Mesotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that targets problem areas to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, cellulite and small fat deposits as well as promote a healthy complexion and the regrowth of hair. It can also be utilized to promote healing in sports medicine related injuries. The medicine delivered in the micro-injection is highly specific to the problem being treated and may include homeopathics, nutrients, growth factors or pharmaceuticals.Dr. Wardwell performs these procedures in the context of an overall integrative medicine consultation and uses his knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Functional medicine to treat the underlying imbalances in nutrition and lifestyle that can lead to these types of aesthetic problems.
Platelet Rich Plasma
One of the most popular means of facial rejuvenation uses the growth factors from a patient’s own blood. A small amount of the patient’s blood is drawn and put into a sterile container in a centrifuge, which spins the blood in order to separate the different components. The plasma that contains the growth factors is drawn into a syringe and used as the solution for injecting into specific areas for rejuvenation. Dr. Wardwell also uses the (PRPen) to microneedle the platelet rich plasma into the skin in a painless procedure that allows for a very even application. The growth factors contained in the plasma stimulate stem cells in that area to begin differentiating into new tissue.
This therapy has a wide array of aesthetic applications including: Face and neck rejuvenation, sun spots, scars, stretch marks, hair regrowth and more. Platelet Rich Plasma can also be used for a wide array of musculoskeletal conditions to aid the healing process.
Not all systems for deriving PRP from the blood are the same. Dr. Wardwell’s system reliably achieves a platelet count over 1 million per cubic microliter. He also utilizes a procedure to make a cleaner PRP by further removing other red and white blood cells that may inhibit stem cells and contain iron, which may be harmful to the skin.
The Dream Facial involves amniotic membrane derived growth factors to stimulate regeneration the skin, collagen and subcutaneous fat. Amniotic membrane is unique in that it contains a connective tissue matrix and hyaluronic acid that helps to provide a biologic scaffolding for intra-dermal and sub-dermal growth. The solution is placed over the face and a dermal pen is used to push the amniotic membrane into the desired areas. I often find amniotic membrane to be more hydrating than using platelet rich plasma alone.
Biocellular Facial Rejuvenation
Biocellular Facial Rejuvenation utilizes adipose derived stem cells and growth factors to regenerate collagen and restore volume that has atrophied with age.The adipose is derived by a mini-liposuction procedure that removes a small amount of fat from just beneath the skin. That fat is then micronized through a series of filters so that it can be injected through an acupuncture size needle into the dermal and subcutaneous layers of the face. To work on fine lines and the superficial layers of the skin, the solution is placed on the skin and a dermal pen is used to exfoliate and penetrate the first 2mm of skin. A local anesthetic is used for both the liposuction and injection part of the procedure so there is minimal discomfort.
Biocellular Facial Rejuvenation is the ideal aesthetic procedure because it regenerates the tissue that is responsible for the appearance of aging. Most aesthetic procedures fake this effect by paralyzing the muscles or injecting fillers to create the illusion of healthy collagen and fat that provide volume to the face. Lasers can create an unnatural wind swept look and do not address the deeper layers of fat atrophy. A face lift simply pulls sagging skin back across the atrophied area, which can look unnatural. Biocellular Facial Rejuvenation is more of a Space Lift, where filling in volume in the areas of atrophy lifts the face back to its natural position. Biocellular Facial Rejuvenation can be used to treat the face, neck, decollete, breast, hands, and any scars on the skin of the body.