that look like they’re starting to get a little bit flat so is there any other parts of your face that you want we just focus on the creases on the side of the nose the smile lines the smile lines right so using using your own blood to create your own collagen using the vampire lip technique is really nice because your body is generating college and it’s a more of a natural tapered look compared to fillers sometimes because fillers can sometimes look a little bit bumpy and using your own blood it kind of goes in very smooth and it generates collagen over the course of several weeks to months so that’s really nice and it keeps on improving a Vampire Facelift was named that because it has to deal with removing some blood or harvesting some blood so that we can use the growth factors and platelets to help restore collagen it was created by a doctor named dr. Charles Reynolds who combined hyaluronic acid which is a filler like Restylane or Juvederm with platelet-rich fibrin matrix now platelet-rich fibrin matrix is different from platelet-rich plasma this is platelet-rich fibrin matrix that’s been activated with calcium chloride so now we’re going to do this one of the nice thing about platelet-rich plasma plug of interest the growth factors stimulate blood flow blood blood vessels and blood vessels go into your skin and create flush or youthful glow you know that’s what we want after the age of 30 is getting back some of that youthful glow and so unlike regular filler platelet-rich plasma or platelet-rich fibrin matrix will stimulate new blood vessels and that creates this nice glow that goes on for months the difference between platelet-rich plasma and platelet-rich fibrin matrix is that the fibrin matrix is a more stable form that allows the recruitment of these growth factors and it creates volume so if we will use a kit such as that Creek offered by self fill or region lab then the material that we’re using acts like a filler as opposed to platelet-rich plasma which is very effective but it’s a liquid and so if we wanted to add volume in the places that need volume it’s better to use something that has substance to it like a typical filler it takes a couple of days for the is to continue but you get the immediate gratification of having some volume and so that you can go on to dinner tonight and you can enjoy having all this placed without it looking like you have something done.

I am an event planner I need to always be on which is one of the reasons when I’m getting this done there’s no downtime with this procedure I need to always look my best and it continues to refresh and rejuvenate your skin so the results only get better which I am very excited about but as far as not having any downtime not missing any work and be able to be camera-ready for any kind of event I need to go to I think this is the right decision for me.

I think we can benefit from adding a little bit here to make this area look a little bit younger that nice yeah good yes no that’s enough shapes in it that’s a young face looking too different that was a sensitive area common in Saudi because that’s a good book no you don’t I mean like you really see huge different pictures which we have it yeah so again the Vampire Facelift is a designer procedure that was created by dr. Runnels so that we can combine in a very specific way the use of a hyaluronic acid and platelet-rich fibrin matrix with one particular goal in mind is to restore the youthful appearance by restoring volume in the places where volume is lost but at the same time making it very convenient it is no surprise that a lot of people who go for fillers will have a negative experience because they’ll have bruising all they’ll have swelling and it was the intention of this particular Vampire Facelift procedure is that once you have it done you can literally have it done as a last minute process so if you have a party that same evening or if you have an important event the next day then you can have a Vampire Facelift and look good.

I just have my Vampire Facelift about ten minutes ago I actually could see it’s amazing I could actually see the results already um plumpness in my cheeks just more volume on the lower part of my face and actually the hollowness under my eyes it’s basically gone already so it’s been a great experience actually going back to work now no downtime tiny little bit of redness but skin looks plump and great so I’m very happy you since I have my vampire face assisting and I love it almost like a refresh you say by skin the texture is much better I don’t have to wear any poor foundation definitely not resounding dark under the eyes and fine lines as well and definitely terrific going on.

The platelet-rich fibrin matrix is placed after a numbing cream has been applied, resulting in a near painless application. Platelet-rich fibrin matrix contains at least eight of the body’s own concentrated growth factors to rejuvenate the face in several ways:

  1. Increases the formation of new blood vessels (also called “neovascularization”) and increases the blood flow to the skin, resulting in healthier, better quality skin.
  2. Increases new cell formation for skin renewal.
  3. Spurs the production of new collagen, the major component of facial skin that diminishes in facial aging.
  4. Activates the multi-potent stem cells already in the skin by tricking it into thinking there is an injury, resulting in the use of a combination of growth factors and stem cells to generate new fatty tissue. The new fatty tissue repairs skin that was never injured in the first place, resulting in the generation of new, younger-skin.


A quick procedure that keeps working for several months

The Vampire Facelift procedure only takes about an hour to complete, and that includes the: blood draw, preparation of the PRP, platelet-rich fibrin matrix, and The Vampire Facelift® treatment itself. Since skin renewal and rejuvenation is using the body’s own active regeneration components, facial skin renewal is continual for about 3 months after the procedure. The overall effects of the Vampire Facelift® can last for over a year.

The Vampire Facelift® on Smokers

Cigarette smoke interferes with the body’s growth factors and with tissue healing and regeneration. If you do smoke, The Vampire Facelift® will not produce the same results as it would in a non-smoker. Smokers may be better off with hyaluronic acid filler application such as Restylane or Juvederm rather than using platelet-rich fibrin matrix.

The Vampire Facelift® can be Combined with Other Procedures

The Vampire Facelift® can be done in conjunction with wrinkle treatments such as Botox or Dysport. Dr. Prasad can help you determine what complementary procedures are right for your individual case, and develop a treatment plan that you are comfortable with.

How the Vampire Facelift® Helps You Look Younger

The face ages in two ways:

  • There is loss of volume from bone, muscle, fat, and skin. This can make the under eye area and cheeks look flat and hollow. The skin can look dull or gray instead of being rosy as it was when younger.
  • The loss of support of the skin results in drooping upper eyelids, lower eyelids, cheeks , jowls and sagging neck skin (“turkey neck”).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The growth factors activate your own adult stem cells in and under the skin. This stem cell activity results in:

  • Skin quality improvement
  • Improved blood flow and blood supply
  • New collagen
  • New tissue

The key ingredient for the Vampire Facelift® is the platelet-rich fibrin matrix, which is derived from the patient’s own blood before being mixed with other factors. These properties make platelet-rich fibrin matrix an ideal natural serum for rejuvenating facial skin quality, as it increases collagen production, increases blood supply, and triggers new skin and fatty tissue generation, thus creating the youthful appearance that comes with generating new, healthier skin in a safe and natural way.

  1. A small amount of blood is collected from the patient’s arm.
  2. The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is separated by spinning the patient’s blood through a centrifuge.
  3. The PRP is combined with a filler to create the longer lasting platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM).
  4. A topical cream is applied on the patient face for numbness.
  5. After 30 minutes the gel is injected in different areas of the face.
A medical staff member takes your blood like a normal blood test. The blood is processed so the platelets (cells which stimulate collagen for healing) are separated from the red blood cells. The separated material is platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
The procedure has been called a “lunchtime lift” because recovery is typically minimal. You can expect some redness and minimal bruising.
The renewal effects of the procedure continues for the first few months. Depending on the individual’s response, the effects can last for over a year. Dr. Prasad can help with follow up visits to evaluate your results and customize your plan.

Many people coming to our practice choose the Vampire Facelift® because it’s a non-surgical procedure. The term “facelift” when used in the context of the “Vampire Facelift®” describes how volume placed artistically and strategically under the skin can “lift” the skin away from the bony structure creating a more youthful appearance. As people get older, the fat under the skin decreases making the person look more hollow.

A facelift is a surgical procedure to reposition sagging cheeks and skin to improve the face, jawline and neck. Many people are hesitant to have surgery because of the risks of anesthesia and the healing process. Dr Prasad developed the Quick Recovery Facelift performed under local anesthesia with minimal intravenous sedation which allows patients to recover faster than a typical facelift performed under general anesthesia.

In contrast to the Vampire Facelift® , the Vampire Facial® does not use any fillers. The purpose of the Vampire Facial® is to enhance the benefits of micro-needling, with a device such as the Dermapen, by applying PRP (platelet-rich plasma) during and after the micro needling process. Dr. Prasad customizes the depth and the rate at which the micro-needling is done in order to get the most benefit from the treatment for each patient. Micro-needling is skill which is not performed in the same way by every practitioner. The combination of micro-needling with application of PRP (platelet-rich plasma) results in the stimulation of collagen and improvement of the skin.

Unlike other injectables such as Artefill, the Vampire Facelift® is natural since it uses the patient’s own healing and growth factors, collected from their blood, in combination with hyaluronic acid filler to revitalize the face.

When it comes to wound-healing, there is a well documented synergistic benefit from using hyaluronic acid filler with platelet-rich plasma. Synthetic fillers alone have not shown this benefit and have other risks, which make hyaluronic acid a preferred filler for the Vampire Facelift®.

Botox is different than dermal fillers as it is a neurotoxin which decreases muscle activity by affecting nerves which stimulate a particular muscle.

The term “liquid facelift” was used to describe the use of several different types of injectables to enhance a person’s appearance. This means that the Vampire Facelift® is a type of “liquid facelift”. Various type of fillers can be use to get some of the effect of a facelift, from Botox to using your own fat (referred to as fat transfer or fat grafting). Depending on your personal situation, a liquid facelift might be a better option than a facelift, which you can still consider in the future.

The cost of a liquid facelift is dependent on Dr. Prasad’s evaluation of your needs. It’s important that you have a proper evaluation to determine if you are a candidate. Fees are usually determined after Dr. Prasad performs your initial examination.

Many people learn about the benefits of The Vampire Facelift® when they understand how the procedure works for their unique facial anatomy. Some patients may also combine The Vampire Facelift® with other facial procedures. The benefit of the Vampire Facelift® continues for a time after the procedure as the growth factors in the blood stimulate the body to create collagen and new blood vessels that result in the improvement facial skin.

Dr. Prasad is a renowned practitioner of the Vampire Facelift®, and his Manhattan and Garden City offices are fully equipped with Joint Commission-accredited operating facilities. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Prasad today.

Patient Reviews on Vampire Facelift

I went last week to have Vampire Facelift, turn out great. Reviewer, name withheld
My friend recommended me to Dr Amiya Prasad after she had Vampire Facelift done to her, she looked great. I went and had it done as well, in preparation for a wedding. Reviewer: Name withheld
vampire facelift patient reviews "loving the results so far"
I have had wonderful experiences with facial rejuvenation treatments. Reviewer: Name withheld

See if The Vampire Facelift® is Right For You

The best way to consider The Vampire Facelift® is with a personal consultation with Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Amiya Prasad. You can contact our offices in Manhattan at (212) 265-8877, or at Garden City, Long Island at (516) 742-4636. Someone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also fill out the contact form below and we will get back to you.

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