What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a substance derived from your own blood that can be used to trigger a healing response. It was initially developed in the 1970s and has been used since the mid-1990s to aid bone healing after spinal injury and soft tissue recovery following plastic surgery. More recently, PRP has become popular for healing sports injuries and for cosmetic procedures to increase collagen and improve skin tone. Recent studies have also shown PRP treatment can stimulate stem cells for hair re-growth on the scalp.
What should I expect after PRP injection?
Following PRP treatment, an “achy” soreness may be felt near the area of injection. This soreness is a positive sign that a healing response has been set in motion. This effect typically lasts 1-2 days and gradually decreases as healing and tissue repair occurs. It is important that anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Aspirin be avoided following PRP treatments. These medicines may block the effects of the intended healing response facilitated by the injection itself. It is acceptable to use Tylenol and apply ice as needed. Most patients will be permitted to resume normal day-to-day activities and light exercise following injection. It is suggested that patients avoid strenuous lifting or high-level exercise for 1-2 days after the injection.
As with any injection, bruising may occur. It is best to plan PRP beauty treatments at least 7-10 days prior to any special events.
This treatment is not a “quick fix” and is designed to promote long-term tissue regeneration. The growth of new collagen may take up to six months and best results are seen with multiple treatments. Most patients see best results when they perform a series of 3 treatments at 4 to 6 week intervals.
Is PRP Treatment Safe?
Research and clinical data show that PRP injections are extremely safe, with minimal risk for any adverse reaction or complication when administered by a fully trained physician. There is little chance for rejection or allergic reaction because the substance is autologous.
Who should not have PRP treatment?
To undergo PRP therapy, you should be in general good health and have realistic expectations of the outcome. Most people are suitable candidates for PRP therapy. Individuals with platelet dysfunction syndrome, critical thrombocytopenia, hypofibrinogenemia, hemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute and chronic infections and chronic liver pathology are not suitable candidates for PRP therapy. Those undergoing anti-coagulant therapy are also not suitable candidates. Smoking interferes with the growth factors and tissue healing. If you smoke, you will not experience the full benefit of PRP treatment.
How can I maximize the results of PRP?
There are several nutrients and cofactors necessary for optimal healing and health. The ideal way to get the nutrients you need for optimal health and a radiant complexion is eating a whole-foods diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits and quality sources of essential fatty acids and protein. Targeted vitamin, mineral and nutrient supplementation can also be beneficial, especially if you are under chronic stress or exposed to high levels of air pollution, second-hand smoke, or other harmful chemicals. Other factors that have an important impact on the health of your skin include adequate sleep, hydration, and exercise.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary health care with a holistic approach to addressing the underlying imbalances that lead to illness. Naturopathic medicine combines safe and effective natural therapies with the most current advances in modern science. Naturopathic physicians seek to restore and maintain optimum health in their patients by supporting the body’s inherent self-healing process.
Treatment programs are based on patient individuality and integrate multiple diagnostic and therapeutic modalities, which may include traditional laboratory and clinical diagnosis, functional medicine, nutritional medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, light therapy, botanical medicine, IV nutrient therapy, and targeted nutrient and vitamin supplementation.
Naturopathic doctors work in conjunction with all other branches of medical science, and will refer patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.
The following principles are the foundation of Naturopathic Medical practice:
First Do No Harm
- Naturopathic doctors follow three guidelines to ensure their patient’s safety:
- Utilize methods and medicinal substances that minimize the risk of harmful side effects, using the least force necessary to diagnose and treat.
- Avoid when possible the harmful suppression of symptoms.
- Acknowledge, respect, and work with the individual’s self-healing process.
The Healing Power of Nature
- Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in each person. Naturopathic doctors work to support this by recognizing and removing obstacles to healing and recovery, and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
Identify and Treat the Cause
- Naturopathic doctors seek to identify and remove the underlying causes of illness. They understand the importance of treating the root cause of disease, rather than suppressing symptoms.
Treat the Whole Person
- Naturopathic doctors take the time to understand each person’s unique physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors that contribute to one’s state of health.
Doctor as Teacher
- Naturopathic doctors educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
Prevention is the Best Medicine
- Naturopathic doctors emphasize the prevention of disease by assessing risk factors and recommending appropriate interventions to maintain health and prevent illness. Naturopathic medicine is committed to the creation of a healthy world in which humanity may thrive.
A naturopathic physician (ND) attends a four-year, graduate-level naturopathic medical school and is educated in all of the same basic sciences as an MD, but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches to therapy with a strong emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. ND’s are trained in medical sciences including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, cardiology, neurology, radiology, minor surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, embryology, pediatrics, psychology, pharmacology, dermatology, and clinical and physical diagnosis. The training also includes extensive study of naturopathic philosophy and therapeutics including clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, functional medicine, physical medicine, and counseling. A naturopathic physician takes rigorous professional board exams so that he or she may be licensed by a state or jurisdiction as a primary care general practice physician.
For more information about Naturopathic Medical Education visit http://www.naturopathic.org/education
Naturopathic Intake, What to expect:
- First-Office Visit: 1 hour
- In order to make the best use of your time, please complete the questionnaire that will be sent upon scheduling your appointment. It is also helpful to provide any recent lab work that has been performed.
- Your intake process includes:
- A complete medical history including the presenting condition
- A review of family history
- A review of lifestyle and environmental factors
- A review of previous lab work
- Any pertinent physical exams
- Ordering of any new labs
- A personalized treatment plan
- Follow-up Visits: range from 15-60 minutes depending on complexity and may include:
- A re-evaluation of symptoms and clinical progress
- A review of any new lab results
- Changes to your individualized treatment plan as needed
- Ordering of follow-up testing as needed
What is Functional Medicine?
Functional Medicine is an Integrative, science-based healthcare approach with a focus on biochemical individuality based on each individual’s unique genetic and environmental differences. There are several functional lab tests available to help identify the underlying imbalances that may be responsible for complex, chronic disease. Understanding these imbalances are important for targeted, personalized treatment and healing.
There are 7 basic principles underlying Functional Medicine:
- Science-based medicine that connects the emerging research base to clinical practice
- An understanding of the biochemical individuality of each human being, based on the concepts of genetic and environmental uniqueness
- Patient-centered rather than disease centered approach to treatment
- Search for a dynamic balance of internal and external factors in a patient’s body, mind, and spirit
- Familiarity with the web-like interconnections of physiological factors
- Identification of health as a positive vitality – not merely the absence of disease
- Promotion of organ reserve as the means to enhance health span, not just the life span, of each patient
Why do we need Functional Medicine?
Our society is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of people who suffer from complex, chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disorders, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Functional medicine takes into account the unique genetic makeup of each individual, including factors such as environmental exposures to toxins and other aspects of today’s lifestyle that have a direct influence on the rise in chronic disease in modern Western society. Functional medicine can help to uncover the underlying causes of these diseases and provide strategies to overcome them.
Are there other ways to improve my skin?
- Avoid food sensitivities: Food sensitivity testing can help uncover foods that burden your immune system and slow the healing process or lead to various skin symptoms such as eczema.
- Detoxification Program: Completing a gentle detox program once or twice a year can be a great way to jump-start a healthy eating plan and reduce the body burden of harmful chemicals.
- Sleep: There is a reason it’s called “beauty sleep”! Chronic sleep deprivation increases inflammation and reduces the skin’s ability to stay hydrated, leading to a dull, dehydrated appearance. Skybalance Integrative medical services can help to uncover and address the underlying cause for sleep disturbances.
- Hormone Balance: Healthy levels of hormones, especially thyroid, are crucial for beautiful skin and optimal health. Skybalance Integrative lab testing can help assess for hormonal imbalances and guide a targeted treatment program.
- Exercise: Regular exercise increases circulation and delivers much needed oxygen and nutrients to the skin.
- Stress Reduction: Chronic stress releases hormones that cause increased inflammation throughout the body and skin that subsequently leads to worsening of acne and acceleration of aging and wrinkles. Skybalance has a number of services including massage to help with stress relief.
- Anti-Inflammatory Diet: There is no single diet that works for everyone, however, a diet rich in organic vegetables, fruits and essential fatty acids will provide the nutrients needed for beautiful, healthy skin.
IV nutrient therapy
Why give IV nutrient therapy?
IV nutrient therapy is a way of bypassing the GI tract and bringing vitamins, minerals and amino acids directly into the bloodstream. There are many conditions where the body is so depleted, that oral supplementation is insufficient. This is especially beneficial for malabsorption conditions such as IBS, IBD, gastritis and ulcers. IV nutrient therapy is also beneficial for boosting immune function and post-operative wound healing.
Are there any contra-indications to IV therapy?
While most people can safely tolerate IV nutrient therapy, conditions such as kidney or heart disease and high blood pressure are contra-indicated. There is also a rare possibility of an allergic reaction to a nutrient. For this reason, a comprehensive history, physical exam with laboratory tests are completed prior to IV treatment.
CoolSculpting Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate?
Good candidates have noticeable bulges in certain areas they’d like to get rid of. The CoolSculpting fat reduction procedure is specifically designed for those who have unwanted fat that resists diet and exercise. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, the CoolSculpting procedure is not a weight loss solution for people who are obese. It is, however a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Request a one-on-one consultation with us to determine if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.
How much does the CoolSculpting procedure cost?
The price for CoolSculpting procedures varies depending on your areas of concern, the number of sessions needed, and your ultimate goals. We will help create a customized treatment plan, in person, that’s tailored to your body, your goals, and your budget.
How long is each session? How many sessions will I need?
We will help you create an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific goals. The length of your CoolSculpting session will vary depending on the number of areas being treated during one visit. We may schedule additional sessions in order to meet your goals.
What does it feel like?
As the cooling begins during the first few minutes, you will feel pressure and intense cold. This soon dissipates. Many people read, watch videos, work on their laptop, or even take a nap during their treatment.
Is the CoolSculpting procedure safe?
The CoolSculpting procedure is FDA-cleared for the flank (love handles), abdomen, and thigh. With over one million CoolSculpting treatments performed worldwide, it is proven to be a safe and effective treatment for non-surgical fat reduction.
Are there any side effects?
During the procedure you may experience deep pulling, tugging, pinching, numbness or discomfort. Following the procedure, typical side effects include temporary numbness, redness, swelling, bruising, firmness, tingling, stinging and pain. Rare side effects may also occur. The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should not have the CoolSculpting procedure if you suffer from cryoglobulinemia or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. The CoolSculpting procedure is not a treatment for obesity. As with any medical procedure, ask us if the CoolSculpting procedure is right for you.
Can I return to normal activities after my treatment?
Yes, you can. The CoolSculpting procedure is completely non-surgical, so typically you can return to normal activities immediately. Often times, patients return to work after their CoolSculpting session is over.
When will I see results?
You may start to see changes as quickly as three weeks after your treatment, and will experience the most dramatic results after two months. But your body will still flush out fat cells and continues doing so for up to four to six months after treatment.
Do I need to take special supplements or follow a strict diet and exercise program?
No supplements or pills are required and you do not have to adopt new diet and exercise habits. Many patients feel more motivated to take care of themselves after their CoolSculpting treatment. It is as if they get a second lease on their body and want to start anew again by taking even better care of themselves.
What happens if I gain weight down the road?
Many people, after seeing the results from their CoolSculpting procedure, take even better care of themselves. However, if you do gain weight, you may gain it evenly all over your body, not just in the treated areas.1
Do you accept insurance?
Many of our services are not covered by insurance. We make every effort to set fair pricing and provide great value for the amount of time and care we take with each individual. Upon request, we can provide documentation if you wish to seek reimbursement from your insurance company.