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Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): The Natural Skin Tightening Treatment You'll Love To Reduce Loose Skin And Dark Circles

Posted by Agnes Lussier-Dow NP-PHC on 28 April 2021
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP): The Natural Skin Tightening Treatment You'll Love To Reduce Loose Skin And Dark Circles

Feeling Confident In Your Skin Is An Important Part Of Ageing Well

As you age your body changes. Systems slow down and your body's ability to restore and heal itself is affected on a cellular level. For many women, some of the first noticeable signs of ageing are changes to the skin - dark circles under the eyes and loose skin on the neck and jawline being two of the most commonly reported changes. If these physical signs of ageing are causing you to feel uncomfortable or self-conscious about your appearance then they are detracting from your overall health and wellness. How you feel matters. For optimal wellness, you need to consider the body, mind, and spirit. All three aspects are connected and affect each other.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments offer a safe and natural way to reduce the physical signs of ageing while safeguarding your body from the hidden toxins found in so many off-the-shelf skincare products. PRP skin tightening treatments allow you to refresh your outer appearance and feel good about how you are doing it.
 

What is Autolagous Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy?

Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a natural, non-surgical personalized cell therapy treatment that uses your own blood platelets to stimulate collagen production, cell repair, tissue regeneration and cell growth.

In the comfort and safety of the clinic, 15 ml of your own blood is drawn from your vein into a sterile syringe. The syringe is placed in a centrifuge (a machine that spins at extremely high speeds) which separates and concentrates the platelets (and other beneficial growth factors) from the whole blood. That is then collected in a syringe and injected into the treatment site.

The whole process takes no more than 30 minutes, is virtually pain-free, and because the platelets are collected from your own blood (autologous means "of cells or tissues obtained from the same individual") it is exceptionally safe. To see optimal results for skin tightening or reduction of dark circles or puffy undereye skin (sometimes called "bags") most patients will receive 3 treatments done 30 days apart.
 

Agnes Lusier Dow Np-PHC in her Peterborough health and wellness clinic

What Makes PRP A Safer Option For Skin Tightening And Dark Circle Treatment?

Unfortunately, skincare products are often laden with hidden toxins. They may help you achieve the results you want externally, but there can be a cost to your health. Women are exposed to as many as 128 chemicals each day through their personal care products. Because companies aren't required to list everything in a product, your favourite undereye creams or shampoo may contain ingredients you would never choose to put on your body like:

  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates
  • Parabens
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • triclosan and
  • Benzophenone


While you are taking care of your body on the outside, these chemicals - specifically endocrine disrupting chemicals - can make their way into your system and cause all sorts of health issues.

Some of the most popular skincare products for women are "anti-ageing" skin tightening treatments and serums to elimintae those dark circles. If you are using these products daily, you may unknowingly be working against your health and wellness goals. This is why autologous PRP treatments are such a comparatively safe and natural option for treating loose skin and dark circles. With no synthetic additives used, autologous PRP relies on what nature gave you to heal you.

Why Do Women Experience Loose Skin And Dark Circles?

Leading up to and during menopause, women as young as 35 can experience lower collagen production, slower cell repair and a drop in estrogen levels. These things, in combination, can contribute to wrinkles, loose skin and dark circles under the eyes.

"As much as 30% of collagen can be lost in the first five years of menopause." - www.absolutecollagen.com

 

Chart showing the connection between estrogen and collagen as it affects the skin


How Does PRP Address The Root Causes Of Loose Skin, Dark Circles And Undereye Bags?

PRP treatments can help refresh and even reverse the effects of ageing by increasing the skin's firmness (by boosting collagen) and elasticity (by boosting elastin). This leads to tighter more supple skin, less pronounced "bags" under the eye and can help to reduce those dark circles, too. Simply put, Platelet Plasma is loaded with multiple growth factors that work together to act as a "powerhouse" for cellular regeneration and tissue growth.
 

Optimal Health Is More Than Skin Deep.

If you are noticing signs of ageing like loose skin or dark circles under your eyes and it is causing you to feel self-conscious about your outward appearance, you have options. Choosing skincare products that are transparent about their ingredients, like MONAT, will help to maintain your skin in the long term. Meanwhile, a series of PRP skin tightening treatments can kickstart a powerful regeneration that gets you visible results in only a few months. Because PRP treatments are minimally invasive and free from the hidden toxins in many off-the-shelf products, they are a safer and truly natural skincare option. Click here to learn more about PRP skin tightening treatments in Peterborough and book a consultation with me, Agnes Lusier Dow, NP-PHC.

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Restore Your Optimal Health This Winter With IV Therapy

Posted by Agnes Lussier-Dow NP-PHC on 7 November 2020
Restore Your Optimal Health This Winter With IV Therapy

Restore Your Optimal Health This Winter With IV Therapy

Here in Ontario, winters are long. The shorter days, colder temperatures, and changes to both our indoor and outdoor environments cause many people to fall out of balance and, consequently, to struggle with physical and emotional health issues. Feeling sluggish, depleted, emotionally low and coping with dull irritated skin are some of the most common complaints I see from my patients during the winter months. If you know that you are prone to these or other seasonal complaints, IV Therapy may be an appropriate treatment option that can allow you to take a preventative approach to your health and wellness now, before the winter sets in.

IV Therapy: A proactive approach to optimal health.

When you think of IV Therapy, likely you think of its use in hospitals to deliver fluids and medication to the very sick. While this is the traditional use of IV Therapy, its uses have evolved; one might even say transcended. What started out some 50 years ago as a rudimentary "cocktail" of vitamins and minerals, has now become a highly customizable and widely regarded preventative treatment.  IV Therapy is now effectively used to provide nutrition and targetted supplementation for preventative health and can support you in preventing or alleviating many conditions commonly experienced in the winter months.

How does IV Therapy work?

An IV Therapy treatment involves coming to the clinic where an IV drip will be administered. The specific formulation or "cocktail" of vitamins, minerals, and/or amino acids is suspended in a sterile saline solution which is gradually infused to you over a period of about 20 minutes. You will be monitored and someone will check in with you during your treatment to ensure you are comfortable and that the drip is running smoothly.

When vitamins and supplements are taken orally, they are absorbed via the digestive tract. The process is, when compared to IV Therapy, inefficient and only approximately 50% of the vitamins and minerals are absorbed. When the same vitamins and minerals are given through an IV, they are delivered directly into your blood-stream where they are absorbed at a much higher rate. This means that there are more nutrients available for your cells to make use of. 

 

IV Therapy can help restore optimal health in the winter with special blends of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

 

Choosing the right IV Therapy to help you this winter.

Each IV Therapy "cocktail" is formulated to meet your individual needs and to restore you to balance. Some of our more popular IV Therapies for addressing issues commonly faced in the winter include:

The Serum: Featuring a powerful combination of collagen-building and skin-loving nutrients like Vitamin C, this IV Therapy helps to restore and brighten the skin that has been dulled or irritated by the harsh winter weather and dry indoor heat. 

The Booster Shot: Formulated to support your "fighter" white blood cells, this treatment helps to protect against illness and disease. This is an especially good choice if your work or family exposes you more often to colds, flu, and other common ailments.

The Boss: After months of navigating a pandemic, many of us are feeling anxious and stressed about the winter. If you are feeling depleted and maxed-out, this IV Therapy will give your brainpower a boost and support your adrenals to help you manage and recover from stress more effectively.

The Powerhouse: This IV therapy is, according to Dr. Tapp, a "liquid multivitamin". It will hydrate you while giving you everything you would find in a high-quality multivitamin and a protein powder combined! This treatment is perfect if you are feeling depleted or are struggling to maintain a healthy diet during the winter months.

Before choosing (or custom making) the right IV Therapy for your optimal health, you will go through an initial assessment. Because my practice is rooted in Functional Medicine, we never stop at treating the symptoms. The goal is to discover the root cause of whatever conditions or dis-ease you are experiencing so that we can bring your whole self back into balance and sustainable health.

Are you ready to try IV Therapy?

If you are looking for an effective way to relieve stress, boost your immune system, increase your energy and focus, and restore your skin, contact us today to discover which IV Therapy is right for your optimal health. Take the steps to restore balance to your mind, body, and spirit and enjoy all that the coming winter season has to offer.

Posted in: IV Therapy Seasonal Health Skin Care Immune System Mental Health Nutrition