Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair and Face
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a natural way to help the body heal itself. This form of regenerative medicine has been extensively used in orthopedics for the treatment of soft tissue injuries. More recently, the benefits of the restorative properties of PRP have been discovered for cosmetic treatments. Dr. Philip Miller, with his aesthetician Jill Badalamente, offers PRP treatments for both skin rejuvenation and hair restoration in New York City.
This minimally-invasive treatment is performed using the patient's own blood to stimulate the treatment process. Platelet-rich plasma found in the blood is rich in growth factors that accelerate the healing process. The plasma can be administered via injections or microneedling, where it can promote new hair growth or generate collagen and elastin for skin rejuvenation.
Why Choose Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair and Face?
PRP offers some distinct advantages, whether it is used as a hair loss or a skin renewal treatment:
- Low Risk - Because the treatment uses the patient's own blood to trigger the process, there is minimal risk for side effects or an allergic reaction.
- Versatile - Since the growth factors can work in nearly any area of the body, this treatment can be used for a variety of treatment areas and concerns.
- Fast Treatment - A PRP treatment for the scalp or face is completed in a single session that takes one hour or less.
- Comfortable Treatment - Patients typically find PRP treatments to be very comfortable, thanks to topical or local anesthetic when necessary.
- Progressive, Long-Term Results - PRP works at a cellular level to produce gradual improvement, but once results are apparent, they can last up to one year or even longer.
What Is Involved With A PRP Treatment?
There are three basic steps to a PRP treatment, and they are all completed during the single session in our Manhattan office. The first step is to draw blood from the patient, usually from the arm. Once the blood is taken, it is placed into a centrifuge for separation of the platelets from the other blood cells.
The prepared PRP is then applied to the treatment area. In the case of a hair restoration treatment, it is injected into the scalp. With a skin rejuvenation treatment, it is typically delivered into the deeper dermal layers via a microneedling treatment. However, injections can also be used as part of this procedure.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Hair Restoration Treatment
Dr. Miller often recommends this procedure to his male and female patients in the earliest stages of hair loss. Patients who have lost most of their hair are unlikely to see a satisfactory result from this treatment. Dr. Miller will examine you in his office and guide you through the NatraLook Process to help you decide whether a PRP hair restoration treatment will work best for you.
How Do PRP Treatments Stimulate Hair Growth?
PRP is an effective, nonsurgical method of hair restoration. When the platelets are injected into the scalp, they "wake up" dormant hair follicles so the follicles can grow hair once again. Patients often find that both current and new hair becomes thicker with this procedure. One study found that this process can increase hair density by up to 15%.
What Happens During A Treatment?
If you undergo this treatment, you will receive injections of the platelets directly into the scalp where the growth hormones can affect the follicles. Dr. Miller typically performs three treatment sessions approximately four weeks apart. Patients should see new hair growth in 3-6 months after the last session. To get more information about PRP for hair restoration, visit ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Facial Treatments
PRP treatments for skin rejuvenation are known as a PRP facial or, more commonly, a Vampire Facial. By combining PRP with microneedling, the Vampire Facial increases collagen and elastin in the underlying dermal layers to refresh skin from the inside out. Collagen and elastin are plentiful during the early adult years, producing a smooth, supple appearance to the skin. Both of these essential substances deplete over time, which results in skin laxity and wrinkle formation. As this treatment restores collagen and elastin, the skin regains its smooth, youthful appearance.
What Are the Benefits of PRP?
A PRP facial can improve many skin issues, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Mild skin laxity
- Enlarged pores
- Uneven texture
- Dull skin tone
What to Expect During a PRP Treatment
When a facial is performed, the PRP is applied topically to the skin. Microneedling delivers the growth factors deeper into the dermal layers where they can provide the greatest benefit. Microneedling also creates micro-channels in the skin that stimulate collagen and elastin production, for more dramatic results than either treatment can produce alone.
Dr. Miller will likely recommend 2-6 treatment sessions in his New York City office, depending on the condition of the patient's skin and the results they hope to achieve. Each treatment is scheduled around four weeks apart. While you may see some improvement after each session, your full improvement will be apparent about 12 weeks after your last appointment. Those results can last up to one year or longer, but you can schedule a session annually to maintain your results over the longer term.
Q: Will I feel pain during a PRP treatment?
A: Most patients find this procedure to be very tolerable. The needle prick at the beginning of the treatment to draw blood is the most uncomfortable part. Topical numbing cream is applied before the PRP treatment itself to ensure comfort.
Q: Will I need multiple treatments?
A: PRP works best after several treatment sessions. When used to stimulate hair restoration, we recommend three treatments that are spaced about four weeks apart. For skin rejuvenation, two to six sessions are advised, depending on the skin condition you are seeking to address and the severity of it. These should also be spaced about four weeks apart.
Q: Who is a good candidate for PRP?
A: Everyone’s skin and aesthetic goals are a little different, so the best way to determine whether PRP is right for you is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Miller. He can examine your skin and talk through your questions and goals in detail during your consultation, then he’ll create a customized treatment plan to best meet your needs.
Q: Should I be concerned about any side effects or risks?
A: Side effects of a PRP treatment are mostly due to the use of needles, so redness, tenderness, and slight swelling at the injection sites may occur. This is temporary.
Q: How long will my results last?
A: When PRP is used for hair restoration, results may last between 6 months and 1 year. This varies from patient to patient. Once you see how long your desired results last, you may schedule regular treatments to maintain those results.
Schedule Your Appointment In New York City Today
Whether you are looking to turn back the clock on your skin or restore a fuller head of hair, PRP treatments might be the right choice for you. Contact Dr. Miller's office today to schedule your consultation.
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