No fangs needed

Advanced Skin Fitness takes a cue from vampires to give patients a youthful look

The before (top) and after (below) photos of the Vampire FaceLift procedure show remarkable results, though the technology used to create it sounds like something out of science fiction.

The before (top) and after (below) photos of the Vampire FaceLift procedure show remarkable results, though the technology used to create it sounds like something out of science fiction.

STEVEN LINDSEY  | Contributing Writer

Horrified by your wrinkles and other signs of ageing? It’s a fact of life that simply sucks. But there’s a revolutionary procedure that takes cues from those mythic bloodsuckers to achieve remarkable results. It’s called the Vampire FaceLift, and it’s one of the most popular of a suite of age-defying procedures available at gay-owned Advanced Skin Fitness.

ASF owner William A. Moore says patients are amazed by the outcome of the frighteningly named procedure. And they don’t have to sleep in coffins, wear SPF 35,000 sunscreen or avoid garlic festivals to enjoy the benefits.

The name derives because the process utilizes a patient’s own blood.

“Stem cell science is used to tell the body to grow new, younger skin,” Moore says. “Unipotent stem cells, which grow only one specific tissue, can be found in every part of the body. For example, unipotent stem cells in the liver grow new liver tissue; the same cells in the skin grow new skin. The procedure takes cosmetic rejuvenation to a higher level.”

It all starts with a hyaluronic acid filler (like Juvederm) to begin sculpting specific areas of the face.

“The filler acts like a sponge, holding water in the face providing a basic shape,” Moore says. “This initial injection of the acid is the precursor to the desired form.” Next comes the polishing and refining step of the sculpting process, “which contributes to the appearance of a younger version of you.”

Moore adds that within minutes, the clinician creates autologous Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to activate your own stem cells. (Vocabulary lesson for today: autologous means utilizing something from your own body.)

The three-step process is quite simple. A small amount of blood is drawn and then placed in one of those cool CSI crime-labby centrifuges to spin the blood and separate the platelets from the other components of the blood. Finally, the platelets are activated to produce your very own platelet-rich plasma. The PRP is injected into the desired areas (typically around the eyes, nasolabial folds, chin and cheeks) and just like a scab turns into skin over time, this process works to rejuvenate the treatment zones.

It takes four to six weeks to completely see the benefits of PRP injections, but according to Moore, there is also some instant gratification from the procedure.

There’s a way to maximize the results of the non-surgical Vampire FaceLift through a procedure Moore created, called iRevival. The treatments together work well for someone with a loss of volume in the cheeks and face.

The exclusive procedure will be introduced to other skin care clinics in March because of its popularity and visible results. It combines CO2 laser resurfacing with the same PRP and unipotent stem cells.

“First, we treat the skin with CO2 laser to create microscopic wounds. When these wounds heal, they naturally build new collagen and firm and smooth the texture of the skin. Afterward, the PRP is applied topically to speed up the healing process and injected into problematic areas as with the Vampire FaceLift,” Moore says. “PRP combined with microscopic wounds dramatically decreases fine lines, firms and tightens the areas around the eyes, evens out acne scars, eliminates sun damage, and brightens and enhances the color of the skin.”

Both these treatments are ideal for patients over the age of 35 because everyone stops producing collagen around that age. Acne scar patients or anyone suffering from premature aging due to excessive sun exposure or cigarette smoking can also benefit. (The Vampire FaceLift has virtually no downtime, but the iRevival requires about a week.)

Should you or someone you know need improvement further below the neck, Platelet Rich Plasma can also be used for rejuvenation and enlargement of the penis. Or as the vampires call it, raising the dead.

Call 214-521-5277 or visit to schedule a free consultation.
Vampire FaceLift cost $1,299; iRevival costs $1,499.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 17, 2012.

—  Michael Stephens

Uptown Players sets line-up for 2012 season

AM BUSCH | Coy Covington (in ‘Die Mommie, Die!’) returns to his roots in drag acting by once again serving as Charles Busch’s surrogate in ‘The Divine Sister.’

Uptown Players begins its third season at the Kalita Humphreys Theater next year, with a lineup that numbers among its gayest ever.

“I don’t wanna say it’s more gay, but I definitely feel it has more gay aspects than some recent seasons,” said co-founder Craig Lynch.
As usual, the season includes a drama, a comedy and two musicals, plus several bonus shows.

The 11th season kicks off Feb. 3, 2012, with Take Me Out, gay playwright Richard Greenberg’s Tony Award-winner about the reaction when a professional baseball player comes out of the closet. WaterTower Theatre last produced the show locally in 2006.

That’s immediately followed by Broadway Our Way on March 16, the annual fundraiser that showcases musical numbers traditionally sung by men being sung by women and vice versa.

As with this season, Uptown will clear out of the Kalita for a few months while the Dallas Theater Center, which still holds the lease on the building, mounts two shows in the space: God of Carnage and Next Fall. In the meantime, the troupe will return to the stage of the Rose Room for The Silence of the Clams, another of its comic spoofs, again written by Jamie Morris (The Fact of Life: The Lost Episode). It opens April 27.

On July 13, Coy Covington returns to his wheelhouse performing in drag in the most recent Charles Busch comedy, The Divine Sister. This will be Covington’s fourth go as Busch’s surrogate for Uptown. “We saw it off-Broadway and met with Busch,” Lynch said. “His production of the play is touring but is not coming to Dallas, so we snatched up the rights.”

Uptown will then attempt what is arguably its biggest production to date when it tackles  Mel Brooks’ mega musical The Producers. It also happens to be one of the gayest mainstream smashes in the history of Broadway. National tours have come to North Texas, but this will be the first major local production. It opens Aug. 24.

The season will end on Oct. 5 with Hello Again, gay composer Michael John LaChuisa’s musical play about relationships through the decades. John de los Santos will direct.

It’s an ambitious season for the company that began soon after 9/11 in a 120-seat space off Stemmons but is now only the second troupe to be a resident company at the historic Kalita Humphreys. When they started, did they ever think they’d mount something as big as The Producers?

“Heck, no!” said Lynch. “We were debating whether to do The Producers for a year now but after doing research I see how it can work. We’ve learned some valuable lessons in the space. We know we need to scale back here and be more abstract there. We were used to a small space and small-scale thinking; now we times that by a hundred.”

— A.W.J.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 9, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas