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The Vampire Facelift:

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Taking Aesthetic Injections To The Next Level!

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By Brian J. Shiple, D.O. & Kelly P. Shiple, PA-C


Have you noticed changes in your face and skin over time? Have you noticed fine lines of expression turn into permanent wrinkles? Have you felt a decrease in the vitality of your skin? Have you wanted to do something about it, but don’t know where to start? Chadds Ford Wellness can help.

Aging of the skin of the face is affected by numerous factors including sun damage, gravity, life long stress, waning hormones, improper nutrition, poor maintenance, and the list goes on. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a safe, effective, natural treatment out there that did not leave you looking completely overdone and plastic like some neurotoxin and filler treatments? Now there is.

Chadds Ford Wellness is now specializing in The Vampire Facelift® procedure, which was invented by Dr. Charles Runels in 2011. It was made famous by the Kardashians when Kim received a Vampire Facial on the show. It is now a fairly common procedure offered throughout the country by an elite group of physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners that have all been thoroughly trained by Charles Runels, MD.

The Vampire Facelift® involves specific injections of both small amounts of dermal hyaluronic acid fillers and your own concentrated blood platelets. Your blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. This creates a substance called platelet rich plasma (PRP). The PRP is then activated to release growth factors that are a part of the body’s wound-healing cascade when it is injected in the skin of the face. Pain is minimalized with topical numbing cream, a numbing agent in the filler injections, and small needles.

Over the next year, the body works to restore the collagen content of the skin of your face as well as the fat underneath the skin that is lost with aging. It also creates new blood vessels to help increase blood flow to the face. This improves the texture of the skin and helps the treatment last up to 2 years. By artistically sculpting the face with dermal fillers combined with PRP we are able to use less filler making it a much safer procedure and creating a more natural look. By using PRP we are getting to the root cause of the aging process and improving the sagging, wrinkles, texture, and color changes that attribute to making us look older.

We are also trained to perform Botox® injections, filler injections, and PRP injections alone or in combination with your Vampire Facelift® procedure depending on your wants and needs. Because the Vampire Facelift lasts so long, a great maintenance treatment for the time in between is a combination of PRP and microneedling, a treatment called the MiniVamp, a much more technically advanced form of the vampire facial procedure. This procedure was developed by Blade Tiessen, a para-medical aesthetician from Ontario, Canada, who has been deemed a pioneer of collagen induction therapy. By using numerous tiny needles to manipulate the muscles of the face and neck we can effectively help maintain the Vampire Facelift by continuing to tighten any sagging skin and infusing the growth factors from your PRP into the skin of your face through microchannels created by the microneedling pen. This procedure will continue to promote the rejuvenation of your face during your year or more of results from the Vampire Facelift®.


Dr. Brian Shiple is a highly accomplished sports medicine and family practice board certified physician. Dr. Shiple is one of the leading interventional regenerative medicine physicians on the east coast and uses platelet rich plasma and adult stem cells for the healing of musculoskeletal conditions. He has been practicing age management wellness and aesthetic medicine for over 8 years. He has been in practice for 22 years and is a highly sought after speaker, educator, and author.

Kelly Shiple is a certified physician assistant who practices aesthetic medicine under the supervision of Dr. Brian Shiple. She graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology. Kelly attended Nova Southeastern University in Orlando, FL where she received her master’s degree of medical science and physician assistant studies. She is trained to perform neurotoxin, dermal filler, and aesthetic PRP injections.


“This is the only office in the area doing the Vampire Facelift.  The doctor and physician assistant were very professional and easy to talk to. I quickly felt comfortable, with their goal of personalized care and lasting results for every patient. They were both very knowledgeable and able to answer all of my questions without making me feel rushed. The vampire facial has done wonders for my skin. My friends and family have noticed a difference in my skin’s appearance. It is tighter, smoother and more radiant. The texture is refined and more youthful. I am 4 weeks out and I am still seeing improvements happening every day. The Vampire Facelift is the gift that keeps on giving. I would highly recommend the Vampire Facelift at Chadds Ford Wellness.”   – Karen L, Kennett Square, PA

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