Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) FAQ

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
We obtain Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm into a sterile tube. This sample is centrifuged to separate your plasma, which we use for the treatment, from your red and white blood cells. Plasma contains high concentration of platelets, stem cells and growth factors. Platelets help your tissue heal and grow new cells.

Historically, PRP has been primarily used in orthopedic medicine, dentistry and reconstructive surgery to help speed recovery. Now cosmetic dermatology also uses it to help damaged, aging skin grow new collagen and elastin for beautiful, youthful results.

What are the benefits of microneedling with PRP?
When PRP is used with microneedling it penetrates your skin through the tiny channels the needles create, supercharging the microneedling benefits.

Who is a good candidate for microneedling with PRP?
Microneedling with PRP is a very safe and effective treatment for adults of all skin types who wish to improve their skin quality and health. The depth of the microneedling device can be adjusted to meet the patient’s individual needs and objectives. Due to its low-risk profile, microneedling with PRP is a good option for people who are not good candidates for lasers, such as those with darker skin types.

When will I see results?
You’ll notice an immediate “glow” to your skin and it will continue to improve over the next few weeks. The full results can be seen up to six months post treatment as collagen production continues.

How long does the PRP procedure take?
Adding PRP or PRF to your treatment only adds a few more minutes. The initial blood draw adds practically no additional time as it can be done while you wait for your skin to numb prior to treatment. The blood is processed in the centrifuge during your treatment. Whether your plasma is applied as a topical serum or injected, you can expect about ten additional minutes.

You appointment time overall varies depending upon treatment area and the type of treatment you and your practitioner choose.

Can I have an allergic reactions to these treatments?
Since the extracted plasma is autologous—which means it contains substances that come directly from your own body—it is not possible for your system to have an adverse reaction. This is one of the reasons PRP is so exciting and safe for medical, dental, and cosmetic use.

How much downtime is required for a PRP procedure?
The downtime is minimal with only one to three days of mild redness, depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment. A post-treatment kit will help speed your recovery. You will be asked to stay out of the sun for 24-48 hours following the procedure and avoid washing the treated area until the next day. Some minor bruising and swelling may occur.

Is more than one PRP treatment recommended?
The addition of PRP to your treatment can decrease the overall number of treatments needed. Different treatments yield different results, and other variables come into play: the intensity of treatment, your goals, your skin type, your options for downtime, treatment area, and more factors. You and your practitioner will discuss the number of treatments you may need during your initial consultation.

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