Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is cutting edge therapy in the field of cosmetic enhancements. Although the procedure is relatively new in aesthetics in the U.S.,PRP has been recognized as an effective treatment in sports injury, diabetic ulcer treatment, and orthopedics to name a few. Now patients who wish to use their own body’s regenerative power can do so without the concerns for infection, foreign material, or surgical interventions. Studies are now showing promise for patients looking for that younger renewed look. It is also beneficial for those wishing to have a fuller facial feature without the use of commercial fillers. This new addition in cosmetic enhancements has many possibilities such as eliminating skin wrinkles, rejuvenating the skin, improve the appearance in those with acne scarring, and hastening the healing process after a facial peel.
The therapy begins by first drawing the patient’s own blood into a specially prepared test tube. The tube is then spun down in a centrifuge to separate out the precious platelets. The platelets are an important component in our blood and are necessary for normal clotting. However, these very same platelets when activated release several proteins that are beneficial for increasing collagen formation, connective tissue formation,skin tightening, and overall rejuvenation. The separated platelets are then activated with calcium and then injected to the face or neck area. The injections are performed using very small needles similar to those used in Botox injections. The results are normally seen within 2-3 months and may require 2 separate sessions. We at Dr Park Ave in the spirit of offering and performing the latest in cosmetic enhancements are now offering the therapy to the public. We are excited to continue to strive on the cutting edge of the most advance technology.
THE BENEFIT OF PRP IN FAT TRANSFER:
Fat transfer has seen a revival in recent years. Although the first reported cases of transplanting a patient’s own fat to other areas date back to the late 19th century, it has not held much promise until the last few decades. The main reason why fat transfer was slow in becoming was due its poor tenacity. Fat has a very limited blood supply; and needs to be handled very carefully. The original fat harvesting technique involved anesthetizing the donor area with a lidocaine solution; and aspirating the fat into a large barrel syringe. The collected fat then needed to be separated by centrifuge. Both of these steps are highly operator dependent; and even in the best of hands, the fat is only partially viable with this method. There is a certain amount of trauma to the fat cells, during the harvesting and separating technique, that can injure the cell membrane of fat cells – making them useless for grafting.
The next step needs close attention to detail as well; and that involves injecting the fat into the recipient area. We already know that the fat is very sensitive to any trauma. It cannot be injected through very small needles or cannulas; since that can be harmful to the fat. It’s also very important to make sure that the fat is injected evenly, and to areas where blood supply is not questionable. Once the fat is placed into the recipient area, the goal is to have the fat cells develop connections to a nearby blood supply by a process called angiogenesis, or neovascularization. It stands to reason that the best chance of survival is at the interface (of fat and blood supply). Fat surrounded only by other fat does not do well; and undergoes what’s termed central necrosis. This means that unless the transplanted fat is “touching” other tissue with good blood supply, it will not survive.
Recently there has been a great interest in adding PRP to the transplanted fat. The goal is to improve the fat retention, or survival, rate. Several well conducted studies have shown exciting and very promising results. Recently at the annual cosmetic conference sponsored by the National Society of Cosmetic Physicians (NSCOP) in Tucson Arizona, the subject of PRP in fat transfers was a hot topic. The results showed increased retention, and overall enhanced wound healing. No doubt we are witnessing a very promising role of PRP in fat transplantation.
Platelet Rich Plasma Available at Dr Park Avenue:
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, sometimes called a Vampire or Dracula Facelift, is now available at Dr. Park Ave (http://www.drparkave.com). According to CEO, Dr. Paul Fondacaro , “this new procedure is a window into 21st century for cosmetic surgery.”
In recent years, many advances have been made in enhancing cosmetic procedures. We commonly use Botox® and Dysport®, to treat lines and wrinkles from facial muscles. Fillers — such as Radiesse®, Juvederm®, and others — get the nod to soften deep folds and add volume.
However, we now have another option: platelet rich plasma (PRP) , our own body’s natural source for rejuvenation. With PRP therapy, we stimulate long-term collagen growth; in turn, providing a more youthful look.
“Any patient concerned about using neurotoxins or commercial fillers — but who is still worried about aging skin or lost facial volume, causing deep folds or wrinkles — can look forward to this new option.” Dr. Fondacaro says. “Better still, using your own blood eliminates the risks of infection and allergic reactions.”
Using PRP is relatively new in cosmetic procedures; but it has been well-tested in healing sports-related injuries. Many professional athletes, as well as everyday patients, are benefitting from platelet rich paired with corrective surgery. We now have a solid history of: muscles; tendons; and ligaments healing faster with PRP therapy. It’s no surprise PRP is also providing very promising results in cosmetic enhancements.
We still don’t know precisely how, but it seems platelets release protein growth factors, vital to: wound healing; tissue regenerating; creating new blood; and stimulating stem cells. What this all means is that — the platelets, once injected, release all the potent growth and healing proteins — and your skin gains a more youthful appearance.
What can you expect during an office visit for platelet rich plasma? First, we draw a small amount (about 10cc) of blood. The blood is collected in a specially prepared test tube, containing a separating gel that helps collect the precious platelets. The separation process, requiring a centrifuge, takes approximately 9 minutes. Once the PRP serum is ready, it’s placed in a syringe; and ready for injection. The serum is thin enough to use a very narrow needle — the same, small-caliber, needle size normally used to administer Botox. We then inject the PRP into the areas you want to improve, along small lines and wrinkles. We can treat your entire face for rejuvenation.
Unlike Botox and fillers, please be aware there is a recovery period involving swelling; and in some cases, bruising. PRP does cause an inflammatory response; so this is expected. This swelling should subside in 3 to 7 days. Applying cold compresses, elevating your head, and using arnica cream (available at most health food stores) can minimize any swelling and bruising. Once these effects subside, patients will notice that lines and wrinkles have softened; and areas of volume loss, such as nasolabial (the area between your nose and upper lip) folds, look fuller.
Results vary from patient to patient, depending on factors such as: age; overall health & nutrition; and genetics. In general, usually over a 3 to 4 week interval, patients should be able to see improvements in: skin texture; complexion; and tone. These improvements can continue for up to a year.
About Dr Park Ave:
Dr. Park Ave., Cosmetic Enhancements, specializes in Liposuction; Botox and dermal fillers; and other aesthetic treatments. It has two corporate offices; and plans for future franchises. Dr Park Ave owns three registered trademarks: “Dr Park Ave;” “Keep Your Friends Guessing;” and “Lipo Boost;” after Dr. Fondacaro’s combination of water and laser liposuction, creating superior results. The company is incorporated in Nevada, with plans to go public in 2012.