Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

The Power of your Blood!

PRP is fast becoming a favorite procedure due to its ease and efficacy.

What is PRP?

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma.   It is also known as the Vampire Face Lift.  It involves blood being drawn from a patient, and the blood is then put into a centrifuge to separate the platelets and serum from the blood cells.  The resulting concentrated solution is enriched in platelets and growth factors. Once this solution is injected into the skin, it can dramatically aid in tissue repair and promote collagen.

Since the plasma comes from your own blood, there are no allergic reactions or any significant adverse events.

How can PRP be used to enhance your skin and appearance?

Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow new cells.  The PRP, injected into particular areas of the skin, act as a matrix that promotes your own collagen and regenerated tissue to result in improved tone and tightened skin.  PRP is great for scarring, facial rejuvenation, dark under eye circles, and even hair loss in both men and women.

Usually 3 PRP treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart are recommended for ideal results.

How does PRP therapy differ from fillers?

Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane and Emervel, are made of solid material that fills lines and wrinkles.  These fillers are quick fixes to soften deeper lines and folds.   They usually last 6-18 months and a repeat treatment is then required to fill the area again.

PRP on the other hand stimulates your own collagen for total facial rejuvenation.  PRP is used for individuals to volumize their faces by plumping out cheek indentation, soften under eye hollows, address hyperpigmentation, and improve the overall skin tone and texture.

Both PRP and fillers can be used in conjunction as they supplement each other to give the best final outcome: a more youthful looking face.

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (or PRP treatment) is rapidly becoming a must have procedure if you wish to stay young.  It is a great maintenance and treatment choice for all individuals as it harnesses the natural forces of your body.

Conditions It Treats:

  1. Acne
  2. Aging skin
  3. Brown and red spots
  4. Wrinkles
  5. Melasma
  6. Acne scarring
  7. Chest wrinkles
  8. Hair Loss

 

 

Dermal Fillers

Looking Tired?

With aging and sun exposure, our faces slowly loose fullness, giving us that exhausted, sallow look..

Today, we have advanced dermal Fillers that restore volume allowing for immediate facial rejuvenation.

At Rao Dermatology, we can offer a variety of facial fillers such as Juvederm, Emervel, Revanesse, and Radiesse.

With the expert skills of our luminary injectors, we can give you a natural soft lift and fullness that will instantly refresh your look.

What Are Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are injectables that use either natural or synthetic hyaluronic acid to plump up your skin. In contrast to Botox, dermal fillers create volume and fullness which achieve a natural, youthful appearance and fill in thin lips, hollows around the eyes, or gauntness in your temples.

The results with dermal fillers are instantaneous and long-lasting (three months to two years). We often use dermal fillers in combination with Botox to achieve the best results since they each have different strengths.

Our Dermal Fillers

We use both natural and synthetic fillers at Rao Dermatology that produce superior results in combination with our doctors’ skill, technique, experience, and training. Offering Juvederm®, Restylane®, Revanesse, and RADIESSE® dermal fillers, our doctors will assess your skin and recommend the filler best suited to your skin and risk tolerance.

Juvederm®

Juvederm® is an injectable gel dermal filler (containing lidocaine to reduce discomfort) that uses natural hyaluronic acid to restore youthfulness. Softening lines and wrinkles and plumping up lips, Juvederm® produces natural, graceful results and lasts between one and two years.

Restylane®

Restylane® is also a natural filler utilizing hyaluronic acid with various gel types to offer a variety of fulness and firmness options tailored to your face and your goals. Restylane® has two decades of innovative research and development that offers low risk and quality assurance.

Revanesse

Revanesse line uses Thixofix cross-linking technology, a synthetic filler, to delay your body’s natural breakdown of hyaluronic acid while also stimulating your skin’s collagen production. As a result, Revanesse is more durable and longer-lasting than its natural filler counterparts.

RADIESSE®

RADIESSE® is also a synthetic filler and is comprised of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres are suspended in gel. RADIESSE® gives immediate volume while also continually stimulating your skin’s collagen production. Lasting a year or more, your body metabolizes the CaHA microspheres which leaves behind only collagen

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about injectables, but if you have concerns that aren’t addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

What are injectables?

Injectables are substances, natural or synthetic, that are injected into the face or neck to reduce the impacts of aging. Injectables can treat hollow or gaunt facial areas, as well as creases, lines, and wrinkles. Our injectables include Botox, dermal fillers, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).

Am I a suitable candidate for injectables?

If you are in good physical health and wanting a subtle improvement in your skin and you have realistic expectations, you may be a suitable candidate for injectables. The best way to find out is to book a consultation with us.  .

Do injectables hurt? Will I receive anesthesia for my injectable filler procedure?

Injectable treatments cause minor, temporary discomfort as well as swelling and bruising. We may use a local anesthesia, a topical anesthetic, or a numbing agent for your procedure.

What can I expect from the procedure?

Injectable procedures are quick (15 to 45 minutes). Because we are using a needle to inject the fillers into your skin, you may experience discomfort during and after. You will likely require follow up appointments, but the intervals are dependent upon your injectable treatment.

Will there be a long recovery? Will I need to miss work?

While you may experience some light bruising, swelling, or redness, the recovery is quick and you won’t need to miss work. You can resume your normal activities immediately after the procedure. If you experience any side effects, they usually resolve within one to two days.

Are there any risks associated with injectables?

Risks vary depending on the type of injectable you receive. However, some risks include anesthesia reactions, allergic reactions, bruising, numbness, redness, swelling, or discolouration. Ask your doctor about the specific risks associated with your chosen injectable treatment.

How long will the results last?

Depending on the type of injectable treatments you receive, results may last anywhere from three months to two years. Most injectables are semi-permanent and require follow up treatments for maintenance.

Book Your Free Consultation Now

Our team is committed to working with you to develop a synergistic approach for enhancing your skin’s health and reducing the signs of aging. Dr. Rao has extensive experience and expertise in dermal filler injections in Edmonton.

During his consultation with you he will address your specific needs and goals and answer any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure. In addition, he will make recommendations as to the best treatment plan for achieving your desired results. Use the form below to book now.

 

Botox Injections Edmonton

Tired of wrinkles?

Concerned about first signs of aging? It’s never too late!

At Rao Dermatology, we offer safe and effective Botox® cosmetic injections in Edmonton.

Neuromodulators use a chemical called botulinum toxin type A which is injected into muscles.

The chemical reduces the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years.

You will begin to notice a visible smoothing of the creases around your eyes and  softening of the lines on your forehead.

How Botox Can Help Wrinkles

Aging has a way of creeping up on us. It starts with faint smile creases, forehead lines, or crinkles at the corners of your eyes. Those wrinkles in your skin are a result of smiling, frowning, laughing, and squinting over the years; though smoking, sun damage, dehydration, and some medications can cause wrinkles as well.

We can help smooth those lines out, for both men and women, by addressing the root of the problem: your facial muscles. By injecting Botox® (botulinum toxin type A) beneath the surface of your skin, we can reduce the muscle contractions in your face, ultimately smoothing those creases and softening those lines, helping to bring back your youthful skin.

While Botox® is predominately known for its use in cosmetic facial enhancement, it can also play an important role in several non-cosmetic applications in the treatment of pain disorders:

Reduce Migraine Frequency

Botox® is a prescription medicine that is injected to prevent headaches in adults with chronic migraines. Botox® prevents up to 9 headache days a month when it is injected every 3 months by your doctor.

Excessive Sweating

Botox® treats the symptoms of severe underarm sweating when other modalities do not work well. Botox® treatments can block the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands, resulting in less sweating.

Frequently Asked Questions

We find that new clients to Rao Dermatology have a number of common questions about Botox® treatments that we address in FAQ shown below, but if you have concerns that aren’t addressed here, please feel free to contact us.

Is Botox® a Painful Cosmetic Surgery?

Generally, patients feel a simple pinch (similar to injections administered by family physicians) in Botox® procedures. In some instances, individuals  experience tenderness around the injected area. If you anticipate discomfort, notify your dermatologist; he/she may recommend a numbing cream or ice for a soothing effect.

What to Expect During Your BOTOX® Treatment

Patients usually experience very little discomfort, but we can prep the areas with ice or anesthetic cream if you are concerned about pain. Using a very fine needle, Dr. Rao makes quick injections into the targeted muscles. After your appointment, you may return to work and other regular activities immediately, although we suggest that you avoid pressing on treated areas which may be a little sensitive at the injection sites.

What Is the Average Time Per Treatment?

Botox® injections only take a few minutes and does not require anesthesia. You can squeeze a session in on your lunch break and still have time to eat.

How Soon Will I See Results?

The average person, with moderate to severe wrinkles, will see visible results from BOTOX® injections three or four days after treatment. The Botox® will gradually improve until two weeks where it reaches its peak (this is when your skin is at its best).  The effect will wear off over the period of four months and another treatment will then be needed.

Will I Still Be Able to Make Facial Expressions?

Although you will see visible results, a Botox® treatment will not radically change your facial appearance or make it appear like you have had “work done.” The muscle activity that causes wrinkles is temporarily reduced, but you will still be able to frown or look surprised.

What Happens if I Don’t Continue Botox® Treatment?

If you don’t continue treatment, your symptoms (whether lines and wrinkles, migraine, or excessive sweating) will gradually return.

Do Botox® Treatments and Dermal Fillers Do the Same Things?

While both Botox® and dermal fillers are injectable treatments that are used to treat signs of aging, they work in different ways. Dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® are used to fill in wrinkles and folds from within the skin, providing instant results. Botox® treatments smooth out wrinkles caused by facial muscle contractions, called dynamic wrinkles, and can take up to 6 weeks to reach full effectiveness.

Is Botox® an Option for Men?

Both men and women can try our Botox® treatments. Men are becoming increasingly concerned about skincare and the physical appearance of their skin and BOTOX® is no exception.

What Is the Cost of Botox®?

Botox isn’t just for the rich and famous. In fact, it’s relatively affordable and for migraine and excessive sweating patients, most health benefit plans cover part of the cost. Exact costs vary depending upon individual treatment plans. We’ll advise you of the costs for your treatment at your consultation.

Am I a Good Candidate for Botox®?

Your health and well-being is our priority and the determining factor for receiving Botox® injections. We encourage our clients to consult with a physician prior to treatment.

Is Botox® safe?

Yes. Botox® has been approved for cosmetic use in Canada since 2001 and is safe when administered by a knowledgeable, experienced practitioner.

What Our Patients Are Saying

“Dr Rao is wonderful. He is always on time, beyond accommodating and very knowledgeable. He hears out all of your questions and provides detailed answers. He really cares about his patients. The clinic is beautiful, clean and very well kept. Everyone remembers you and treats you as if your family. 10/10 would recommend Dr.Rao to anyone.”
Spracejus ~ Edmonton. AB.

“I had a wonderful experience at Rao Derm a few months back. Everyone was super helpful and polite and kind. Dr. Rao was extremely compassionate and generous. No problem was too big or small. After the work was done, I felt like I had the confidence to face the world again. I highly recommend them to everyone!”
Christian The ~ Edmonton. AB.

Book your free Botox consultation with us at our Edmonton clinic today by filling in the form below.

Conditions It Treats:

  1. Wrinkles
  2. Aging Skin
  3. Migraines
  4. Excessive sweating