By Dr. Russell Imboden
“Beauty is only skin deep” is a phrase we often hear; however, it may not always be the phrase we want to hear. It’s no secret that, at some point as we grow older, we will all search to find that legendary fountain of youth. Whether it’s in a lotion, a bottle, a kit, or serum, we all want to find the youthful formula that works best for us–and our skin.
You see, as we age, our skin subtly loses valuable elasticity and collagen, resulting in a sagging, wrinkled, and dull appearance. You just may not have that youthful glow you once enjoyed. Although it may seem like this transformation happened overnight–that is often not the case. This is a slow, natural part of the aging process. However, just because that’s how it’s always been, doesn’t mean we have to accept our aging skin. In short, who says we should simply face the music?
Rather, I’d like to recommend another strategy on the fight against aging: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. Perhaps, you’ve heard this terminology used in the treatment of athletes and sports-related injuries. And, that would be quite accurate. PRP has been historically used to help replenish the essential platelets and cells used in our bodies’ natural healing process. Many top athletes have used this methodology to aid in the natural healing of ligaments, tendinitis, and soft tissue damage.
What is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)?
PRP is a process now widely used in medicine for natural healing. PRP is generated by a patient’s own blood supply. After the blood is drawn in a clinical setting, the patient’s own blood is separated using a spinning technique with a sterile, specialized piece of equipment known as a centrifuge. This procedure separates the blood into many different segments, including the highly-nutritive plasma. Necessary for normal clotting, platelets are important elements of our blood. If you consider that when you get a cut and begin to bleed, your platelets rush to the injury to heal you. Or, in more severe cases, are in an accident and your platelets rush to keep you from “bleeding out”, ultimately saving your life.
Platelets, when activated, release proteins and growth factors, which then release stem cells. Stem cells can increase collagen, rejuvenate, and improve skin tightening. It’s because of these benefits that it’s often referred to as stem cell regeneration.
Studies show that PRP acts in the same manner when injected as when it occurs naturally in the body. During a PRP procedure, the same healing components of an individual’s unique plasma is then injected back into the patient at the targeted, or problematic, area. Depending on the patient’s condition or area of treatment, the injection can be directed with the assistance of ultrasound guidance.
I often like to refer to this building back technique as “self-healing”, or using one’s own body to heal itself. I’ve worked tirelessly throughout my medical career to perfect the art of building back what has been taken away from sick or aging patients. I’m so excited to offer this procedure to my patients because that’s EXACTLY what PRP can do for you.
Is PRP Safe?
PRP treatment has been used medically for over two decades. It’s used in numerous surgical fields to enhance bone grafting, accelerate healing, and reduce the risk of infection post-surgery. Since each patient’s treatment is performed with his or her own, unique plasma or platelets, there’s very little risk of rejection. Also, nothing foreign is added to your plasma, other than a necessary anti-coagulant, to help prevent clotting during the procedure. Often, patients need to relax comfortably following each procedure, but can resume normal activities soon thereafter.
Rest assured, I’ve been practicing medicine since 1987; am certified in PRP Procedures for Aesthetics from Empire Medical Training; and am certified in Stem Cell Therapies through the Orthobiologic Institute.
What Can PRP Treat?
As I mentioned previously, PRP has been used in the treatment of a variety of ligament, soft tissue, and sport-related injuries.
However, just take a look at what else this in-office treatment can do for you: • Facial Rejuvenation
• Help alleviate wrinkles of the skin
• Acne Scarring
• Stem Cell Facelift
• Facial Vein Treatment • Joint pain/Arthritis
• Much more!
Contact me today at 636-477-6731 and ask for a patient care coordinator to learn more about this exciting, advanced treatment in the fight against aging. It’s safe, effective, and with little to no down time. PRP can be used on all skin types and colors, too. The success is in the blood! Our PRP treatments are done right here in our own office.
Now, face your age with excitement, because you have the best-kept secret in the defense against aging. We can have you back to NOT looking your age in no time.
* Results may vary by patient.