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Fat Transfer Cost

Interested in fat transfer but worried about the cost? The great thing is that most of the cost of fat transfer is already built into our liposuction under tumescent anesthesia.  The fat transfer cost is just an add on to the liposuction cost. So why does fat transfer cost more than regular liposuction? The main reason is time.  The procedure takes longer and this is why the fat transfer cost is higher.  A fat transfer can add 30-45 minutes to the usual liposuction procedure.  The other reason is that the fat requires special handling for fat transfer.  The fat must be collected in a sterile container to be reused and then there are extra consumables and instruments required to inject the fat. Is the fat transfer cost worth it? Absolutely!  Smartlipo Liposuction can do wonders to sculpt and contour your body.  However, this just involves removal of fat.  There are some body areas that require more volume, not less. Fat transfer is the perfect complement to body sculpting with liposuction. The fat we used to throw away is the perfect natural filler!  Instead of paying for expensive plastic implants, you can utilize your own fat to add volume to your buttocks, breasts and face.  Fat transfer will give you better results and save you money over implants and fillers. What does the fat transfer cost include? When added to a liposuction procedure, the fat transfer cost will include all anesthesia, body contouring and injection of the fat to another body area.  Your quote will include everything you need for a successful procedure. How do I find out about my fat transfer cost? Easy!  Make a free consultation to get a personalized quote for your needs.  Everybody is different and we will tailor you fat transfer cost to your body type and amount of work required.    …

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Brazilian Butt Lift Butt lifts can boost confidence, help clothes fit more easily, and help women feel even more attractive. Here are a few facts about butt lift procedures: What to Expect with a Butt Lift: The butt lift is pain-free – given that local anesthesia is used. Oral sedation may also be given, and the patient remains awake. Some key points include: Butt lifts can be conducted with your own fat, meaning no implants and no rejection. Sculpt fat away pain-free from other areas, like the midsection, and re-inject it into the butt – for a much-needed lift. This is otherwise known as the Brazilian butt lift. Candidates will undergo detailed screenings to determine where fat will be harvested from. The most common areas include the hip, thighs, or midsection, as discussed earlier. However, anywhere is fair game, if you’re unhappy with excess fat in one area for instance. Fat is filtered and then placed in the butt through layers, which a physician will understand. The butt is sculpted until the anticipated shape by patients is set. More fat than desired is typically injected, due to the chances of reabsorption in the body. A follow-up session is typically recommended to get the best results possible. Learn more by contacting a lead physician. The average price for a Brazilian butt lift is under $3000, and in some cases financing is offered. Patients can get back to normal activities in as little as a few days. Contributing Factors When Signing Up for Butt Lifts Throughout different stages, women may become uncomfortable with the size and shape of their buttocks due to age, weight loss, pregnancy, or simply being born and teased about a flat bum. The good news is that you can get help. Brazilian Butt Lift Benefits: Perkiness – a perky rear-end is considered to be youthful and attractive. Butt lifts make sagging a thing of the past. Curves – stars like J. Lo, Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian have set on a craze that curviness should be embraced. Many people are taking notice. Au-Natural – remember that Brazilian butt lifts use your own fatty tissues from unwanted areas, then transfers it to the butt. If you’ve always been displeased with the weight distribution of your body, now’s the time to make a change – it’s possible with the safe and effective transfers done in cosmetic surgery. The results are drastic and requires little effort on your part. See how you stack up against other patients. Scheduling and undergoing a Brazilian butt lift is as easy as 1-2-3.…

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Looking to reduce cellulite? If you are like most women, you cringe at the thought of having to put on a bathing suit. No matter what the shape of your body, most women have some amount of cellulite lingering around their thighs, butts, stomachs, and elsewhere. The dimpled, cottage cheese look is certainly not something that you would like to sport around, but it seems all but impossible to get rid of. What is Cellulite? Cellulite occurs when pockets of fat just below the skin push up again porous tissue on our bodies. Because women have much more porous skin than men, it unfortunately occurs more on our bodies. And while there is no “cure” for cellulite, women have fought to reduce it for ages, using expensive cream, herbal remedies, and even special devices. But, for those of us who are looking for real solutions that won’t break the bank or drastically change our lifestyles, I am providing 6 simple tips to get you on a cellulite-reduced path. While I can’t tell you that your cellulite will disappear, I can tell you that you will be healthier, look better, and reduce signs of unwanted cellulite. Tip #1: Clean Up Your Diet You know the old saying, “you are what you eat”? Well, in the case of cellulite, there was never a truer statement. Cellulite does not hold back when it comes to body type, which is why women of all shapes and sizes have it. That means that cellulite isn’t necessarily about how much you weigh, but what you eat.  By eating a diet rich in unprocessed foods, antioxidants, fresh fruits, and vegetables, you can begin to decrease the amount of toxins being stored in your body. Because toxins are stored in extra fat, many people see changes in the amount of cellulite they have then they adopt this sort of diet. The key here is to eat fresh, colorful foods that flush the toxins out of your body. Also, avoid eating too much salt and sugar, which are also stored in fat cells and bloat the body, making cellulite look even worse. Tip #2: Hydrate Another vital way to flush toxins—and, thus, cellulite—out of your body is by drinking plenty of water. Not only will water flush out toxins, but it improved the look of your skin by keeping it hydrated, fresh, and firm. Drink between 8 and 10 8oz glasses each day. As a bonus, add lemon or cucumber slices to increase the de-toxifying effect! Tip #3: Exercise Not only does regular exercise help reduce fat, which causes cellulite, but it helps you further detoxify your body and improve the overall look of your skin. When you exercise regularly, your body will get used to a routine of detoxifying through sweat. Not to mention, when you begin to develop muscle tone, your skin looks firmer, hiding signs of cellulite. For best results, exercise at least 30 minutes, 4 days a week and stay consistent. Tip #4: Improve Circulation Finally, if diet and exercise aren’t enough for you, try working on your circulation as a way to reduce signs of cellulite. Many spas offer treatments such as coffee scrubs and massages which improve blood circulation, which helps eliminate stagnant toxins. You can also try at home scrubs and skin brushes, or finally cash in on that massage your husband has been promising for years. However you do it, regular treatments to increase blood flow have been proven to help reduce cellulite and contribute to overall health and well-being. Reduce Cellulite By following these simple tips, you will be well on your way to reducing signs of cellulite on your body, as well as improving your overall health. So pour yourself a glass of lemon water and cheers to a bright, cellulite-free future!…

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Get Great Results with Fat Transfer Procedure

Many people who undergo liposuction procedures want to get rid of the excess, unwanted fat; however, there’s a procedure that can actually give you two great results by using this fat. Fat transfer essentially takes the unwanted fat from areas such as the thighs and abdomen, and transfers it to other areas that may need plumping and firming. You will essentially be getting two great results with fat transfer. Fat transfer is also a natural alternative to fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane than may have side effects. During a fat transfer procedure—also called fat grafting or fat transplant, excess fat is taken from the areas requiring smoothing using liposuction techniques. This liposuction procedure uses smaller needles and lighter suction in order not to damage the fat cells. These cells are then treated to eliminate any excess fluids, and then placed into areas where you want to see firming and plumping. Fat cell transfer procedures can be used for: • Breast augmentation • Facial rejuvenation • Buttock augmentation • Hand augmentation • Reducing the look of scars Why Fat Transfer Instead of Regular Fillers? While injectable fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm have been used successfully for a long time, the results are not indefinite. When undergoing the fat transfer procedure using fat from a patient’s body, there is little chance of an allergic reaction and the results are more long-lasting. Advances in Fat Transfer Fat transfer is also beginning to advance by using fat stem cells. This procedure is called stem enhanced fat transfer and does not use controversial embryonic cells, rather it uses natural fat stem cells. Using these types of fat cells will actually increase the body’s natural ability to heal because of the anti-inflammatory agents that are released. Additionally, because these cells because these cells have growth factors, they can rejuvenate and tighten the skin. The entire fat transfer procedure is safe and non-invasive. It is also relatively pain free, requiring only a local anesthetic. Patients will be able to return to their normal routines very quickly.…

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Buttocks Augmentation with Fat Transfer. Now more than ever, we are seeing a rise in popularity of curvaceous butts. The flat, straight figure is no longer the only desirable type of body, with a more curvaceous look being embraced. The admiration of these curvaceous figures can be attributed to the sought-after looks of celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Beyoncé, who are all well known for their curves. Brazilian Butt Lift Statistics New statistics show that more Americans are getting more buttock augmentations—nicknamed the Brazilian butt lift. According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, last year, approximately 10,000 buttock augmentations were performed. This number is up from the approximately 8,500 procedures done in 2012. While these numbers are not even close to the figures for breast augmentation procedures, it does represent a 16% increase. Additionally, the number of cosmetic surgeons offering the butt life procedure rose from 19% in 2012, to 30% in 2013. One surgeon says that he started receiving requests for buttock augmentations about three and a half years ago, and it is currently the second most popular procedure he performs. While not as popular as liposuction, his practice has seen the number of Brazilian butt lifts surpass breast augmentations. He also says that he does about four to five butt lifts per week, for both women and men. What is the Brazilian Butt Lift? While many think that this procedure is to just increase the size of the buttocks, it is actually done to provide a more youthful, lifted and contoured appearance. The Brazilian butt lift procedure entails “buttock augmentation with fat grafting”. The technique involves a surgeon performing liposuction, or removing fat from another body area, usually an area with excess fat such as the tummy, thighs, or hips. This fat is then injected into the buttocks. Surgeons say that the fat tissue is pliable, giving more control than synthetic materials such as silicone that are used for butt implants. Additionally, the patient receives two benefits from this procedure—losing fat in areas where it is unwanted, along with receiving a more pronounced derriere. Curious? Brazilian Butt Lift Before and After…

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Looking for Liposuction in Austin TX? Making the decision to have liposuction performed is a difficult one.  There are many different practitioners out there making all kinds of promises.  As liposuction has become more popular, the choices have increased and competition has decreased prices.  There are many new technologies available as well as clinical settings (clinics, Surgery centers, hospitals,etc.) to have it performed.  This article is designed to help you with some of these choices. Liposuction Artistry The first thing to know about liposuction, is that it is more of an artistic pursuit than an a scientific one.  Anybody can be trained to perform liposuction, which is basically just vacuuming fat from the body.  That part is easy. However, trying to produce consistent, aesthetically pleasing results is the difficult part.  Removing fat in the right places and in the proper amounts, differentiates good results from mediocre results. Liposuction when you come down to it, is body sculpting. The surgeon has to visualize the body shape and contours that are obscured by the fat.  He or she then has to meticulously remove fat slowly and expertly to reveal the new body shape.   These skills come from years of experience and cannot be taught.  The surgeon has to possess the hand eye coordination as well as a creative streak.  That’s why it is important to meet your surgeon and listen to his or her vision of what can be done with your body.  It is that vision that you need to be on board with.  Before and after pictures can also help you judge the surgeon’s abilities.  Unfortunately, these skills cannot be taught during Plastic Surgery residency.  Plastic Surgeons are taught the basic mechanical skills but the creativity has to be there beforehand.  There is a great deal of bad plastic surgery out there and it is being performed by board certified plastic surgeons.  Choose your Cosmetic Surgeon or Plastic Surgeon carefully based on his or her skills, vision and results.  Nobody can sculpt a masterpiece 100% of the time.  You want to know that your surgeon will try his best to give you the results you want and stand by you if you need further work or have complications. Liposuction Technology Another decision point regarding liposuction is the availability of new technologies.  There are many laser, radiofrequency, and ultrasonic devices out there.  The main thing to know about these devices are that they are just tools.  They can improve liposuction results but they are not a substitute for a skilled surgeon.  So as we discussed above, just like a good sculptor, a skilled liposuction surgeon will choose the right instruments to produce the ideal results.  Choose the surgeon first and then discuss the technologies available to assist your procedure.  Common technologies available include Smartlipo Laser Liposuction and Vaser Ultrasonic Liposuction. Liposuction Facilities Where should you have your liposuction performed?   Liposuction is an elective cosmetic surgery procedure.  You do not want to be in a facility with sick people as the risk of infections and mistakes increases. You want a facility that is dedicated to plastic surgery and is nationally accredited.  This ensures your safety as well as decreased rates of complications.  A physician owned surgery suite also can save you money as extra facility and anesthesia fees are avoided. Liposuction Anesthesia You should also look for liposuction that is performed under tumescent anesthesia.  Tumescent anesthesia involves use of the local anesthetic lidocaine to numb the areas to be treated.  The advantage of this is that general anesthesia is avoided, which is riskier and costlier than liposuction itself.  Plus, only the skin and fat where we are working is numbed.  Everything deeper like muscles, organs, etc. still have sensation.  As you are awake during the procedure, you are self-monitoring and protecting all of your important structures from harm. When the liposuction is complete, you are still numb and are back on your feet immediately.  This ability to resume normal activities further decreases your risk of postoperative complications. Austin Liposuction Surgery Cosmetic Surgeon Lawrence Broder MD  and Plastic Surgeon Staci Hix-Hernandez MD at Beleza Medspa Austin TX are skilled Austin liposuction surgery artists. They have performed more than 3000 individual Smartlipo procedures.  They possess the basic surgical skills as well as the artistic eye to give you the body contouring results you desire.  The Beleza surgical team will guide you through the whole process.  They stand by their results and allows you to be the ultimate judge of the success of your procedure.   They perform liposuction using the latest technologies including Smartlipo Laser Liposuction and Vaser Ultrasonic Liposuction.  They know how to apply these devices to improve your results.  They operate out of their own 3200 sq ft AAAHC accredited office based surgery suite in Cedar Park.  This saves you money as well as provides you a higher level of safety. They perform all of their procedures under local anesthesia and are also skilled in many fat transfer and tummy tuck procedures.  Consultations with Dr Broder and Dr. Hix-Hernandez  are always free to discuss your body contouring needs. 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Fat Transfer: What is it and why I should I want it! Fat transfer is simply the removal of fat via liposuction from one area of the body and then transferring it to another area of the body. Fat for transfer is collected somewhat differently than standard liposuction. The fat is collected under lower pressure and we avoid using any lasers during it’s harvesting.  It is then separated from the tumescent fluid or anesthetic fluid, and then is carefully under sterile conditions transferred into syringes. These syringes can then be used to inject the fat into the desired areas of the body.   Some uses of fat from fat transfer include fixing liposuction defects, natural breast augmentation, buttocks augmentation or Brazilian butt lift or facial fat transfer. Each of these that transfer areas requires different amounts of fat and different techniques to get the best results. The other thing to know about that transfer is that it contains a lot of stem cells. Stem cells are cells that can turn into any other cell of the body.   These cells are the holy Grail of rejuvenation procedures as they can be turned into new skin, fat, bone et cetera.   Fat  also contains 500 times more stem cells than the most common source which is bone marrow.   Bone marrow stem cell harvesting is very difficult and very painful.   Obviously we all have very readily accessible amounts of fat for stem cell harvesting. When we put these r stem cells into the new areas it appears that some of them do turn into new cells and give the longevity of fat transfers.   It is currently not known how to activate these cells but it  could be helped by using platelet rich plasma.   Platelet rich plasma or PRP comes from blood platelets and contains growth factors that may stimulate these stem cells in the fat. This is why we offer platelet rich plasma as an addition to our fat transfer procedures for stem cell activation. Fat Transfer Breast or Natural Breast Augmentation. Fat is an ideal component for use in increasing volume of breasts. There are no artificial implants or any worry of foreign objects.   However fat transfer breast has limited ability to increase size.   Maximum increase in size can be half  to a full cup.  But the increase is also more natural as it follows the natural curves of the breast.   The fat is injected throughout the breast to gradually build up the breast in small amounts.   The fat is a natural component of the breasts and will take root in there if properly placed and not placed under pressure.   It’s important that the breast envelope or the Breast skin have enough room to accommodate increased volume via the fat.   Fat under pressure will die.   This is why the procedure is ideal for post-pregnancy patients who enlarged breasts that have now deflated. The extra skin allows increase of size with the fat and this allows the fat to survive.   Stretching procedures such as Brava which also help stretch out the skin.   The other thing to remember about breast fat transfer is that it does disrupt the architecture of the breast. There has never been any studies showing breast-cancer caused by fat transfer however screening for breast cancer can be affected. This is why we ask for a mammogram to be completed before a breast fat transfer. Mammograms look at the architecture of the breasts via x-ray. When we do breast fat transfer some of this architecture of the breast is disrupted and this could lead to misleading diagnoses and tests. It is important to know this before going into the procedure and to have a baseline mammogram. Fat Transfer Buttocks or Brazilian Butt Lift Fat transfer for  buttocks augmentation is ideal. The buttocks contains a great deal of fat already and is  a great environment for the fat to survive. Shaping of the buttocks can easily be done using liposuction and appropriate fat transfer buttocks. The Brazilian butt lift involves more than just fat transferred to the buttocks.   The Brazilian butt lift also involves extensive Liposuction and body sculpting of the lower back and flanks.   The lower back and flanks affect the appearance of the buttocks.   A much smaller and flatter back and flanks makes the buttocks to project more and appear larger.   This is a crucial element of the Brazilian butt lift.   The transferred fat is then placed judiciously in the buttocks to accentuate the areas that need it most.   The combination of body contouring of the lower back and flanks and increase in size of the butt produces a shapelier and larger butt.   After the procedure the patient cannot sit on the buttocks  for three days and as little as possible for the first week.   This is to promote survival of the transferred fat and a compression garment will have to be worn around the chest for about a month.  Some of the fat will die naturally and refills of the fat may…

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So what is a Brazilian Butt? There is no evidence that Brazilians have better butts than anyone else.  There is evidence that shapely butts are a Brazilian obsession. One just has to look at the recent Miss BumBum Brasil  pageant.  We do know that Brazilians appreciate a curvy figure.  The Brazilian Butt appears to be well defined and plump with a small waist and lower back, as well as  curvy hips and thighs. So how can I get a Brazilian Butt?* If we weren’t lucky to be born with a beautiful butt, there are many ways to help get one.  A very popular and effective method is the Brazilian Butt Workout or Butt Lift Workout.  Targeted exercises to enlarge and sculpt gluteal muscles can really make a difference.  Weight loss helps sculpt the lower back and waist.  These workout programs can help certain women.  However, much of the shape of the buttocks is also due to the underlying fat.  If you just don’t have the fat, the volume needs to be added.    The old way of Buttocks Augmentation was with buttocks implants.  However, this procedure required large incisions, placement of a foreign object in the body and a long recovery. Buttocks implants have now been surpassed by the Brazilian Butt Lift.  Utilizing fat transfer and liposuction, the procedure is much safer, has better results and a faster recovery. What is the Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure? The Brazilian Butt Lift is a combination of surgery and artistry.  It combines body sculpting with liposuction and fat transfer augmentation.  The first part of the procedure involves aggressive liposuction of the waist, back and hips.  If there is excessive fat on the abdomen or thighs (or anywhere else), the surgeon can remove it and prepare it for transfer.  The sculpting of the waist and back is critical.  A small back and waist will naturally enhance the appearance and the size of the buttocks as well as define its shape. Once the liposuction is complete, the fat removed is readied for transfer.  It is separated from the anesthetic fluid and loaded into large syringes.  The surgeon then carefully injects the fat throughout the buttocks to enhance the volume and provide shape and lift. Tell me more about the Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery. Dr Lawrence Broder MD and Dr Staci Hix-Hernandez MD   are experienced and talented Butt Lift surgeons.  They perform the butt lift procedure completely under local anesthesia while awake.  The tumescent anesthesia combined with some oral sedation, makes the procedure a same day surgery.  The patient leaves the procedure with no pain and returns to normal activities almost immediately. Dr Broder & Dr Hix-Hernandez combine the use of Smartlipo Laser Liposuction and Vaser Ultrasonic Liposuction to provide the best body contouring results.  They are experts at fat transfer augmentation to the buttocks.  They can also add platelet rich plasma (PRP) to further improve the fat transfer results. How long does the Brazilian Butt surgery last? The liposuction involves removing the fat cells from the areas treated.  As long as you maintain or lose weight, you will always have those body sculpting results.  The fat transfer involves the transplant of living tissue.  We try to maximize its survival, but a certain percentage of the fat cells will die.  We ask that you don’t sit on it for the first 72 hours and as little as possible for the first week.  We can always go back and do more fat transfer to provide even more volume.  However, we do see a large percentage of the transferred fat surviving long-term after the initial procedure. Is the Brazil Butt Lift safe: Brazilian Butt Lift Risks. Like any surgical procedure, the Brazilian Butt Lift has the risks of infection, bleeding and pain.  We actively work at our AAAHC accredited surgical suite to make your safety our number one priority.  We utilize local anesthesia, which avoids the risks of general anesthesia and makes the procedure much safer.    We have successfully performed thousands of individual patient liposuction & fat transfer procedures and are thoroughly experienced at doing it safely.  Plus, you are back on your feet immediately and this further prevents any complications. What do I do next if I am interested in a Brazilian Butt Lift? Just make a free consultation to discuss your needs and how we can help you!               Brazilian Butt Lift Surgery Brazilian Butt Lift Before and After Brazilian Butt Lift Cost 10 things to know before getting a butt lift. More Info:  …

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Are You Curious about Facial Fillers or Dermal Fillers? Facial fillers originally evolved as collagen injections.  Fillers for the face focused on smoothing major lines like the laugh lines.  Since then, our understanding of facial anatomy and aging has progressed.  We now understand that aging is more than just lines and wrinkles, but a matter of overall facial volume loss.  As we age we begin to lose fat, muscle and bone in our faces.  This is in addition to the loss of elasticity of our skin.  As as result, not only do we lose volume in our brows and cheeks, but the remaining volume begins to shift downward. Looking at a youthful face, we see most of the volume is in the upper face in the brow and cheeks.  We call this the upside down triangle.  When we look at the aged face, we notice the volume has been lost in the brow and cheeks and has shifted towards the jawline with jowling.  The triangle has been turned right side up! Dermal Fillers So our goal in facial volume restoration with face fillers is to restore some of this upper face fullness.  This will give you far more bang for the buck than just smoothing lines and wrinkles.  Dermal fillers used to fill the brow and cheeks restore youthful appearance far more than filling smile lines. Juvederm We also have many facial fillers to choose from now.  They have progressed to safer and less painful forms with the addition of local anesthetics.  There are the hyaluronic fillers like Juvederm and Restylane which are based on a natural building block of the skin.  They can be used virtually anywhere on the face and can last up to a year.  There are stimulatory synthetic dermal fillers like Radiesse.  Radiesse actually stimulates your own collagen growth and can last over a year.  The ultimate filler for the face is your own fat!  Fat transfer now offers the ability to harvest live fat cells and transfer them to your face.  These are your own cells and are very safe.  Fat is also rich with stem cells that offer the potential for even more rejuvenation.  We can now couple fat transfer with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) or Microneedling with PRP Facelift, to add growth factors that further stimulate stem cell growth and rejuvenation. Microcannulas The other limiting factor with facial fillers has been the need for multiple injections.  Not only is this painful, but each needle stick can cause bleeding and bruising.  We now possess new techniques with microcannulas.  These are blunt, long thin tubes that allow us to inject the dermal fillers through a single injection site.  The comfort and safety of these microcannulas is changing our use of facial fillers. The future of face fillers appears to be moving towards fat transfer and stem cells.  The dermal fillers offer a quicker alternative and are preferred for smoothing lines and wrinkles.  Fat doesn’t have the stiffness necessary to smooth most deep wrinkles, but it is great at overall volume replacement.  If you are interested in facial fillers please come in for a free consultation.  We can discuss your needs as well as all the options available. The injectors at Beleza Medspa are experts at all types of facial fillers.…

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How can PRP help me? Platelets are tiny cells that circulate in our blood.  Their sole mission in life is to respond to injuries throughout the body.  They work to stop the bleeding and begin repairs.  When an injury occurs, multiple factors such as blood vessel damage induce the platelets to activate.  They will change their shape and clump together, forming a plug or blood clot.  This works to  stop the bleeding. The blood clot is only a temporary solution to stop bleeding; vessel and tissue repair is  needed. The aggregated platelets help this process by secreting growth factors that promote the invasion of specialized cells from surrounding connective tissue.  These cells migrate into the wounded area to completely heal the wound and form a scar. Platelet-derived growth factors (PDGF) are biologically active substances that enhance tissue repair mechanisms, such as cell movement, cell growth, cell activation, new blood vessel formation, and rebuilding of connective tissue. So where does PRP come from?  It is these platelet derived growth factors that we seek to exploit with PRP.   Can you imagine a drug that can mimic what these growth factors can do?  There is none.  However we have plenty of our own platelets available containing all of these growth factors.  We can take a blood sample and spin it to separate the platelets.  The platelets remain in the plasma fraction of the spun blood.  We then use a calcium solution to activate the platelets.  The platelets then release their growth factors into the plasma.  We can then use this platelet rich plasma (PRP) anywhere we want to initiate cell repair and growth. PRP therapy is currently showing promising results in many fields of medicine.  PRP is being used for tendon and ligament injuries, chronic wounds, arthritis, burns, and oral surgery.  It has been shown to speed healing and induce new tissue growth.  It is an evolving treatment and new indications  are currently under investigation. So how do we use PRP at Beleza Medspa?  We are using PRP as stand alone treatment known as the Microneedling with PRP Facelift and also in combination with DOT therapy and fat transfer. Microneedling with PRP Facelift in conjunction with a dermal filler for facial rejuvenation.  The PRP attracts new cells to the area, induces cell repair and blood vessel growth. Dot therapy or fractional CO2 laser resurfacing, makes millions of perforations in the skin.  These perforations or ‘dots’ lead to the resurfacing and skin tightening effects of the treatment.  PRP can actually be applied topically to the skin surface after DOT therapy.  The dots may allow the growth factors to be absorbed into the deep layers of the skin and speed healing and repair.  The use of PRP with fat transfer is most exciting.  Our understanding of fat transfer is  evolving with the realization of it’s stem cell content.  The pairing of the PRP growth factors to activate these stem cells may give us unlimited rejuvenation possibilities. …

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