Q: How do your procedures rejuvenate skin?
A: We use micro needling to allow the growth factors from PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) or stem cells to gain access to the blood flow to the skin to help increase the amount of collagen in the skin.
Q: What is PRP?
A: PRP, platelet rich plasma, is produced by drawing a small amount of blood. It is then centrifuged to remove the red blood cells. Then it is processed to concentrate the platelets in a small amount of plasma and activate them.
Q: Do you use stem cells or PRP from cadavers or other sources?
A: No, we only use your own tissue — for reasons of safety and efficacy
Q: Are your procedures FDA approved?
A: Yes, we follow strict FDA guidelines for our procedure. In fact, I recently participated in the FDA stem cell national workshop in Washington DC.
Q: Are there any risks?
A: Any procedure has a theoretical risk of infection. However, we have never had one nor seen one reported, and no patient has had an adverse event of any kind outside of the mild transient faciaI soreness - akin to a mild sunburn.
Q: Why use microneedling and not injection with needles?
A: Two Reasons. First superficial microneedling is exceedingly safe and nearly painless. Secondly, we have had excellent results with microneedling and have no reason to have our patients incur the extra pain and risk of injection with needles.
Q: Why don't you use pharmaceutical compounds/drugs in your procedures?
A: Same two reasons. First, all drugs have a possibility of reactions, and some severe side effects have been reported. Second, we do not believe we can improve our results by using them.
Q: Is sedation required?
A: No. We use only a mild topical anesthetic to numb the skin. No sedation is needed and we specifically avoid the use of drugs because they bring their own risks and side effects.