What is PRP?
PRP is a natural product created from your own body. A small amount of blood is drawn and spun down in a centrifuge to separate into different components. The platelets and plasma are separated from the red and white cells. The plasma contains a higher-than-normal number of platelets and is called PRP (platelet rich plasma)
What PRP is used for?
PRP regenerates tissue and promotes your own collagen production. It naturally smoothes and tightens skin, softens wrinkles, creates smoother skin texture and tone. It can plump cheek indentations and soften under eye hollows. It can be used with hyaluronic acid fillers.
How often do I need to do PRP?
3-4 treatments are recommended; they should be spaced 1-2 months apart to achieve optimal results. Some conditions like deep wrinkles, stretch marks and acne scars may need 6-8 treatments.
When do I see results?
Results begin to show 3-4 weeks after the treatment and continue to improve with time. Maximum collagen regeneration occurs approximately 3 months after the last treatment.
Do I need to repeat the PRP treatment?
Each patient is different but usually the results of the treatment are maintained for 24 months.
Will I have downtime or an allergic reaction after the PRP treatment?
There are very few side effects. The PRP is sourced from the patient’s body, which eliminates the risk of an allergic reaction. There can be mild swelling, bruising and redness for 24 hours after the procedure. A bruise at the blood taking site may be visible for 2-3 days.
Who cannot use PRP treatment?
Heavy smokers will get poor results. The treatment is not recommended during pregnancy or for people with platelet or clotting disorders, metastatic cancer or severe liver disease.
Can I have the PRP treatment combined with fillers and Botox?
Yes, patient can have Botox, hyaluronic acid filler injections and PRP on the same day. PRP will be done first before the other treatments.
How long do PRP treatments take?
They take approximately 1 hour. It takes time to withdraw the blood, separate the blood, activate the serum and inject the PRP into the treatment area.
What type of numbing will I require?
Topical numbing will be applied for 20min prior to the treatment, but no anesthesia or medication is necessary.
Before the procedure
It is important to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E and alcohol for one week prior to treatment. This will minimize the chances of bruising.
Wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30.