Suffering from Hair Loss? There is Hope!

For the last 3 years I have been experiencing thinning hair and hair loss. After purchasing several types of shampoo’s, topicals and vitamins, I did not see any change. Finally, I went to a dermatologist who performed a biopsy. I was diagnosed with age related thinning and alopecia. With this diagnosis I was left with little hope and began to look for wigs although, I refused to give up entirely.

At this same time Dr Schenden purchased a new system that specifically targets thinning hair and hair loss. The treatment is called PRFM (Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix) is an advancement to PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment. Your blood is drawn and placed into a centrifuge that separates out the PRP.  Calcium Chloride is then added to the PRP building a fibrin matrix to increase the activation time of the PRP. The PRFM is injected into the scalp where the loss is occurring. Injecting into the scalp promotes new hair growth and stimulates your existing hair.

I was excited to try this and completed my first treatment in September 2017. Three treatments are recommended. I received my second treatment received 6 weeks later.  By December the hair loss had stopped and I am seeing small spikes of new hair growth. I went to my hair stylist in February 2018 and she couldn’t believe the change in my hair! I am so happy with my results. I just received my third treatment.

If you suffer from hair loss, call Dr. Michael J. Schenden’s office in Troy, Michigan to schedule your free consultation.

Laura C.

Aesthetician

 

Michael J. Schenden, MD PC

201 West Big Beaver, Suite 1130

Troy, MI 48084

248-524-0620/www.drschenden.com

Dark circles under your eyes? Learn how aesthetic injections can help.

Posted April 13th, 2018 by Dr. Schenden and filed in Facial Injectables, Uncategorized

Do you have dark circles under your eyes? Are people constantly asking you if you’re tired?

Dark circles or bags under your eyes may be present from birth or can develop with age.  They make us look older and appear tired. As an Aesthetic RN at Dr. Schenden’s in Troy, Michigan, I use derma fillers in the “tear trough” area to minimize the hollowness and often dark area. This treatment softens and contours the area making you look less tired.

What is a tear trough?

Tear trough or under the eye hollows are well defined dark and deep hollows that are located between the lower eyelid, nose and upper cheek.

Injection Technique

My preference is to use a blunt tip micro cannula. The skin in this area is very thin and delicate. Prior to treatment I inject the area to numb the injection site. I then use a needle to create an insertion point below your tear trough. Using this technique allows me to use 1 injection site utilizing the cannula to place the product with more precision and less trauma to the area. The use of the cannula is a safer practice. My preferred micro cannula is a round tipped blunt needle that will simply push tissue, blood vessels and nerves out of the way.

Does it hurt?

My patients experience less discomfort utilizing this technique. In addition it reduces the risk of swelling and bruising. The derma filler injected contains lidocaine to help numb the area as well the initial injection.

What are the Side Effects?

With any injection there is the possibility of bruising, redness and swelling. Discontinuing Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, NSAID’s, Fish Oil, CLA and other blood thinning products 1 week prior to your appointment will decrease the possibility of bruising.

How long do results last?

Hyaluronic fillers last anywhere from 9-12 months.  The under eye area is relatively static and doesn’t animate as much as other areas, creating the potential to last longer.

 

I have received very positive feedback from my patients on this injection technique. Call me today to set up your free consultation and say good bye to the bags. 248-524-0620

 

Raquel Merlini, RN & Aesthetician

201 W. Big Beaver, Suite 1130, Troy, MI 48084

248-524-0620, www.drschenden.com

Everything You need to Know About Microneedling with PRFM

Patients are looking for effective treatments that are minimally invasive, have nominal recovery periods and long lasting results. Microneedling is an amazing treatment for facial rejuvenation and can achieve these results. Microneedling, aka Collagen Induction Therapy, makes tiny puncture wounds to the skin stimulating collagen, circulation and elastin. This treatment addresses fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, scarring and age spots

How could this treatment get any better?

By adding PRFM (Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix), which is a highly concentrated serum that aids in your body’s natural healing process. This serum, otherwise known as liquid gold, contains platelet derived growth factors that will aid in the proliferation of new cells. PRFM is created by drawing blood from the patient and then placing it in a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the rich plasma from the red and white cells. Up to this stage is it considered PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and many clinics pair this with microneedling.

PRFM takes it one step further by adding calcium chloride to the plasma which builds a fibrin matrix. This matrix lengthens the activation time of the growth factors to up to 7 days allowing your skin to achieve maximum results. The PRFM is driven into the dermis when combined with microneedling. The tiny punctures in the skin allows the plasma to enter the skin layer more efficiently increasing the healing process while stimulating collagen and elastin growth. PRP and PRFM are innovative techniques in the aesthetics world and are widely used in sports medicine through injections to help athletes heal from injuries and speed recovery times.

What to Expect

Prior to beginning the treatment, a topical numbing cream is applied. At the conclusion of treatment your skin may feel tight and will look pink, similar to a sunburn. There is a possibility of slight swelling. Typically this may last for 24-72 hours. You may have some flaking and peeling over the course of the week. The results are reduced pores, softer scars, firmer skin and a more even skin tone. It is recommended to use gentle skin care products until the skin is fully recovered. For optimum results it is suggested 3-4 treatments spaced 4-6 wks. apart. This treatment is one of the most innovative, minimally invasive treatments with proven results. As a Registered Nurse and Aesthetician I am excited to offer this to all my patients.

Call today for your free consultation. 248-524-0620.

Raquel Merlini, RN

What do I do for my aging skin?

As an RN and Aesthetician I often get asked about how to treat aging skin. My answer is always first come in for a skin consultation. It is important to determine how your skin is aging, which area’s concern you the most and what your goals are and budget. Treatments are completed in different stages and I will work with you to determine the best treatment course for you.

Home care is the first place to start. As our skin ages we need to ensure the products we use contain growth factors, retinoid, vitamin C and alpha hydroxyl acids.

In Spa treatments include microdermabrasion, dermaplane, chemical peels, microneedling, and various laser treatments.

Medical treatments include deep skin resurfacing lasers such as a CO2 and wrinkle and volume loss correction with aesthetic injections.

Surgery can be a full facelift or perhaps a brow or eyelid lift.

At Schenden’s we offer all of the above and can ensure that your skin receives the appropriate care to achieve your goals.

Call me, Raquel Merlini, today for your free consultation. Schenden’s Medical Day Spa 248-524- 3622 or for Medical treatments 248-524- 0620.

Raquel Merlini
Registered Nurse and Aesthetician

PRFM for Hair loss (The next generation of PRP)

Posted December 1st, 2017 by Dr. Schenden and filed in Uncategorized
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Are you suffering from thinning hair and hair loss? There is a new treatment that
may be right for you.

PRFM for Hair loss (The next generation of PRP).

Many practices use PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) as a hair growth treatment. Injecting your own
platelet rich plasma into the scalp promotes new hair growth and stimulates existing hair.
Research has shown positive results utilizing this technique. What if we could take it one step
further? The world of medicine is constantly improving and PRFM is proof. We now have the
ability to prolong the life of the PRP to help obtain better results. Platelet Rich Fibrin Matrix
(PRFM) follows the same process of drawing your own blood and centrifuging it to obtain the
PRP. The difference is it doesn’t stop there. We then complete a second step which enhances
the PRP to form a matrix. This matrix extends the PRP activation time by a number of days.
Thus giving your hair more time to successfully absorb the growth factors to achieve maximum
results.
The procedure is an easy 30 minute procedure with no downtime. Three treatments are
suggested spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart for optimum results. As an aesthetic practice we are
solution based and we understand the emotional stress that can occur with hair loss. Call
today for your free consultation and let us help you. 248-524- 0620.
Michael J. Schenden, MD PC

What is the difference between aesthetic fillers and neurotoxins injections for facial aging?

Aesthetic fillers are injectables used to instantly smooth and plump the skin. Most of these are
made with hyaluronic acid. This acid is present in all living organisms. It is natural to your body
and adds volume and restores a more youthful appearance by filling wrinkle lines or areas
needing more fullness. Many of the brands we use in our office are FDA approved for
superficial, medium and deep wrinkles; vertical rhytids (smoker lines), smile lines, nasolabial
folds and marionette's lines. Proven to give beautiful and long lasting results from 6 months
and up to 18 months depending upon the filler selected.

Neurotoxin injections, most commonly referred to as “Botox™”, are injections that smooth
deep facial lines by relaxing the muscles that form facial wrinkles. Most common areas are the
vertical, angry lines between your brows, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. These are also FDA
approved for forehead and glabella areas. Botox, a brand of neurotoxin, has been prescribed
for decades for treatment of muscle spasms and other non-cosmetic areas. Neurotoxin results
last for 3 to 4 months.

Schedule your free consultation today at our office in Troy, Michigan to discuss goals, options,
costs, risks and benefits. We strive for natural looking results to look refreshed not overdone.
(248) 524-0620

Raquel Merlini, RN & Aesthetician

Irregular or disproportionate breasts after implant surgery?

Irregular or disproportionate breasts after implant surgery?

Are your breast implants hard, uneven or causing pain?  If you answered yes, you may be experiencing symptoms of a capsular contracture.  This is a hardening and constriction of the breast implant capsule that causes the breasts to become hard, distorted, misshaped or oddly positioned.

Previously the corrective action was surgery.  However, we offer a new multi-energy therapy called Aspen that can sometimes correct the contracture without surgery.

Here are some commonly asked questions:

How does Aspen work for someone with a breast implant contracture?

The Aspen System uses a controlled sound wave energy that helps to soften the capsule and the surrounding scar tissue.  After numerous treatments your breast will soften and can move into the correw position.

Does Aspen hurt?

The treatment may feel uncomfortable for your 1st – 3rd session and are quite tolerable thereafter.  You may be a bit tender after a treatment and can reduce soreness by icing or taking ibuprofen if needed.

How many treatments do I need?

A total of 8 to 10 treatments are recommended to achieve the desired results for softening.  It is suggested to have two treatments a week.  On average, the treatment is completed within 60 minutes.

Our office is located in Troy, MI and the only practice in the state that offers the Aspen Therapy. Please call (248) 524-0620 today for a complimentary consultation or for additional information.

Doctor:  Michael J Schenden, M.D.

Aspen technician: Joanne Causley

www.drschenden.com

 

Are multiple aesthetic brands available in aesthetic injections?

Posted August 24th, 2017 by Dr. Schenden and filed in Uncategorized

Are multiple aesthetic brands available in aesthetic injections?

I receive multiple emails & direct messages from patients who are unhappy about the brand options offered/utilized by their injector.  Their chief complaint is that the physician or practitioner was brand specific and they did not receive the results they wanted.

First, let me address that as a practitioner, my belief is to collaborate with my patient. This is achieved by asking the patient their goals and setting a realistic expectation. Secondly, there are many products/brands available on the market today and they may not all be suited for the area in which you would like to see improvement. Products have guidelines developed by the FDA with regulations that specify where the product is approved for use.

My suggestion is as a consumer do your homework on the desired area of the face and the products available for the specific area.  Also do your homework on the injector. A well trained qualified injector should be trained in multiple brands and injection areas. I encourage my patients to set up a consultation and interview me. I also encourage them to bring a list of questions because I want to build a relationship and hear what my patient desires as well as help them to achieve their goals. Teamwork will help you achieve your best you!

Call me today to set up your free consultation! My office is located in Troy, MI 248-524-0620.

Raquel Merlini, RN & Aesthetician

Forever Labs – Three Questions

Posted May 2nd, 2017 by Dr. Schenden and filed in Uncategorized

As CEO of Forever Labs, I attend as many of our stem cell collections as I can and I talk with many of our clients. The majority of people that are interested in storing their young-adult stem cells with us have the same three questions.

Below are these questions and my typical answers:

Does it hurt?

In short, no. Most of our clients describe a fleeting cramp that runs from their buttock, down the back of their leg. It’s over in a matter of seconds. On a scale of 1-10, it’s most often given a 2 or a 3.

One client in San Francisco described it as, “less painful than a night out dancing in heels.” I think that’s a good thing? Either way, we’ve yet to have a client that hasn’t been glad to have gone through with it.

What is the best age to have the procedure?

I always reply the same way, and it’s not to be dismissive of the question, I just think it’s the best possible analogy. I’ll ask the client, “When is the best time to plant a tree?” Then, I will answer the question myself, “20 years ago, or today. The same is true of your stem cells.”

I am turning 40 years old in May, my cells that I have stored are forever 38. If I could have banked them when I was 28 that would have been even better. There is a diminishing return the longer you wait to store your cells. That said, there’s scientific evidence to suggest that your 60 year old cells could still be a boon to your 70 year-old self. My 59 year-old father recently banked his cells with Forever Labs and I’m very grateful that he did. Don’t put it off.

How much does it cost?

This one is simple. It’s $3500 for the procedure and $250 a year for storage. Or, you can pay $7000 for the procedure and lifetime storage.

There are a number of other questions that our clients have and I enjoy answering all of them, but these are the big three.

If you have any questions about Forever Labs, what we are doing or why it’s important. Let us know, or reach out to me directly: steven at foreverlabs dot com

Remember, your stem cells will never be as young as they are right now!

Dr. Schenden performs stem cell extractions at our office here in Troy. Contact us for more information or go to foreverlabs.com

What is hyperpigmentation and how do I treat it?

What is hyperpigmentation and how do I treat it?
Your skin is your largest organ. My goal is to educate my patients so they develop a healthy relationship with their skin. Ideally as a nurse I want to treat my patient’s skin issues, such as hyperpigmentation but I also strive to educate preventive measures as well. Patient knowledge is power.

The undisputed #1 cause of premature aging is “sun damage”. It is responsible for dry, wrinkly skin and often will lead to “hyperpigmentation.” Are you wondering what is hyperpigmentation? Melanin is a pigment that is secreted by melanocytes. This pigment gives human hair, skin and eyes their color, based on thousands of years of adapting to a certain geographic location. Dark-skinned people have more melanin in their skin than light-skinned people. The skin is made up of several layers: the hypodermis (inner), the dermis (middle), and the epidermis (outer). The outer-most layer, the epidermis, is where the melanocytes are producing the melanin resulting in the color of the skin. When Melanin is in over production mode it causes the skin to react and hyper pigment.

The body’s natural sun protectant is melanin. Melanocytes are triggered when exposed to UV rays to produce more melanin. A "tan" is how your skin protects itself. However, that glow is far from healthy as it is damaged skin which can surface later as freckles, age spots, crepe/wrinkled and splotchy patches of hyperpigmentation.

IPL-(Intense Pulsed Light) treatment is a photo rejuvenation laser treatment and is most commonly used for:

  • Lightening and removing “sun spots”, “age spots”, and brown blotches on the face, neck, chest, hands and other areas of the body.
  • Lightening and reducing redness, rosacea, dilated blood vessels and “broken” blood vessels on the face, neck and chest.
  • Helping to control flushing which is the temporary redness of the skin from rosacea.
  • It also has the added benefit of improving skin texture through collagen stimulation and minimizes pore size by temporarily reducing oiliness.

IPL or photo rejuvenation, when done properly, almost always consists of a series of 3-5 treatments, commonly spaced three to six weeks apart. The benefits of IPL are achieved with little discomfort and minimal risk. Thus giving you back your clear skin tone.

Let me help turn back the clock on sun damaged skin. Call today for your free consultation and we will assess the right treatment plan for you.

For Additional Information:
Author: Raquel Merlini, RN
Phone: 248-524- 0620
Michael J. Schenden, MD, PC
201 W. Big Beaver, Suite 1130, Troy, MI 48084