October 12, 2018
Platelet-Rich Plasma PRP skin and hair rejuvenation treatments are frequently sensationalized by mainstream media. Reality stars splash their post-procedure images all over social media with very little explanation of the actual therapeutic benefits of PRP. As a result, many patients feel uncertain about the efficacy or even safety of the treatments.
The truth is that PRP has been used for decades to repair and rejuvenate human tissue safely and with incredible outcomes. Let's take a closer look at what this innovative treatment can do for your skin and hair.
PRP uses the platelets (or growth factors) that have been isolated from your blood to repair and rejuvenate skin tissue and hair follicles. For example, when your body has an injury to its soft tissue, it naturally sends platelets to this area to start the healing process. These platelets then release growth factors that increase the production of collagen, stimulate blood flow, and regenerate at the injury site. A cosmetic PRP treatment is merely harnessing that reaction and targeting it towards specific areas you would like to improve the health and appearance of, such as your skin and hair!
Only a physician or registered nurse should perform your PRP treatment to ensure your safety. Treatment begins by drawing a small amount of your blood and then placing it in a specialized centrifuge to spin and separate out the platelets from the red blood cells. Next, the plasma is prepared for topical or injectable application. There are several ways to utilize this plasma to enhance your appearance.
COMMON PRP TREATMENTS
The PRP Facelift is a treatment focused on increasing the health, vibrancy, lift, and volume of your skin. Your plasma is injected into your skin in areas commonly filled with dermal fillers. Your PRP Facelift can be complemented with dermal fillers, like Voluma, during your treatment for an accelerated result. This natural approach creates a more youthful face shape and is highly beneficial to the undereye area. The PRP Facelift is commonly performed with a PRP Facial to enhance your results dramatically.
The PRP Facial uses Microneedling technology to create a latticework of small openings and channels into your skin's surface for the platelet-rich plasma to be absorbed. Your entire face (or other treatment areas like the neck, chest, hands, scar) will first be microneedled by a registered nurse or licensed aesthetician. They will then apply the platelet-rich plasma to each microneedled section of your skin to rejuvenate your skin's texture, firmness, and vitality. This treatment is excellent for acne scarring is highly beneficial to add directly after our PRP Facelift.
PRP Hair Restoration can be directed to target the regrowth of beneficial components of our skin, its power can also be focused on our follicles. Injections of PRP into your scalp can help you produce stronger, longer and thicker hair by bringing dormant follicles back to life. This method of hair restoration may be beneficial to those suffering from alopecia, heredity hair loss, hormonally-induced hair thinning and male pattern baldness. It is important to note that multiple treatments will be needed to see optimal outcomes with this PRP therapy.
Following your PRP Facelift: Immediately after your PRP Facelift, your skin may be slightly tender at the injection sites, but you will see an immediate lift and brightness to your skin. As the weeks pass, you will notice your skin begin to look and feel firmer, thicker and more lifted. Because PRP can also increase the micro-circulation in our skin, it is not uncommon to get compliments about how radiant, refreshed, and glowing you look! To maintain the results of your PRP Facelift, we recommend treatment every 12 to 18 months. With each treatment, your skin will not only LOOK better, but it will also be healthier overall.
Following your PRP Facial: As with any Microneedling procedure, your skin will appear slightly pink, almost windburned, after your treatment. Because the PRP is topically applied in this method, you will be advised not to wash your face for at least 12 hours. Within three days you'll notice smoother, tighter and more vibrant looking skin. Within three months you may note significant softening of acne scarring, enlarged pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. The PRP Facial is best done in a series of treatments and repeated at least once a year from there on out to continuously improve your skin and prevent the signs of aging
Following PRP Hair Restoration: Immediately after your PRP Hair Restoration treatment, your scalp will be tender and slightly inflamed. This response is, and any redness may take up to one week to fully subside. It is recommended that you wear a hat the day after your treatment in the event of sun exposure.
Because the growth cycle of new hair happens in intervals of 3 to 4 weeks, results with this method of PRP take time to be realized. It can take up to 3 months to see the beginning stages of fresh, new, fine hairs being to grow in. But, most of our patients note marked improvement after only one treatment. New growth will be thicker and stronger and denser in its growth.
Whether you seek platelet-rich plasma treatments because they are a natural way to rejuvenate your appearance, or you are merely looking for a way to boost and enhance the effectiveness of your other treatments like dermal fillers and/or Microneedling, PRP is a wonderful treatment option that delivers safe and effective results.