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Prolozone Ozone injections

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Prolozone Ozone Injections

Prolozone ozone injections create healing where before there was only pain. In 75 percent of chronic pain cases, Prolozone injections provide complete and total healing.

Pioneered by Dr. Frank Shallenberger after studying European pain-management treatments, Prolozone ozone injections are especially potent in healing knee, neck, lower back pain, and pain from a spinal nerve entrapment.

How Prolozone Ozone Injections Work:

Ozone treatment works by increasing circulation, while jump starting the body’s immune system. The injections are made up of a combination of homeopathic anti-inflammatory medication, ozone, vitamins, minerals, and procaine (a local anesthetic).

The homeopathic anti-inflammatory medications reduce inflammation to the injected area while increasing circulation. The ozone breaks down easily into oxygen and peroxides, which oxygenates the surrounding tissue activating stem cells that regenerate and repair it.

Not only do these injections dramatically reduce pain, they heal old injuries and chronic conditions in only five to seven treatments. There’s no surgery, no drugs, limited down time, and the side effects are mild (minor stiffness for the first few days after the injections/occasional joint swelling).

We recommend Prolozone Ozone Injections for the Following Conditions:

Long-term conditions that refuse to heal
Sports injuries
Chronic neck and back pain
Degenerative/herniated discs (chronic)
Pelvic pain disorders
Ligamental laxity anywhere in the body
Grinding, popping, or painful knees
Degenerative and/or arthritic hips
Plantar fasciitis
Rotator cuff injuries
Carpal tunnel syndrome
TMJ
Sciatica
Tennis elbow
Testicular pain coming from nerve compression in the low back
Post surgery healing
Scars

 

“Before I had Prolozone injections, there was this crackle-crunch in both knees,
and I would get pain in my knees a lot, especially at night.
Since the injections, no more crackle-crunch and no more pain whatsoever.”
— Judith Gaines

 

Want to Learn More about Prolozone Injections?

Call: (303) 554-4444

Vampire Breast Life is offered to Oscar nominees at this year's Academy Awards.

The Vampire Breast Lift Goes Hollywood

By | Aesthetics, Anti Aging, Blog

At the 2016 Academy Awards, all the nominees for best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, best supporting actress, and best director will receive swag bags valued at more than $200,000.

These gift bags include pre-paid travel to Israel and Japan, hotel accommodations, airfare, and car rentals that feel more like sweepstake prizes than swag bag gifts. Also included in these gift bags is the very same Vampire Breast Lift that is offered at GR8Alchemy.

In fact, Dr. Charles Runels, the creator of the Vampire Facelift and the Vampire Breast Lift, and several other PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) procedures, was recently in Hollywood, in advance of the Oscars, to perform the Vampire Breast Lift on certain nominees (whose names shall go unmentioned here).

So whether you are an Oscar nominee or just want look like one (And let’s face it, who doesn’t?), the Vampire Breast Lift is an excellent way to treat yourself (or someone you love) the one of the most remarkable and fastest trending treatments on the esthetics market.

Can the Vampire Breast Lift Help You Look Like a Movie Star?

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What do best actor nominees like Leonardo DiCaprio, Brian Cranston, or Matt Damon do with their free Vampire Breast Lift. The smart money around Hollywood is that these leading men will re-gift this present to someone special. And valued of almost $2,000, the Vampire Breast Lift makes one heck of a Valentine’s Day present.

IV Therapy at Great Alchemy Denver, CO

IV Therapy

By | Anti Aging, Blog, Men's Health, women's health

IV Vitamin Therapy Great AlchemyThe right combination of intravenous (IV) vitamin C, vitamin B-12, vitamin B-6, magnesium, and calcium forms a powerful agent in the battle against cancer — especially melanoma. This particular recipe of IV vitamins and minerals, called a Meyer’s Cocktail, is also extremely beneficial in the treatment of migraines/cluster headaches, fatigue, depression, influenza, respiratory infections, asthma, allergies, lyme disease, and heart disease.

Benefits from IV Vitamin Therapies

Nutrients are most needed in the center of cells, IV Therapy does just that. It rapidly increases the nutrient levels in the cell centers and allows them to function properly. It’s also a great solution for patients who cannot take medication orally.

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We Highly Recommend Prolozone Injections

By | Anti Aging, Blog, Men's Health, women's health

Think about A Prolozone Injection to help treat the following: (See full information)

  • Long-term conditions that refuse to heal
  • Sports injuries
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Degenerative/herniated discs (chronic)
  • Pelvic pain disorders
  • Ligamental laxity anywhere in the body
  • Grinding, popping, or painful knees
  • Degenerative and/or arthritic hips
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • TMJ
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow
  • Testicular pain coming from nerve compression in the low back
  • Post surgery healing
  • Scars

Ozone Treatment for joints and what ails you

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Healthy Exercise & Lifestyle Plan (HELP)-Great Alchemy

Healthy Exercise & Lifestyle Plan (HELP)

By | Blog, looking good, Men's Health, women's health

Use the information included in this document as a general guide. Each suggestion is designed to help you get started on a healing journey.

healthy-excercise-planThere’s no guarantee that if you integrate one (or all) of these suggestions that your body will spontaneously heal itself; however, if you put these healthy exercise & lifestyle suggestions to work, we can promise you that will start to feel healthier, happier, stronger, and more alive.

Exercise and Lifestyle

Get outside, oxygenate your body, fell the sun on your skin and face, crank up your body’s natural Vitamin D machinery. Just 30 minutes of brisk walking, six days a week can make a tremendous difference. Looking for something more strenuous? Try cycling, hiking, swimming, running, or tennis?  If you can’t exercise outdoors (during the winter or maybe you live in an unsafe neighborhood), join a gym, sign up for a CrossFit or Fitwall class, join a salsa or tango dance class (super fun), buy a mini-trampoline and jog on it while watching your favorite TV show, crank up the music and dance in your living room like no one’s watching, work up a healthy sweat — it feels good.

Move Your Pelvis

A healthy pelvis is the key to a happy body. Activities like yoga, Pilates, and Qi Gong activate all the muscles, tendons, ligaments, organs, and lymphatic system in and around the pelvis. When your pelvis is open and balanced, the lymph fluid (plasma) moves easily, which boots your immune system and allows the interstitial fluid to circulate freely. A stagnant, misaligned pelvis will multiply (and in some cases cause) your urologic symptoms.

Diet

A plant-based, whole food diet like the Paleo Diet is the vital to a health body. The Paleo Diet is based on how humans ate in their native state 15,000 years ago — before the agricultural revolution shifted us from hunter/gathers to grain eaters. The Paleo Diet is comprised of approximately 65-80 percent fruits and vegetables, (which tend to alkalinize your body) and the rest is lean animal protein. We can’t say enough about selecting animal products that are free of all the chemicals, antibiotics, and other junk associated with conventional agriculture. We highly recommend that all your meat be grass fed, hormone-free, antibiotic free — preferably wild (fish) or organic if you can afford it. Also, we strongly recommend against eating soy in any form: soymilk, tofu, tempeh, edamame, and so on.

Digestive Enzymes

If you haven’t already, start taking digestive enzymes such as Bromeline (from pineapples). Pancreatic enzymes also help with digestion. Once these enzymes are done breaking down the protein you ate for lunch or dinner, they go to work on cancer in your body.

Community Heals

Connecting with your community (family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, religious group, people who share your interests and values) is critical when it comes to feeling vibrant and alive. If you tend towards isolation (TV and books), social media (Facebook and Twitter), reach out to real live human beings and invite them to join you for a cup of coffee or tea, the movies, a trip to a local museum, or an excursion on a local hiking trail. Whatever you do, do it with a friend. Being part of something outside yourself promotes friendship and a feeling of belonging. Community heals. Disease festers in isolation.

Help Others

Nothing snaps you out of a funk faster than helping people who are less fortunate than you. Volunteering is an excellent way to feel better about yourself. Do you enjoy spending time with seniors, children, pets, veterans, people with disabilities, or people in recovery? Do you have a special skill or talent that you could offer a local nonprofit or religious organization (medical, carpentry, accounting, taxes, organizing, marketing, you name it)? Just a couple of hours per week of helping other people will take the emphasis off your own worries and concerns.

Environmental Estrogens

Avoid estrogenic compounds in food (soy), water (most plastic water bottles leach estrogen-like chemicals into the water), and personal products (lotions and shampoos). Maintaining a healthy estrogen balance is critical to your health, especially as you age. Environmental estrogen exposure has been linked to breast cancer in women and a host of prostate issues in men.

Limit Alcohol Consumption

The World Health Organization has classified alcohol as a Group 1 carcinogen since 1988. Regular heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk for seven different types of cancer, including breast, prostate, colon, oral, and liver. We strongly recommend that you limit alcohol consumption to one drink per day.

Stop Smoking

Cigarette smoking is harmful for every body — the smoker, the people near the smoker, even the smoker’s unconceived offspring. Smoking doubles the risk of death from all causes between the ages of 35-69. Smoking while you drink is a lethal combination that amplifies the worst aspects of both habits. There are numerous ways to stop smoking. Click here for more information.

Biofeedback/Stress Reduction

Stress is associated with every major illness, including cancer. Lowering your stress level is perhaps the most important thing you can do to avoid cancer and other urologic diseases. It’s easier than you think. In addition to the anti-stress programs we offer at Choices in Health, there are several excellent books, audio programs, and DVDs on the market. Click here for more information.

Meditation

The antidote to stress is meditation. The healing power of meditation is greatly underplayed in Western cultures. A great story about how meditation heals is that of Australian author, Ian Gawler, who healed himself of bone cancer through meditation. All it takes is 20 minutes twice a day.

Resolve Past Traumas

The mind-body connection between unresolved emotional issues and illness is well documented. For example, feelings of helplessness generate an inflammatory response that facilitates the growth and spread of tumors. If you know you’re dragging around some demons from your past, there are lots of different kinds of therapy that can help. For more information about these techniques, click here.

Have Fun

Last but not least, have fun. Life is short — even if you live to be 100. If you delay happiness by saying, “I’ll let myself be happy when (I get a new job, a new car, the kids move out, we buy a house, pay for the house … and so on), it might never happen. Instead of waiting, we recommend that you give yourself a little dose of happiness every day. Take 20 minutes out of every day to (It doesn’t have to be the same thing every day):

  • Finish reading that novel you started last year (or start a new one)
  • Play with your kids
  • Practice playing a musical instrument
  • Study a second language
  • Paint
  • Write
  • Dance
  • Sing
  • You get the idea

You’ll be surprised what an impact this simple practice will have on your level of happiness

If you have any questions, be sure to call me at 303-554-4444.

Thank you and be well,

Dr. Emilia Ripoll M.D.

Reversing Hair Loss with PRP

By | Blog, PRP, women's health

By Dr. Emilia A. Ripoll

Bald is beautiful

Think about how different the world would we be without the contributions of these great bald men: Hippocrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, William Shakespeare, Charles Darwin, George Washington, Ben Franklin, Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower, Pablo Picasso, Mahatma Gandhi, Mikhail Hair PRP 3Gorbachev, or The Dalai Lama.

Although I’ve never polled my patients, it’s a safe bet that men would prefer to keep their hair if they could — or Rogaine sales would not be pushing $50 million a year. For better or worse, there’s a global stigma about hair loss that makes many men feel diminished, emasculated, self-conscious, or just plain old. Have you ever heard a man say, “I can’t wait until my hair falls out so I can start shaving my head”?

Neither have I.

Bald may be beautiful, but it’s not for everyone — especially women

Although I have seen some women who look good with very short hair, like most women, I have a strong attachment to my hair. It’s part of what makes me feel feminine. So why on earth would I want to lose it?

Imagine my delight as a doctor at discovering a new application of PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy that not only reverses hair loss (alopecia), but actually stimulates the growth of new hair. It’s a blessing to be able to offer this breakthrough treatment to my male and female patients who suffer from hair loss — and at a huge savings over the cost of hair transplants.

Before I jump into how PRP therapy regrows hair, allow me to explain what happens when hair loss occurs.

What causes hair loss?

Hair loss is part of everyday life. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, most people lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair every day.

All your hair follicles, including the ones on your head, go through a three-phases cycle:

  1. Growth (anagen)
  2. Resetting (catagen)
  3. Resting (telogen)

At any given time, different follicles are in different phases. Usually, about 90 percent of your follicles are in the anagen, or growth, phase.

“Hair loss” occurs when you start losing more hair than you grow back. “Baldness” happens when hair loss becomes noticeable. Both hair loss and baldness occur in men and women.

Male pattern baldness and female pattern baldness also have a genetic hormonal component. (You can thank your parents, and their parents, and their parents….) And you inherit it from both sides of your family — not just your mother’s side — so you can stop blaming your mom.

Male pattern baldness, which starts with a receding hairline at the temples, can begin during teenage years; whereas, female pattern baldness (thinning hair at the front, sides, and crown of the head) usually starts after menopause. Although, female pattern baldness may start as early as mid-20s, these cases are rare.

There are five basic types of hair loss (alopecia)

1. Androgenetic alopecia: male pattern hair loss in men, and female pattern baldness in women

2. Alopecia areata: This condition is considered an autoimmune disorder because white blood cells attack the hair follicles, causing hair to fall out in a circular pattern. Typically, the hair grows back within a couple of months. A sudden increase in stress (death of a loved one, financial instability, a sick child, and so on) can be a factor in Alopecia areata.

3. Telogen effluvium: In this condition, the hair follicles get stuck in the contracted resting (telogen) phase and have trouble returning to the expansive growth (anagen) phase. Telogen effluvium often occurs after major surgery (a reaction to anesthesia), dramatic weight loss, extreme stress, and pregnancy.

4. Other Medical Conditions: Diabetes, lupus, thyroid disorders can all cause/contribute to hair loss.

5. Nutrition: Diets that are low in protein, iron, zinc, and certain vitamins (A, B6, B12, C, and D) can all cause hair loss. Too much insulin in the blood (hyperinsulinemia) and insulin resistance (when increased amounts of insulin are required to move sugar from the blood into the cells) can contribute to alopecia. These conditions are frequently the result of eating a high-carbohydrate diet.

Restrictive hairstyles like cornrows and tight braids, hair dyes, chemical treatments, even blow drying can all cause temporary hair loss. Fortunately, the hair usually grows back once you stop torturing it to death.

DHT is the culprit

As I mentioned earlier, both male and female pattern baldness have a strong genetic component. These types of baldness are caused by individual hair follicles responding to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a more potent form of testosterone that is responsible for body and facial hair in men and women and prostate growth in men. (Yes, women have testosterone in their bodies, just like men have estrogen in theirs.)

The reason female pattern baldness usually doesn’t occur until perimenopause or menopause is because women have enough estrogen circulating in their bodies to offset the presence of DHT. As a women’s estrogen levels decline, however, hair follicles are “unprotected” and DHT has more of an unwanted impact.

Although the exact biochemical pathway by which DHT adversely affects hair follicles in genetically prone scalps is poorly understood, DHT attacks the hair follicle and contracts the follicle and it’s opening to the point of turning a normal strand of hair into peach fuzz.

DHT also shortens the anagen phase of hair growth until the follicles switches first to the catagen and then to the telogen phase. The follicle curls up like a puppy in its bed and goes to sleep — and stays asleep. Essentially, PRP wakes the puppy up.

PRP restores hair loss

Instead of reversing the effects of DHT on the hair follicles of the scalp, PRP rejuvenates the surrounding tissues via the introduction of various platelet-derived growth factors.

These growth factors (a special group of proteins that the body uses in wound healing) stimulate stem cells in the scalp to produce new tissues (Dermal Papilla Cells), which in turn signal the hair follicles to return to the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle. Once in the anagen phase, the follicles begin to produce hair again.

In studies on mice and humans, and tissue studies from both animals, PRP jump-starts hair growth in dormant follicles (telogen phase) and increases hair thickness (diameter) of the individual shafts. Both of these findings support the idea that PRP returns hair follicles to the anagen (growth) phase.

In addition to re-growing hair, no significant or systemic side effects have occurred from PRP hair restoration therapy, or as Kang et al. put it, “PRP preparation has a positive therapeutic effect on male and female pattern hair loss without remarkable major side-effects.”

The cost of PRP versus other hair loss therapies

PRP hair restoration therapy: $1,000 – $2,500 per treatment

PRP therapy for hair restoration and rejuvenation involves injecting platelet rich plasma into the scalp.

At Great Alchemy, we perform three treatments about a month apart to ensure maximum follicle activation. Each treatment involves a series of PRP injections into the scalp. (Don’t worry. We anesthetize the scalp first.) We also add a vasodilator to the PRP to enhance its absorption into the skin.

These injections are followed by a topical application of PPP (the remaining portion of the plasma, called “platelet poor plasma”), which penetrates the upper dermal layers thanks to a device called a dermal roller. This micro-trauma invigorates the scalp and recruits the body’s natural healing response, which further activates the PRP. The entire procedure takes about an hour.

Although the effects of PRP hair restoration therapy are not immediate, patients begin to notice a substantial difference after about a month. At first, the new hair is light-colored fuzz, but gradually each hair shaft becomes thicker, darker, and longer, until the follicles begin producing their own natural hair — without surgery and at a fraction of the cost.

The beauty of using PRP for hair restoration is that this type of therapy is regenerative: It continues working for months — even years — after the initial injections. In other words, once the PRP stimulates hair follicles into the growth (anagen) phase, the follicles often return to their youthful growth cycle.

I suggest that my patients return once a year for a PRP booster treatment to reinvigorate their scalp and keep their hair looking young and healthy.

Hair Transplant (follicular unit extraction): $4,000 – $15,000 depending on the number of grafts

PRP hair restoration therapy works best in areas where hair is thinning but not absent. When hair follicles become severely atrophied after being dormant for many years, they are often beyond PRP’s power to regenerate. In these cases (mostly bald men who have not had hair growth for a long time), follicular unit extraction (FUE) is considered the gold standard for hair restoration.

Interestingly, for years, hair transplant surgeons have been using PRP to increase the survival rate of transferred follicles and aid in the healing process.

The barrier of entry for hair transplants is usually the cost. We all want to look young and beautiful; however, $10,000 or $15,000 buys a really nice used car or covers a year of in-state college tuition. Even for those who are blessed with the means to afford a hair transplant, I recommend trying PRP therapy first because you may get the results you’re looking for and save yourself a lot of money.

Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar): $60/month ($720/year)

Finasteride is an oral prescription medication that helps regrow hair by interrupting the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Finasteride does this by inhibiting the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme necessary for the conversion of testosterone to DHT.

Finasteride’s hair growing properties were discovered during clinical trials for men with enlarged prostate. (DHT also has a powerful effect on prostates.) When the drug started regrowing hair for the men in these trials, the researchers at Merck realized they had an even bigger market for this new medication in male hair loss.

For 85 percent of the men in these clinical trials, finasteride stopped hair loss, and 65 percent reported new hair growth. The American Hair Loss Association recommends Finasteride as a first line of defense against hair loss.

In addition to regrowing hair and reducing enlarged prostates, Finasteride also carries a 30 percent reduction in prostate cancer for men who take a 5mg daily dose.

Although rare, side effects of finasteride include erectile dysfunction, ejaculation disorder, decreased libido, anxiety, and depression. In 2012, the FDA added to warning labels that these side effects may continue indefinitely after a man discontinues taking finasteride.

So men need to weigh the potential loss of sexual potency and their sense of drive against hair regrowth and a decreased chance of developing prostate cancer.

Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should NEVER handle finasteride tablets because of the potential risk of birth defects in a developing male fetus if this medication is absorbed through the skin. This concern is not an issue for women who do not wish to have children or are past their childbearing years.

Rogaine (minoxidil): $50/month ($600/year)

Rogaine is effective at stopping hair loss, especially if used early enough. According to WebMD, minoxidil enlarges hair follicle diameter and stimulates new hair growth. Seven out of 10 men who use Rogaine say that they regrow some hair. The downside of Rogaine is having to use it twice a day. In some cases, Rogaine irritates the scalp and causes itchiness, flaking, and redness.

Rogaine also takes from four to six months to show results. Many men become discouraged and give up on Rogaine before it actually starts to work. In some cases, Rogaine initially promotes the transition from the telogen phase to the anagen phase — so hair follicles release their hair strands before starting to grow new ones. This transition may appear as if Rogaine is causing hair loss, when it is actually stimulating the growth of new hair.

Rogaine does not regrow hair in bald spots or replenish receding hairlines.

Bottom Line

Bald can be beautiful, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If hair loss doesn’t fit the look you want or the lifestyle you have — don’t worry, you have options:

  • PRP provides long-term hair re-growth and restoration — without side effects or draining your bank account.
  • Hair transplants are very successful and very expensive.
  • Finasteride also works well (and protects against prostate cancer) but in rare cases can cause sexual and psychological side effects.
  • Rogaine works if you want to keep the hair you have or thicken it slightly.

If you’re concerned about hair loss (or know someone who is), please contact me at 303-554-4444 for a complimentary consultation so we can design a hair restoration plan specifically for you.

Can PRP from your own blood rejuvenate your skin and eliminate wrinkles?

By | Blog, PRP, women's health

By Dr. Emilia A. Ripoll, M.D.

If the title of this article sounds like the plot of an episode from the HBO series True Blood, I assure you it’s not.

The title refers to a relatively new form of skin care called Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP.

PRP is derived from your own blood and has been used successfully for over 30 years in countless procedures around the world — including dentistry, orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine.

The list of professional athletes who have benefited from PRP treatments reads like a who’s who in pro sports: Rafael Nadal, Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant, Troy Polamalu, Andre Johnson, Nelson Cruz, Ray Lewis, Hines Ward, Fred Couples, Cliff Lee, Takashi Saito, Michael Young, Jonathan Bornstein, Tracy McGrady … the list goes on.

In addition the “headline grabbing” world of professional sports, the benefits of PRP have also been applied very successfully to anti-aging and skin-rejuvenation procedures. In this application, PRP injections cause the skin to produce more collagen and keratin and repair everything from acne to scars to wrinkles — even stretch marks.

The results are incredible and typically last between 12 to 18 months, and there is also a cumulative effect from these procedures. In addition, PRP therapy is 100 percent natural (autologous), and it is performed in doctor’s office in about an hour.

What is PRP and where does it come from?

Blood is made up of four major components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma (lymph), and platelets. The “cellular” portion of blood is composed of 91 percent red blood cells, 6 percent platelets, and 1 percent white blood cells. Plasma is the straw-colored medium within which all the other components are suspended. Plasma is what allows blood to be fluid. Without plasma, the heart wouldn’t be able to pump the remaining slurry of cells, platelets, proteins, hormones, waste products, and other molecules.

Platelet rich plasma is exactly what the name implies: plasma that contains a higher-than-normal concentration of platelets. Injecting plasma that contains 4-8 times the normal amount of platelets into and around ageing or injured tissue promotes rejuvenation and healing — regardless of when the problem is or when it started.

How Does PRP Eliminate Wrinkles?

Platelets accelerate healing by releasing several different classes of bioactive molecules such as growth factors and glycoproteins, which jump-start tissue repair and regeneration. When it comes to healing injuries, platelet-derived growth factors and glycoproteins do the heavy lifting.

These bioactive molecules initiate tissue repair and rejuvenation on a cellular level by activating local stem cells. The stem cells, in turn, stimulate the growth of new collagen and keratin by signaling the fibroblasts and keratinocytes in the dermal layer of your skin to produce more collagen and keratin respectively. Once the underlying support structures in the dermal layer have been sufficiently repaired, it smoothes the peaks and valleys in this deeper skin layer.

The net effect of this rebuilding process is that PRP heals scars, acne, pockmarks, wrinkles, lines, burns, stretch marks, and skin folds from the inside out. This healing occurs regardless of the area of concern: face, neck, hands, arms, legs and so on. PRP injections even improve the healing of diabetic ulcers.

PRP also enhances blood flow to the in and around the injection site(s) through the formation of new capillaries and blood vessels (angiogenesis), which enhances and accelerates the wound-healing process.

The science behind PRP

My patients often ask me if I think PRP will work for their cosmetic and aesthetic issues. My initial answer is almost always “yes.” And I make sure they understand that the exact level of restoration/regeneration depends upon the individual.

What gives me the confidence to say “yes” is that while PRP therapy has been used successfully for many years in wound healing and skin rejuvenation. Also, numerous medical scientists, dermatologists have studied PRP’s effect on wound healing and aesthetics — and the data is compelling.

For example, a 2010, study published in the French Journal Le Journal de Médecine Esthétique et de Chirurgie Dermatologique reviewed the data from three international studies of PRP on facial rejuvenation (in Japan, the UK, and Israel). Despite their differences, all three studies demonstrated convincing results.

As the articles’ author, Dr. S. Zenker concludes, “Both superficial and deep dermal applications can result in skin rejuvenation and global facial volumisation. PRP is a form of biostimulation that is safe and creates an immediate, long lasting volumetric effect with natural looking results. The technique is easy to perform and has virtually no side-effects.”

The key words in Dr. Zenker’s quote are: safe, immediate, long lasting, and no side-effects.

If you are thinking about some form of facial rejuvenation of wrinkles, skin folds, crow’s feet or the regeneration of new tissue to erase acne, pockmarks, or facial lacerations Dr. Zenker’s words ought to be music to your ears.

Although PRP is an amazingly effective form of therapy, it does have its limitations. It won’t make an elderly woman look like she did in her senior prom pictures. However, it can dramatically diminish the appearance of wrinkles, acne scars, and facial lines. The degree to which the wrinkles, lines, and scars disappear depends upon a number of factors including age, overall health, number of treatments, and how each person’s body responds to treatment.

Evaluating PRP

When evaluating whether PRP is right for my patients, I ask them to consider the alternatives. Facelifts are very invasive, quite expensive, and often effective. Fractional laser treatments are also expensive and leave you looking like you spent the night in a tanning booth; however, the results can be quite effective. Botox® and volumising facial filler injections create striking results and are relatively inexpensive per treatment, but as with Cinderella, the clock strikes midnight all too soon, and then it’s time for another round of injections. Over time, Botox®  and facial filler injections can also weaken the collagen and keratin in your skin; whereas, PRP injections, strengthen the skin by rebuilding the collagen-keratin matrix and stimulating the local stem cells to produce more of these and other vital tissues for healthy skin.

Because PRP uses your body’s own tissues (platelets suspended in plasma), it is inherently safe. It is relatively non-invasive (the injections are given with very fine needles), and the only side effects are at the injection sites (tiny spots of blood and perhaps some minor bruising). The cost is a fraction of more invasive procedures, and you walk out of our office in about an hour.

For the first 12 hours, the only way anyone would know that you had a procedure done is that your face is rosier than usual. The effects also take shape gradually over the first three weeks as your skin rebuilds itself. It’s so gradual that people will wonder what you’ve done to look so much younger.

If the information I have provided here sounds promising, I recommend that you make an appointment for a consultation and see if PRP skin rejuvenation is right for you. I can be reached at Great Alchemy at 303-554-4444.