Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP/PRF)

What Is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a component of blood rich in water and proteins that plays a key role in the body’s natural healing process. PRP treatments can stimulate natural growth factors the human body utilizes to heal tissue, promoting collagen production, hair growth and more.

PRP injections are prepared by extracting a patients own platelet-rich plasma from the blood. These activated platelets can then be injected directly into the target area to achieve the desired result.

Where Can PRP Be Used?

PRP has two main cosmetic functions: stimulating hair growth and stimulating collagen production while providing subtle fullness.

Hair Growth when injected into areas with decreased hair growth or hair loss, PRP will help maintain an increase of blood supply to the hair follicle allowing for thickening of the hair shaft, and overall hair growth. 

Rejuvenation when injected in the face, specifically the under-eye area, PRP can diminish the appearance of dark circles and hollowness by stimulating collagen production in the area and providing volume.

PRP is also the star component of our Microneedling treatment, which corrects and brightens the skin.

PATIENT EDUCATION

PRP Injections for Hairloss treatments have been shown to increase hair count, hair thickness, and the growth phase of the hair cycle. Depending on the cause of hair loss almost everyone experiencing hair loss is essentially a good candidate for PRP treatments. Those with early signs of hair loss tend to respond best. Blood is mainly a liquid (called plasma), it also contains small solid components (red cells, white cells, and platelets.) Platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are very important in the process of healing. PRP is plasma with many more platelets than what is typically found in blood. The concentration of platelets — and, thereby, the concentration of growth factors — can be 5 to 10 times greater (or richer) than usual. The growth factors have been found to help stimulate the activity of the hair follicles and promote new hair growth.

How does it work? To isolate the PRP, blood must first be drawn from a patient and placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the other blood cells. Leaving the “Liquid Gold” or PRP separated and available for injection. The PRP is then injected directly into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles. Typically the entire procedure takes less than a half hour. For best results, consistency is key. Treatments are typically performed once a month for the first three to four months, and up to six months. Then maintenance treatments every three to six months should begin thereafter, depending on the individual patients’ response and results. With this treatment plan results can be seen as early as two to three months. The first result is seen with decreased hair shedding, followed by early regrowth and longer length of hair.

PRP HAIRLOSS PRE/POST CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Prior to Treatment

  • Please schedule your appointment to allow for a couple of days or more of potential swelling and tenderness.
  • Caution if you have a history or migraines, one may be triggered by treatment.
  • Wash your hair the day of the appointment with your regular shampoo.
  • On the day of your appointment do not apply sprays, gels, or any other products to your hair.
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding cannot be treated.
  • Patients actively undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment cannot be treated. Patients must be in remission for 6 months to be treated.
  • If you have recently used the medication Accutane, it is recommended to postpone treatment until at least 12 months after stopping the medication.
  • Please inform your provider of any and all previous treatments, procedures, or surgery medical conditions, medications you are taking, skin disorders, allergies, history of anaphylaxis, and any other medical problems.
  • If you have received a hair transplant you must wait 4-6 months post treatment to begin your PRP treatments.
  • If you have an active cold sore/fever blister, canker sore or shingles you will need to postpone treatment. If you are prone to developing cold sores/fever blisters or shingles. Please contact us 1 week prior to your treatment for recommendations.
  • Avoid Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Aspirin, Motrin, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, St. John’s Wort, Garlic and other Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory products 5-7 days prior to treatment. Doing this will help decrease your chance of bruising. Do not stop taking any medications that have been prescribed to you without first discussing it with your provider.
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages 48-72 hours before treatment to reduce the risk of bruising. Tylenol will not increase the chance of bruising and is preferred for the week prior to treatment. To help with possible discomfort, you may take Tylenol one hour prior to your scheduled appointment. Do not take more than 3000mg of Tylenol in a 24 hour period.

Post Treatment

  • Your scalp may be pink/red and appear to have a sunburn appearance.
  • You will experience swelling that should resolve within several days.
  • Do not wash hair for 5-7 days post treatment.
  • Do not apply gel, sprays or any other products to hair post treatment No swimming post treatment.
  • No vigorous activity for 72 hours post treatment.
  • Do not manipulate, push, brush or rub injection sites or (hair) within the first 48 hours.

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