What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a skin and hair rejuvenating system designed to restore your natural beauty through the use of your own blood to isolate plasma, where a concentrate of nutrients and platelets reside. Platelets are cells that naturally assist your body in healing and generating new tissue. Platelets also contain Growth Factors, which are involved in stem cell migration, and ultimately activate, rejuvenate, and regenerate cells throughout the body. By isolating the platelet-rich portion of your blood and injecting it back into target regions, you are able to fight the signs of aging and correct imperfections using your body’s natural biology.
How is PRP injected?
A small quantity of blood is drawn from the patient. This is a relatively small amount compared to blood donation which removes approximately 500cc. The blood is spun in a special centrifuge to separate its components (Platelet-Rich Plasma from Red Blood Cells). This takes around 12 minutes. The PRP is then separated from the rest of the blood and drawn in to a syringe to prepare for re-injection back in to the targeted area that has been discussed together with your practitioner.
What to expect post PRP injection?
When PRP is injected into the targeted area of treatment, it causes a mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As the platelets organize in the tissue, they release a number of enzymes, particularly growth factors, which in turn, amplifies the healing process to promote healing and restoration of damaged tissue, improving the overall skin texture and tone.
How long does PRP results last?
Results can vary, however, PRP injections begin to work after one to three treatments. Recommended treatment amount is 6 treatments for complete restoration with PRP.
PRP has also been shown anecdotally to restore and promote hair growth for those who are affected with alopecia. It can also be combined together with hyaluronic acid dermal filler for an enhanced result.
If PRP is combined with hyaluronic acid dermal filler, generally 1 treatment is necessary with the option for additional PRP treatments for continuous skin rejuvenation. Once results have been attained, it is recommended to have 1-2 PRP treatment annually to maintain results.
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*Please note that patients suffering from active infection, cancer, or other autoimmune disorders are contraindicated for this treatment.
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