Injectable PRP

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during an injectable PRP treatment?

All PRP treatments will require a blood draw - the same procedure used when your doctor draws blood for testing. The amount of blood we use depends on how many areas we are treating – but a good rule of thumb is that we will need about 10ml (2 teaspoons) per area.

If you are getting PRP injected in order to fill hollowed out areas of your face, or to improve the appearance of lines and creases – similar to the Vampire Facelift – the PRP will be injected in a manner that is very similar to the way we inject fillers such as Juvederm or Voluma. However, since PRP is a liquid we can inject it with a much smaller needle, which means less bruising and less pain than filler injections.

Patients often feel a sensation of mild heat or itching under the skin as the PRP is injected, and you can also experience small muscles near the injection twitching as the PRP activates the nearby tissues. This will resolve in about 10-15 minutes.

Is injectable PRP painful?

Generally speaking, PRP is almost painless. PRP will be injected in a manner that is very similar to the way we inject fillers such as Juvederm or Voluma. However, since PRP is a liquid we can inject it with a much smaller needle, which means less bruising and less pain than filler injections. Generally speaking, patients compare the feeling to that of Botox injections.

Patients often feel a sensation of mild heat or itching under the skin as the PRP is injected, and you can also experience small muscles near the injection twitching as the PRP activates the nearby tissues. This will resolve in about 10-15 minutes.

How long does a PRP injection take?

The treatment will take about 30-45 minutes. During the first 20 minutes, we will draw your blood and prepare the PRP for injection. The injections themselves take just 10-15 minutes.

How long is the recovery time after injected PRP?

If you are getting PRP injected in order to fill hollowed out areas of your face, or to smooth out fine lines you will have mild swelling for about 2-3 days. You may have small bruises at the injection sites, similar to the bruising you can get with Botox, but these are generally mild and resolve quickly.

What is the difference between PRP and PRFM?

To make PRP or PRFM we draw a small amount of blood from your arm and spin it in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets into a small amount of plasma – hence the name platelet-rich plasma, or PRP.  PRP and PRFM use the same technique – but PRFM keeps more of your plasma to help support and nourish the platelets. While PRP has been used longer, there is some evidence that PRFM is more effective and it is rapidly becoming the more common way to harness the healing ability of platelets.

Are there complications or side effects to injectable PRP treatments?

Since PRP is created from your very own bloodstream, there have been no recorded complications from its application aside from mild bruising and swelling in the few days after the injections.

When will I see results?

Since PRP stimulates your body to produce its own natural collagen, the results are gradual. You will start to see them about one month after your treatment, with full results at three months. We generally recommend 2-3 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart for you to see the full effects, and 1-2 treatments a year after that to maintain.

How many injectable PRP treatments will I need?

Whether you are using PRP for skin regeneration or to fill hollowed-out areas of the face, we generally recommend 2-3 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart for you to see the full effects. After you have achieved the full effect, you can maintain your results with 1-2 treatments a year.

How long will my results last?

Once you have gotten the full benefit from a series of PRP injections, the results last 1 year to 18 months. 1-2 treatments a year will be able to maintain your results essentially indefinitely. If you do not get a full series of PRP injections, your results will not last as long.

Can any skin type use PRP?

Yes. Since PRP comes from your own body, it can safely be used on any skin type.

How long has PRP been studied?

PRP has a 30-year history of being used in orthopedic surgery, dentistry, and rehabilitative medicine. It has been used in plastic surgery and dermatology for about 10 years. Scientific studies dating back 30 years have documented that PRP stimulated the growth of new tissue when applied to wounded or injured areas of the body. Studies over the last 15 years have shown that PRP grows new collagen when injected into the skin, and more recent studies show that PRP can soften sun damage and other aging skin issues.

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