Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
What is PRP?
Our experienced plastic surgeons and skilled medical team offer the newest technology in using your own blood to stimulate rejuvenation. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) refers to specific components of your blood, the platelets and serum. Platelets are critical for healing processes and as such have been recognized for their ability to secrete growth factors and stimulators. PRP has been used for many years in the treatment of injuries to the musculoskeletal system; however, in more recent years, it has been incorporated into aesthetic practices as a tool to stimulate cell growth, including hair follicles and collagen deposition.
Our practice offers the novel Selphyl PRP® System. This system provides the most advanced form of matrix PRP, providing over seven days of growth factor release.
What can PRP do for me?
PRP can potentially increase collagen production in the skin and subcutaneous tissues resulting in decreased wrinkles and increased facial volume. PRP can also help increase hair growth in areas where there is hair but in declining amounts, specifically the scalp. PRP can also be applied in conjunction with other treatments, such as fat grafting, to increase fat graft survival.
How is PRP obtained; what is the process?
PRP is obtained through a simple in-office blood draw. The amount of PRP needed depends on the surface area being treated. Typically only one vial of blood is needed; however, at times, two vials may be drawn at the same time. After the blood is drawn, it then undergoes a six-minute centrifugation. The PRP then remains at the top of the vial and can be extracted separately from the remaining blood volume.
Do I need to do anything special for PRP treatment?
For optimal PRP volume a patient should be well hydrated prior to the procedure. There are no dietary restrictions or precautions that otherwise need to be taken.
What is a “vampire facial”?
The “vampire facial” is a non-technical term popularized by social media to describe the process of micro-needling and administering PRP topically at the same time. The goal of combining micro-needling with PRP is to maximize collagen regeneration of the skin. Micro-needling with or without PRP does not typically achieve a complete response with only one treatment. As such, this procedure is often sold in packages.
What is a Vampire Facelift®?
A Vampire Facelift® is a registered term seen in the media to describe the use of PRP for facial filler or volumization. This procedure uses PRP to stimulate deeper tissues of the face to produce collagen and increase in volume. Unlike other fillers, the PRP itself does not actually provide the volume and likewise the result is dependent on a patient’s ability to respond to cell stimulation. Typically this treatment like other cell stimulators must be performed in a series. Often patients turn to Sculptra® Aesthetic or combine PRP with facial fat grafting to get a more predictable volume increase.
In our practice, PRP alone is commonly used to address dark circles and “tear troughs.” This method, unlike fillers, results in less swelling of the area but may require multiple treatments to obtain the optimal result.
Platelet Rich Plasma and Hair Growth
How does PRP affect hair growth?
Patients with thinning hair but not complete baldness are candidates for scalp treatments with PRP. PRP, in this setting, stimulates existing hair follicles to re-enter a growth phase.
What is the process of using PRP for hair growth?
Scalp treatments with PRP require an increased volume of PRP relative to the face. For this procedure, typically two vials of blood are drawn per session. Patients undergo a series of three treatments. Sessions are 4 – 6 weeks apart. Patients can expect to see about a 30 % increase in growth, although this varies from patient to patient.
What do I do after PRP treatment?
Following PRP treatment you should not rub your face or your scalp for seven days. Over this time, the PRP slowly breaks down with a gradual continuous release of growth factors. It is normal to have bruising and small lumps where the treatment was performed. These should all resolve around seven days. Arnica cream and tablets can be used to help reduce bruising. We do not recommend ice, as this places a certain amount of pressure on the area and can disturb the matrix.
How much does PRP cost?
Mircro-needling with PRP “vampire facial” costs $600 per treatment, or 4 treatments at $2100.
PRP injection Vampire Facelift® costs $500 for one vial and $800 for two vials.
PRP for hair stimulation is sold as a three-session package for $2,000.