Santa Cruz CORE provides nutrition, weight management, stress reduction, and reproductive health coaching. Using PRP and “vampire makeovers" Dr. John Grady, D.O. provides a natural alternative to invasive procedures and a safe alternative to surgery. Feel better, overcome injuries, trauma, abuse, and depression, and improve intimacy for you and your partner all in one place!
Common Conditions Treated:
Juvederm (filler gels): Juvederm carries a variety of filler gels for cosmetic use. Filler gels are injected under the skin to help regain lost volume due to aging. These are applicable to different parts of the face depending on desired results (like the cheek or lips), are non-surgical, and are minimally invasive. Juvederm gels help smoothen out any fine lines and wrinkles for a time of three to twelve months.
Botox: Botox is probably the most common and well known cosmetic injection out there. Botox helps to temporary smoothen undesired facial wrinkles and folds to improve overall appearance. Botox works by temporarily weakening or paralyzing muscles or nerves. Thanks to this effect, muscles of the face which would otherwise continue to fold-up and wrinkle with facial expressions become smooth and unaffected yielding a more youthful look.
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP-Vampire Facial): Vampire facials are gaining more and more popularity, even amongst celebrities, due to great results and peculiar nickname. A vampire facial gets its name from the use of the patient’s own blood to centrifuge high levels of platelets that will then be injected back into the skin. Platelets are involved in the healing and repair of various tissues throughout the body, this is because many of these platelets are packing with growth factors that will drive forward a healing cascade. By injecting a high concentration of the patient’s own platelets back into the skin, a physician is able to stimulate regeneration and a more youthful appearance.
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GET PRP + MICRO-NEEDLING
Santa Cruz CORE does business management for the professional medical corporation. The professionals utilize nontoxic and innovative approaches to resolving cosmetic issues brought on by aging, sun exposure, scarring, acne, and more. Increase collagen, decrease discoloration with the “PRP + Micro-needling" or try healthier alternate injectables to remove fine lines and wrinkles. This process is more advanced than the 'vampire facials' and can treat the face or the scalp!
The integrative professionals are trained and certified in Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), facial rejuvenation including Botox and Dermal Fillers for your skin!
Questions About Facial Rejuvenation:
As one ages, the skin loses elasticity and the ability to produce collagen. The injections received during PRP and a vampire facelift come from your own body and help to stimulate that collagen. The cytokines and growth factors are what work to improve skin health, and other than a topical pain cream, drugs and non-natural chemicals are not used. These injections are not foreign substances and are made using your body’s own blood components, and are considered safe.
Those that are experiencing signs of aging in their skin such as fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, or pigmentation disorders (such as hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation), would benefit from facial rejuvenation. As cells age, the speed of their production decreases, including the production of collagen. This will cause signs of natural aging, which when combined with sun damage and improper care, can contribute to poor skin health. By using PRP injections to re-stimulate the body’s collagen and healing processes again, the skin becomes more healthy and elastic.
First, the physician will extract your blood; the blood is processed in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets and growth factors, in the end producing PRP (platelet-rich plasma). The doctor will then use a “microneedle” to create channels within the skin to stimulate the wound into a healing response. Using the microneedle, the patient’s own PRP is stamped into the skin and distributed throughout these channels–this is a fairly quick and painless process. By “tricking” the skin into thinking it has been wounded, new cells and collagen are produced to create healthier, smoother skin!
Most recovery times last only 1-2 days after receiving treatment. You may experience redness of the skin on your face and/or neck, similar to a sunburn, following treatment. However, this fades away and you will see results over the course of a few weeks.
After 1-2 days of downtime, during which time you may experience redness, bruising, swelling, and pinpoint bleeding, your skin will start to look normal again and begin processing the treatment. You may see results within a few weeks, yet changes will continue to develop for several months after the procedure.
Facial rejuvenation services are not covered by insurance because, as an area of prolotherapy, it is still considered investigational and needs further scientific evidence to support its effectiveness. For pricing, please call our front desk at 831.425.9500.