Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) utilizes growth factors from your blood to help your skin or hair follicles heal and improve their function. At Wallace Skin & Body Institute, dermatology specialist Paul Wallace, MD, MPA, uses PRP for hair loss treatments and with microneedling to treat acne scars. To find out more about PRP and its uses in dermatology and aesthetic medicine, call the office in the Ladera Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, or request an appointment online today.
What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an injectable with key differences from other injectables used for cosmetic purposes. It contains a high concentration of growth factors that promote cellular regeneration, and they all come from a sample of your blood.
Before you get any PRP treatment at Wallace Skin & Body Institute, Dr. Wallace draws a blood sample from your vein. He processes the sample using a centrifuge, which is an instrument that spins the sample rapidly. The twirling motion causes your blood to separate into distinct layers, and each contains a high concentration of a different cell type.
The layer containing only platelets suspended in plasma, the liquid base, is PRP and is soon ready for use in treatment. The platelets in your blood play a significant role in the natural healing process, so reinjecting them into targeted regions can serve various treatment purposes.
What are PRP treatments?
Hair loss can drastically change your appearance. Even if you have just a small balding area, it can take a toll on your confidence. PRP injections to the scalp may help heal the ineffective follicles and promote new hair growth in the targeted area.
Microneedling is a treatment that, even without PRP, helps your skin heal scars, spots, and other defects. Adding platelet-rich plasma to your microneedling procedure promotes faster and more effective healing for acne scars that remain after severe or deep acne.
How long does it take to see results from PRP treatments?
Because PRP only initiates the healing process for your skin cells or hair follicles, it doesn’t provide immediate results. Instead, your results appear gradually over time. Dr. Wallace might recommend several rounds of treatment to intensify the effect.
Everyone responds to PRP injections differently. It could take weeks or months to see the final effect of your treatments. Dr. Wallace might also recommend regular maintenance treatments, depending on your treatment goals and the treatment’s initial effectiveness.
What is the recovery like after PRP treatments?
You don’t need to reserve any extra time in your day or week for recovery after PRP injections or microneedling. You might notice some redness, but it should calm down within a few days. Dr. Wallace may recommend avoiding vigorous exercise for at least 72 hours since sweating can cause more irritation.
To learn more about PRP and how it works in treatment, call Wallace Skin & Body Institute, or request an appointment online today.