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What is PRP?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a treatment which utilizes a patient’s own blood. Platelets are essential to promote tissue healing and new cell growth. PRP encourages collagen production, regenerates skin tissue and encourages cells to rejuvenate themselves. As a result, PRP softens fine lines and wrinkles, tightens the skin and improves tone and texture.
PRP is also effective for androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern hair loss). We typically recommend once monthly x3 treatments, then repeat three months after the first series.
How is PRP administered?
Blood is drawn from the patient into a syringe. The collected blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate its components. The resultant platelet rich plasma is then reinjected back into the skin.
How long does a PRP treatment take?
It only takes 30 minutes for PRP injections for hair loss on the scalp. It only takes one hour for microneedling with PRP for the face. This includes an additional 30 minutes for the blood to be drawn and spun in the centrifuge, and topical anesthesia to be applied.
Do PRP injections hurt?
Some mild discomfort may be felt while the PRP is being reinjected, usually a burning or tingling sensation. It only lasts a few minutes after the PRP injection. We make sure our patients are kept as comfortable as possible throughout the treatment, applying topical numbing cream and ice to aid with any discomfort.
When will I begin to see results from a PRP treatment?
Generally, patients notice tightening and a more even tone to their skin in a week or two after PRP injections. These results can continue to build for up to six months after treatment.
How long do results from PRP injections last?
Results from PRP injections are apparent for many years after treatment. However, results vary due to the patient’s natural variation in the quality of Platelet Rich Plasma as well as his or her particular lifestyle. Results from PRP injections can be extended with proper home skincare maintenance.
What areas can I treat with PRP injections?
For cosmetic applications, PRP is most popularly used to treat the face and scalp.
Is there any downtime associated with PRP?
There is no downtime associated PRP injections. After treatment, your skin may be re, however. This is normal and no cause for worry. Redness usually lasts from one to 24 hours. You may also have a little swelling in some areas. Healing time varies from patient to patient. It may take longer if PRP injections are paired with micro-needling.
How many PRP treatments will I need?
Results can be seen after one treatment, but the exact amount of treatments needed varies from patient to patient. Two to three treatments are typical.
Are there any side effects or possible risks to PRP injections?
PRP injections are safe for most individuals. There are very few contraindications. The most common side effects associated with PRP injections are mild to moderate swelling and redness.
Who is not a candidate for PRP injections?
During your consultation an assessment will be made to ensure you are the right candidate for PRP injections. Patients with certain health conditions are not eligible, as are women who are pregnant.
Are you a candidate for a PRP treatment?
Contact us for a consultation. We offer package discounts for both scalp PRP and microneedling with PRP for the face.
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