Why the Vampire Facelift® Doesn’t Treat Eye Bags, but Slight Cases can be Treated Non-Surgically


Thank you for the question. You are asking if the Vampire Facelift® can
be helpful for small eye bags. I can certainly help you with this question
although you did not submit a photo but it is a very good question. A little bit of background, I’m a board
certified cosmetic surgeon and fellowship trained oculofacial plastic and reconstructive
surgeon practicing in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years. The oculofacial plastic surgery has been a
specialty after completing residency training in eye surgery and specializing in plastic
surgery around the eyes which is where I treat eye bags pretty much every day in my practice
for over 20 years. And I am also member of the Vampire Facelift®
network of doctors and I have been a resource for media occasionally when question arise
about the Vampire facelift® which has been a viral entity for many years. So when you submit a question and state you
have a small eye bags, it is very important first to understand what eye bags are and
what causes them. Well most of the time, eye bags are related
to genetic source. This is where fat pockets which are normally
behind the eye are pushed forward and create this bulge. Now, prior to a few years ago, the definitive
procedure was a surgical procedure but thanks to fillers, we are able to camouflage under
eye bags non-surgically. So when you ask questions about Vampire Facelift®,
let’s be sure you are clear about the definition of Vampire Facelift®. Vampire Facelift® is combination approach
to facial rejuvenation using a combination of platelet-rich plasma(PRP) which is activated
called platelet-rich fibrin matrix with the intention of improving skin quality. In addition, it is the application of 1 syringe
of hyaluronic acid filler. So when I treat someone who has a slight puffiness
around their eyes but often it is in addition to having discoloration, sun-damage, fine
lines and wrinkles, I will routinely do a combination of hyaluronic acid filler to fill
in the tear trough area to soften the transition as well as the use of platelet-rich plasma
(PRP) to improve the skin quality. In order to determine if you are a candidate,
you have to actually see a doctor for consultation just like facelift or loose skin. Most people tend to underestimate the degree
of the under eye bags. It is subjective and when you make a statement,
small under eye bags, if they are small enough, you are a candidate for hyaluronic acid filler
as well as potential platelet-rich plasma (PRP). But if you are looking for a solution where
platelet-rich plasma (PRP) alone which is often misinterpreted as being equivalent to
Vampire Facelift®, then platelet-rich plasma (PRP) alone will not do anything for under
eye bags. It will improve skin quality and texture but
it will not on its own. Hyaluronic acid fillers have limited value
as long as the under eye bags are slight. I can’t tell you how often I help patients
who come to me from everywhere with the overzealous placement of hyaluronic acid fillers such
that they are getting various irregularities under their eyes and often makes the under
eyes worse because doctors are trying to help them by camouflaging and because they want
to avoid surgery. Under eye bag surgery in our practice has
become very straight forward for the majority of people who come to see us. Thank you for the question. You are asking
if the Vampire Facelift® can be helpful for small eye bags. I can certainly help you with
this question although you did not submit a photo but it is a very good question. A little bit of background, I’m a board
certified cosmetic surgeon and fellowship trained oculofacial plastic and reconstructive
surgeon practicing in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years.
The oculofacial plastic surgery has been a specialty after completing residency training
in eye surgery and specializing in plastic surgery around the eyes which is where I treat
eye bags pretty much every day in my practice for over 20 years. And I am also member of
the Vampire Facelift® network of doctors and I have been a resource for media occasionally
when question arise about the Vampire facelift® which has been a viral entity for many years. So when you submit a question and state you
have a small eye bags, it is very important first to understand what eye bags are and
what causes them. Well most of the time, eye bags are related to genetic source. This is
where fat pockets which are normally behind the eye are pushed forward and create this
bulge. Now, prior to a few years ago, the definitive procedure was a surgical procedure
but thanks to fillers, we are able to camouflage under eye bags non-surgically. So when you ask questions about Vampire Facelift®,
let’s be sure you are clear about the definition of Vampire Facelift®. Vampire Facelift®
is combination approach to facial rejuvenation using a combination of platelet-rich plasma(PRP)
which is activated called platelet-rich fibrin matrix with the intention of improving skin
quality. In addition, it is the application of 1 syringe of hyaluronic acid filler. So
when I treat someone who has a slight puffiness around their eyes but often it is in addition
to having discoloration, sun-damage, fine lines and wrinkles, I will routinely do a
combination of hyaluronic acid filler to fill in the tear trough area to soften the transition
as well as the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to improve the skin quality. In order to determine if you are a candidate,
you have to actually see a doctor for consultation just like facelift or loose skin. Most people
tend to underestimate the degree of the under eye bags. It is subjective and when you make
a statement, small under eye bags, if they are small enough, you are a candidate for
hyaluronic acid filler as well as potential platelet-rich plasma (PRP). But if you are
looking for a solution where platelet-rich plasma (PRP) alone which is often misinterpreted
as being equivalent to Vampire Facelift®, then platelet-rich plasma (PRP) alone will
not do anything for under eye bags. It will improve skin quality and texture but it will
not on its own. Hyaluronic acid fillers have limited value as long as the under eye bags
are slight. I can’t tell you how often I help patients who come to me from everywhere
with the overzealous placement of hyaluronic acid fillers such that they are getting various
irregularities under their eyes and often makes the under eyes worse because doctors
are trying to help them by camouflaging and because they want to avoid surgery. Under eye bag surgery in our practice has
become very straight forward for the majority of people who come to see us. We do with it
with LITE™ IV sedation in an office operating facility which basically makes it not different
from any injectable filler. Yes, it is surgery but in this scenario where we are able to
minimize the formality of operation such as going to hospital or surgery center as well
as the maximize the safety and standards of sterility like a hospital or surgery center,
we are able to really make this a procedure that is pretty straightforward to experience.
In fact, I often combine under eye bags with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as well as laser
to help maximize the appearance under the eyes. So essentially, a consultation is critically
important in order to establish whether or not you are a candidate for any non-surgical
procedure. But it has been my general experience that when someone has receptacle under eye
bags, very often it is bigger than they can be treated alone with fillers. We always have
to use good judgment when to use fillers and when not to. And when someone like myself
who is a surgeon and does injectable fillers, I don’t have any bias. A lot of times, patients
go to non-surgeons and end up with volume of fillers to try to blend their eye bags
and not looking as good as they hoped. So I hope that was helpful, I wish you the
best of luck and thank you for your question!

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