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What is Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP)?

The platelets, one type of blood cells, contain growth factors that can trigger cell proliferation, speed healing and stimulate tissue regeneration in the treated area.

PRP is the platelet-rich concentrate with a higher than baseline level of platelets compared to whole blood after a differential centrifugation process. 

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What do I need to know about PRP?

In dermatology and cosmetic medicine, PRP has been used to treat acne, scarring, and alopecia (boldness). It is also effective for skin rejuvenation and global facial volumisation. PRP is a form of bio-stimulator that is safe and effective in producing an immediate volume increasing effect with natural looking results.

The results of PRP treatment are most noticeable after at least six months, and are not permanent. Patients may require touch-up injections at least once a year. Consistent treatment with PRP therapy yields optimal results.

Because the treatments use patient’s own tissues, PRP injections are safe and can be administered alone or used in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures.

What are the benefits of PRP?

       Advantages of PRP Rejuvenation

  • Uses bodys own natural platelets so there is no risk
    of allergic reaction 
  • Natural collagen is formed in response to the
    presence of the activated platelets
  • PRP is ideal for the patient who does not want any
    synthetic fillers
  • There is little to no swelling, bruising or lumping as
    the fluid assimilates in the natural skin environment
  • PRP can be used to enhance Laser procedures for
    faster and improved healing
  • PRP Therapy is equally as effective in men as in
    women
  • Can provide outstanding results either with or
    without the use of underlying fillers

 

What are the target areas for PRP?

        PRP can be applied to treat the following conditions

  • Thinning Hair (Alopecia) and Forehead Lines
  • Around the Eyes –  Frown Lines, Brow Shaping, Bunny Lines, Crow’s Feet and Eye Circles
  • Cheeks & Mid-Face – Improved Definition of Cheeks and Mid-Face 
  • Around the Mouth – Lip Wrinkles, Nasolabial Folds, Mouth Frowns, Accordion Lines, and Marionette Lines
  • Chin – Chin Creases and Jawline
  • Neck – Venus Circles and Décolleté
  • Hands – Improved Definition of Back of Hands.
How do I prepare for PRP?

The patient should ensure that the doctor is aware of any prescription and over-the-counter medications the patient is using.

It is especially important to follow the doctor’s instructions regarding medications that prolong bleeding, such as aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen or blood thinners. The patient should not take aspirin unless a doctor has prescribed it, but acetaminophen is fine for a headache.

When PRP is used to treat hair loss, the patient should wash their hair the day of treatment, and not use any products on the hair. A clean hat should be brought to the appointment and worn after the procedure to protect the area.

Because PRP therapy involves drawing blood, it is important for the patient to eat a meal before the procedure to avoid lightheadedness.

What should I expect before the PRP procedure?

First, the doctor draws a small amount of blood from the patient’s arm. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge that spins at high speed and separates the platelets from the rest of the blood components.

After injecting lidocaine to numb the treatment area, the doctor carefully injects the PRP into multiple places under the skin. The platelets break down and release their growth factors, which trigger the natural processes of cell proliferation and tissue renewal.

The procedure itself takes about 30 minutes, and most people can resume their normal activities immediately afterward.

What should I expect after PRP treatment?

The patient should avoid washing the treatment area for 48 hours. After that, it is all right to use hair and skin care products and continue with topical medications.

The treatment area may be sore for two or three days and the patient may notice some bruising. Acetaminophen can help ease discomfort. In case of severe pain, the patient should notify the doctor’s office right away.

Hair dye or coloring treatments can resume one week after PRP treatment.

The effect of treatment is most noticeable after at least six months. Repeat treatments may be necessary to maintain the improvement in hair growth and texture.

Recent studies have suggested that applying PRP to the scalp can address androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). Complex baldness problems may require getting once-a-month PRP treatments for four to six months.

For all patients addressing hair loss, consistent treatment with PRP therapy yields optimal results.