A vampire breast lift (VBL) augments your breasts without surgery. Providers inject platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to improve skin texture and make your breasts appear fuller. Side effects are minimal, but may include bruising, swelling and tenderness, and there’s no downtime. Long-term complications and effectiveness of PRP breast lifts aren’t known.
A vampire breast lift (VBL) is a procedure to improve (augment) the look of your breasts if surgery isn’t yet warranted. VBL uses injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This procedure is also known as a PRP breast lift.
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Platelet-rich plasma comes from your blood. PRP contains proteins that promote blood clotting and help with cell growth.
Providers separate PRP from the rest of your blood in a centrifuge, a machine that spins your blood at high speeds. The centrifuge separates your blood into three components:
People may opt for a PRP breast lift if a surgical breast lift isn’t yet warranted. Providers who inject PRP into their patients’ breasts claim that it:
A vampire breast lift may help to:
Scientists haven’t studied the effectiveness vampire blood lifts, also known as PRP breast lifts. The long-term side effects and risks aren’t known. If you're considering breast lift options, be sure to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist about the risks of this particular treatment.
Before a PRP breast lift, you’ll have a consultation with your provider to talk about what you want to achieve. Your provider will:
If you decide to move forward with a PRP breast lift, your provider may suggest that you:
During a vampire breast lift, your provider will take a blood sample, usually from your arm. They’ll spin the blood in a centrifuge machine to separate the PRP.
Your provider will apply a numbing cream to your breasts to decrease your sensitivity during the procedure. Then they use a thin needle to inject PRP into areas throughout your breasts.
The injections generally take about 20 minutes. The entire procedure usually lasts less than an hour.
Most people don’t have any side effects after a vampire breast lift. Some people experience side effects for a few days, such as:
People who have a VBL breast lift instead of surgical breast augmentation may have:
You may experience some pain during the blood sample and injections. But any discomfort is usually mild.
Because a PRP breast lift isn’t surgery, it can’t:
This procedure isn’t recommended if you’re:
Because there haven’t been scientific studies on vampire breast lifts, the long-term effects aren’t known. It’s also unclear whether a PRP breast lift can affect a mammogram. Be sure to tell your provider about the procedure if you have a mammogram.
After a PRP breast lift, you may notice your breasts becoming gradually firmer and smoother over a period of three to four weeks. Final results may not appear for two to three months. Any changes can last up to two years.
You can usually return to your regular activities immediately. Your healthcare provider will offer guidance suitable for your recovery.
Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms after a vampire breast lift:
A note from Cleveland Clinic
A vampire breast lift uses injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to enhance your breasts. Side effects and recovery time from a PRP breast lift are usually minimal. Scientists haven’t studied the safety or effectiveness of this procedure. If you're considering a breast lift, talk to your provider and weigh the pros and cons of the available procedures.
Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/04/2021.
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