PRP is the latest buzzworthy beauty treatment - and it's all over social media. The Kardashian's love it, Angelina Jolie can't stop talking about it and bloggers everywhere are singing its praises. So what's the big deal?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, and when it comes to anti-aging benefits, you can think of it as liquid gold. Like many aesthetic treatments, PRP was first used in the medical community where its benefits were initially found during wound healing and orthopedic research.
How Does It Work?
The treatment involves a technician drawing about 10mL of blood, centrifuging it to concentrate the plasma (the pale-yellow liquid component of blood that normally holds the blood cells in suspension) from the red blood cells themselves, and then the platelet rich portion of the plasma is collected and injected into the treatment area.
The PRP jumpstarts your body’s healing mechanisms to stimulate natural healing and recovery. Since this is your body’s own substance there is little chance for an allergic or sensitivity reaction.
Hair Restoration With PRP
PRP can be used on its own or in combination with other treatments. One of our favorite ways is in combination with NeoGraft Hair Restoration surgery. PRP is injected into the scalp to help thicken hair and enhance the hair’s natural growth process. At Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa we soak all grafts in PRP during the NeoGraft treatment to further boost the healing process.
Other Treatments To Pair With PRP
- Microneedling: Microneedling is a holistic approach to skin therapy that stimulates new healthy dermal and epidermal tissue growth through your physiological wound response. Using multiple microscopic needles to penetrate the surface layers of the skin, small wound patterns are created, promoting healing to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet and more. Microneedling with Platelet Rich Plasma can enhance the outcome of your treatment, by increasing collagen production and accelerating healing.
- Under Eye Filler: For patients experiencing under eye hollowness, circles, bags or shadows, the use of dermal fillers under the eyes can be a great option. This treatment has many benefits including helping improve fullness, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and helping patients achieve a more youthful look. PRP injections into this area can further stimulate collagen production to help tighten loose skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes.
- Hair Restoration Candidates: PRP injections can be great for individuals who experience mild to moderate hair loss. These candidates may include those with early-stage hair thinning, receding hairlines, or areas of alopecia where hair follicles are still active.
- Facial Rejuvenation Candidates: When combined with treatments such as microneedling or under eye filler, PRP can help promote collagen production and improve skin texture, tone, and elasticity. Candidates for these PRP facial rejuvenation treatments might have concerns about fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, or overall skin quality.
Are There Any Risks?
PRP injections are considered safe when done by a trained professional—especially since the substance is derived from the patient’s own blood. However, following your treatment you may experience:
- Mild swelling, redness, and minimal discomfort
- Slight bruising of injection site
For best results, it’s important to follow post-treatment care instructions given by your injector.