What is PRP?
Platelet-Rich-Plasma (PRP) Facial is a procedure for anti-aging and regenerative purposes. PRP is simply blood plasma with a concentration of platelets and other growth factors. The PRP is a non-invasive procedure of drawing one’s blood and spinning in a centrifuge, which separates the platelets from the rest of the blood’s components then administering small injections to areas that are being treated. PRP can provide an abundance of healing factors to stimulate collagen and tissue regeneration. Treatments are typically for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, tightening and toning of the skin (including the face, arms, neck & decolletage) mild collagen and volume loss, and dark under eye circles. It can also be performed on the scalp, promoting growth and slowing hair loss.
PRP for Hair Loss
Platelet-rich plasma can be used to stimulate hair growth by injecting the blood directly into the scalp. The injections are a concentration of platelets from your own blood. While research is ongoing, the idea is that the blood and growth factors introduced to the hair follicles prompt the growth of hair. Find out if you are a candidate for this treatment if you are experiencing hair loss.
Frequently Asked Questions about PRP
Which soft tissue injuries can be treated with PRP?
Injuries and damage to the muscles, tendons and ligaments are often treatable with PRP. Examples include:
- Rotator cuff tendinopathy and tendonitis
- Patellar tendinopathy and tendonitis
- Achilles tendinopathy and tendonitis
- Osteoarthritis of the knee
- Lateral epicondylitis
- Plantar fasciitis
Does PRP really work?
Studies are currently limited, but we do know that the injection of platelet-rich plasma is low risk and we have seen the benefits it can provide to proper candidates. PRP injections improve and speed the body’s ability to heal.
What are the side effects of PRP injections?
Severe complications associated with PRP injections are not common, which may be because the injections are your own blood. Nonetheless, side effects are possible. After the injections, you may experience pain and/or soreness at the injection site. There is a risk of infection, as is the case with most injectable treatments. There are also risks of tissue damage and nerve injury. There is also the risk that the injections do not provide the relief hoped for.
During your consultation, we review all of the possible risks and side effects possible. You have the right to make an informed decision about PRP injections.
How long does it take for PRP injections to start working?
It often takes about 6 months to get the full benefits of these injections. This timeline varies based on what is being treated and the individual person.
Do PRP injections hurt?
You will likely feel a pinch as the needle is inserted. The level of discomfort depends a lot on the treatment area. Whether the joints, lower back, knees or ankles are being treated – all of those areas have different degrees of sensitivity.
You may feel nervous about the injection appointments. We know each person has his or her own tolerance for and comfort with injections. Overall, PRP injections are not described as painful by our patients.
Are PRP results permanent?
Unfortunately, no. PRP results are not permanent but can last up to a year before you may need new PRP injections.
How much do PRP injections cost?
The only way to get a definite idea of cost is to schedule a consultation. The cost varies based on the treatment area, number of appointments and other factors. In general, most PRP treatments cost anywhere from several hundred to several thousand dollars. Most health insurance policies do not provide PRP coverage, but check your own policy for details.
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