At the Osteopathic Center, we offer several effective treatments to reverse the signs of aging and make you look younger. Stem Cell or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections in conjunction with microneedling have gained much popularity in recent years for their ability to give skin a much fresher appearance and achieving a more natural look than chemical fillers and injections. Get a natural radiance and glow that will get people talking!
PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP)
PRP injections stimulate your own collagen growth for a total facial rejuvenation rather than individual wrinkle improvement. PRP is used for volumizing faces that are beginning to look drawn by plumping out cheek indentations, softening under eye hollows, improving skin tone tightness and texture, and filling in areas where hyaluronic acid fillers cannot reach or are unsafe to use.
For even more dramatic results, we utilize ADULT stem cells to expedite the effects of the injections. Once injected, stem cells are mixed with with a specific combination of growth factors that help both the stem cells and adipose tissues grow into crucial cells. These cells then restore fat to enhance the volume of the face as well as improve skin’s quality and texture.
When platelets are activated in the body, they release healing proteins called growth factors. These growth factors have a range of responsibilities, a predominant feature is their ability to accelerate tissue repair and improve wound healing. When PRP is injected into the skin, the injection entry point causes a small wound that activates the platelets to begin repairing the tissue in that area. The difference between PRP and stem cell injections are potency, price, and time. Platelets are merely a vehicle for what stem cells can do directly and more rapidly. Stem cell injections produce much longer-lasting results due to their more potent nature and capability to activate the growth factors quickly and more aggressively.
For PRP, a small amount of blood will be drawn from you. While the PRP is being prepared, your skin will be cleansed and prepared for the treatment. The procedure lasts approximately 45 minutes, is relatively painless, and requires no post-procedure care or downtime from daily events. The PRP injection is created from your own cells, thus eliminating the possibility of negative side-effects. Mild swelling, redness, or bruising will be visible after the procedure but will fade within 1-3 days. Your skin will show gradual improvement and over time you will have a “fresher”, more rested look without any harmful chemicals or invasive surgeries.
Micro needling is based on the use of tiny needles to create microchannels (tiny holes) in the skin. The process stimulates your skin’s natural ability to heal itself and produce collagen and elastin. This repair process begins almost immediately and results in a thicker dermis and softened wrinkles or scars. We use the automated an automated “MicroPen” for its safety profile, and predictable, high-ranking performance.
There is no tissue destruction with microneedling. The small channels in the epidermis close and the skin’s healing response occurs rapidly. Depending on the depth of the skin defect, you may see some redness or experience temporary minor pinpoint bleeding. Microneedling is also an outstanding product absorption booster. The superficial micro-channels allow topical gels, creams, and serums to be absorbed more effectively into the skin. Specific treatment products are recommended to achieve accelerated results. We also employ platelet rich plasma topically to intensify the potency of the treatment. To increase the impact of the results we suggest having one treatment every month for three months to get the best, long-lasting results (approx. 18 months).