Myth 1: Botox injections are painful
Most patients describe Botox injections as a slight pinch or say that they hardly felt the injection at all. Using a topical anesthetic like Comfortox BLT with Comfortox 31g syringes which were specifically designed for Botox injections helps insure your patients comfort and makes you a more comfortable injector. No other anesthetic is needed for this procedure.
Myth 2: Botox injections lead to a frozen face
Many people think that getting Botox injections will make them lose the ability to emote or make facial expressions. This is a myth; the treatment relaxes the muscles at the injection point. With a skilled injector, you will still be able to display the entire range of facial expressions including smiling, frowning and appearing surprised.
Myth 3: Botox is only for effective for removing wrinkles and improving facial lines
Botox is used for a range of medical conditions and was first used to treat strabismus, a problem with eye muscles. There are many medical uses such as treating migraines, back/neck pain, TMJ conditions, and hyperhidrosis just to name a few.
Myth 4: Wrinkles will worsen if you stop getting Botox
Botox will not worsen wrinkle formation but instead wrinkles will slowly return to how they were initially, prior to Botox treatment.
Myth 5: Botox treatments are toxic
Botox has been FDA approved for a number of uses. With over 20 years of use for a range of different conditions, Botox has a long and well establish safety history. It would take dose of more than 100 times the average dose given for a cosmetic use for Botox to be toxic.
This One Thing Slows Aging by 90%
One of the main environmental factors that ages our skin is ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. In fact, it’s estimated that 90% of skin aging is due to the effects of the sun! The sun causes proteins in our skin to deteriorate, leading to the loss of our youthful appearance over time. On the bright side, this type of aging can be prevented with proper sun protection.
Elastin and collagen are two proteins that help keep our skin looking youthful. Elastin, as the name suggests, helps keep the skin elastic. In other words, it’s what gives our skin bounce and resiliency. Collagen, on the other hand, helps our skin to maintain its rigidity. We have more collagen than any other protein in our body, so you can imagine why it’s so important. We can also thank PRP (platelet Rich Plasma), dermapen with stem cells for keeping our skin looking young. These special cells give rise to other cells that replace dead cells. If stem cells don’t function properly, skin will deteriorate over time.
The secret to avoiding aging caused by sun exposure is sun protection. Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Also remember to wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat, and seek shade whenever possible.
Hair and Skin PRP Stem Cell Rejuvenation Therapy
What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that contains a concentrated source of autologous platelets (platelets belonging to the individual). PRP is derived from your own blood, after filtering out the rest of the cells and plasma, a small amount of highly concentrated platelets/growth factors remains. It can be injected to face, neck, chest, scalp or hands. It also can be used in other areas as you wish to increase collagen. PRP is a safe and natural process since it uses your own blood plasma cells and growth factors.
PRP is used to decrease wrinkles, improve face contour, and reduce large pores, acne, and other scars. PRP may also be an effective alternative to surgical scalp hair restoration. PRP can be used along with micro-needling for the best result.
Revitalize Your Skin with PRP
• Enhance collagen production
• Minimize scars
• PRP promotes your own natural collagen to grow and regenerate tissue
• PRP is a natural material created from your own blood cells
• Reduces fine lines
• Reduce wrinkles
• ‘Natural’ Facelift
• Delivers your own body’s stem cell growth factors
• Preferred treatment for the most noticeable and longest lasting results
What happens during a PRP treatment?
Numbing cream is applied to your face and stays there for about 25 minutes. Blood is taken from your arm and put into a centrifuge that spins the blood causing the plasma, which is loaded with growth hormones, to rise and separate out. When the plasma is separated, the practitioner will inject half of the plasma to the area of skin with deeper wrinkles using the same technique as filler. Other ½ of the plasma will be used topically with micro-needling/radiofrequency. Micro-needling is a device with tiny needles to inject the face or other treatment areas, causing micro injury to the skin. When the treatment is finished, the plasma should remain on your face for at least eight hours. During this time, you should not wash your face or be in the sun.
What is Microneedling?
Medical Microneedling of skin, also referred to as collagen induction therapy (CIT), is a relatively new concept aimed at stimulating the body’s own collagen and elastin production to tighten, lift and rejuvenate the skin.
Microneedling is based on the use of tiny needles to create micro channels (tiny holes) in the skin. The process stimulates your skin’s natural ability to heal itself and in the process produces collagen and elastin. This repair process begins almost immediately and results in improving dermis, softened wrinkle, and scars.
There is no tissue destruction with micro needling. The small channels in the epidermis close very quickly, and the skin begins a healing response right away. Depending on the depth of the skin defect, you may see only redness which heals after a few days.
What areas of the skin can be treated?
Wrinkles and fine lines around the face neck and decollete. Acne scars, surgical scars, burn scars, stretch marks, sun/age spots on the face and hands, etc.
How many treatments are needed?
It is highly recommended to prepare for 4 – 6 treatments (dependent on the condition of the skin). For optimal results, treatments should be spaced 3 months apart.
Is it painful?
The numbing cream is applied so that the most you will feel during the penning portion of the treatment is tiny pricks. After the treatment the skin feels like a sunburn that cools off as the plasma sits on the face for the next several hours.
Is it safe?
PRP skin treatments are extremely safe. Because PRP is produced from your own blood, there is less risk of an allergic reaction. In addition, PRP contains concentrated amount of white blood cells, your natural defenders against infections. As a result, infection is extremely rare with a PRP treatment.
Common Aesthetic treatments with PRP include:
PRP Facial (PRP is applied topically to skin after microdermabrasion, micro needling, or fractional or full field laser resurfacing.) Generally, you may notice immediate and more significant longer-term skin improvements, especially with multiple or ongoing treatments. For best results, we recommend an initial series of 3-6 treatments at 3 months intervals and periodic maintenance thereafter at 6 to 12 months apart.
PRP Facelift (PRP is injected under the skin alone or in combination with support of other synthetic fillers such as the hyaluronic acid-based fillers (i.e., Restylane or Juvederm, family of fillers per consult) Akin to the Vampire Facelift. The Vampire Facelift combines injected PRP with any filler.
PRP Hair Restoration (PRP is applied topically as in PRP Facial. Several months and periodic maintenance sessions recommended.
PRP for Hair Growth
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in Hair Restoration - PRP
At Family & Aesthetic Clinic, we have been performing PRP therapy as a proactive therapeutic option for male and female patients experiencing hair loss. PRP is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients who require stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions.
Recent scientific research and technology provide the medical community with new understandings of wound and tissue healing. As a result of these scientific studies, we recognize PRP is an all-natural autologous medical procedure performed in physicians’ offices for scalp, skin, and hair stimulation.
HOW DOES PRP WORK?
Human blood contains mesenchymal stem cells and autologous blood products that contain essential and specific growth factors that assist in tissue regeneration and healing. Published medical literature from Europe and the United States confirms the safety and use of PRP therapy. It has been used a medial adjunct therapy for over two decades for skin and wound healing. PRP therapy has established itself to be effective as a medical treatment modality in the specialty fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, sports medicine and orthopedics. It has been used extensively in these specialties for the last twenty years with generally positive outcomes and success. In the field of hair restoration, evidence supports PRP therapy as a promising treatment option to promote hair growth. No claim can be made of its efficacy. While PRP is in the early stages of scientific research in hair restoration, PRP is not meant to replace current FDA approved therapies such as DHT blockers and Minoxidil. But it is a promising natural non-surgical therapeutic option for those patients with hair loss.
DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, is an androgen hormone formed when testosterone interacts with the enzyme 5-alpha reductase. It is also the hormone responsible for androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern hair loss and female pattern hair loss, on account of how it causes follicular miniaturization.
DOES PRP WORK?
Individual results vary with each patient. No guarantees of success can be made, but PRP preliminary studies indicate patients can respond to PRP therapy. Some hair restoration surgeons apply PRP to the scalp for those patients who are not surgical candidates every three (3) to four (4) months. Other protocols will use PRP before or during surgery to ensure graft survivability.