Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a safe injection treatment that uses the components of a person’s own blood to stimulate collagen and elastin reproduction. Platelets are very small cells in your blood that are involved in the clotting process. 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.  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.

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 platelet rich plasma 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.

How long does PRP results last?

Results can vary, however, PRP injections begin to work after one to two treatments.  Recommended treatment amount is 6 treatments for complete restoration with PRP.  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.


Pre-Procedure Care

  • Avoid taking NSAIDS (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) medications (e.g. Ibprofen, Aleve, Motrin), Aspirin, Vitamin E, St. John’s wort, and other dietary supplements including gingko, evening primrose oil, garlic, feverfew and ginseng at least 3 days prior to your treatment date (if appropriate – please discuss with your health care provider before discontinuing)
  • Discontinue any alcohol consumption at least 3 days before treatment

Post-Procedure Care

  • Avoid massages, facials or activities that can manipulate the treated areas or cause facial flushing (exercising, tanning, application of heat to the face, alcohol consumption)
  • If bruising or swelling occurs, apply a soft ice pack for 10-15 minutes to each bruise site, every 1-2 hours until it is improved