Mark Johnson, MD, PhD
Expert Profile

User Photo For: DrMarkEJohnson
Mark Johnson, MD, PhD
Cosmetic surgeon | Views: 43319

Friendname: DrMarkEJohnson
Business Name: Nouveau Jeunesse Rejuvenative Medicine
Website: findnewyouth.com
Location: 7131 W Deschutes Ave, Ste 101
Kennewick, WA 99336
United States
Telephone: 509-736-9989
Languages Spoken: English

Post a reply Ask Mark Johnson a question Return to Mark Johnson's homepage

Ask An Expert > Mark Johnson Message Board > Stem cell/prp how does it work - More volume in my lower legs
Default User Photo
Stem cell/prp how does it work - More volume in my lower legs

I have very bony legs
I would like to put more volume to my lower legs specifically between my calf and my anckle. I dont think that implants will work for me. Please help


Cosmetic surgeon
Kennewick, WA
United States
View My Professional Profile
prp/stem cells and bony legs  October 17, 2012 2:21 PM

PRP, or platelet rich plasma, has a superabundance of platelets which contain the growth factors that "wake up" dormant stem cells, which then oversee the healing process. It would be nice to see a picture, but just using PRP or PRP with stem cells and injecting into the area is exceedingly unlikely to produce the changes you desire and I would not at all recommend pursuing this. It may be that transfer of stem cell augmented fat to a portion of the area you wish to increase would be beneficial, but again it is not possible to accurately conclude this without examination at best and a picture at a minimum.
Kind regards,
Mark E. Johnson, MD, PhD

Plastic surgeon
Miami, FL
United States
View My Professional Profile
  October 18, 2012 3:38 AM

PRP is a autologous emulsion from the patients blood so it can not truly add volume. As for Stem Cells to "try" and stimulate fat production alone is a true risk. I think you mean fat grafting with the PRP stimulation of the stem cells in the fat grafted cell/tissue? Best to be seen by a fat grafting Plastic surgery in person.



Welcome to the Ask An Expert section of our website! Our network of board certified physicians can answer any questions that you may have regarding plastic surgery, skin care, dermatology and other conditions. Popular topics include tummy tuck, liposuction, rhinoplasty, acne scars, facelift, breast augmentation and more. This frequently asked questions section is opened to everyone and you need to set up an account with Makemeheal before you can ask your own question. This service is absolutely free and is available to those who are interested in learning more about a particular cosmetic procedure, treatment or product.

Before asking a question, we recommend you to browse through our existing collection of questions and answers to ensure that the question you want to ask have not already been answered by our highly experienced experts. This will help you save time and get an answer more quickly. When asking a new question, we recommend you to be very detailed so that our experts could formulate a more precise & professional answer.

Of course, this service is not a substitute for a doctor visit or a consultation with a plastic surgeon or cosmetic dermatologist. The answer you will find here only serve as initial directions of thoughts and not as specific instructions. You should remember that it is utterly important to consult a skilled specialist prior to scheduling any type of treatment in order to get acquainted with possible contraindications. Only a one-on-one meeting will enable your cosmetic surgeon to properly evaluate your condition, conduct examinations and explain their results.