Beauty

Everything to Know About the Trending Treatment

By now you must have heard of the Vampire Facial which was first popularized in 2013 when Kim Kardashian took a now infamous bloody selfie. Just like the Vampire Facial, the Vampire Breast Lift utilizes platelet-rich plasma (PRP) derived from a person’s own blood. The Vampire Breast Lift involves injections of PRP in the breasts to enhance fullness and lift for a quick cleavage boost.

Featured Experts

  • Bradley Bengtson, MD is a plastic surgeon based in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Charles Runels, MD is a dermatologist based in Fairhope, AL
  • Peter Newen, MD is a dermatologist based in Huntington Beach, CA

What is a Vampire Breast Lift?

Developed by Fairhope, AL, dermatologist Charles Runels, MD, the procedure involves drawing blood, isolating platelets containing growth factors, and combining them with hyaluronic acid fillers. Injecting this cocktail directly into the breasts can address concerns like inverted nipples, sagging, stretch marks and lack of perkiness.

Vampire Breast Lifts vs. Traditional Breast Lifts

Huntington Beach, CA, plastic surgeon Peter Newen, MD says that PRP injections may improve skin quality, but don’t expect a lift. “PRP injections may achieve some skin improvement but claims such as increased fatty tissue volume and lifting will not be observable,” says Dr. Newen.

Although patients may see a temporary improvement, the results do not compare to a traditional breast lift. “This should not be compared with a surgical breast lift or augmentation, in which there is a clear, long-lasting improvement. Adding PRP to the breasts can improve the skin, but it won’t make a noticeable difference in breast volume or perkiness,” he adds. 

How long does the Vampire Breast Lift last?

Dr. Runels claims that the effects of the Vampire Breast Lift may last one to two years, although these assertions lack independent verification. Grand Rapids, MI, plastic surgeon Bradley Bengtson, MD expresses concerns about the lack of data and clinical studies supporting the procedure’s safety and efficacy. Candidates for the Vampire Breast Lift should consult with a qualified medical professional to assess suitability and potential risks. “The concerns I have with this procedure are that it tends to be performed by non-core physicians and nonsurgical doctors. There is absolutely no data about it yet, nor have there been any studies or findings on either the benefits or clinical risks associated with it,” says Dr. Bengtson. 

How much does a Vampire Breast Lift cost?

The procedure, which reportedly takes just 15 minutes, typically ranges in cost from $1,500 to $2,000. However, the exact price may vary depending on factors such as practice location and the expertise of the administering physician.

What to expect after treatment

There are minimal risks, including potential bruising and swelling that typically resolve within a few days. It is essential for individuals considering this treatment to consult with board-certified providers.

What are some potential side effects of a Vampire Breast Lift? 

While the procedure is generally deemed safe, Dr. Bengtson highlights the lack of conclusive evidence regarding long-term safety, particularly in relation to its potential impact on breast health. “The breast is a cancer-prone organ, and with one in eight women in the U.S. developing breast cancer, you must wonder, what effect do these injections have on an established cancer? We don’t have an answer to that yet,” he cautions. 

As of now, there is no FDA approval specifically for this procedure. Patients considering this treatment should thoroughly discuss potential side effects and concerns with their healthcare provider before proceeding.

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