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


Robert  Allan Turnipseed, 62, formerly of Dallas, was murdered in his home at Riberas del Pilar in Jalisco, Mexico, on Jan. 6 (See related news story in this issue.)

Turnipseed immigrated to the United States from Calgary, Alberta in Canada as a child and grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He was active in the Stonewall Business and Professional Association in Dallas, a precursor to the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce. He and his partner fulfilled their dream of moving to Mexico in 2004 when they bought a home in the Lake Chapala area.

Turnipseed is survived by his partner of 40 years, Bob Tennison.

Mark A. Bieson, 48, died Jan. 10 at Parkland Hospital in Dallas following a prolonged illness.

Born in Indiana, Biesen had lived in the Dallas area for the past 16-plus years and had worked as a demo specialist at Whole Foods Market in Highland Park. Friends remember him as a very kind and gentle person with an amazing spirit. Guests to and his coworkers at Whole Foods Market loved him very much and will remember him always for his sense of humor and good-natured spirit.

Biesen is survived by one sister and two brothers, all of Indiana.

A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, at Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Lane.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition Jan. 28, 2011.

—  John Wright

GALA leaders meeting in Dallas this weekend

Palant hopes annual leadership conference will lead to chance for  Dallas to host 2016 choral festival

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer

Turtle Creek Chorale
REHEARSING | Members of the Turtle Creek Chorale warm up before rehearsal this week to prepare for a performance at Cathedral of Hope as part of the GALA leadership conference. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice)

The annual GALA Choruses leadership conference began Thursday, Sept. 2 at the Warwick Melrose Hotel in Dallas and continues through Sunday, Sept. 5.

The annual convention focuses on both the artistic and administrative sides of managing choral groups. Every four years, the full choruses gather for a choral festival.

In 2012, the festival will be held in Denver. Dallas was in the running but lost the summer event to Colorado’s milder climate.

But Jonathan Palant, artistic director of Dallas’ Turtle Creek Chorale, said this weekend’s conference is “a wonderful precursor to a much larger festival that will one day come to this city.”
He said he hopes to bring the quadrennial festival to Dallas in 2016.

“We have the venues,” he said. “We have the hotels. We have the Arts District. We have a strong, wonderful GLBT presence in this city.”

Palant described this weekend’s conference as a series of events focusing on three aspects of running a musical non-profit — artistic, executive and membership.

“As an artistic director, this conference is invaluable,” Palant said.

A member of the chorale will present a session for other choruses called, “Getting the most out of your website,” as part of the membership and volunteer portion of the meeting.

Palant said the Chorale is known nationally for its website that promotes the upcoming season, sells tickets, CDs and other merchandise and features musical previews of the group’s performances.

Among the headliners addressing the conference will be Craig Hella Johnson, founder of the Austin-based Conspirare, a professional chamber choir with members from around the country. Johnson is considered one of the most influential voices in choral conducting in the North America.

On Friday, he will lead a six-hour workshop “focusing on repertoire, musicianship, artistry, the roll of musical leadership,” Johnson said.

Johnson talked about the “professionalization of the choral field” and said that audiences have grown to have the same expectations of vocal groups as they do of orchestras.

While Conspirare is not an LGBT group, Johnson said, “As a gay man, I support them as community-builders.”

While the choruses represented in Dallas this weekend range from small ensembles in smaller cities to large choirs like Dallas’ Chorale, Johnson said that the common role of all choral leaders is to inspire.
“We use music to find our way into the greater realm,” he said. “Music is a language that speaks so deeply.”

Craig Hella Johnson
Craig Hella Johnson

On Sunday morning, Palant said they will host a “gospel brunch” at the Rose Room for conference attendees. Denise Lee, Liz Mikel, Gary Floyd, Cedric Neal and Buddy Shanahan will perform.

A number of singers from GALA choruses from around the country will also be at the Melrose this weekend and will perform Sunday afternoon. They will spend the weekend rehearsing a requiem for the 4 p.m. concert at Cathedral of Hope.

The Chorale, the Women’s Chorus of Dallas and the New Texas Symphony Orchestra will perform the first half of the program. The requiem will conclude the concert. Tickets are $15 and available at the door.

GALA was created in 1981 after the formation of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in 1978 and subsequent groups in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago and other cities over the next few years. Among that first group of choruses, the Turtle Creek Chorale was established in 1979.

The first national festival took place in 1983 when 12 choruses with a total of 1,200 singers performed at Alice Tully Hall in New York’s Lincoln Center. The annual leadership conference began the following year in Denver.

At the Miami festival in 2008, a new part-time rotating artistic director-in-residence program was launched. Tim Seelig, currently the artistic director of Dallas’ mixed voices choir Resounding Harmony, was elected to serve in that national position for a year.

Veronica Torres of the Dallas Convention and Visitor’s Bureau said that GALA knows Dallas is interested in hosting the 2016 festival. She is waiting for the organization to put out a call for bids before sending them any new information about the city.

She said that if the city were awarded the festival, it would use all of the venues in the Arts District including the new City Performance Hall that has begun construction.

With several years advance notice, Torres said, reserving all of the venues for GALA’s numerous performances would not present a scheduling problem.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 3, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens