Vampire Lift vs CO2 laser with PRP

I am 62 and want to look better without a facelift. I am fair complexion with some lines, but they are not deep lines. My neck is very wrinkled and shows my age. I am not sure if I would notice a huge difference with the CO2 laser that is about $3000 or a Vampire Lift that is cheaper? What method would I notice the most difference?

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F, Oregon

The Vampire Facelift is a PRP treatment that has almost acquired something of a cult following Kim Kardashian's enthusiastic endorsement of it. It can be a very effective way to gain a healthy glow by accessing the growth and healing potential of multipotent stem cells from your own red blood cells.

The injection of blood into the skin stimulates new fatty tissue and can even help improve skin tone and texture. If you’re looking to refresh and rejuvenate your facial appearance, you could be a good candidate for a Vampire Lift.

If you want to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and tighten the loose skin around your neck, fractional CO2 laser treatment should make a significant improvement. CO2 laser resurfacing inflicts controlled damage on the skin, encouraging the growth of new tissue. However, fractional CO2 requires a minimum one week of downtime, and sometimes as much several weeks before the swelling fully subsides. Some patients complement CO2 laser with Botox or Thermage treatments to further enhance results.

However, if you’re looking to dramatically firm the appearance of your neck, a facelift or a neck lift remains the gold standard because these procedures remove loose, excess skin, providing an instant tightening effect. There is also the less invasive Silhouette Instalift, which weaves medical thread under the skin to redefine the mid-facial contours. You should consider discussing your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the right procedure for you.

The Vampire Facelift isn’t really a facelift but a facial treatment that rejuvenates the skin using platelet-rich plasma from the patient's own blood. Platelets contain abundant growth factors, which are the key components of healing injured tissue. PRP improves skin quality by stimulating collagen formation and supporting the growth of new blood vessels, thereby improving blood flow and skin color.

When used in conjunction with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane, the skin is plumped and the outcome is further enhanced. While the Vampire Facelift can soften fine lines it will not significantly improve the appearance of deep wrinkles, particularly around the neck. You should also be cognizant that the Vampire Facelift injects PRP into the skin, while the Vampire Facial procedure uses a microneedling device.

Laser treatments, such as the fractional CO2 laser, can bring about an improvement in more deeply-etched wrinkles. Whereas the Vampire Facelift heals and rejuvenates the skin from the inside out, laser treatments address skin issues externally, by removing skin.

This stimulates new collagen production and the growth of new skin that is smoother and shows fewer wrinkles. In addition, lasers also create heat which causes a contraction in the dermis and tightens the skin. CO2 laser surgery requires at least one week of healing time for the swelling and redness to subside, which is something you should be aware of. It’s difficult to provide definitive advice without a live consultation, so I would advise you to schedule a meeting with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon to discuss your options.

The laser will make a bigger difference in wrinkles, skin texture and pigment irregularity.  The Vampire Lift will improve volume and make some difference in the skin.  The CO2 laser resurfacing will require about 7 days of healing time.  I suggest consulting with a facial plastic surgeon experienced with both laser technology and PRP to discuss what would be best in your case.