As we aspire to look the best version of ourselves we are attracted to trying out the therapies that we think might work for us. With PRP taking the entire aesthetic industry by storm there is an ever-increasing demand that we have for PRP therapies. The most common areas where these therapies are used are for inducing hair growth in men and women who are suffering from alopecia and on the face for rejuvenation and their anti-aging benefits.
What is PRP therapy?
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a procedure in which one’s own blood is collected in tubes and purified or centrifuged to extract the concentrated segment that contains platelets and this is injected or delivered by micro-needling methods to the target area.
The first PRP
The first PRP was done in an open heart surgery in Italy and after that, it has been applied to various fields principally Cosmetic Surgery, orthopedics, pain medicine, and dentistry. The PRP therapy has seen a dramatic surge after 2007.
It has received attention due to celebrities endorsing it as facials and also due to athletes using it as repair shots for their sports injuries.
How does PRP help?
Because the PRP is a concentrate of plasma it contains several growth factors and other cytokines which can act as a stimulus to promote healing.
What is PRP used for?
PRP therapy can be used for the treatment of hair loss in males and females. In female hair loss along with oral and topical medicines, it has shown excellent results. In male hair loss too the results are good and it is also used to boost hair growth post hair transplants. It is also used in the treatment of acne scars along with micro needling or subcision, in the treatment of reduction of scars along with lasers. PRP facials are a very popular method for facial rejuvenation, they lend a healthy glow to the face. We have our signature PRP facials where we combine the PRP with a special HA gel to bring the hydration and bounce of youthful glow on the face.
How is PRP prepared? Is too much blood needed?
PRP preparation requires just about 30-40ml of your blood. It is a double centrifugation method that is used to prepare PRP in the required concentration. A typical PRP prepared by standard methods looks pinkish in color and has about 3-5 times the concentration of platelets than the normal blood. The supernatant that is PPP or Platelet Poor Plasma is really only the plasma fragment which is platelet poor rather than platelet rich.
The method of PRP preparation should be standard to yield good results. Sterility is very important while this is done because it can be a potential source of infection.
What should I expect in my first visit?
If you have been suggested PRP for the betterment of the glow on your face or for hair treatment you can expect that your blood will be drawn in 3 or 4 vials to prepare the PRP. The average duration of preparation of PRP is about 45 minutes. Till then you may be applied with a local anesthetic cream that is used to numb the area where the treatment will be done.
Once the PRP is prepared, the area is cleaned thoroughly with an anti-bacterial solution. You may need a local anesthetic before the procedure. The area to be treated is covered surrounded with a sterile cloth and PRP is instilled either with very small needles into the area or delivered via micro-needling. The pain score in both these procedures is not too much. It is usually 1/10 or 2/10 as the patients score it.
How many sessions are required?
As with most dermatological or cosmetic treatments, multiple sessions are required to attain and keep the good results for a long time. In between therapies are also good once you have finished your initial sessions that are recommended. If you want PRP therapy for skin rejuvenation before an event, it is our strong recommendation that you should get it done at least a few days in advance in preparation for the event. With shorter time frames for attending an important event, we have a range of other no down-time therapies available.
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