Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a 100% natural way to harness your body’s own regenerative powers. In just 20 minutes, this treatment helps reverse signs of aging and sun damage. It can also be used to aid in the treatment of thinning hair. PRP is a proactive cosmetic treatment that uses the patient’s own platelet-rich plasma to improve the condition of the skin, as well as to advance the healing process after surgery and other procedures. Since the PRP is full of growth proteins, skin cells begin to produce more collagen and elastin. We use needles that are finer in diameter than a human hair, for maximum patient comfort.
PRP can treat:
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Sun damage
- Poor skin texture
- Acne scars and other areas with light scarring
- Skin discoloration
Mild improvement will be noticeable within the first few weeks, with full correction occurring at the 4-6 month mark. Most patients will require several treatments to achieve their desired results.
WHAT IS PRP THERAPY?
Your blood is essentially made up of four components: red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. PRP therapy is a proactive cosmetic treatment that utilizes a patient’s own blood platelets, nutrients, and growth factors to trigger new cell growth, improving the condition and texture of the skin, as well as the hair (if used on the scalp).
HOW IS PRP THERAPY ADMINISTERED?
We combine microneedling with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy to achieve results without surgery. During this procedure, blood is drawn from the patient and then processed through a centrifuge machine to isolate the platelets with the understanding that platelets contain healing qualities and growth factors that rejuvenate the skin as well as connective tissue, such as tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. Once the plasma has been enhanced with platelets, this platelet-rich plasma is injected or needled back into target areas in the face and neck, according to the individual’s specific concerns. As part of the body’s natural healing process, platelets and other components in human blood circulate to the treatment area. Platelets release numerous growth factors that respond to injury and initiate and promote the proper conditions for healing. With PRP, your recovery is speedy.
HOW DOES PRP THERAPY WORK?
Clinical studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can potentially speed up the healing process when platelet-rich plasma is delivered directly to a specific injury site, assisting with the healing of tendons and joints in that region. In much the same way, PRP solution can also be used to rejuvenate and heal damaged skin tissue in the facial region, restoring firmness, elasticity, and smoothness, diminishing appearance of pores, while reinforcing the cellular structure of the skin. In the scalp, health is improved, and hair growth is more supported. PRP may be repeated every 2 months for optimal and ongoing results.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES PRP THERAPY TREAT?
PRP therapy is making incredible strides in the field of aesthetics and cosmetic dermatology in many applications. By utilizing the healing properties of a patient’s own blood, safe and effective results become visible with a speedy recovery. The procedure is known for improving skin tone, elasticity, firmness, volume, and boosting collagen production, providing continued improvements to the skin. PRP is also known for its therapeutic and restorative benefits for scalp and hair health. PRP of the scalp is done when there is early hair loss, post hair transplantation, or as a proactive measure to support hair growth.
COST OF PRP THERAPY
PRP is a relatively inexpensive procedure in the cosmetic field for rejuvenating the skin, but prices vary according to the size of the treatment area. An estimated range is $200-$600, depending on the area(s) to be treated. To keep the costs of PRP therapy manageable for all our patients, our office proudly accepts flexible payment options.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS PRP TREATMENT GOOD FOR?
Expedited healing, and collagen stimulation.
DOES PRP REALLY WORK?
Yes, studies show that PRP helps increase healing time
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF A PRP INJECTION?
There have been no known side effects associated with PRP. As with any injectable procedure some patients may experience mild tenderness.
HOW LONG DOES PRP TAKE TO WORK?
Benefits are seen as soon as 1 week up to several months.
HOW PAINFUL IS A PRP INJECTION?
Temporary discomfort while injecting.
IS PRP HARMFUL?
There are virtually no risks.
DOES PRP INCREASE HAIR DENSITY?
Yes, studies have shown that PRP does increase the density of the hair
IS PRP TREATMENT PERMANENT?
We recommend continued maintenance treatments for best results.
WHAT IS THE SUCCESS RATE OF PRP INJECTIONS?
It varies from patient to patient and their desired outcome as well as the Physicians treatment plan
IS PRP GOOD FOR ALOPECIA AREATA?
It depends on the severity as this is a complex medical condition with few known treatments.