PRP - The Liquid Gold of Skincare

While the term Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) already sounds complicated, the treatment is quite straight forward and does AMAZING stuff.

I had the benefit of not only being a patient and trying PRP at Dr. Brown’s office but also being a pupil and learning some basic biology. In simple terms, PRP is taking your existing blood, spinning it in a centrifuge, at high speeds so your platelets get separated from the rest of your blood. The PRP is then injected in your skin and then the magic begins. Aside from working wonders (which I’ll get to in a moment) the beauty of PRP is that it’s your own blood; therefore, there is no risk for infection or allergic reaction.

I found out that PRP is actually a therapy that’s been used for years to treat all sorts of conditions such as musculoskeletal injuries (including tendinitis and nerve injuries). But PRP has been most popularized for its positive effects in reducing hair loss and facial rejuvenation. The platelets are packed with healing properties and assist stem cells to trigger reproduction.

Dr. Brown wanted to treat some areas of my scalp where I have thinning hair. I don’t know about you but as I’ve gotten older I’ve discovered these patches of bald spots on my head that I didn’t know existed. It’s not necessarily obvious when I style my hair, but when someone is actually weeding through it, BAM there they are. And, since there was leftover “liquid gold,” Dr. Brown went ahead and injected different areas on my face as well. For the scalp, she provided numbing cream which helped considerably. We didn’t apply any numbing cream for the face and the pain was minimal.

PRP usually takes a few weeks to run through your system properly. However, I have to say (and you know I always call it like it is), I saw a difference in my skin the very same day. The texture of it changed. Dr. Brown had injected PRP in my upper lip and for several days it looked like I had fuller lips (very cool side effect).

I’m being realistic about the results of PRP, especially since I’ve only done one treatment. PRP results take time. Collagen/hair follicles recover and grow SLOWLY. They die slowly too. I also know that when you combine PRP with a treatment like Dermapen, the results can be remarkable. Think about it…..all those little holes in your skin that are created from the Dermapen treatment are then injected with the rich nutrients of your plasma. Dermapen alone shows results after just one treatment but when you combine it with PRP, be prepared for the WOW factor.

Call Christie today at 818. 222.8232 or E-mail: info@skin-renaissance.com to find out if PRP is right for you. Frankly, everyone can benefit from this treatment!

Dermapen Treatment Round 2

Dermapen Treatment Round 2 - Getting Even Better! Hi Everyone. You know what they say about the pain of child birth (no, no, I’m not comparing the actual pain of child birth)? How when you’re in the moment, you clearly remember the pain but after a few weeks (okay maybe a few months) you totally forget what the pain was like and you’re willing to endure that process again? Well, I have great news! While I recall (and believe I stated to all of you) what the pain was like for the first Dermapen treatment, round 2 was MUCH LESS PAINFUL... for 2 main reasons.

First, Aundrea applied the numbing cream to my face twice. Second, and this one’s a doozy, Dr. Brown injected novocaine in my upper lip and chin area. Hallelujah! The lip and chin area are probably the most sensitive (aside from the forehead), so when Dr. Brown used one of the deepest levels of the Dermapen on my upper lip, I was doing a major happy dance. I felt NOTHING. Now, I’m not going to sugar coat it....the blessing and the curse of the novocaine is that it works almost immediately in numbing the area but it also wears off pretty quickly. I say this because I don’t want to provide any illusions that the total process was pain-free. Remember...no pain, no gain. By the third Dermapen pass I would say the pain was not fabulous, but tolerable. However, just like the first time, once the treatment was over, it felt like a mild sunburn with no pain.

Let me tell you, the second treatment is SO WORTH IT! I thought the first treatment made a difference in my skin (my skin looked a bit fuller). There’s a reason you see in fine print a minimum of 3 treatments recommended. For those of you who really know Dr. Brown, you know this is a woman who does not try and gouge her patients. If she feels you aren’t ready for your next Botox treatment, she will tell you (I know this first hand). My point being, if Dr. Brown feels you only need 2 treatments, she will tell you. But having experienced the second treatment you definitely need a minimum of 2.

So if you’re still unsure if Dermapen is right for you, it’s worth the time to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Brown.

Thank you Dr. Brown for really taking care of me and providing me with great results!

Randi

Dermapen Really Works!

Hi Everyone. I am a client of Dr. Brown’s but I am also her online marketer. I mention this because as Dr. Brown and I were discussing her new treatment, Dermapen, I told her I was very interested in trying it and would be willing to write about my experience afterwards. I think it’s important for clients to be able to read first hand someone’s experience with a new treatment and especially one that looks possibly painful. So there’s good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad news first....this procedure is uncomfortable. Now, when I say uncomfortable, what I’m really saying is, if you want Dr. Brown to go super deep in the dermis, it’s going to be more painful. I am truly of the belief that without pain there is no gain. You cannot expect for any procedure to lightly touch the surface of your skin and “poof!” you’re going to look years younger. You want younger skin, you have to earn it. And let me tell you....I earned it. The good news is the pain doesn’t last long. Once the procedure is done the pain is virtually gone. Now, are you going to look frightening for a few days? Yes. But I am not kidding when I say, on Day 1 I looked like I belonged in a leper colony and by Day 4 my skin was not only back to 100% normal but it looked FABULOUS! It was that quick.

I’m going to back up so you can understand the full treatment process. While I don’t have acne scars, my skin was definitely showing signs of aging (fine lines above my lips, crows feet, lines on my cheeks, etc.). While some of these “issues” can be resolved through fillers, none of them can offer that youthful glow of fresh skin. When I came into the office, Aundrea, who is so fabulous, took me into the Shangri-La room (I call it that because I love the mini waterfall fountain in there) and she administered a microdermabrasion procedure on my face. The purpose was to get rid of the all the superficial dead skin cells and prepare my skin for battle. After Aundrea sluffed off all the dead skin cells, she applied a thin layer of numbing cream. Let me say right now, don’t be a hero. You MUST use this numbing cream. I recently saw a disgusting video where Kim Kardashian did something called a blood facial (horrific name) and Kim refused numbing cream. No one gets an award for enduring unnecessary pain.

I sat in the Shangri-La room for around 30 minutes and then Dr. Brown took me into her treatment room. I told her it was okay to use the Dermapen on its highest setting because the higher the number the deeper it penetrates the skin and the more significant the results. Keep in mind that for best results it’s suggested to have 3-6 treatments of the Dermapen. If you are looking for cost effective measures, you would be wise to have 3 intense treatments vs. 6 light treatments.

When they say there is a price to beauty, they (whoever “they” are) means it. If you are not willing to endure some pain, don’t expect big results. All I can tell you is my face looks great!

If you are reading this, chances are very good you’ve had one or more treatments from Dr. Brown. She is truly an amazing woman and is so caring and concerned about all of her patients.

If you’re on the fence about Dermapen, I am happy to answer any questions you may have. You can email me at randi@thesocialcalling.com or if you want to email Christie, she can pass along your questions as well.

I hope this helps give you a REAL perspective on this fabulous new treatment!