Plastic Fantastic: Platelet Rich Plasma fillers

Written by: Valentina Zannoni – Source: Swide.com

Between an eye-lift and a hair transplant, Dr Prasad took some time out of his busy schedule to talk to Swide about Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) fillers, the latest must have age defying practice.

But first here’s a brief biology lesson to get to grips with the terminology. Plasma is the yellow liquid which makes up over 50% of the blood. The actual blood cells are suspended in the plasma, making it the petrol of our organism. Platelets are those tiny cells that serve to create blood clots and therefore start the healing process of the skin.

PRP has been used for a while in other medical specialities, such as in orthopaedics for the cure of joints and chronic injuries to help stimulate the healing process. While three years ago, medical professionals from the cosmetic sphere started to think about the uses of PRP in their field. Dr Prasad, a facial rejuvination specialist at the Prasad Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in New York City, has been using this substance as a filler for two years now. “By placing it [PRP] in the skin” Dr Prasad explains, “you are injuring the skin in a controlled way and you are essentially healing a wrinkle by filling it with a material that will recruit the body’s collagen and start the healing process.” In layman’s terms, unlike Botox, PRP is used to restore volume under the skin.

PRP fillers are particularly effective on fine lines around the mouth, eyes, even bags under the eyes and also to reduce the depth of acne scars. The optimum age to undergo a treatment is when you are over forty, unless you want to treat acne scars, then the median age of the patient is halved.

And how about those stubborn expression lines? Well PRP fillers can also work on those. Dr Prasad says that this treatment can be used“ anywhere where the lines are relatively small, forehead lines are shallow, Botox can relax them but there is no good filler to plump them out and we’ve been using PRP.”

How do PRP fillers compare to more traditional chemical fillers like Restylane? Dr Prasad explains that it’s a matter of patience, the two provide more or less, equivalent results, its just a question of time. “With Restylane you get immediate results, because 1cc of liquid equals 1cc of correction. With PRP you may get immediate appearance of improvement but you have to wait to see the result because body has to respond by generating collagen. It’s a healing process.” Even though the results may come more slowly, the effects of PRPs however, can last a year or more, while other chemical fillers start fading after about six months. A PRP session, which can consist of 3 or 4 injections, is also better value for money, as typically it costs $1.500, while for one syringe of Restylane the retail price is $800.

PRP fillers are attracting an increasing amount of would be clients. “People do a lot of research, they learn a lot online, and they come and ask about it.” Dr Prasad has found that his role as surgeon has developed into teacher as well, “ often I have to educate them on what [fillers] can and can’t do. It takes the judgement of a professional to understand what they can do and how to apply them so you get the maximum benefit.”

In recent years, cinema, TV and literature have resurfaced the public’s fascination and interest in Vampires- today, in cosmetic surgery, the benefits of blood go further than fantasy and are becoming reality.

Natural Dermal Fillers Using Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

Dermal fillers minimize creases around the nose and mouth.

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is fast becoming one of the most useful natural treatments for rejuvenation throughout the body.  Most recently, PRP’s benefits in aesthetic medicine have been discovered and the long list of its benefits continues to grow.

Cosmetic fillers are a popular way to rejuvenate the face, lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve scars.  While there are several great filler products on the market, PRP offers a truly organic alternative with faster results.  Since the patient’s own blood is used to rejuvenate their appearance, using PRP also alleviates the risk of allergic reaction or skin sensitivity.

The procedure helps restore or enhance areas which require volume. PRP can be used for the following:

  • Diminishing the glabellar lines, also known as the number 11 sign between the brow
  • Diminishing forehead lines
  • Improving the appearance of periorbital lines, also known as crow’s feet
  • Diminishing nasolabial folds
  • Reducing smile lines
  • Treating acne scars
  • Improving the vertical lip lines, also known as lipstick lines
  • Improving the marionette lines (the ones from the corners of the  mouth to the chin)

PRP contains growth factors which stimulate the body to repair and restore tissues using the body’s own natural processes. With this technique, you can rejuvenate the skin by isolating elements from the blood which can then be injected below wrinkles, folds and even acne scars.

The benefits of PRP as a cosmetic filler is the ability to help your skin heal faster, no allergic reaction and faster skin rejuvenation for a longer period of time.

 

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Happy New Year, Happy New You!

Greetings!

For me, 2010 was a year of progression. I made my debut as an author with my first book, expanded my practice with the latest in non-surgical rejuvenation (such as Pelleve Skin Tightening), advanced surgical techniques for quicker recovery, and renewed our commitment to ongoing skin health with our medispa and medical grade skincare products.

2011 marks a new year and a new decade! It is time to start thinking ahead by setting new goals for the upcoming years. Every possibility begins with taking the initiative to care and invest in your own well-being. Assess yourself by taking a moment to stop and ask ….

Am I eating nutritious foods and avoiding unhealthy snacking? Are my workouts effective for my personal fitness? Does the mirror positively reflect my self-image? More importantly, am I living up to my full potential?

Diet, exercise, appearance and lifestyle are all factors that define our health and happiness as a whole, so why not connect this type of thinking with our resolutions? Schedule a consultation with me soon; it is finally time to start counting down to the new you!

Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Amiya Prasad, M.D.,

THE FINE ART OF LOOKING YOUNGER
A Very Special Thanks!
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I’d like to personally thank everyone who has supported my new book, “The Fine Art of Looking Younger” which has been very well-received in the field of cosmetic surgery. Based on my experiences with my patients, I made it a goal to help others look their best by providing them with enough information about specific rejuvenation procedures as well as choosing a cosmetic surgeon who is appropriate for their aesthetic goals. “The Fine Art of Looking Younger” is available online in paperback and hardcover on Amazon.com, as well as in our Manhattan and Garden City offices.

I welcome you to ask me any questions about the book. Feel free to bring in your copy during your consultation, and I will be more than happy to personalize it for you!

SELPHYL PLATELET RICH PLASMA
A natural filler, an all-natural solution!

Rejuvenate naturally with cells from your own body! In our practice, we have some people who request a natural filler with no risk of allergic reaction. Commonly referred to as a “vampire facelift” or the “Dracula facelift”, this process uses the patient’s own blood to rejuvenate their appearance. This procedure is not a surgical facelift nor does it create the same effect as a facelift, however it does rejuvenate in a way much like popular fillers such as Restylane or Perlane.

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Using the Selphyl process of platelet rich plasma, I am able to enhance and restore the skin of the face and neck or areas which require volume. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) contains growth factors which stimulate your body to repair and restore tissues using your body’s own natural processes. By isolating elements from your blood which can then be injected below wrinkles, folds and even acne scars, your skin will rejuvenate over the following weeks after treatment. To find out more about Selphyl Platelet Rich Plasma, click here. To set up your Selphyl appointment, call 212-265-8877.

BEFORE & AFTER
A Facelift Experience

Watch one patient’s transformation before and after a quick-recovery facelift and necklift surgery with Dr. Amiya Prasad. See her amazing results 55 days later when combined with Micro Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment.


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