PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Treatment

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets. As a concentrated source of autologous platelets, PRP contains (and releases through degranulation) several different growth factors and other cytokines that stimulate healing of bone and soft tissue.

Blood-derived Growth Factors

Your blood contains life-giving fundamental, autologous (from your own body) growth factors, and growth-factors are essential to rebuilding new cells. Treatment with PRP utilizes a cutting-edge technology specifically designed to harvest and extract the growth-factor rich plasma from your own blood. With a fairly quick and simple process, Michelle Malpica-Hertsgaard, R.N., C.N.I., C.L.O., you PRP professional, is able to derive a high concentration of nutrient-rich cells, and create autologous platelet-rich plasma.

PRP Extraction

  • Michelle Malpica-Hertsgaard, R.N., C.N.I., C.L.O. will draw an amount of blood similar to what is required for a basic lab test.
  • She will place the blood into a special centrifuge and spin the blood at very rapid speeds to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood.
  • Then, the platelet-rich plasma is activated to release at least 8 essential growth factors and signaling proteins. Platelet-rich plasma is a technology that deploys aspects of blood based biochemistry. Because all materials contained within PRP are exclusively from the patient (autologous in origin), there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or intolerance. Nevertheless, before any treatment, all medications you are taking (including herbs), as well as any medical history should be discussed with your provider.

Growth Factor Production Known Effects:

Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)

Plays a significant role in the regulation of cell growth, proliferation, and differentiation during the remodeling phase. Stimulates keratinocyte and fibroblast production.

Transforming Growth Factor (TGF)

Promotes angiogenesis, which is the physiological process involving the growth of new blood vessels which carry oxygen and various other nutrients to the cells.

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)

An important signaling protein involved in both vasculogenesis, the growth of blood vessels from existing vasculature, and angiogenesis.

Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF)

Promotes angiogenesis, granulation, and epithelialization, used for the intricate process of the skin repairing itself after injury. 

Platelet-derived Growth Factor (PDGF)

Attracts macrophages and fibroblasts to the zone of injury. Promotes collagen growth, “cleaning up” of old or damaged cells, and proteoglycan synthesis.

Interleukins, Macrophages, Keratinocytes, Endothelial Cells, Lymphocytes, Fibroblasts, Osteoblasts, Basophils, Mast Cells

Activates fibroblast differentiation. Induces collagen and proteoglycan synthesis for healthy cell production, and repair of damaged tissues.

Collagen Stimulating Growth Factor

Stimulates granulocyte and macrophage proliferation for the growth of healthy tissue and blood cells.

Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF)

Keratinocyte migration, differentiation, and proliferations directly enhance wound healing and the generation of new skin.

What Sets Dr. Weintraub Apart

Dr. Weintraub has always been blessed with a strong aesthetic sense. He possesses a unique blend of medical science and artwork, as it truly is artwork that he performs on the human form. His attention to detail ensures that he gets the best results possible, and he is meticulous about everything he does, from pre-op to post-op care and beyond.*

He studied medicine at Cornell during a time when core values were emphasized, and it is on these values that he bases his practice. He believes that physicians should be humble and respectful, and should never lose sight that the person they are operating on is exactly that: a person possessing real-life issues and concerns. The chairmen of the department of general surgery at Cornell at the time, Dr. Tom Shires, along with another luminary, Dr. Leon Morgenstern of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, taught Dr. Weintraub that “The operating room is a sacred place. It’s a very serious place. Never be cavalier about surgery.”

During his surgical residency training, Dr. Weintraub regularly visited Mexico to donate his time operating on deformed children and adults who couldn’t afford proper healthcare. In less-than-optimal conditions, he learned how to perform surgery with the basics, and received great satisfaction in making profound differences in people’s lives by restoring their faces and bodies. Similarly, when he was Chief Resident at the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, and later when he was Chief Resident at the Reconstructive Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, he found that his compassion for patients, along with his skill and precision as a surgeon, could change lives and bring people joy they never thought possible.

Dr. Weintraub believes that surgery is never a race. The patient is always number one. He keeps in his wallet a piece of paper that is his motto in the operating room: “Always demand what is right, and never accept second best.” He likes to consider himself a “thinking surgeon,” and does not enter the operating room with a mechanical series of steps to execute robotically, but likes to remain alert and ready for whatever intraoperative challenges might spontaneously arise. Although many notable surgeons openly listen to music while performing surgery, Dr. Weintraub does not, preferring the mood of the operating room to remain serious and focused.

Over 60% of Dr. Weintraub’s practice is comprised of complex redos of surgeries performed by other offices. Such procedures always involve difficult issues, since there exist not only the limitations of a patient’s own anatomy, but also the limitations of another surgeon’s aesthetic, and the scar tissue that has developed as a result. Patients seek Dr. Weintraub from all over the world to correct their aesthetic problems. He takes great pride in getting the best results, and always enjoys the challenges of such procedures.

Last, Dr. Weintraub will not hesitate to turn patients away if he feels they are not good candidates for surgery. If a surgery is not in someone’s best interest, he will be the first to say so. However, when a patient is a good candidate, the results produced by Dr. Weintraub can be magical, and he feels that it is an honor to give patients a gift they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.

How To Get Started

Dr. Weintraub and his staff will be happy to discuss PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) with you. Please call our office for a private consultation. We hope you look forward to our warm welcome and the opportunity for us to help you make an educated and confident decision.

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