About PRP Therapy
PRP: The power of platelets, using your own cells to stimulate collagen production, reduce under-eye circles and thicken hair.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, commonly referred to as “PRP’, is a non-invasive procedure that is simple, painless, and conveniently done in a single office visit. The process consists of having a small amount of blood drawn from the patient, just like a routine blood test. Once the blood is drawn it is then placed into a centrifuge which spins the blood at high speeds in order to separate the blood into red blood cells and concentrated platelets. Once separated the red blood cells are discarded, and we are left with concentrated Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) which is ready to be used in the treatment process.
PRP injection therapy acts as a matrix that promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerates tissue, and thus acts as to naturally smooth and tighten the skin. This means you can get a more youthful look in a short period as it softens wrinkles creating smoother skin texture and tone.
As a non-invasive hair loss management treatment, the growth factors in your blood cells help stimulate your hair growth cells to produce thicker hair over time.
Introducing Microneedling to these procedures jump-starts the body’s healing response. As a result, new collagen is formed on the skin and hands as well as inducing hair growth on the scalp.
What Conditions Can PRP Injections Treat?
Platelet-rich plasma has been widely used in the treatment of traumatic and degenerative injuries. Its recent addition to plastic surgery and aesthetic medicine has opened the doors for the correction of many of the signs of aging. Currently, PRP injections or microneedling are used to treat cosmetic concerns such as acne scarring and other mild scars, the signs of aging on the face and hands, alopecia, and male pattern baldness.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for PRP Injections?
Adults who are interested in natural tissue rejuvenation to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and textural irregularities are often good candidates for PRP injections. Ideal candidates are in good general health and do not smoke or drink excessively, as these habits affect the body’s ability to produce collagen and other regenerative chemicals. A PRP consultation involves a discussion about goals, a brief medical history, and details about how platelet-rich plasma works and what may inhibit the efficacy of this treatment.
What to Expect from PRP Injections
Patients who receive PRP injections can expect both side effects and dramatic improvements. Initially, the skin may become inflamed as a result of injections. Areas where PRP has been introduced may look red and swollen. In some cases, bruising occurs. These side effects typically resolve within a week. If the skin becomes rough or flaky after treatment, it is important to moisturize and use facial sprays as needed and to avoid rubbing or picking. Finally, sun protection should be prioritized.
A few weeks after PRP injections, new collagen is forming and generating new, healthy cells in the deeper layers of the skin. This may be revealed in smoother, more vibrant skin. Collagen remodeling continues for several months. With the action occurring well below the epidermis, patients may only see mild changes in their skin’s appearance in the early weeks after treatment. For a more significant cosmetic change, many patients choose to integrate microneedling into their long-term beauty regimen.
How often is PRP recommended?
The results of PRP treatments become increasingly visible for 4 to 12 weeks. If, during this timeframe, further improvements are desired, treatment may be repeated. Depending on the degree of correction that is needed, a patient may undergo PRP microneedling or injections every 4 to 12 weeks. Once the foundation of collagen has been rebuilt, touch-ups can be performed annually or a few times a year. Maintenance continues to stimulate and nourish fibroblasts and other cells involved in tissue regeneration
How Long Does It Take for PRP Injections to Work?
The speed at which the effects of PRP are reflected in one’s appearance may vary. Generally, patients notice a new glow to their skin within a few days of PRP microneedling or injections. This relates to the increase in circulation through the dermis and epidermis and the increase in fibroblast activity in the deeper layers of the skin. As new collagen forms, the skin becomes firmer and smoother. However, these effects occur gradually and subtly over up to 12 months.
Can You Exercise After PRP Injections?
To minimize risks, patients are advised to postpone strenuous exercise for 24 hours after PRP injections or microneedling with PRP. Strenuous exercise is described as any activity that increases heart rate to over 100 beats per minute. Additionally, patients should avoid all forms of excessive heat for 24 hours, including but not limited to hair-dryers, saunas, hot tubs, sun exposure, and hot showers or baths.
Are PRP Injections Safe?
PRP injections have a long history of use in areas of medicine that focus on tissue regeneration. This organic substance harvested from a patient’s blood has provided valuable benefits in wound healing, joint injuries, and hair restoration. The safety of platelet-rich plasma has been well-established through years of clinical use as an independent therapy or in conjunction with other procedures.
Schedule an Appointment
To learn more about PRP Injections and other rejuvenating treatments, schedule an appointment with New Look Skin Center by calling us at (818) 662-5005. Our practice serves Glendale, Encino, and Irvine, CA.