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What is PRP and What Can It Be Used For?

Many ask what the deal is about vampire facials and what they can do for your skin. It is actually a procedure using platelet-rich plasma taken from your own blood! Here is the scoop on the latest trend:

What is PRP?

PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, uses your own platelets to speed up the healing process of injured ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joints. Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood and platelets are important for clotting and play a key role in the body’s healing functions. PRP is prepared by taking 10-30 mL of blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. This concentrate is then directly injected into the affected areas and stimulates the cells that repair.

What can PRP be used for?

PRP can be used to treat medical conditions such as tendon injuries or arthritis pain, but have also become increasingly popular for cosmetic procedures. PRP can also be used to treat some forms of hair loss by stimulating the hair follicle. PRP is also used on the face along with microneedling to treat acne scarring, age spots, and hyperpigmentation. This will promote the healthy growth of skin cells, leaving your face rejuvenated and hydrated.

Is it painful?

There is a blood draw, which is typically just a slight pinch. Topical lidocaine is then applied to the face before microneedling to decrease the pain of the procedure. Some describe microneedling as a scratching sensation. PRP with Microneedling can sound like mysterious process, but most people leave the office only looking a little sunburned, due to the red appearance.

How long does PRP take to work?

Obviously, everyone is different, but PRP treatment for hair loss typically consists of three sessions about 4-6 weeks apart and maintenance sessions may be necessary after the initial treatment. For the treatment of acne scarring and age spots, multiple sessions may be needed before seeing results.

Interested in discussing if PRP is right for you? Give our office a call and we would be happy to schedule a consultation!



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