Aesthetic Injections (building collagen, decreasing scars and wrinkles, improving skin health and hydration for the skin)
- Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)
PRP is one of the best non-surgical methods for naturally decreasing lines, wrinkles, scars and for supporting regrowth of hair. PRP stimulates the body’s own healing process to promote new collagen formation, new blood vessel development and help smooth out skin/tissues and best of all, it is 100% natural!
The PRP treatment requires a blood draw that is done in clinic, followed by spinning the blood in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma, which contains platelets, stem cells, growth factors and white blood cells. These cells are very helpful in cellular and wound healing. Once the PRP is prepared, it is injected into the targeted tissues. This procedure is well-tolerated, and most patients are able to go back to regular work and activities soon after treatment. PRP is a growing field of anti-aging and longevity medicine which can leave satisfying and long-lasting results. The stimulation of stem cells to differentiate and repair tissue helps give a more youthful glow and appearance.
What to expect?
Injections may be followed by a brief period of bruising or swelling. This usually resolves within a couple of days. Over the following months, new collagen and blood vessels form which helps build more structure within the skin and helps support and smooth out the tissues. Complexion of the skin may also smooth out and appear more radiant. Most patients will choose more than one PRP treatment and some follow up their PRP treatments with mesotherapy or a microneedling procedure after a couple of weeks
What are the risks associated with PRP therapy?
PRP has very few risks or side effects compared to other aesthetic therapies because the restorative injection is made from the patient’s own blood. Just like any injection therapy, there is a risk of bruising or infection, but these risks are rare, and the doctor will do their best to minimize these risks for every patient.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy may be used for:
- Hair loss
- Stretch Marks
- Acne scars
- Scar revisions
- Complexion treatment
- Loss of tone/Sagging Skin
- Pigmentation changes or Discoloration
- Complexion treatments
- Circles under the eyes
- Breast enhancement
- Sun Damage
- Facial and Neck toning
- Lip/Eye Augmentation
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Burn wounds
An injection procedure that uses natural ingredients to cause change both medically and cosmetically. Mesotherapy is mainly used for scar reduction, weight loss, hair regrowth and skin/facial rejuvenation. This therapy provides supportive nutrition to the skin to encourage the body’s own healing response.
The most popular forms of mesotherapy include: Mesohair, Mesoadipose, Mesotone, Mesocellulite and MesoSysdetox.
Mesohair is used as part of the hair regrowth program. It involves injections into the scalp to stimulate a reawakening of the hair follicles in the targeted area. Mesohair protocol has been extremely successful in treating people with a receding hair line or patchy hair loss (alopecia areata) with or without baldness. Mesoadipose/mesotone/mesocellulite are part of a non-surgical approach to refresh the tone and texture of the skin on the body and face.
Common areas of injection include the face (eyes, chin), neck, abdomen, thighs, hips, breast and buttocks regions. If treating the abdomen, waist measurements are done regularly to track the progress. Some added systemic weight loss may occur, even with localized mesotherapy treatment since the treatment promotes healing throughout the body by increasing blood and lymphatic circulation.
Mesotherapy can be used on its own, or in conjunction with Aesthetic PRP.
Is Mesotherapy safe?
Mesotherapy is very safe and effective. Most people are good candidates for this type of therapy. Before treatment begins, the patient’s medical history and current state of health are assessed prior to initiation of treatments. This confirms that there are no underlying variables that would make this type of treatment unsuitable for the patient.
Side effects are generally limited to bruising, itching, swelling or a slight burning sensation after treatment. Discomfort usually subsides within a couple days but may last up to 2 weeks.
How long is the treatment?
The procedure generally takes 30 to 60 minutes and requires no preparation or recovery time. It is advised to heavy exertion for at least three days after treatment in order to allow for the injections to settle in the targeted area. Most patients find the procedure quite tolerable, but numbing cream is also available if necessary.
How often are treatments?
Once it has been established that mesotherapy would be a beneficial treatment, a series of weekly or biweekly treatments are scheduled, usually in sets of 4.
The average patient does 8-12 treatments. The number of mesotherapy treatments depends on the size of the area being treated and the patient’s treatment goals. Mesotherapy effects are subtle but may be noticeable in as little as 3-4 treatments.
If hair loss is severe, be prepared to assess progress after a longer commitment. Touch ups can often be done after treatments have finished.
If you are contemplating surgery, Dr. Heather van der Geest, ND would be happy to go over the pros and cons of surgery versus mesotherapy or PRP treatments so that you can feel confident about making the right decision for you.
Mesotherapy is used for:
- Rehydration of the skin
- Metabolic congestion/Toxin build-up
- Loss of fatty tissue or increased adipose/cellulite
- Slowed tissue renewal
- Tissue fragility or thickening
- Enlarged pores
- Complexion or contour changes
Both PRP and Mesotherapy are non-surgical options for aesthetics that provide a gradual, subtle and natural improvement. There is little to no downtime, it is well tolerated and there is low risk of any side effects.
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