How Does Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Work?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains a high concentration of beneficial growth factors, platelets, and stem cells which are designed to promote healing. The procedure triggers additional collagen and elastin production for deep tissue repair. Men and women can achieve long-lasting rejuvenation with PRP treatments.
PRP with Microneedling
PRP injections are often performed alongside microneedling techniques such as SkinPen®, Morpheus8®, and fractionated laser treatments.
The process helps tighten skin and speed up the healing process. Patients can expect smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin. PRP with microneedling is a popular treatment for facial rejuvenation but can also be done on the hands, neck, or chest.
PRP Therapy for Hair Loss
PRP injections have been shown to treat symptoms of androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness). Platelet-Rich Plasma helps increase the blood supply to your hair’s follicle. The result is a thicker head of hair and continued support of new cell growth. PRP Therapy for hair loss can be done on its own or in conjunction with other medications or procedures for long-term results.
PRP for Laser Enhancement
Pairing PRP with lasers such as Halo or Pro-Fractional XC™ laser treatments produces noticeable results with minimal downtime. Adding PRP to your laser procedure boosts long-term collagen production. Patients can address visible signs of aging or sun damage such as bothersome lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and lax skin. Treatments can also be done as a preventative measure for already youthful skin.
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Am I A Good Candidate?
PRP uses your own platelets and growth factors, making it a safe and effective treatment for just about anyone. The risk for an allergic reaction is much lower than traditional synthetic enhancers.
At Levy Dermatology, we’re using the beneficial powers of platelet-rich plasma to treat a variety of aesthetic concerns ranging from hair loss to facial rejuvenation.
What Is Recovery Like?
Which treatment you choose and what area of concern you’re addressing determines your recovery. The PRP extraction itself is no more painful than the pinch of an injection as blood is drawn and spun in a lab-grade centrifuge to separate out the PRP. If you’re having hair restoration, the PRP is then reintroduced to your scalp through a further series of injections. Other than some tenderness at the injection site, there’s little to no recovery required. For post-laser or microneedling treatment, it is applied topically to the affected area.
If you have PRP applied with microneedling treatment, you could experience less redness and tenderness and a quicker healing time than if you did not have PRP.
PRP with Laser Therapy recovery depends on the type of laser treatment you’ve chosen. Halo and Pro-Fractional XC™ laser treatments result in a few days of redness, swelling, tenderness, and a sunburn-like sensation. PRP helps these symptoms resolve more quickly and, in some cases, with even better results.
What Results Can I Expect?
PRP has shown amazing potential to enhance cosmetic treatments, or in the case of hair restoration, as a treatment itself. If hair restoration is your aim, you could notice an increase in the number of hairs, how thick those hairs appear, and improvement in the strength of those hair roots. Most people require a series of treatments to achieve their goals.
Microneedling results with PRP can be seen almost immediately with an increase to skin’s radiance and smoothness. Over the course of the next several weeks, your collagen and elastin production will improve, resulting in firmer skin with fewer wrinkles and a more even texture and tone. PRP gives these improvements greater depth beneath the skin’s surface.
With laser therapy enhanced by PRP, most results will be visible beginning 2-5 days following treatment with continued improvement over the course of the next several months. As with most laser treatments, a series of sessions are recommended for optimal results.