PRP, or platelet rich plasma, has been used for years in reconstructive and orthopedic surgery to improve wound healing. It is now being used cosmetically to stimulate collagen and hair growth, enhance skin texture, and for facial rejuvenation.
PRP is a solution of platelet cells and growth factors taken from your blood. Platelets are best known for clotting, but also carry many proteins and growth factors important for healing and regeneration.
PRP stimulates cell growth where it is injected, helping your body heal itself the natural way, without using chemicals or foreign substances of any kind. There is no possibility of an allergic reaction because the plasma comes from your own body.
Using PRP for cosmetic rejuvenation
We use PRP to improve volume loss in the face, hands and neck, as well as fill out wrinkles, crepey skin, and improve acne scarring and stretch marks.
PRP is often combined with microneedling collagen induction therapy to obtain further improvement. Microneedling creates tiny punctures in the skin. In this two-step procedure, the PRP is applied topically into those punctures and injected into the skin.
PRP can also be combined with traditional fillers and laser procedures. With PRP, you will look more youthful and rejuvenated.
Using PRP for hair restoration
PRP is injected directly into scalp areas with thinning hair. Studies show that PRP stimulates follicles, increases follicle density, and leads to less hair lost when pulled on. Multiple treatments are recommended spaced two to three months apart.
What to expect during your PRP procedure
A small amount of blood is drawn from your arm. We then prepare it to isolate the platelets and associated growth factors. While the PRP is being prepared, we clean the injection site and treat it with a topical numbing gel. After 15 minutes, we use very fine needles to inject the PRP. This causes minimal discomfort. Mild swelling and bruising can occur, but this generally resolves within three days.