Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is concentrated blood plasma that contains 3 to 5 times the number of platelets in normal blood. It also contains growth factors, including Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF), Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF), and Transforming Growth Factor (TGF), that help in cell rejuvenation.
In a facial rejuvenation procedure, PRP uses your plasma to stimulate collagen production and cell migration, allowing for the removal of wrinkles, folds, and lines. It restores glow and radiance to your skin, making it look younger and subtle for as long as two years.
PRP has also been beneficial in treating knee osteoarthritis, tendon injuries, and baldness or hair thinning.
What is PRP Treatment?
PRP injections are prepared by extracting a few tubes of your blood and spinning it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are injected directly into the patient’s injured or diseased body tissue. The injection signals the release of various growth factors that stimulate cellular processes like cell proliferation, differentiation, and cell division for tissue healing.
What is PRP used For?
Initially used to treat joint injuries, PRP has gained significant traction over the past few years as an innovative way for skin rejuvenation and hair regrowth. Here are a few benefits of PRP you should know about.
PRP for Hair Restoration
With hair loss, studies suggest injecting platelets into a patient’s blood improves the blood supply to the hair follicles. This increases blood flow to hair follicles and the thickness of the hair shafts.
Here are some cases where PRP is found to be beneficial:
- Balding men
- Women experiencing hair loss or thinning hair due to menopause
- People experiencing hair loss within the last five years
There are also some cases where PRP may not be a good option, including:
- Health conditions that cause hair loss as a symptom, including lupus or thyroid diseases, like hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
- Patients with a history of bleeding disorders, clotting disorders, blood thinners, or hepatitis
- Skin cancer, hormonal imbalance, or an underlying active infection on the scalp
A vampire facelift is a cosmetic procedure that uses the patient’s blood to reverse the signs of aging. The procedure involves injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and hyaluronic acid filler, like Juvederm, to increase cell turnover, stimulate collagen production, and elastin for firmer, younger-looking skin. The filler instantly smoothes wrinkles and creases, while the PRP improves your skin’s overall glow. The downtime should be minimal, but it is still important to find a trusted dermatologist or plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.
Side effects of a vampire facelift resolve quickly and include:
- tingling or a slight burning sensation
- reactions to hyaluronic acid fillers (rare but can occur)
A vampire facelift is a cosmetic procedure that can give the following results:
- reduce wrinkles
- plump skin
- diminish acne scars
- brighten dull skin
The procedure is safe for people of any age, but it is contraindicated in case you are taking a blood thinner, suffering from skin cancer, or have any medical condition related to blood, such as hepatitis C or HIV.
How much does PRP treatment cost?
The cost of PRP treatment can vary greatly on your location, the availability of the treatment, and many other factors. The average cost of aesthetic PRP treatments generally ranges between $500 to $1000 per treatment, with a hair restoration treatment costing approximately $2500.
Am I a good candidate for PRP treatment?
PRP therapy is usually safe for everyone. However, one should always discuss their medical history with the dermatologist to see if it is contraindicated since certain issues may mean this therapy isn’t the best choice.
How many PRP injections do you need?
Researchers have found that at least 3 sittings are required to get the best results from a PRP treatment. That means you will have to visit your dermatologist’s office thrice or more to have blood drawn, treated, and injected back into you.
Some dermatologists inject a filler (hyaluronic acid) along with PRP for immediate and effective results.
What is the downtime after PRP treatment?
You can go back to your regular activities immediately after your PRP therapy, so no downtime is involved. However, PRP may cause swelling, mild bruising, or redness. An infection may occur, but that is rare.
What are the benefits of PRP?
PRP therapy offers many benefits, including the following:
- Non-allergic, since your blood is used
- Treat a variety of skin issues safely and effectively
- Creates natural-looking results
- Equally effective in male and female
- Results continue to improve over time
- No or fewer side effects
- Requires no downtime after treatment
- Tissue regeneration and rejuvenation
- Stimulates collagen production for firmer-looking skin
- Takes only a few minutes to complete
- Offers both short-term and long-lasting results – that last more than a year
- It can be combined with other procedures
Take a step towards healthy hair and skin.
If you want to find out more about whether you are a good candidate for PRP therapy, make an appointment today with Enriched Med Spa. We will discuss your concerns with you and devise a treatment plan that will yield the best possible results.