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Natural Aesthetics from Vitality by Kingdom Health & Wellness in Cape Girardeau

Aesthetics are commonly associated with fillers and Botox injections, and while these both have impressive results and benefits, there are other aesthetic procedures that are one hundred percent natural.

Commonly known as PRP, platelet rich plasma, is a natural aesthetic solution that comes directly from your blood. The use of PRP has been coined by the media and beauty industry as the ‘vampire facial.’  PRP is derived from separating the platelet rich plasma from the rest of the blood and injecting it into various places throughout the face. Platelets are tiny fragments of cells that are rich in multiple growth factors that initiate wound healing.

What is PRF?

PRF is sometimes referred to as ‘liquid gold’ because of its powerful regeneration abilities. PRF can, directly and indirectly, regenerate skin and other tissue by attracting stem cells and fibroblasts that initiate a complex healing cascade. The result of PRF is more collagen and hyaluronic acid, two substances that we naturally lose with age. Collagen forms the framework of the skin, giving it integrity while hyaluronic acid fills the space between the cells and fibres, giving it volume. With more integrity and volume, the skin appears as it did at a younger age. PRF therapy has been used for its regenerative capacity for many years in sports medicine, dentistry, plastic surgery, dermatology and aesthetics.

PRF vs PRP Facials

Platelet Rich Fibrin, or PRF, is a newer take on PRP. It is a similar treatment, except for how the blood is prepared (slower speed and no anticoagulants). This preparation results in more intact platelets, and the fibrin matrix is maintained without the anticoagulant. The fibrin matrix acts like a web that holds on to the platelets. The platelets are released more slowly, over 7-10 days into the area where the PRF is injected. This slower release of growth factors initiates a healing cascade that takes place over the next couple of months.  One of the benefits of PRF versus PRP treatments is less bruising as no anticoagulant is used. Kingdom Health & Wellness has chosen PRF as its preferred treatment option.

One of my favourite uses for PRF is its combination with micro-needling. It is well established that a series of micro-needling treatments can improve the texture, appearance and thickness of the skin. New research shows an additional benefit when PRF is micro-needled right into the skin. There have been some remarkable split-face studies that compare the use of micro-needling alone versus micro-needling with PRF/PRP to treat acne scarring. While both treatments significantly improve the appearance of participants’ skin, there is a significant improvement on the side of the face that received the combined treatment.

PRF has minimal risk of side effects; some of those side effects may include bruising, swelling and mild pain at the injection sites. However, this is significantly reduced with topical anesthetic, ice, and arnica to speed the recovery.

This personalized anti-aging practice is explicitly tailored to each individual as it uses your body’s growth factors in a smart way to stimulate regeneration where it is desired. As with all treatments, results may vary. Be sure to book an appointment with your Kingdom Provider and discuss how this treatment may be right for you.

PRF vs Botox®

Botox is Botulinum toxin, one of the most poisonous biological substances known, is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In 2002, the FDA approved the use of Botox® (Botulinum toxin-A) for the cosmetic purpose of temporarily reducing glabeller forehead frown lines. That is less than 20 years ago!

Long-term Botox Could Affect More Than Your Forehead

A quick look online will find stories about lasting paralysis, issues with mood, or even feeling the sickness of a genuine poisoning, but nearly anything can be found out “on the interwebs”. Medical research has our back, thankfully. In the last 10 years, studies have shown  some unwanted effects of Botox treatment. At Cardiff University, a psychologist found an association with the use of Botox for crow’s feet (“laugh lines”) and increased feelings of depression. At the University of Wisconsin Madison, a researcher is looking into peripheral side effects with nerves in other parts of the body.

Some studies have associated the use of Botox in certain muscles with negative effects (including a fascinating study from the University of Zurich that linked the treatments to a rewiring of the brain’s mapping of nerves in the hands.

Lifestyle and diet are fantastic. And, at the end of the day, if you are interested in some of the alternative and more medically intensive treatments to bring out your inner beauty without Botox, you have options worth considering. Let’s address a few of them.

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