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Nature’s Facial and Joint Rejuvenation Therapy

May 01, 2012 05:26AM ● By Patrick McCabe, ARNP

Orthomolecular Nutrition & Wellness Center has been administering Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for years, and is showing exciting results with sport injuries and facial rejuvenation. This amazing, non-surgical treatment can relieve pain, promote permanent healing and avert the need for surgery. PRP is also revolutionizing the treatment of acute and chronic pain.


What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

PRP is a byproduct of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain super-physiologic quantities of bioactive proteins (growth factors) that assist the body in tissue regeneration and healing. They also function to recruit more growth factors to the injury site. Therefore, the more growth factors sequestered into the injury site, the more cells stimulated to produce new host tissue. Based on this principle, PRP is utilized to stimulate a supra-physiologic release of growth factors to accelerate connective tissue healing, tendon and ligament regeneration and repair.

Before playing in all four professional golf majors, Tiger Woods received four injections of PRP in his left knee following surgery in 2009. PRP injections in his elbow may have been the reason that Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, Takashi Saito, was able to return to the mound for the 2008 Major League Baseball playoffs.

First used in cardiac surgery in 1987, physicians discovered that platelets had strong healing properties. They began experimenting with skin and bone grafts, further exploring the soft tissue and bone regeneration effects. Today, Orthomolecular Nutrition & Wellness Center is using PRP and achieving outstanding results on conditions involving:

Achilles Tendon


Shoulder (such as rotator cuff tears and inflammation)

Plantar Fascia

Elbow (inflammation, e.g. tennis elbow)

Ankle (sprains and tears)


Ligaments (such as anterior and medial meniscus damage)

Knees (meniscus injuries)

How Does PRP Therapy Work? 

To prepare PRP, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge device to separate the different blood elements from the platelet rich plasma. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes, and concentrates the platelets and growth factors. Then, the PRP is injected into the damaged area, stimulating the tendon or ligament inflammation or tear to heal. As a result, new collagen begins to develop. As this collagen matures, it promotes the tightening and strengthening of the tendons or ligaments in the damaged area.


Regenerating Tissue Therapy

Research studies and clinical practice have shown PRP to be very effective. Both ultrasound and MRI images have shown definitive tissue repair after treatment, confirming the healing process. The need for surgery may be reduced or avoided by treating injured tissues before the damage progresses and the condition is irreversible.

The human body has a natural ability to heal itself. The body’s first response to soft tissue injury is to deliver platelet cells. Packed with growth and healing factors, platelets initiate the repair process and attract the critical assistance of stem cells. Using this natural mechanism, PRP intensifies the body’s efforts by delivering a higher concentration of platelets to the damaged area.

Patients treated with PRP have shown significant improvement in their pain and ability to function. Since your own blood is used, there is no risk of a transmissible infection. PRP is performed in a sterile, office-based environment and does not require general anesthesia or hospitalization. Because PRP helps to resolve pain through healing, it provides lasting results. Initial improvement may be seen within a few weeks or sooner, gradually increasing as the healing progresses. Usually three to five treatments are needed to get a full recovery.


Why Use PRP for Facial Rejuvenation?

Aging of the skin leads to deterioration and damage characterized by sagging, thinning of the skin, puffiness, aging spots, and wrinkling of the forehead, cheeks, and neck. Sun exposure worsens the process by solar-aging and UV irradiation, promoting vertical and horizontal facial wrinkles and body texture deterioration with time. The exciting new trend in anti-aging medicine is based on the regeneration of the patient’s own cells (autologous PRP).

The benefits of PRP Therapy for the face include a quantifiable improvement of skin complexion with visible changes noticeable in three to four weeks, especially on the forehead, cheeks, neck and the back of hands. PRP is not volumetric filler like Juvederm, but a biological cell therapy, utilizing the patient’s own plasma enriched cells, resulting in more desirable and longer lasting results.


To schedule your PRP Therapy today, call 727-518-9808 or go to for more details. See ad inside back cover.