PRP (Platelet Rich PLASMA)

Platelet Rich PLASMA

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments have become very popular over the past few years.   Every week we are reading in the press about the benefits of PRP in treating skin conditions, facial rejuvenation, thinning hair, sexual wellness & healing joints by celebrities and athletes alike.  “PRP provides a high concentration of growth factors that assist the body in healing numerous conditions naturally.

It is important to note that not all PRP is created equally.  It is important to get the greatest amount of Platelets and many systems simply do not have the technology to garner enough Platelets to be effective.  This is why we have partnered with Studio PRP, so we can provide some of the most effective treatments. Studio PRP is the only group of medical experts in the country collaborating as a network to use the same cutting edge technology and highest standard of protocols for procedures using Platelet Rich Plasma.*

How does Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) work?

PRP contains platelets and signaling proteins. The Platelets contain growth factors that signal your bodies “stem-cells” and facilitate regeneration of tissue (collagen, elastin, blood vessels, nervous tissue, cartilage, etc.). The PRP “fluid” is absorbed in a few days, however the signaling continues to “work” recruiting stem cells and repair proteins to come to the site of injection to heal and regenerate. This process is similar to dropping off a work crew onto a worksite – and waiting for the tools to arrive. The “work crew” is the PRP (growth factors and signal proteins), and the “tools” are the stem cell and cytokines that are recruited to the site. This process starts immediately and is still working at 12 weeks and beyond.

Example: When you scrape your knee, platelets are activated, growth factors and cytokines (proteins) are released to signal the healing elements to the injured area. All the healing cells go to work over time to repair the area of damage. The repaired skin on your knee is new skin with improved blood flow and collagen. Your body gets the ‘signals’ to regenerate the dysfunctional or aging cells by the injection of PRP into the desired area. Activated platelets are creating a scaffolding of growth factors and stem cells to regenerate the tissue – including blood supply.

Annual PRP procedures could be helpful to address the normal on going cellular degenerative aging process.

Are Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) procedures FDA approved?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) procedures are not approved or disapproved by FDA because PRP is not a drug. The FDA has approved the PRP harvesting kits that are used in the platelet collection process and they have been deemed safe. PRP has always shown to be safe and is effective at regeneration, healing and rejuvenation in many different medical specialties.

What is the Future of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

As people seek out alternative options to surgery for injuries and other conditions, therapies using PRP are becoming in demand. Patients and physicians alike are excited about PRP because PRP is a regenerative therapy. Treating patients with the healing power offered from their own body is revolutionary. Further research will occur and the use of these treatments will continue as long as they prove to be effective.

Why is the same dose given to everybody?

The equipment that is used by Studio PRP Trained Providers is all the same. Studio PRP insists on utilizing the best quality protocols and equipment to help you achieve the best results. Studio PRP Trained Providers do not work for a manufacturer of PRP devices. Studio PRP Trained Providers are a group of physicians dedicated to collaborating for the good of Patient outcomes. We want to achieve great results. Therefore, we share ideas, techniques and expertise among the group.

The dosage of platelets can vary between patients because each persons starting platelet count can be a bit different. The PRP harvesting system used by Studio PRP is validated and proven consistent in concentrating the PRP. The most important element is concentration of platelets, individual results will vary in each patient.*

Are there any considerations before having a PRP procedure?

Certain factors (ie, smoking and alcohol intake) diminish stem cell release. Avoiding these will increase the success of any PRP procedure.

Platelets work by causing an inflammatory reaction. If this inflammatory reaction is diminished, the clinical outcome may be compromised. For this reason, the use of anti-inflammatory drugs before and after the procedure is not recommended. We recommend that you do not take NSAIDS or Steroid medications for 1 week before the procedure and 2 weeks after. You may take Tylenol for pain or discomfort both before and after without diminishing PRP effectiveness.

Who should not have PRP Treatment?

Although PRP is a promising therapy for most patients, there are a few special considerations.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: PRP use is safe for most individuals between the ages of 18- 80.
There are very few contraindications, however, patients with the following conditions are not candidates:

  • Pregnancy or Lactation
  • Acute and Chronic Infections
  • Skin diseases (i.e. SLE, porphyria, allergies)
  • Cancer
  • Chemotherapy treatments
  • Severe metabolic and systemic disorders
  • Abnormal platelet function (blood disorders, i.e. Haemodynamic Instability, Hypofibrinogenemia, Critical Thrombocytopenia)
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Anti-coagulation therapy (Coumadin, Warfarin, Plavix, Aspirin, Lovenox)
  • Underlying Sepsis
  • Systemic use of corticosteroids within two weeks of the procedure.

Can I have a consultation without having the procedure?

Studio PRP providers encourage you to schedule a brief consultation before scheduling the procedure. It this consultation (which can be done over the phone) you will have an opportunity to have all of your questions answered. You will also be provided important information to help you have the best possible experience and results.

Can I have a consultation and the procedure in the same day?

You may have services on the same day as a consultation as long as you make your desire for service known at the time of scheduling.

What should I expect during my appointment?

Your Studio PRP provider will review your medical history. You will have an opportunity to ask questions should you have any. A topical numbing cream is applied to the injection area (s). Your blood is then drawn and prepared. Once your PRP is ready, the doctor will inject into the desired area.

VAMPIRE FACIAL

What is the Vampire Facial?

The Vampire Facial® is a very simple yet incredibly effective strategy for rejuvenating the skin. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) derived from your own blood is applied and worked into the skin with a professional micro-needling tool.

How does the Vampire Facial® Work?

The micro-needling tool is used to create micro punctures in the skin thus activating the collagen and elastin cascades to create new cells and rejuvenation. PRP is filled with growth factors and once applied and absorbed into the skin, it begins to work rapidly to simulate these new stem cells that exist in the face.*

What results can I expect from the Vampire Facial?

Just a few short weeks after the Vampire facial, the newly formed collagen is growing and generating more and more healthy cells underneath the skin. That is when patients will begin to see improvement in the skin quality, color and texture.

Benefits of The Vampire Facial® include:

  • A fresher, more youthful natural appearance*
  • The skin color becomes a “younger” color because of new blood vessel formation.*
  • Because the growth factors are working to build a new dermis, the epidermis (the outer most layers of your skin) appears smoother.*

*Individual results will vary in each patient.

What is the downtime associated with Vampire Facial?

Vampire Facial is a simple in office procedure that takes less than an hour to complete. Because micro-needling is involved, which includes tiny punctures in the skin, the face will be red with a very mild swelling. Patients should refrain from exercises that will heat the face, but by the very next day the redness is significantly diminished and regular activity can be resumed.

Are there any side effects of the Vampire Facial?

The great news about Vampire Facial is the process uses nothing more than a patients’ own blood so there is no risk of any side effects. In fact, this benefit is one of the reasons that Vampire Facelift is so popular.

How long will the effects last?

The glowing effects of the Vampire Facial typically last between 6-9 months, but it is encouraged to have the procedure 3-4 times a year to maintain optimal skin quality, texture, elasticity and the most youthful appearance possible.

SCALP PRP

How does Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy work for hair regrowth?

PRP injected into the scalp stimulates a dormant hair follicle to grow and an existing hair follicle to produce a thicker healthier hair.

In addition to injecting PRP, the Studio PRP provider will use an advanced micro needling system to further stimulate growth of the follicle and to deliver PRP into the dermis, leading to improved blood flow and hair growth.

What can I expect from the Scalp PRP treatment?

You can expect new hair growth from previously dormant follicles along your existing hairline and improved density, health and texture of your pre-existing hair.*

Who is a better candidate for Scalp PRP – man or woman?

Scalp PRP is effective in both men and women and works best in patients with thinning hair.*

Can Scalp PRP be combined with hair transplant surgery?

Yes, it can be combined with hair transplant – pre-operatively, intra-operatively, or post-operatively. It not only helps in healthier and faster growth of transplanted hair, but also stimulates the existing thinning hair at the same time.*

Is the Scalp PRP treatment painful?

Pain is subjective and patient specific. Most people find the procedure comfortable. A ring block is injected to numb the scalp and treatment area. The ring block combined with a numbing cream, reduces the pain sensation considerably.

How long does the Scalp PRP treatment take?

The entire Scalp PRP procedure takes approximately one hour. You will want to bring a hat or cap with you to the office to wear after the procedure. There may be bruising at the ring block site.

Can I wash my hair after the treatment, and after how much time?

You can wash your hair after 12-18 hours with your routine shampoo.

How man Scalp PRP treatment sessions will I need?

Scalp PRP therapy can be repeated after 8 weeks. Sometimes more than one session is necessary. Your Studio PRP Provider will recommend adjunctive therapies and medications should it be necessary the best long term result. Some patients may require maintenance therapy once a year or more frequently depending upon the severity of hair loss. On average, the visible results in form of new hair growth can be seen after 3-4 months of treatment and further improvement is noticed in the subsequent months.*

Can other hair regrowth therapies be continued concurrently?

Absolutely, PRP can be used in conjunction with other topical and oral medications. In fact, we encourage it and prescribe VIVISCAL PROFESSIONAL as a compliment to a non-surgical approach for improved hair quantity and quality.

VAMPIRE FACE LIFT

What is the Vampire Face Lift®?

The Vampire Face Lift® is a custom-designed procedure that combines the science of hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, such as Restylane, Belotero and Juvederm; Platelet Rich Plasma and the artful eye of a skilled injector to deliver youthful, natural beauty that is as unique as you are.

How does the Vampire Facelift® Work?

The initial injection of hyaluronic acid fillers is injected skillfully to create a more youthful shape. Once the desired shape is accomplished PRP is injected strategically to start the rejuvenation process. PRP ultimately contributes to the appearance of a younger version of you, with improved skin quality, color and texture. With the Vampire Facelift®, you can achieve youthful, natural results and minimal downtime.*

What can I expect from the Vampire Facelift® Procedure?

Each patient will experience a fresher, more youthful appearance artfully designed to meet your needs. Benefits of The Vampire Facelift® include:

  • The skin “glows” because of new blood vessel formation.*
  • New collagen forms in the dermis and lifts and refines the skin.*
  • Because the growth factors are working to build a new dermis, the epidermis (the outer most layers of your skin) appears smoother.*

*Individual results will vary in each patient.

Unlike the Vampire Facial, fillers are used in the Vampire Facelift so patients will see the quick volume effect and improved facial contour. During the following weeks new collagen will form, generating more healthy cells underneath the skin. There is typically a noticeable change in your skin quality.*

Can I go to Work After a Vampire Facelift?

Some people do. Dermal filler and PRP is injected into the face and therefore you may experience mild redness, bruising and/or swelling. It is best to expect the worst and allow yourself time before important events, photos, etc. Swelling resolves in 24-48 hours but a bruise can last up to 2 weeks for some people. It is best to avoid strenuous workout for 48 hours after procedure to minimize bruising and swelling.*

Is Vampire Facelift better than traditional facelift surgery?

Traditional facelift surgery may be necessary for some patients who have the need for more extensive correction. However, traditional face-lift procedures not only exposes patients to many after surgery complications but can also cause a lot of inconvenience due to the long healing time (usually 7 to 10 weeks).

One advantage of the Vampire Facelift is that the procedure only involves needle injections to the desired areas of patient’s face and requires minimal healing time. And because the patients own blood is what is used, there are virtually no side effects.

Vampire Facelift should also be considered after a traditional face lift so that proper volume can be added and skin rejuvenation can occur. Traditional facelift simply lifts the skin but does nothing to facilitate a more youthful shape nor does it improve skin quality, texture and elasticity.*

Who is a candidate for Vampire Facelift?

Well, mostly anyone can have the Vampire Face Lift as it is a non-invasive cosmetic surgery. Though traditional facelift surgery is perfectly fine for certain patients, more and more people are opting for non-invasive options because it is less expensive and safer than surgery, more effective and offers very minimal downtime if any.*

How do you know the Vampire Facelift® is right for you?

A surgical facelift may be useful in very specific cases, but it is not a cure for the aging face. The surgical facelift can contribute to a collapse of the face as the skin is stretched tightly over the bone, leaving a skeleton-like appearance and does nothing to improve the quality of the skin. The Vampire Facelift®, however, lifts the face away from the bone, creating youthful volume and restoring shape. In combination with HA fillers, the Vampire Facelift® also improves the skin’s texture, color and integrity.

Your Studio PRP provider is happy to consult with you to provide you the best options for achieving your goals.

Are there any side effects of the Vampire Facelift?

As the Vampire Facelift procedure involves injecting a mixture of the patient’s blood and placing it back into the patient’s own body, the possibility of having side effects and allergic reactions after the procedure is greatly reduced. Having said that, below are some of the common side effects that can occur when dealing with any sorts of facial filler injections:

  • Mild irritation & itching (depending on the sensitivity of your skin)
  • Mild swelling or edema
  • Bruising (caused by the reaction of your skin to the physical injection)

Is The Vampire Facelift Safe?

Although the name is a little frightening, the procedure is a very safe and effective way to lift up the skin and smooth out the wrinkles without distinguishable side effects.

How long will the effects last of the Vampire Facelift?

Each Vampire Facelift procedure is usually going to last for about 9 to 12 months. Just like getting your haircut is not a one-time event, cosmetic procedures require maintenance  and ongoing treatments to restore youth.*

Please call us at 954-753-4492 for further information or to schedule an appointment.

*Results for each patient will vary. Please remember that the information provided will not guarantee your eligibility for treatment. Consultation and medical examination must be completed before approval.

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