Most injectable cosmetic therapies involve the use of naturally-occurring or synthesized compounds that temporarily lift or firm the skin, or stimulate increased production of collagen or other substances in the skin. Such therapies help patients achieve a variety of facial aesthetic goals. But did you know that it is now possible to achieve the same kind of results by using products created from your own body?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments have been used for decades in sports therapy and plastic surgery to speed healing. Now the same process is being utilized in a variety of cosmetic settings. PRP can helpful in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, bolstering skin firmness and texture, and even in rejuvenating hair growth.
The process is remarkably simple. First, a small sample of blood is collected from the patient. Blood is made of a few different components, including red and white blood cells, plasma, and platelets. Platelets perform a variety of functions, including helping with blood clots and injury healing. It is their healing properties that are helpful in cosmetic applications as well.
To gather PRP, the blood sample needs to be separated using a centrifuge. Then the platelets, together with an activating agent, are injected directly into the areas to be treated (similarly to other injectables). The PRP encourages renewed growth of collagen, thereby reducing fine lines and wrinkles and acting to restore facial volume.
The same growth factors in PRP that increase collagen production to help fight aging can also be beneficial for patients suffering from hair loss. PRP is injected directly into the scalp at follicle level, helping to actually stimulate new growth. For optimal results, consistent application over a period of months is typically recommended.
One of the primary benefits of PRP therapy (other than the results) is that side effects are essentially non-existent. Since we are using your own platelets, reaction or rejection by the body is incredibly uncommon. The procedure itself is quick and comfortable, with no downtime typically required. PRP therapy is an excellent choice for patients with allergic reactions to medication or for whom other injectable treatments have yielded unsatisfactory results.
Body Sculpting Med Spa is one of the few body aesthetic facilities to offer PRP therapy in New York, New York. To schedule your consultation with our experienced doctors, please call us today at 212-989-6555.
Platelet Rich Plasma FAQs
What is PRP hair therapy?
PRP hair therapy is a treatment for hair loss which works to stimulate new hair growth. This treatment relies on the white blood cells and platelets in your blood, which are rich in growth factors.
What is the process for PRP hair loss treatment?
We begin with a standard blood draw from your arm. The tube of blood is put into a centrifuge, which spins the blood to separate out the red blood cells from the plasma. This plasma is rich in platelets and is injected into your scalp every half inch over the area of thinning hair.
Is there any pain during my treatment?
Most patients are able to receive their PRP injections without any numbing, as there is minimal discomfort. If needed, you can use ice packs or Tylenol to relieve discomfort.
When can I see my results?
PRP treatments are typically performed once a month for three to four months, and then every three to six months after that point depending on the patient’s response and results. You can usually see visible results within two to three months after beginning treatment.