What is PRP?
Your blood is made up of a liquid called plasma and some small solid components – red cells, white cells, and platelets. You may be familiar with platelets’ best-known role, which is in helping blood to clot. Platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors, which are very important in healing injuries and stimulating new cell growth.
PRP (or platelet-rich plasma) is plasma with a higher concentration of platelets that are typically found in blood. PRP may contain 5 or 10 times the average number of platelets, so it is extremely rich in growth-factor proteins. PRP is also prepared in a way that strains out the other solids — red and white blood cells.
How is PRP obtained for treatment?
To develop a PRP preparation, your clinician draws your blood, usually from your arm. Using a special centrifuge, the drawn blood is spun for about 10 minutes until it naturally separates into 3 layers: platelet-rich plasma, platelet-poor plasma, and red and white blood cells. The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is what will be used in treatment injections.
What conditions can we treat with PRP?
PRP for Hair Loss
Hair loss (thinning hair, bald patches, receding hairline) may be successfully treated, for many patients, with injections of PRP into the scalp at the sites of thinning. The platelet-rich plasma, with its high concentration of growth-factor proteins, stimulates natural hair growth and supports it by increasing blood supply to the hair follicles and thickness of the hair shaft.
Your clinician will administer medication to ease discomfort during the injections. You may experience some redness, swelling, soreness and bruising at the injection sites after treatment, but these generally resolve in a day or two. Because the PRP is obtained from your own blood, and the red and white blood cells are removed, there is no risk of allergic reaction to or infection from the PRP itself. Talk with your provider before treatment about any allergies you may have to pain medication.
PRP treatment for hair loss requires several treatments 4 to 6 weeks apart. Maintenance treatments may be required every 4 to 6 months.
PRP with Micro-needling for Facial Rejuvenation
When combined with Microneedling with the DermaPen®, PRP’s growth-factor rich platelets are delivered beneath the surface of the skin, stimulating collagen growth, healthy vascularization (pigmentation), and new skin cell growth. This treatment reduces signs of aging, such as dryness, uneven pigmentation, dull tone, and fine wrinkles and lines.
Your clinician will prepare your skin with a numbing gel discomfort during the treatment. Because Microneedling involves lightly damaging the skin with fine needles (to stimulate the body’s own healing response, which the PRP will enhance), you will likely experience some redness, swelling, soreness or bruising after treatment, but these generally resolve in a day or two. Because the PRP is obtained from your own blood, and the red and white blood cells are removed, there is no risk of allergic reaction to or infection from the PRP itself. Talk with your provider before treatment about any allergies you may have to the numbing gel.
Best results are achieved with a series of PRP/Microneedling facials, scheduled several weeks apart, with maintenance follow-up as desired.
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