A VBL is marketed as a nonsurgical form of breast augmentation.
Unlike a traditional breast lift — which relies on incisions — a VBL relies on platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to create a somewhat fuller, firmer bust.
Intrigued? Read on to learn more about how it’s done, whether it’s covered by insurance, what to expect from recovery, and more.
A VBL may be right for you if you’re looking for a slight lift — similar to what a pushup bra can provide — and prefer a less-invasive approach to augmentation.
However, setting expectations is key. A VBL won’t:
- add a cup size to your bust
- create a new breast shape
- eliminate sagging
Rather, a VBL may:
- create the appearance of fuller, firmer breasts
- minimize the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks
- improve blood circulation
You may not be eligible for this procedure if you:
- have a history of breast cancer or predisposition to breast cancer
- are pregnant
- are breastfeeding
The PRP injections used for vampire facelifts cost around $1,125 for each treatment.
You should expect similar, if not slightly higher, costs for a VBL, since the number of injections determines the total cost.
Some estimates price a VBL at anywhere from$1,500 to $2,000.
Since VBL is a cosmetic procedure, insurance won’t cover it. However, your provider may offer promotional financing or other payment plans to help offset the costs.
Although VBLs aren’t a surgical procedure, they’re often performed by cosmetic surgeons. Some dermatologists and gynecologists may also be trained in this procedure.
It’s a good idea to make an appointment with a few potential providers so you can make your own assessment. You don’t want to rely on web reviews alone.
Make sure you ask to see each provider’s portfolio. This can help you see what their work looks like as well as identify the results you’re going for.
Once you’ve selected a provider, you’ll have a consultation appointment to discuss what comes next.
During your appointment, you should expect your provider to:
- examine your breasts
- listen to your aesthetic concerns
- ask for your complete medical history
If your provider determines that you’re eligible for a VBL, they’ll explain the procedure to you. Together, you’ll decide whether a VBL can provide the results you’re looking for.
If you want to move forward with the procedure, your provider will schedule a date for your VBL. Their office will also provide information on how to prepare for your appointment.
This may include:
- avoiding certain medications, like aspirin and ibuprofen, for a week before your appointment
- removing all body jewelry on the day of the procedure
- wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing on the day of the procedure
A VBL is a fairly simple procedure. It’ll likely take just 20 minutes to complete. Expect the overall appointment to take about an hour, though.
When you arrive, your nurse will:
- Ask you to change into a hospital gown. You’ll be asked to remove your bra, but you can keep your underwear on.
- Apply a numbing cream to your breasts.
While the numbing cream sets in, your provider will prepare the PRP injections. To do this:
- They’ll take a sample of your blood, usually from your arm.
- The blood will be placed in a centrifuge machine to help draw out the PRP and separate it from the other components of your blood, such as the red blood cells.
Your provider may also combine the PRP solution with hyaluronic acid to help firm the area even more. It all depends on the results you’re looking for.
When your breasts are numb (about 30 minutes after the cream was applied), your provider will inject the solution into your breasts.
Some providers combine VBL with microneedling for optimal results.
You may feel slight pain during the blood draw and injection process. The procedure typically doesn’t cause significant discomfort.
The technique’s founders claim that, because the VBL is noninvasive, it’s safer than a traditional lift or implants. All surgeries carry the risk of infection, scarring, and other complications.
As this is a relatively new and experimental procedure, there’s no data documenting the long-term effects on the breast tissue and how the injections may impact mammograms or the risk of breast cancer.
A VBL is a noninvasive procedure, so no recovery time is necessary. Some bruising and swelling may occur, but will resolve in a few days.
Most people can return to their regular activities immediately after their appointment.
Your skin will respond to the “injuries” caused by the injections by creating new tissues. You should notice gradual changes in breast tone and texture over the coming months.
You should see full results within three months. According to the official VBL website, these results should last up to two years.