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by Natausha Spears, R.N. Organic living and herbal remedies have become increasingly popular in the last decade as many Americans are become more aware of the benefits of healthy living. Increased awareness of healthy living has also increased the appeal of letting the body heal the body. ue to the rise in lifestyle education and wider availability, the platelet rich plasma or PRP facial has become very popular lately. Kim Kardashian tweeted the above photo folowing her PRP treatment in March. The platelet rich plasma / PRP facial uses patients own blood platelets to help tissues heal and regenerate cells. Platelet rich plasma, when injected into specific areas of the skin, acts as a cellular matrix that promotes collagen growth, tissue repair, and acts to naturally change skin texture. PRP can also help with redness, acne scarring, pore size, brown spots, and overall skin health. The time involved for this procedure is minimal, and there’s virtually no downtime. First, a small amount of blood is drawn from the arm and the different components of the blood sample are separated by centrifugation. The platelets and the fluid plasma are isolated. This process yields platelet rich plasma, PRP. This plasma now contains a higher than normal concentration of platelets. Platelet rich plasma is applied to the face after using a derma roller on the skin, which causes tiny punctures that allow the platelet rich plasma to seep into the skin through the puncture sites. Once the rolling process is complete, the remaining PRP is injected into the skin at a deeper level, helping to enhance the results even more. Because PRP is a naturally occurring substance in the body, the risk of allergic reaction and adverse events associated with the procedure is minimal. However, PRP is not for everyone. People who take anti-inflammatory drugs on a regular basis or have platelet disorders are not good candidates for the procedure. Anti-inflammatory medications reduce platelet counts, and will limit the visible results. Some redness and mild bruising can occur. 22

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Results typically can be seen three to four weeks following treatment. However, most people require two to three sessions, spaced 6 weeks apart to achieve the full results. PRP is not a procedure that takes the place of dermal fillers. PRP directly affects the skin’s texture, whereas dermal filler replaces volume where it has been lost due to age. Although some people may experience a reduction in fine lines with PRP, its primary use is correcting skin texture and related issues. Injectable Aesthetics offers free consultations, and can discuss whether this procedure is right for you. (405) 285-0625. Natausha Spears is an aesthetic nurse, who has been in the cosmetic industry for over 13 years. She’s had the opportunity to work with several physicians and medical spas, learning from some of the leading aesthetic physicians in the industry Natausha is currently an ACE certified speaker and trainer for Allergan and she is also a national educator and trainer for DentaSpa Seminars, as well as other nationally recognized cosmetic companies. Natausha travels all over the country, training multiple-specialty physicians and dentists, as well as physician assistants and nurses. She herself has performed more than 10,000 Botox procedures during her career in non-surgical aesthetics. She is a Board Member for the International Academy of Aesthetic Facial Academics (IAAFA), as well as a member of the Association of the Medical Esthetic Nurse, and the American Aesthetic Nursing Association

Thrive Oklahoma Magazine, May/June 2014  

Oklahoma's guide for health and wellness. Find cutting edge healthcare options, including concierge medicine, Jesus Shot, barre3 fitness exp...

Thrive Oklahoma Magazine, May/June 2014  

Oklahoma's guide for health and wellness. Find cutting edge healthcare options, including concierge medicine, Jesus Shot, barre3 fitness exp...

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