PRP has become a highly sought-after non-surgical procedure for facial and skin rejuvenation and hair restoration.
PRP therapy uses your own blood platelets to stimulate new cell growth. Cosmetic and medical applications include microneedling with PRP for improved complexion and skin texture; facial injections with PRP, alone or in combination with dermal fillers, for increased collagen production and facial volume; scalp injections with PRP for hair volume restoration; as well as a novel treatment of specific medical conditions.
Your blood is essentially made up of four components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. We draw your blood and separate your blood cells from your plasma and platelets. The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is then re-injected into the skin or scalp.
- PRP Microneedling
- PRP For Hair Restoration
- PRP For Inflammatory Vulvar Disease
- PRP Frequently Asked Questions
Microneedling with PRP
PRP applied topically during microneedling enhances collagen creation and stimulates cell turnover and skin regeneration.
If you’re not using PRP and microneedling you’re missing out! Advertised as the vampire facial or blood facial, the results are meant to mimic a facelift, but with zero downtime. The platelets contain growth factors that can stimulate collagen synthesis, skin renewal, cell growth, and tissue regeneration.
PRP For Hair Restoration
Are you looking for a hair loss solution? Beat hair loss with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy.
About 50 million American men and 30 million women have male- or female-pattern baldness. Hair loss and hair thinning can begin at any age, but is much more common after the age of 50. PRP is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for male and female patients experiencing hair loss. There are virtually no side effects from PRP, except for a mild feeling of pressure at the injection site.
Doctors began using PRP in dermatology after research found that high concentrations of platelets in plasma cells helps promote growth by prolonging the growing phase of the hair cycle.
PRP therapy is used in hair restoration for natural looking results. With a thin needle, PRP is injected into the scalp where hair loss has occurred. The injections are made across the scalp, approximately every half inch over the area of thinning hair. Then the growth factors in your blood cells do their job and hair growth is naturally stimulated.
Results may vary based on genetics, pattern and amount of hair loss, age, and hormones. For best results, consistency is important. Treatments are typically performed monthly for three to four months and at maintenance intervals as recommended by your dermatologist thereafter.
The entire process takes 30-45 minutes.
PRP therapy works better if your hair loss is recent. It is more challenging to wake up hair follicles that have been dormant for a long time.
PRP For Inflammatory Vulvar Disease
You are not alone! If you are the one in four women who experience chronic vulvar pain at some point in your life PRP may help. Vulvodynia is a very common disorder affecting women and girls of all ages and ethnicities. The appearance of dermatologic conditions in the vulva are often different than their appearance on other areas of the body.
Based on recent clinical studies, PRP is a potential alternative to other medical or surgical treatments and may be more effective and long lasting. Injection of platelet rich plasma (PRP) into affected areas has been reported to result in the regeneration of normal skin.
PRP Frequently Asked Questions
What is PRP?
PRP is a natural product created from your own body. A small amount of blood is drawn in to a sterile tube that is spun down in a centrifuge to separate the different components of the blood. Red and white blood cells are divided from the platelets and the plasma. The plasma contains a higher than normal number of platelets and is called platelet rich plasma, or PRP.
How Does PRP Work?
Platelets are the cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow new cells.
PRP injected in to specific areas of the skin act as a matrix that promotes your collagen to grow, regenerate tissue, and this act to naturally smooth and tighten the skin. PRP softens wrinkles and created smoother skin texture and tone.
PRP uses the platelets to stimulate activity in the hair follicles. The plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors and can promote new hair growth.
Is There A Risk of Allergic Reaction?
PRP harnesses the beneficial functions of the patients own platelets. Therefore, there is no risk of allergy or rejection of the treatment.
What is the Procedure?
During treatment, a medical assistant will draw your blood and spin it to separate out the platelets and plasma.
For microneedling, your aesthetician will utilize the plasma as glide for the microneedling device. For injections, your dermatologist will inject the plasma.
What Should You Expect Post Treatment?
Most people will experience some mild to moderate swelling in the area of treatment, redness, or heat, which are all common side effects and are part of the activation of your platelets. Bruising can occur and may take several days to disappear.
How Many Treatments Will I Need? When Will I See Results?
Most patients will require three treatments at four to six week intervals.
When Will I See Results?
The first thing people notice is an improvement in skin texture and elasticity. Collagen production can take up to three months to occur and the results can differ depending on the individual. Because the injected product is 100% your own, factors such as smoking, stress, and illness can effect results.
Who Should Not Have PRP Treatment?
PRP is safe and effective for most patients. However, it is not recommended if you fall in to one of these groups:
• If you are on blood thinners, your platelets won’t work as effectively and the procedure may not be as effective.
• If you have an underlying disorder such as thyroid disease or lupus, you are not likely to have good hair restoration results because these conditions may cause hair loss over time.
Your past and present medical history, as well as your past cosmetic history will be assessed to determine your suitability for PRP treatments.