Platelet Rich Plasma is here!

 Formally known as platelet-rich-plasma therapy (PRP), this technology of using your own natural blood plasma as an injectable is borrowed from the world of orthopedics, where it's used for the treatment of tendonitis primarily. Because tendons get very little blood, the idea is to speed healing by flooding the injured site with your own concentrated platelets, the tiny colorless bodies that release growth factors to repair tissue.

Savvy dermatologists and plastic surgeons decided to try PRP on wrinkles, since the growth factors it releases are the same ones that spur fibroblasts (the cells that make collagen) into action. While PRP has been FDA approved for orthopedic injuries, practitioners may legally administer it, off label, for cosmetic use. That's when Sharon Palm steps up! (Yes, I am brave for all the right reasons, ladies and gentlemen). You'll need to submit to a blood draw similar to donating blood. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the red and white blood cells, and a few minutes later, the platelet-enriched "broth" is ready. The PRP is then injected around your crow's feet, into the cheeks, into vertical lines around your mouth; even into wrinkles in the neck or décolleté! The results take about 6 weeks to manifest and have been found to last about a year. It's still hard to predict because the aesthetic use of PRP is still in it's infancy and published research is lean.

The difference between PRP and prepackaged fillers is that nothing is artifical - plasma is your own, safe, and naturally present in your body at all times. However, unlike with other filler, with PRP you have to be willing to wait for the change. In our experience, and in many of our patients' experiences with this technique, it has definitely been worth the wait.

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I have been a client of Sharon Palm for 2 years. She is definitely the best medical cosmetic practitioner I have experienced. I am a physician and have been to supposedly the "best of the best" plastic surgeons and dermatologists for injections of Botox and fillers. I was never quite pleased with the Botox and fillers I had received from these individuals. None of them could adequately fix the area around the mouth. Also, it was not until I went to Sharon that I had the DAO (depressor anguli oris) injected with Botox. This alone made a huge difference. Surpisingly, none of the physicians I had seen recommended this injection. Sharon has optimized the use of fillers and Botox to take years off my appearance. She has mastered the art of injectables which is second to none. Sharon is truly an expert in this field and she is tops in the nation. This latter statement is based on the fact that I had been to over a dozen physicians in major cities without a result anywhere close to what Sharon has been able to accomplish. I am now looking forward to her new RF laser for tightening skin. I am fortunate to have been referred to Sharon by a friend.

M.J., MD

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