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Everything You Need to Know About PRP Injections

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are effective cosmetic solutions that use your own plasma to enhance your skin or your hair. Plasma is a component of your blood that is made of water and protein. Plasma plays a central role in your natural healing process. PRP contains multiple growth factors that stimulate cell regeneration and the growth of blood vessels. Sports medicine has used PRP injections for several decades to promote joint, ligament, tendon, and other connective tissue repairs before the method became a popular cosmetic solution.

PRP therapy is a convenient and lasting facial rejuvenation method that creates natural-looking results. If you are considering this type of injection, ask your dermatologist about it. They can address any questions you may have and their in-depth understanding of your skin concerns and aesthetic goals help them tailor a care plan to your needs.

What Skin Concerns Can PRP Injections Treat?

The primary goal of PRP injections is anti-aging. The procedure boosts your body’s production of collagen and elastin which play a central role in your skin’s firmness and smoothness. This helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can also expect improved skin texture and tone. It also increases moisture retention. Your dermatologist may also recommend PRP injections if you experience acne or rosacea.

In addition to facial rejuvenation, PRP therapy can support hair restoration. By stimulating your body’s healing process, injections can boost your hair growth and improve hair thickness.

Who Is a Good Candidate for PRP Injections?

PRP injections are especially safe because they leverage your own plasma, which means that most people can receive platelet-rich therapy without any issue. Your dermatologist also makes sure that any treatment they provide is safe and appropriate for you.

Platelet-rich plasma injections are also convenient to treat delicate areas like under your eye. Your dermatologist can use PRP injections where other solutions like a laser would be too aggressive.

How Do PRP Injections Work?

During PRP therapy, the first step is to draw a small amount of blood from your arm before placing it in a centrifuge device to separate the plasma from the rest of your blood cells.

Once the platelet-rich plasma is isolated, your dermatologist carefully cleanses your face. They then apply a topical or local anesthetic to the treated area especially if they are highly sensitive. Your provider generally uses a syringe to inject PRP afterward.

You can expect a PRP therapy session for facial rejuvenation or hair restoration to take about 30 minutes. If you are receiving treatment for a large area or multiple ones, your appointment may last longer.

Is There Any Downtime or Side Effects?

PRP therapy requires no recovery time, and you can resume your daily activities right after your appointment. You may experience side effects such as redness, swelling, itching, or tingling for several days but they should dissipate on their own.

Staying hydrated and wearing sunscreen every day are important before and after your treatment. If your dermatologist provides any additional aftercare instructions, make sure to follow them.

Since PRP injections boost your body’s production of collagen, you may not notice results for a few weeks or months as the healing process takes place.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

Depending on your dermatological goals, you may need between two to five sessions for your initial treatment. Your provider typically schedules them on a monthly basis.

Once you have completed the cycle, you can expect your results to last nine to twelve months, which means you only need one PRP injection appointment every year to maintain your results if you have a healthy lifestyle and a consistent high-quality skin care routine.

Call Advanced Dermatology Center today at (818) 284-4003 or fill out our online form to schedule a PRP injection consultation in Burbank!