PRP- Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
PRP promotes hair growth, skin rejuvenation and reduction in scars
PRP- also known as Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a new treatment that uses your own growth factors from your platelets to stimulate repair and regeneration of tissues. In dermatology, PRP can be used for hair regrowth, facial rejuvenation and scar reduction. PRP has been used for years to treat pain and injured tissue and joints. Now, use your own body’s healing cells to stimulate your hair and skin.
PRP can treat anything from fine lines and sun damage to deep wrinkles and acne scarring. It requires a simple blood draw from the arm and uses a centrifuge to separate the platelets into platelet rich plasma. This PRP has abundant natural growth factors that enhance the health and growth of many skin cells. This PRP is either injected into the skin or placed on the skin after another procedure such as microneedling or fractional resurfacing that allows it to penetrate in the skin.
Hair Restoration. PRP can slow down hair loss and stimulate new hair growth. It is usually injected into the areas of hair loss.
Facial rejuvenation: In the face, PRP can stimulate collagen production, keeping the skin smooth, plump and firm. This is often applied after microneedling or laser treatments to enhance the results. PRP can also be used in conjunction with fillers to enhance collagen stimulation and provide longer lasting results.
Scar reduction: PRP can improve scars by enhancing collagen growth. This is often combined with fillers or subcision.
Downtime: Varies depending on procedure. Initial redness will occur in the treatment area and can last anywhere from 2-4 days (or more with Profractional). Some patients heal in as little as 24 hours. Deeper treatments require more healing time.
Procedure time: Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy takes about 30-45 minutes depending on which areas are treated. We generally apply numbing cream prior to minimize any discomfort. We recommend monthly treatments for 3 months, then a maintenance treatment every 3-6 months.
You are not a good candidate for PRP if:
- Low or dysfunction platelets
- Poor health or currently unstable
- Local infection at the site of the procedure
- Pregnant or breast feeding
- Hemoglobin blood count < 10 g/dl
- Platelet count < 105/ul
- Consistent use of NSAIDs within 48 hours of procedure (inhibits clotting)
- Corticosteroid injection at treatment site within 1 month
- Oral steroids or steroid injection shot within 2 weeks
- Tobacco use
- Recent fever or illness
- Cancer- especially blood cells or of bone
Prior to your procedure:
- You should drink 100 mL of water prior to arriving at the office for their treatment.
- Avoid fatty foods for 24 hours prior to treatment.
- Recent CBC, Platelet count
Possible adverse effects:
- Damage to blood vessels, hematoma, infection and/ or irritation.
- Temporary or rarely permanent nerve damage that may result in pain or numbness.
- As with any injection based treatment, infection is a slight possibility
Ready to schedule your PRP treatment? Please give us a call at 704-943-3714.