PRP Therapy has been around for a few years now, and the results of the treatment are stunning. Doctors and Medical Clinics have used the procedure to speed up top athletes’ recovery, treat hair loss, and rejuvenate the skin.
Over the years, word of the treatment has grown. Today, we’re going to cover what the procedure is, why it helps, and what to do after the treatment. Facial and skin treatments with PRP Therapy can help you smooth years of wrinkles or even recover thinning hair!
So how does it work?
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma promotes healing where it’s applied. As the name implies, it’s mostly made from a high volume of platelets in blood plasma. Platelets naturally occur in our blood and clot to prevent bleeding. Plasma is the nutrient-rich delivery vehicle in your blood made to deliver antibodies, platelets, and blood cells. Together, the two are primarily responsible for healing and repairing the skin.
To create PRP, a doctor or clinician takes a small sample of your blood. Then, they process your blood in a machine called a centrifuge. The process helps to concentrate your platelets in one place. The doctor then further concentrates the plasma to create a supercharged version of your blood.
It helps heal the skin faster and repair old damage, but it helps create collagen in the skin. Collagen is found throughout the body and makes up roughly a third of our proteins. Collagen is what helps keep our skin looking young, and helps prevent joint pain like osteoporosis.
That is one of the main reasons that the treatment was initially used on athletes. Today, we can use it as part of skin treatments and hair restoration PRP treatments with great success.
What is a PRP Injection?
A PRP injection takes the PRP solution recently created from your blood and injects it where it’s most needed. A PRP injection is a painless procedure and is usually done as part of the last step of a process.
Often, the purpose of the injection is to decrease recovery time and get you back to normal even faster. The injection is the last step needed to complete your PRP Therapy besides the PRP Aftercare.
The PRP Facial
A PRP Facial combines Platelet Rich Plasma with Microneedling to generate collagen growth. The procedure helps to reduce recovery time and your skin’s natural wrinkle-fighting power in three ways:
- Creating extremely tiny marks throughout your skin to force collagen growth
- The sharper and smaller the needle, the faster the skin will heal
- Applying a PRP injection increases the effectiveness of healing and collagen growth
A PRP Facial typically lasts 3-6 months and takes around 2-5 days to see the first results. After that, the process helps your skin look younger, fuller, and with fewer wrinkles. Most clients come in a few times a year for the treatment, helping to increase the effectiveness and duration.
PRP Treatment For Hair Loss
Back in 2019, there were two studies regarding different forms of alopecia, a type of hair loss. The first study covered androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness. The other review was about the treatment being used for alopecia areata. It’s a ruthless form of hair loss caused by an autoimmune disorder that causes small, random patches to stop growing.
Both studies and many more have come to find PRP treatment for hair loss to be effective in helping to prevent more hair loss, thicken hair, and promote minor hair rejuvenation.
To achieve quality hair rejuvenation, you would need multiple rounds of PRP treatment for hair loss. PRP can help treat the systems of hair loss, but not the root cause. These studies help show the treatment’s effectiveness.
PRP Injection Aftercare
The instructions are relatively simple; just follow the directions below:
- Try to avoid icing the area if possible
- Avoid anti-inflammatory medicine like Motrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Naprosyn, Naproxen, Voltaren, Diclofenac, Meloxicam, Mobic, or Celebrex.
- For 2-3 days after your injection, rest and avoid all activity that includes the injection site.
- If you received PRP Treatment for hair loss, do not wear a hat for a few days.
- If you received a PRP Facial, try not to rub or touch your face.
- You may use Tylenol (Acetaminophen) or Ultram (Tramadol) as needed for discomfort.
- You will be given instructions before leaving the procedure room on what sort of physical activity you may or may not engage in.
PRP Therapy Recovery Time
You’ll need to rest the injection site for 2-3 days after the procedure, and try not to reduce the swelling, as this is part of the process.
The total recovery time is about 7-9 days, but you can operate normally on day four. Don’t forget that you can call into our telehealth services post-procedure to check on complications or ask any additional questions.
Whole Health JC
Whole Health JC is a Health and Wellness Clinic located in Jefferson City, Missouri, near Columbia. The clinic is run by Dr. Jen Su, a Gynecologist and Integrative Medicine Specialist. Not only does the clinic provide PRP Treatments, but it includes post-treatments like IV Therapy and microdermabrasion.