Frequently Asked Questions for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
What exactly is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. PRP comes from your own blood (autologous). Blood is composed of mainly of red blood cells, white blood cells, Platelets and Plasma. So what is so important about the Platelets and Plasma? The platelets in our blood are the cells designed to heal injuries. In concentrated form, the platelets can be used to help heal those injuries. For years, athletes, dentists and reconstructive surgeons have been injecting PRP into joints to help speed up the process of healing. Now the benefits are being applied to other fields of medicine such as wound healing and medical aesthetics.
How long does a treatment take?
It takes about 1 hour, depending on the area(s) being treated.
How many treatments and how often is this therapy needed?
While responses to treatment vary, most people will require 1-3 sessions. Each set of treatments is spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart.
There is no limit to the number of treatments you can have.
Your clinician will determine your treatment protocol according to your skin condition.
What results can I expect from PRP treatments?
Improvement of skin texture and tone are noticeable within three weeks. Full collagen regeneration takes up to three months and may take multiple treatments.
Can any skin type or color have PRP treatment?
Yes. PRP treatments can be used on all skin types.
Are results immediate?
No. Swelling from the fluid is what you will see and feel first. Over the days/weeks the platelets will release growth factors and pre stem cells which will assist in more collagen growth.
How long do results last?
Treatment results vary, however, in most patients the results last up to 12-18 months. Touch up treatments will maintain best results.
Which facial and body areas can be treated?
- Crinkling skin around and under eyes.
- Cheeks and whole face
- Jaw line
- Chest and decolletage
- Back of hands and arms
- Stimulate hair growth on scalp.
What are the side effects of PRP?
Minimal swelling, bruising and redness for 12-24 hours. Some bruising at the needle site may be visible for 2-3 days.
How does PRP help rejuvenate the skin?
Platelets are cells in the blood that help tissue to heal and grow and are full of growth factors. The plasma portion of blood is a yellow liquid full of nutrients and proteins. By taking the PRP from the blood and in injecting into specific areas of the skin, the PRP acts as a matrix that promotes your own collagen to grow, regenerates tissue and speeds up the skin’s repair process. In turn, your skin’s repair process results in thicker dermis with softer wrinkles, less scarring and improved skin tone and texture.
How do you obtain client’s PRP?
RN will collect around 11ml of blood from your arm. The blood will be placed in a centrifuge that separates the platelets and plasma from the rest of the blood components. Upon completion, the extraction of PRP takes place and used for medical aesthetics purposes.