How Halo Helped One Client Look and Feel Less Tired

“I was tired of looking so tired.”—Michele M., Glenview

When Michele Messenger of Glenview first came to Halo, she had some concerns. She was worried the treatments would hurt badly and that they’d be expensive. Or worse, she’d end up looking fake after all was said and done.

Fortunately, Michele’s experience was nothing of the sort. She had three Halo laser treatments, as well as PRP to the face and neck, and she says the treatments helped her look and feel better.

“Even after the first [treatment], I just felt like I wasn’t as tired,” she says. “And it felt like the right thing for me. I didn’t want anything that was too invasive. I didn’t want anything that was going to take a lot of time. I don’t wear a lot of makeup. I’m almost a no-maintenance kind of a person. So it just felt like the right thing for me. ”

Initially, Michele opted for some injections, but then realized she was worried about the pain. The last thing we want is for our clients to do something they are uncomfortable with, so we recommended PRP instead. Michele says she likes that we understood that and didn’t try to push her into anything she wasn’t comfortable with.

Thrilled with the Results

Michele couldn’t be happier with how the treatments turned out. “I really feel I got the results I was looking for. I think I look more refreshed,” she says. “I feel so much better. I look in the mirror, and I’m so happy.”

More specifically, Michele is incredibly happy with how her neck area turned out. “I cannot believe the difference in my neck,” she says. “[The improvement to] my neck and jowls has been huge. It’s smoother – the wrinkles have disappeared. It’s tighter. My neck is much, much tighter.”

Michele says that the people around her noticed the positive changes, too. After three laser sessions and one PRP treatment, “people were like, ‘What happened? You look so rested. You look great. What are you doing?'”

“This is just what I was looking for,” Michele says. “I feel like it was just natural…I’m just not so tired looking.”

Great Care Throughout the Treatments

In addition to the great results, Michele likes how Halo showed that we care. She felt we took the time to explain the treatments, which helped her understand what was happening along the way. And while there was downtime after her treatments, she knew what to expect from that as well.

“I was really impressed with the care,” she says. “I really do feel like they care and that it was important to them that I be happy with my results.”

Going forward, she’s planning to consult with Dr. B again to see what she suggests for maintenance and follow-up treatments.  “It’s not a one and done,” says Michele. “You do need to keep it up. I felt like they were honest with that. If you get a few, you get better results. It wasn’t like you need six. I got three.”

She has recommended others to Halo, but has noticed that some individuals are concerned about the pain—just like she was at the beginning.

She addresses their fear with a positive, “Go! Just try it!”

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How PRP Therapy Helped One Client ‘Feel Great Inside and Out’

“Dr. B. has helped me feel great inside and out. This may be the best I have ever felt. Everything she recommends is grounded in science, which I really like.” —Holly Shoumake

You could say that Holly Shoumake is the “face” of Halo Medicine as she works at Halo’s front desk, but she also has had a PRP face lift with beautiful results. Holly wants to share her experience, because she is so happy with the benefits of PRP therapy.

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma and is a part of a category of medicine called Regenerative Medicine. In simple terms, the process involves taking a small amount of your blood, concentrating your blood’s platelets, and then injecting the resulting platelet-rich plasma into an area of your body in need of regeneration.

Why Holly Chose PRP Therapy for Herself

Holly first became intrigued with PRP by witnessing the results in Dr. Banerjee’s clients. “I talked with happy clients daily who showed me before and after pictures with noticeably younger looking faces or thicker hair,” she says. “They looked fantastic. I got interested in the procedure and asked Dr. Banerjee about it.”

Dr. Banerjee explained to Holly that she uses PRP therapy to perform non-invasive face lifts, breast lifts, hair regrowth or to improve incontinence and sexual function. After careful evaluation, Holly decided to proceed with several areas of PRP therapy, including PRP for face lift and hair regrowth.

How PRP Therapy Works

PRP Therapy begins with a simple blood draw that takes under five minutes. After the platelet-rich plasma is prepared, Dr. Banerjee injects it through a micro-needle into multiple places at the site of treatment. Holly said the procedure was not painful at all, because the areas were numbed.

After treatment, it takes 4-6 weeks to start to see the results for the PRP face lift and 6-8 months to see the full impact of the PRP hair regrowth. The results last for up to 18 months. It has been several months since Holly’s therapy, and she feels she is seeing an excellent response.

Holly Sees and Feels Results

It took about a month for Holly to see the results on her face. People she knows started to comment that she looked younger and really refreshed—rejuvenated. She had not told many people about the procedure, which made it all the more validating that friends were noticing. Holly noted, “At about the 6 month mark, my husband looked at me one morning and asked if I had another procedure done. He was really seeing a difference! PRP therapy results get better and better over those first 6 months.”

PRP stimulates the body’s natural collagen production, which is the “scaffolding” for skin. The additional, stronger scaffolding helps to reduce the skin’s laxity and reverse damage that contributes to wrinkles. Holly’s face looks smoother and tighter, while appearing very natural. Dr. Banerjee’s philosophy is to help her clients look their best, and she carefully counsels them on expected outcomes of treatment options. Holly has also started to see new hair growth and is excited about achieving the full results in the future.

During her career, Holly has worked closely with other physicians in medical practices, but none have impacted her life like Dr. Banerjee. As a double board-certified MD, Dr. Banerjee truly understands the human body and her client’s needs. “Dr. B. has helped me feel great inside and out. This may be the best I have ever felt. Everything she recommends is grounded in science, which I really like,” explains Holly. “I am really happy I did PRP therapy and feel lucky to work with Dr. Banerjee every day.”

Learn more about PRP Therapy or contact us today to schedule a consultation.

PRP Injections for wrinkles?

Dermal fillers and injectables like BOTOX and Dysport can do wonders to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, but what if you want something to treat other signs of aging, like changes in skin tone and texture that can leave your face looking worn and tired? If that sounds appealing to you, PRP injection could be a good solution.

What is PRP?

Blood is composed of many elements, including red and white blood cells, plasma (the liquid portion of blood) and platelets. Platelets in turn contain important growth factors that help skin heal after being damaged. PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, an enriched blood product that’s made from your own blood and contains five times – or more – the normal number of platelets.

In PRP injections, a sample of your own blood is processed to concentrate the number of platelets. Then this concentrated product is reinjected throughout the face to promote a natural healing response that helps reduce the damage caused by aging, restructuring skin so it looks and feels more resilient. If that treatment sounds familiar, you might know it by its “other” name – the vampire facial – made popular after celebrity Kim Kardashian went public with her own treatments a few years ago.

Once PRP is injected into your skin, it stimulates the production of collagen to form a stronger scaffolding for skin to reverse damage and reduce laxity that contributes to wrinkles and changes in texture. One of the main advantages of PRP injection is that because it uses your own blood, there’s no risk of allergic reactions that can occur with other types of injectables.

PRP injections use very thin needles so discomfort is minimized, and treatments take under a half hour to complete. Afterwards, your skin may appear pinkish or sunburned for two or three days. You should begin to see initial results in about a month as new collagen forms.

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Halo Laser and Aesthetic Medicine is a top-ranked provider of PRP cosmetic dermatology treatments for men and women. To learn if PRP is right for you, schedule an evaluation today.