PRP, or Platelet Rich Plasma is a concentrate derived from your own blood. As the name implies, the concentrate is created to have a high count of platelets by removing red blood cells and other blood elements. PRP has been shown to have a greater concentration of growth factors than whole blood. In plastic surgery, PRP is used for skin rejuvenation and the stimulation of hair growth for hair loss conditions. Both treatments can be done in the office with minimal downtime.
How Does PRP Work?
PRP works when its growth factors meet the stem cells within the deeper layers of your skin. PRP is injected after microneedling treatments, or it can be directly injected into the skin to stimulate the growth of new collagen and elastin (what we lose with the aging process). The PRP helps the skin to gradually regain some of its youthful appearance.
About PRP with Microneedling for Skin Rejuvenation
- Frequency: Treatments should be scheduled four to six weeks apart.
- Downtime: None
- Results: Less wrinkles, more even skin texture, and a minimizing of scarring.
A blood draw is necessary and can be performed in our office. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge and the PRP is separated and removed. Microneedling, or collagen induction therapy is then performed. Microneedling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure that involves the use of a device that contains fine needles. The needles are used to puncture the skin at various depths to create a controlled skin injury. Despite the use of needles, this procedure involves minimal discomfort.
The needles create tiny pores in the dermis, which allows the patient’s own PRP to be stamped or needled into the open pores. The procedure stimulates the release of growth factors, collagen, elastin, and new skin. The result? Less wrinkles, more even skin texture, and a minimizing of scarring.
Microneedling sessions are typically spaced four to six weeks apart, with minimal downtime. There are no medications given during the procedure that would inhibit the ability to drive or use machinery and you can go about your daily routine after treatment.
Microneedling with PRP is administered in the office with topical lidocaine. We recommend an initial four to six treatments and then once or twice yearly for maintenance.
About PRP for Hair Grown/Hair Restoration
- Frequency: Two to three treatments should be scheduled three to four months apart.
- Downtime: None
- Results: Visible three months after treatment.
A blood draw is necessary and can be performed in your primary care physician’s office. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge and the PRP is separated and removed. The highly concentrated PRP is then injected into the scalp. Theoretically, this process causes growth of the hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the microenvironment of the hair follicle. PRP has been proven to contain growth factors that stimulate the hair follicle’s growth pattern. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase. Results may be seen up to three months after the first treatment session. Most patients undergo treatments every three to four months for a total of two to three treatment sessions and then annually, depending on results. An anesthesia block is injected into the nerves of the scalp for pain management and no medications are given during the procedure that would inhibit the ability to drive or use machinery. There is no downtime.
Learn More About PRP
For people in and around the Indianapolis area interested in learning more about the many benefits of PRP, contact us today to schedule your personal consultation. You can reach out to the Hamilton Facial Plastic Surgery offices in Carmel or Greenwood.