Introduction to PRP
The Fountain of Youth has been long-saught after for eons, dating as far back as the 5th century BC; wars have been fought and lives have been lost just trying to find the location of eternal youth. While this ideal will most likely forever remain a mystery, the truth is, science has found a healing and restorative power that’s been inside of you all along! Your blood contains so many incredible properties that have so many uses, from saving a life to identifying your ancestors, but it’s also made up of platelets, which can do some amazing things by themselves. At Aesthetics Med Spa in Lansing, MI, we are incredibly excited to offer our patients PRP therapy.
What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma consists of two elements: plasma, or the liquid portion of blood, and platelets, a type of blood cell that plays an important role in healing throughout the body. Platelets contain growth factors that can trigger cell reproduction and stimulate tissue regeneration or healing in the treated area. Platelet-rich plasma is simply blood that contains more platelets than normal. To create platelet-rich plasma, we draw your blood and place it into a centrifuge that rapidly spins the blood sample and, separates the blood from the platelets.
At Aesthetics Med Spa we use PRP for:
- Post Moxi
- Post Microneedling
- Post RF Microneedling
- Facial injections
- Hair Restoration
- Chronic joint pain
PRP Joint Injections
Joint pain and arthritis can be debilitating experiences for so many people out there, and while it tends to affect the elderly mostly, any age can begin to experience this condition. Thankfully, just as it can help your skin heal and your hair regrows, PRP is now being used for joint injections. When injected directly into the joint, there can be a huge reduction in pain, better joint function, and even possibly slow down, halt, or repair the cartilage damage.
The only real downside for PRP Joint Injections is that they may not work for everyone, however, this is true with many osteoarthritis treatments. While PRP is not a “cure-all”, there have been many studies that show it can provide potential success with very minimal risk involved. If you suffer from any kind of joint pain and are interested in giving this treatment a shot, please schedule your consultation with Dr. Ronan today!
What are the Benefits of PRP?
Some of the incredible benefits that our Lansing PRP patients have found from their treatments include:
Who are the Best Candidates for PRP?
The best candidates for PRP therapy in Lansing are those who have some of the following qualities:
- Early to mid-degeneration
- Failure with more conservative treatment methods
- Interference with daily living due to pain or lack of mobility
- Maintain realistic expectations from their treatment
- Overall good health
What’s the First Step?
The first step in getting PRP therapy in Lansing is to schedule your consultation at Aesthetics MedSpa. When you come in for this appointment, you will be able to meet with Dr. Ronan and express your desires and concerns about the treatment. You will receive an examination of the area you’re looking to treat and ask you questions regarding your medical history to find out if you are a viable candidate or not. We are completely discreet and confidential with the information that you provide. These questions are for your health and safety, so you must be open and honest when discussing your history. After he has all of the information he needs, Dr. Ronan will create your treatment plan, and if you agree with him, then you schedule your procedure date with our Patient Coordinator.
What to Expect on the Day of PRP
Depending on what you are getting treatment for, the treatment will be slightly different, but regardless of what you are coming for, we will begin by drawing your blood to get the PRP. After cleaning and sanitizing the area of withdrawal, we will take just the right amount of blood for the treatment (about one to two ounces). Then the vial is placed in a centrifuge where it will separate the platelet-rich plasma from the rest of your blood, which is then extracted. The microneedling device we use will then be used to prick your skin making tiny holes to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Finally, the PRP is applied to this area of skin to enhance the production and healing process.
We will first make strategic injections of the PRP into various locations around your scalp, then, use a microneedling tool to stimulate your hair growth. This will not only encourage the production of your hair follicles but also create a faster healing process. Before you leave, we might take a little more of the PRP and apply it on top of the treated area for additional stimulation. During recovery, it is very important to avoid using any ice packs or cold compresses to alleviate any potential pain on your scalp as the extreme temperature can create a negative reaction. Although aging and natural hair loss are inevitable, this treatment is a long-lasting one that will let you enjoy the results for years to come.
We will apply a topical numbing ointment to the treatment area to make your experience slightly more pleasant. Then with a syringe containing your PRP, we will inject it directly into joints that are in pain. While you may feel slightly sore and tender in the treated areas for a few days, you should gradually notice movement and comfort increasing over the next few weeks. While every patient will have a different reaction to the PRP injection, most clinical studies show that the treatment can last up to about nine months. If you begin to notice negative effects after this period, we will be happy to have another consultation with you to determine if this is a treatment you should try again.
After your treatment, we will apply a serum to help soothe any redness or irritation before we send you home. You may feel comfortable enough to drive yourself home, but we suggest finding a ride from a family member or friend just in case. You may experience some redness and signs of minor irritation for the next few days, but you should try to avoid using too many products on your skin to help the recovery process.
If you feel comfortable enough, you should be able to return to work or school the very next day. You will want to stay away from alcohol-based products and exfoliants during the initial recovery stage, and protect yourself from the sun using quality sunscreen. Until your skin is completely healed (about 72 hours), you will also need to avoid activities that cause excessive sweating or heat production. Sweating can cause additional irritation and rigorous activities can risk swelling and bruising.
How Much Does PRP Cost in Lansing, MI?
The cost of PRP in Lansing is completely dependent on what condition you are trying to treat, the surface area being treated, and several other factors. After meeting with Dr. Ronan for your consultation and the two of you working on a procedure plan, our Patient Coordinator will be able to use the information to provide you with a cost breakdown for your treatment.
Why Choose Us?
Dr. Arthur Ronan, D.O., has been practicing medicine in the Lansing area for over 20 years and has been performing cosmetic injections for over 10 years. As a Boards Certified Family Physician trained in dermatology and cosmetic surgery, Dr. Ronan strives to provide his patients with a healthy and happy lifestyle. He is adamant about educating and training his staff and patients to provide the best possible treatments and results. As a member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American MedSpa Association (AmSpa), Dr. Ronan tries to dedicate his time to providing both prevention and wellness.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are in the Lansing area and are interested in the many properties of PRP, call up Aesthetics MedSpa and schedule your consultation with our team! You can reach us at 517 574 4655, or go through our website to request an appointment today.
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“ I have been seeing Dr. Ronan for Botox for migraines for years. Due to my Moyamoya disease nothing takes my pain away completely but the injections do help. He is great, and his staff is very nice. He is also my husband’s general practitioner. He is a wonderful doctor and a very nice person.”
- Lisa K.
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