We’re a sucker for the Vampire Breast Lift
While a Vampire Breast Lift may sound like something straight off the shelves of the Halloween fancy-dress aisle, the results are somewhat less frightening.
What is a Vampire Breast Lift?
The ‘Vampire’ name comes from the fact the treatment involves us taking your blood to obtain PRP (Protein Rich Plasma). PRP is not a new treatment, in fact it has been used in medicine for decades. Platelets are the healing factor in blood. When you cut yourself, the yellow goo that forms is PRP. By injecting PRP back into the breast tissue (or other tissue for that matter), we can trick the body into thinking that there has been an injury, making the body heal itself by developing new collagen, blood vessels, nerves and fat.
This results in rejuvenation of the skin and regeneration of fatty tissue that has been lost through breast feeding, weight loss and aging. There is an instant improvement, but this is due to the volume injected. The true result develops over the coming 2-3 months and lasts around 1-2 years.
The Vampire Breast Lift is not a replacement for surgery in those seeking a dramatic increase in cup size, these women would be better served by breast implants. It is perfect in those seeking rejuvenation of the appearance and shape of their cleavage, women with reduced nipple sensation or those with inverted nipples.
Emily Edwards, 25 from Stone, Staffordshire hated the way her breasts looked after having two children and losing a lot of weight. We spoke to her about the treatment itself and her reasons for wanting to try it.
Why did you want to try a treatment like this?
“I’m only 5 feet 5 but during both my pregnancies I went up from a size 8 to a size 16. I wasn’t too bothered about how my breasts looked after having my first daughter back in 2011 because I knew I wanted more children. But after having my second in June 2015 I finished breastfeeding and went from 13 stones 5, down to 9 stones 4, and it really bothered me how saggy and covered in stretch-marks my breasts were.
“I used to wear push-up bras and wouldn’t chose clothes that were backless or strapless because my breasts weren’t pert enough. I slathered them in coconut oil to try and make the stretchmarks fade but still they weren’t good.
With two young daughters, aged 6 and 2, to look after, as well as part-time job in sales Emily didn’t want to risk going under the knife for conventional breast implants because of the recovery time and potential risks, so she started researching safe alternatives.
What did you think when you saw the treatment initially?
“When I found the Vampire Breast Lift it sounded perfect. The spooky-sounding name comes from the fact that it works by removing some of your blood and then injecting it back into your boobs. It promised to make them look plumper and reduce the appearance of stretch-marks for up to 2 years. At £1200 it was more affordable that going under the knife too.
What happened during the procedure?
“Just before Halloween itself, I came to visit us at Elite Aesthetics in Greenhithe, Kent, to have the procedure.
“I don’t like having my blood taken so I was a bit anxious when I arrived and I wasn’t completely convinced that it would make much difference. First, Dr Shirin Lakhani did a thorough consultation and examined my breasts.
“She said that I had lost soft tissue around the top of each breast and marked on them where she would inject. Then, she inserted a needle into the crease in my arm and drew out 120ml of blood into a syringe which had an anti-coagulant in to stop it clotting.”
The procedure involves putting 60ml of blood at a time into the Magellan TruPRP centrifuge to separate the blood cells from the platelet rich plasma (PRP). The PRP is injected into the breasts where it stimulates the body’s natural wound healing process, similar to how the body heals itself after a cut. The plasma is then activated with calcium, leading to the release of growth factors and optimization of the native wound healing environment and then it’s injected into the breasts.
It takes approximately 16 minutes per 60ml to spin and separate the blood. Once all 120ml of the blood is treated in the centrifuge, it’s ready to be injected back into the breast tissue.
“There was a slight burning sensation as Dr Shirin Lakhani injected it into five different locations on the top of each breast but it didn’t hurt” continues Emily. “Afterwards, Dr Lakhani massaged pressed on the area to ensure the blood was spread out. Then, in less than an hour since the procedure started, I was finished.
“When I looked down at my boobs I couldn’t believe it, they were so much fuller and pert than before. When I put my bra back on I didn’t need to tighten the straps like I usually do to create a cleavage, because I already had one! The stretch-marks were much less noticeable too. I couldn’t believe what a difference it had made.”
To find out more about the Vampire Breast lift, please contact Elite Aesthetics on 01322 381205