PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) THERAPY

In recent years this new technology has come to the fore and shows great promise. Along with the benefit of using your own tissue therefore eliminating allergies there is added intrigue of mobilizing your own stem cells for your benefit. The benefits to you are that platelet rich plasma can rejuvenate your skin improving textures and lines with a gradual natural change.

Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP, was begun to improve wound healing. Laying a coating of this over an open wound will rapidly induce healing of the wound reducing time to clear. In recent years it has begun to be applied very successfully in speeding injury repair. So good is it that some countries have asked the International Olympic Committee to ban it as they feel it gives an unfair advantage to the athletes of those countries using it. This has recently been reversed.

What is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma is a fraction of your own blood drawn off and spun down and then reapplied or reinjected to create improved tissue health.

Platelets are very small cells in your blood that are involved in the clotting process. As they organize in the clot they release a number of growth factors to promote healing and tissue responses including attracting stem cells to repair the damaged area. When used in injured or sun- and time-damaged tissue they can induce a remodeling of the tissue to a more healthy and younger state.

What can it be used for?

As mentioned PRP can be used in speeding healing of open wounds, in tendon and other musculoskeletal injuries and in problems like arthritis. If you check YouTube and Google for PRP or platelet rich plasma therapy you will encounter many people, especially orthopaedic surgeons explaining the technology and showing in what situations they can use it.

But PRP can be used also to improve skin texture, lines and wrinkles, and to improve hair regrowth. By placing it into the deeper skin layer fibroblasts and other cells can be stimulated to a more youthful function. Areas like crepey areas under eyes and in necks can show dramatic improvement. Lines like about upper lips can also improve. And the general texture and turgor of the skin will improve.

Who will benefit from it?

Anyone with an open wound or injury, especially taking time to heal will improve speedily with PRP therapy.Also anyone who is using cosmetic treatments for lines, wrinkles, poorer skin condition and general skin reconditioning and anyone who is losing hair can be improved with PRP therapy. Any anyone who has had problems tolerating products for these sorts of procedures will be encouraged by the fact they are using purely their own cells and tissues. The most dramatic results so far have been in the crepey skin problems in areas such under eyes, necks and décolletage areas. It is not designed to replace surgery for loose skin where procedures such as blepharoplasties etc., would be more appropriate.

How is it done?

A special container is drawn off in much the same way blood is taken for blood testing. While the skin is being numbed with a topical anesthetic cream, the blood sample is spun for around eight minutes in a centrifuge to produce the PRP. The PRP is drawn from the special container into a small syringe, then injected in the cleaned anesthetized skin in either small lines or tiny dots in the deeper skin layer (or onto the open wound or about the injured area for those problems).

For skin improvement PRP is instilled into the same areas over three sessions usually spaced around a month apart each time.

How many treatments are required?

With wounds and injuries 1 to 6 treatments may be required depending on the extent of underlying injuries.

With more cosmetic applications usually three treatments will be required. PRP is instilled on three occasions usually a month apart.

How quickly does the result show?

To those people aware of their skin texture and structure they may be aware within a week of some early changes. But this is a gradual process with changes continuing to show for three to six months after the treatment with the PRP.

So for a cosmetic application it would be the best to wait for three months or so after the third treatment session of PRP before making a judgement on the outcome. And some will be achieving further changes for another three months to six months after the last treatment.

How long does it last?

At the moment the effect seems to last about two years. Obviously there will be variations from one person to the next on this. Initially it was felt the effects and length of benefit would be better in younger patients with younger cells to work with. But PRP therapy, as with non-ablative laser treatments, effects can be very good in people one would consider older.

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BOTOX / DYSPORT

What is botox cosmetic®?

BOTOX Cosmetic® is a treatment for wrinkles caused by repeated movements.

 

-The most commonly treated areas include:The lines around the eyes known as crows feet caused by squinting or smiling

-The horizontal lines across the forehead caused by raising the eyebrows

-The lines & folding of skin between the eyebrows caused by frowning

 

Is it safe?

Yes!

BOTOX® has been available for 20 years, and has been used to treat many diseases. In fact, it is used in children as young as 2 years old to treat cerebral palsy.

It has been proven to be very safe through extensive testing and research.

BOTOX Cosmetic® is an approved drug used to treat patients for cosmetic wrinkles.

Will it give me food poisoning?

No, it is not toxic to you. / No it is not a poison.

Is it botulism?

No – BOTOX Cosmetic® is not botulism and it will not cause food poisoning. To clarify, Botulism is the name of an illness.

Isn’t botox cosmetic® a toxin/poison?

With The product is a natural, purified protein that is an approved drug used in very small doses. It comes from a naturally occurring bacterium – similar to how Penicillin comes from mold.

How do i know it won’t be toxic to me?

Typically, for a cosmetic treatment, you may receive under 100 units. To make someone remotely sick, you would have to receive OVER 35 times this dose all at one time, which would never happen (plus it would cost you over $42,000 – absolutely impossible). You really are getting VERY TINY doses.

How does it work?

BOTOX Cosmetic® works by simply relaxing the muscles underneath the skin to create a smooth and refreshed appearance.

How long does the procedure take?

Generally, after the consultation, the procedure only takes up to 15 minutes. Since there is no downtime, you can do it on your lunch break, and no one would know you have had it done!

How quickly does it work?

It can take UP TO 2 WEEKS for it to take full effect. Usually we ask patients to wait the 14 days to pass in order to fully see the results.

How is it done?

It is injected with a very tiny needle (it only feels like a tiny little pinch)

My botox cosmetic® treatment didn’t work!

BOTOX Cosmetic® takes up to 14 days to take full effect.

How long does botox cosmetic® last? Is it permanent?

No – BOTOX Cosmetic® is not permanent. It lasts between 3-4 months on average, but everyone is different. If you follow these directions to have your first 3 treatments promptly every 3 months (without waiting in between), we will guarantee that your next few treatments will start to last longer than 3 months. Most patients who get their first 3 treatments done “back to back” every 3 months find that:

 

  • Their next treatment lasts 4 months

  • Then the next treatment last 5 months

  • And the following treatment lasts 6 months

  • Patients who stay on his prompt treatment schedule can stabilize their treatments at approximately 2 times per year (saves you money!)

Does it hurt?

Most patients say the injections feel similar to a little pinch, although everyone is different. We usually hear that patients say, “Is that all?”

Is it going to be worse when it wears off?

No! Your face will never get worse if you stop using BOTOX Cosmetic® or when it wears off. At the very minimum, you will simply return to where you started. If you use BOTOX Cosmetic® for a number of years and then stop, your muscles learn to relax and therefore you will end up looking a little better than when you originally started.

How much does it cost?

The cost per treatment varies by each patient, and a personal consultation can give you a specific amount.

“I don’t want to look like a mask without expression” – will that happen?

No. Most people simply want to look NATURAL, RELAXED, and REFRESHED, without looking “done.”

In the experienced hands of the staff at BU Wellness Clinic, most patients typically say that no one knows that they had anything done. Friends simply say that they look well rested and great!

What is a unit?

A unit of BOTOX Cosmetic® is simply a very tiny measurement of drug. The exact # of units you require (to achieve the look you want) will be discussed with Dr. Kim, although our staff can give you cost estimate.

What are the side effects?

Side effects are RARE and are NOT PERMANENT. Rarely, there can be some minor bruising (which is easily covered up with makeup) or a slight short term headache. Most patients do not experience any side effects at all.

I have heard that you can get a drooping eyelid – is this true?

Side effects are rare and are not permanent and this can include a drooping eyelid. The incidence of these side effects is less than 1% and will last from only a few days to a few weeks. Most patients do not experience any side effects at all.

Where does it go in my body?

BOTOX Cosmetic® stays local to the muscle where it was injected. After the injection, BOTOX Cosmetic® is simply metabolized and broken down into natural byproducts within a few hours.

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QUANTA SHAPE

How does quantashape work?

Drain away toxins and fats and temporarily smooth cellulite quickly and painlessly with QuantaShape. Using high frequency sound waves that generate heat and targeted massage techniques, you will see an almost immediate improvement in your skin’s appearance as fat cells melt away under the targeted aim of our micro-massage technology.

 

QuantaShape also improves blood circulation, reduces pain and swelling after liposuction procedures, and help drain toxins from your body as it moves these substances to the lymphatic system so it can be processed and removed in the blood stream.

 

Using a special wand that is shaped to the curve of your body, ultrasound therapy wakes up sleeping fat cells as deep as 5 centimeters below the skin – promoting their movement and encouraging the body to absorb and breakdown unnecessary fluids. The process is painless, and many patients report feeling only warmth combined with the sensation of a relaxing deep-tissue massage.

Where can quantashape be used?

QuantaShape can be used on a variety of areas of the body including the love handles, abdomen, inner and outer thighs, arms, mid-back (bra) area and more.

QuantaShape treatments are limited to an area about the size of a sheet of standard paper (8 ½ x 11 inches) or if dividing the sessions between two areas (like both arms, or both sides of the thighs), treatment areas will be smaller.

How long will quantashape results last?

For patients who follow a healthy diet and exercise plan, QuantaShape’s benefits have been shown to last a significant amount of time – even permanently if healthy lifestyle habits are maintained.

QuantaShape results will diminish over time for patients who eat a high-fat diet and do not exercise.

Is quantashape right for me?

QuantaShape has been shown to benefit many patients, but the procedure may not be right for everyone. Patients with certain heart problems, circulation problems like varicose veins or blood clots, pregnancy, any internal implanted device, history of cancer and some other conditions should not use QuantaShape to avoid complications.

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What is HCG?

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone naturally produced by the placenta in pregnant women and almost completely controls the metabolic function through the hypothalamus throughout the pregnancy. Contrary to popular belief however, the HCG used in the HCG diet protocols is a variation of the HCG form used for fertility treatments, and in a much smaller dose. All HCG used for medical purposes is natural, but created in laboratories from sterile cells. It is NOT extracted from women or animal urine- a common misconception.

How much weight will i lose with the HCG diet?

Most HCG dieters report a loss of 1 to 2 lbs a day. At the very least, dieters may loose .5 pound a day, and at the most, 3 + lbs a day. 1 lb is generally lost in the first day. Factors that guarantee faster weight loss include increasing vegetable intake and mixing salad with each meal. Fiber intake is extremely important, as is water intake.

What preparations are required for HCG diet shots?

Prior to treatment, your doctor or practitioner will request blood tests and perform a general health assessment. For individual injections, generally no preparations are required. If your physician has you self-injecting, specific sterilizing processes are involved, and certain steps can be taken to reduce the discomfort of injections here:

Easing the discomfort of injections

If your doctor has sent you home with pre-mixed injections of HCG for your weight loss protocol, these tips may help with self-administration of your HCG shots. Pinching the skin and pulling it out gently, can provide distraction to your nerves so you do not feel the needle. Some people prefer the quick motion shot, while others prefer resting the needle on pinched skin and pushing it through in a smooth motion.

 

  • Relax the muscles prior to injection.

  • Apply ice to numb the location prior to injection.

  • Rotate injection sites.

  • Allow medications that have been refrigerated to warm to room temperature before injection.

  • Allow the alcohol on your skin to air dry prior to injection.

How long will i have to stay on a limited calorie and carbohydrate diet?

Everyone is different. Each program is tailored to each individual. However, the first three days of reduced calorie intake are the most intense. After that the nutritional values will be significantly adjusted to ensure a safe and effective weight loss, more importantly, fat loss.

What are the side effects of low carbohydrate diets?

An increase in the level of ketones in the body results in a larger than normal excretion of sodium and water loss. During ketosis, many people tend to feel sluggish and tired and will experience low levels of energy. Other, less severe side effects include constipation, gas, and excess protein in the body.

Will the pounds come right back if i stop?

This program is not just a diet. It is a lifestyle change. There is no magic wand. Our purpose is to educate and support a healthy lifestyle so that when you reach your goal, you are able to maintain your weight on your own. If you go back to old habits you will regain weight.

I dine out a lot, what is a safe thing to order on a menu?

Dining out is tough because restaurants use lots of butter, oil and salt to make sure their food tastes good. Even “Healthy Meals” can be prepared in an unhealthy manner. It is always safest to prepare your own meals. However, if you find yourself at a restaurant ask if they have a “Lighter Fare” menu or if they can recommend low carb items. In general the safest things will be a grilled or baked fish, chicken (skinless) with a steamed vegetable (not potatoes or corn). If you have a salad, ask for them to put the dressing on the side or bring your own. They often will have Balsamic Vinegar, olive oil or lemon juice. Just keep track of what you use.

What precautions can i take to keep skin from hanging as i lose weight?

The most important thing to do is to stay hydrated and ensure a safe amount of weight loss. A safe amount is generally 1-4 pounds per week. Beyond that, you are at risk of water and muscle loss. There is also a great deal of research involved with skin care. Your doctor will recommend a treatment plan with one of their aestheticians to optimize skin care. This will help to maximally restore your skin’s elasticity.

Is it common to have a dry mouth and bad breath on this diet?

Again, it is very important to drink plenty of water. The decrease in carbohydrates will cause the body to excrete ketones and water. Keep sugar free chewing gum and mouthwash on hand can help.

What is a reasonable weight loss goal?

Dr. Kim and her team will work with you to set a goal that is both attainable and healthy. In general we are more concerned about the fat mass and fat percentage then actual weight and BMI. Losing 10 pounds of fat is far better then losing 10 pounds of water.

Is it safe for me?

Low carbohydrate diets not only help in weight loss, but also in lowering triglycerides and improving HDL: Total cholesterol ratio. Due to the low glycemic index, there is also a significant improvement in glucose management in diabetics.

I am not hungry, but sometimes i feel nauseated, is this normal?

Nausea or upset stomach may be a side effect of taking vitamins. Usually, this is relieved by taking medication and multi-vitamins after eating. Occasionally, some people do not tolerate certain medications and need to be taken off of them or switched to a different medication if needed.

I am experiencing constipation with the diet. Is there something safe i can take?

Constipation is one side effect of a low carbohydrate diet. It is important that you eat a high amount of fiber (E.G. Broccoli, spinach). It is also very important to drink plenty of water. Exercise will also increase your bowel activity. If constipation persists, there are alternatives such as “The Perfect Food” and an over the counter stool softener, “Colace” which can be taken after discussing this with your doctor.

What do the MIC and Vitamin shots do? Are they safe?

The shots contain vitamins which have not been found to have overdose toxicity levels. Any amount that is not absorbed will be excreted from the body as waste. The vitamins and amino acids in the injections have been shown in research to increase fat and cholesterol metabolism, improve energy, mood and prevent fatigue.

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HCG WEIGHT LOSS
 

How does laser hair removal work?

Laser Hair Removal targets the hair follicles, heating the root with heat generated by a laser. The heat then kills the hair at the root, inhibiting or slowing future growth.

How many treatments will i need?

Typically it takes 4 to 6 treatments to remove the hair, waiting 3 to 8 weeks between treatments

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LASER HAIR REMOVAL
MEAL REPLACEMENT PROGRAM

How many calories will i be consuming?

Most clients follow a daily meal plan of 800 calories, which typically consists of five products and two bars daily. Make sure you consume the prescribed number of products to ensure you have the essential nutrition you need for successful weight loss.

How much weight can i expect to lose?

This may be everyone’s top question! The answer: It depends on several factors including your current weight, program, age, gender and activity level. A loss of four to seven pounds is common in the first week or so. Ongoing weight loss will be about three to four pounds a week.

Why is protein so important in a vlcd?

Your body must have protein to meet its physiological needs. Without our concentrated protein, your body would break down its own tissues. Than can have serious health consequences.

Aren’t carbohydrates and fat so important?

Yes, but smaller amounts are sufficient. Carbohydrates help protect your body’s protein and maintain electrolyte and fluid balance; a minimal amount is needed to fuel cells that are unable to use ketons. A moderate amount of fat provides essential fatty acids, which are needed for good health.

Will i be hungry?

Most clients report that their hunger diminishes or disappears within a day or two of beginning the program due to the presence of ketones and reduced food temptations. Our high-protein, low-carbohydrate nutritional profile also plays a role in appetite suppression.

How will this diet help me lose body fat?

Ordinarily, your body uses glucose from carbohydrates for energy. When calories and carbohydrates are limited (as with a VLCD), your body burns its own stored fat for energy. The fat is released into the bloodstream and travels to the liver, where it is converted to ketones (KEE-tones). The ketones are then released back into the bloodstream, where muscles and tissues use them for energy. This process is called Ketosis (kee-TOSE-sis).

How will i know if i am in ketosis?

Common signs of Ketosis include fruity breath, a metallic taste in the mouth, reduced appetite and increased energy. If using keton strips to test your urine, be aware that the body will stop throwing ketones as it adjusts.

Are there any side effects?

People on a VLCD may experience mild, temporary side effects as their body adjusts to the diet. They may include:

 

  • Dizziness: As you begin losing weight, you lose a lot of water as urine.  This lowers blood volume and, hence, blood pressure.  To minimize dizziness, avoid changing positions quickly.  Do not use whirlpools, saunas or steam baths.  Drink plenty of water.

  • Mild Fatigue, Dry skin, Sensitivity to Cold: Can be treated easily with extra rest, lotions, and extra clothing.

  • ‘Fruity’ Breath: Ketosis may temporarily give your breath a fruity odor.  You may use a mouthwash.

  • Gallstones: Tell your counselor about any symptoms or history of gallstones; you may require additional tests or treatment while on the program.

  • Gastrointestinal Upset: Changing from solid food to a liquid diet may cause constipation or diarrhea.  Over-the-counter medications are available for either condition.  In addition, your medical team can add a fiber products to your meal plan to help relieve constipation.

  • Hair loss: A small percentage of patients may experience patchy hair loss three to six months into the diet.  Frequently, new hair grows in just as the old hair is lost.

  • Leg Cramp: Drinking more fluids or increasing electrolytes can often relieve occasional or mild leg cramps.  Your physician should evaluate any leg pain you are experiencing.

  • Menstrual Irregularities: Dietary changes may cause delayed or missed periods.  Women who miss a period or have a late period must be tested for pregnancy.

 

See your physician or personal physician about any symptoms that persist or concern you.

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