Vampire Facelift demonstration upcoming in Stockbridge

By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent


For many, it’s a mythical word that conjures up images of blood-suckers and staying young forever.

For one local doctor and her staff, however, that concept is not just real. It’s actually a good thing.

Dr. Gayla Sylvain will host a live Vampire Facelift October 28. Special photo

Eagle’s Landing Skin Enhancement & Vein Center, at 1325 Rock Quarry Road in Stockbridge, will host a live Vampire Facelift Oct. 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. Dr. Gayla Sylvain and her team will answer questions about the procedure, and attendees will be entered to win a Vampire Facelift and other prizes.

Sylvain began performing the procedure locally about a year and a half ago. The goal, she says, is to help people look and feel young longer.

“The procedure takes about an hour to an hour and half to perform, and the procedure entails actually two components,” says Sylvain. “One is using an FDA-approved filler called Juvederm, which is a hyaluronic acid filler. We first place that in areas that we want to restore youthful volume. That is serving as a scaffold to then place what we call platelet-rich plasma on top, which helps to rejuvenate and regenerate volume, youthful glow to the skin, blood flow and those types of things.”

The Vampire Facelift procedure was developed by Dr. Charles Runels. He trademarked it to reflect the steps involved in performing the procedure for cosmetic use. Sylvain says a crucial element of the Facelift is that it uses a person’s own blood, and nothing foreign, to bring out the best appearance in each patient.

“It’s utilizing something your body makes, which has a lot of growth factors and good cells, and uses that to revive the youth and restore beauty to the face, and make you look like a younger version of yourself, but still you look like yourself,” she says. “People like that. Sometimes what may drive women in is that they want to look good for daughter’s wedding, a class reunion or a trip, or they’re taking photos and they want to look well for the photos,” she says. “I think it’s a great anti-aging procedure, because it’s using your cells to restore things that you’re losing over time. So, it helps to do it early and whenever you first notice the changes, and it helps you to age well and keep you from needing to do surgery later.”

The Vampire Facelift has seen its share of success in Hollywood in recent years. The list of celebrities who have undergone it, according to Sylvain, includes Demi Moore, Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian, and Robert Pattinson.

Still, the doctor feels most of her patients aren’t trying to look like movie stars but simply want to “age well” without the expense of plastic surgery.

“They don’t want the tight, pulled appearance,” she says. “They just want to look naturally beautiful, like they did when they were younger. That’s what women want now, and men as well. They don’t want to look ‘done up.’ They want to look like they haven’t had anything done, but they look good. Celebrities may have brought it into the limelight, but now people know that it’s available for everyone else … it helps to get that word out because they know that they can look good themselves as well.”

Sylvain, 50, says feedback from patients who have chosen the Vampire Facelift have been positive thus far, with patients reporting “a high level of satisfaction” from the procedure. She adds that her experience with the Vampire Facelift isn’t limited to her role as a doctor. In fact, she has had it done twice on her own face. Her first procedure was performed in early 2014, and the second was three months ago.

She emphasizes that having a second procedure is not an indication that the first was ineffective, but rather another step in the aging process.

“The reason to redo is because it was effective, and you were very happy with your results,” Sylvain says. “It’s not going to stop you from aging. As you age, changes are going to occur, so every once in a while you want to kind of touch that up so you can keep aging well.”

The doctor acknowledges that patients who undergo a Vampire Facelift may experience discomfort because there are needles involved in the procedure. However, she says, steps are taken to ensure that such discomfort is “minimal.

“We are able to minimize that discomfort by using topical numbing cream or anesthetic, [and] local ice as we’re performing the procedure,” she says. “That minimizes the discomfort. You’ll have some areas that will be a little sensitive, but definitely not anything that’s incredibly painful -- very tolerable.”

Sylvain adds that patients who have had the procedure have not experienced significant side effects or long-term complications from it.

“I feel very confident saying it’s extremely safe and effective, an easy way for someone to improve their appearance and look better without putting themselves at risk with surgical procedures and things like that, and with minimal discomfort or down time,” she says. “When a person has this done, they’re able to get back to their normal activities within a few days. You could conceivably have some lumpiness where you place the filler, but that’s just something that’s inherent in doing fillers but not necessarily the vampire procedure itself. Other than that, we haven’t really seen any significant risk.”

One factor in both men and women choosing the Vampire Facelift, Sylvain says, centers on a patient’s desire to compete in an aging workforce. While women make up 80-90 percent of Sylvain’s clients for the Vampire Facelift procedure, she says it is just as effective for men, and that some of them opt for the procedure because they are in sales or other careers that require them to be in front of people on a regular basis.

Space for the Oct. 28 event is limited to the first 25 registrants. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to make a reservation, call 770-846-2295.