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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)