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PRP Case Study: "This May Be the Best I've Ever Felt"

You could say that Holly Shoumake is the “face” of Halo Medicine because she works at our front desk. But she's also had a PRP Facelift with beautiful results. Because she's so happy with the results she's seen, Holly wants to share her experience with PRP therapy.

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.”

What is 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.

At Halo, we use PRP therapy to:

  • Perform non-invasive face lifts and breast lifts.
  • Spur hair regrowth.
  • Improve incontinence.
  • Boost sexual function for woman and men.

After careful evaluation, Holly decided to proceed with multiple areas of PRP therapy, including PRP for facelift 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 facelift and 6-8 months to see the full impact of the PRP hair regrowth. The results last for up to 18 months.

Holly Sees and Feels Results

It has been several months since Holly’s therapy, and she says she's seeing an excellent response. After about a month, Holly could see the results on her face. Even better, 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.

“At about the 6-month mark, my husband looked at me one morning and asked if I had another procedure done," she recalls. "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.

At Halo Medicine, our philosophy is to help our clients look their best, and Dr. Banerjee carefully counsels each client on the 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.

“Dr. B. has helped me feel great inside and out," Holly says. "This may be the best I have ever felt. Everything she recommends is grounded in science, which I really like. I am really happy I did PRP therapy.”

Is PRP Right for Me?

PRP is one of our most popular services and has helped clients like:

If you're interested in PRP, we invite you to schedule a free consultation with Dr. B by calling us at 847-260-7300 or using our online appointment request system.


Who Has Used PRP Therapy?

PRP treatment has gained widespread recognition in the sports with athletes like Tiger woods being treated several times following knee surgery, and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers received PRP therapy prior to winning Super Bowl XLIII.

It’s been the talk of the town in Hollywood with many high-profile actors and actresses successfully undergoing PRP cosmetic treatments.

What is the History of PRP?

PRP is Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy. Although an emerging technology and technique in sports medicine, it has been used since the mid-1990’s in dental, orthopedics, sports medicine, oral surgery to aid in soft tissue recovery following plastic surgery.

PRP has evolved and now being successfully being used as a “NATURAL” holistic alternative to cosmetic facial injections, facial fillers (Liquid face lift), for hair restoration, breast lift, treatment for incontinence, erectile dysfunction and much more.

How is PRP Administered?
PRP therapy, which takes about 20 minutes to administer, begins with collection of 30-60 milliliters of the patient’s blood depending on the procedure. The sample blood is then separated by spinning it in a centrifuge for up to 30 minutes. This process results in the platelet-rich plasma, which is rich in growth factors.

Platelets function as a natural reservoir for growth factors that are essential to repair injured tissues. The growth factors that the platelets secrete stimulate tissue recovery by increasing collagen production, enhancing tendon stem cell proliferation, and tenocyte-related gene and protein expression. These growth factors also stimulate blood flow and cause cartilage to become more firm and resilient. PRP activates tenocytes to proliferate quickly and produce collagen to repair injured tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and muscles.

Does the PRP Treatment Hurt?
The majority of PRP treatments are done with topical numbing for an hour and you will not feel anything. We numb the treatment area and in some cases do a nerve block to minimize the discomfort / sensation experienced by some. Average feelings last no more than 3 (three) minutes.

How Long Does PRP Treatment Last?
Although results vary by client, most PRP procedures last anywhere from 18 months to 3 years.

What Are the Side Effects?
Typically, there are no side effects because the procedure is done with your own blood/plasma. The worst we’ve seen and heard reports of is that the first treatment may not be very effective for a small number of patients.

However, because needles are used to do the injections, there is a possibility of bruising.

We always advise reviewing your medications with the Halo Team and stopping all supplements, including fish oils, 1 week prior to any PRP treatment.

Can I Do More than 1 Treatment Within a Year?
Yes, PRP can be done any time in an untreated area. For areas that have been treated, remember that results are not immediate. We advise our clients to wait 3-6 months before assessing results.

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