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.
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?
Nearly all of our procedures are cosmetic and elective, hence we do not accept medical health insurance at our facility.