PRP is short for platelet rich plasma. PRP is obtained from your own blood that is drawn at the office at the time of procedure. The PRP or platelet rich plasma part is obtained by spinning the blood to separate the plasma from the red blood cells and white blood cells. Additional separation yields platelet rich plasma from platelet poor plasma. This part of the blood draw – the platelet rich plasma – contains platelets and plasma which has numerous growth factors that work in the body to stimulate and enhance repair and growth after an injury.
During the winter months our skin is exposed to a less humid environment and cold temperatures. Outdoor activities can also expose skin to wind, as well as cold. These factors can lead to dry and cracked skin making it more prone to itch, discomfort and rash. Below are some great tips for keeping your skin in great condition despite the elements:
Laser Cocktail - A Customized Treatment - A Blend of Laser Ingredients to give you delicious results!
A laser “cocktail” is your personalized combination of treatments to help you achieve the best looking skin possible. At Charlotte Skin and Laser we routinely combine different non-invasive laser, light or energy treatments in the same session to achieve more out of each session.
So you’re all about leading a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly and tailoring your diet to healthier options that make you look and feel your best #goals. But with all of your hard work and lifestyle changes there still seems to be certain areas of your body that just don’t look the way you want them to. Whether you just can’t seem to get rid of that tummy pooch or are experiencing some loose skin in areas like your abdomen or back of your legs- you may just need a little boost to get you where you want to be.
We are all very familiar with the use of cosmetic fillers in areas like the cheeks to restore lost volume and create a more contoured effect or even the lips to achieve the ideal pout. But there are many other uses for dermal fillers to help patients achieve a more desirable appearance and regain self-confidence.
Here are 5 uses for filler you didn’t know about:
I wanted to have a Viveve treatment for one main reason – actually, two—twins!! With my double blessings came double trouble in the form of vaginal concerns, namely changes in the muscles of the vagina and surrounding tissues. Stress urinary incontinence was a big issue for me, where I was unable to sneeze, cough, laugh, or blow my nose without leakage. It was embarrassing! And seeing as I’m no spring chicken, I had some vaginal dryness, not to mention decreased sexual sensation and enjoyment, which bothered me as well.
Many of us felt fortunate to view the solar eclipse this week – either here in Charlotte or nearby areas that experienced 100% eclipse. The sight was amazing indeed. American Indian tribes across the country observe the eclipse in quiet contemplation as they anticipate renewal that this unique event is believed to bring. Many believe that the eclipse represents the sun dying and then coming back to life thus eclipse time is a time of renewal.
In honor of the eclipse, this week’s blog will discuss renewal for your skin. And for many - after a summer of sun filled days – a renewal is indeed desired:
All acne lesions start with what is called the micro-comedome which goes on to be a comedome or clogged pore. Comedomes form from upper skin cell layers sticking together and not sloughing off, thus blocking the pore and causing build up of oil and debris in the pore. These build ups can be "open comedomes" which often have a black surface and are known as blackheads, or they can be "closed comedomes" which look like tiny pimples that do not have a whitehead on them - like tiny, under the skin bumps. Until comedomes are treated and prevented, acne will persist.
The single best thing you can do for your skin is protect it from excessive sun exposure. For a day at the tournament I would recommend a minimum SPF of 30 – but not all sun blocks are created equal.