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What Is PRP and What Is It Used For?

PRP has become a popular treatment for both skin rejuvenation and hair restoration. Men and women who are looking for a procedure that can give them aesthetic improvements without the use of synthetic materials or the risk of allergic reaction find a perfect solution in PRP therapies.

What Is PRP?

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma. Your blood is made up of three basic parts, plasma (liquid component), blood cells (both red and white), and platelets. Platelets are cell fragments that help your blood to clot when you get an injury. To harvest platelet-rich plasma, your doctor takes a small sample of your blood and puts it into a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates the plasma and platelets from the red blood cells. PRP also contains growth factors and stem cells that can help to regenerate skin and hair.

Diagram of Platelet-Rich Plasma SeparationPRP For Facial Rejuvenation

As you age, your skin begins to lose volume, develop fine lines and wrinkles, and become saggy. PRP can be injected under the facial skin to help stimulate the production of collagen and the growth of new skin cells. PRP injections can improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and provide firmer, more youthful skin. This treatment may be combined with surgical procedures, such as a facelift, in order to enhance rejuvenation results.

Woman Getting Cheek Injections
PRP for Hair Restoration

Men and women can be affected by hair loss caused by hormonal changes, genetics, and other factors. The growth factors contained in platelet-rich plasma can help to encourage hair follicles to begin growing thicker, healthier hair. A topical anesthetic will be applied to your scalp for your comfort. The prepared PRP will then be injected into several locations on your scalp. Multiple treatments may be recommended, depending on the extent of your hair loss. PRP therapy is most effective for patients who are experiencing mild to moderate hair loss.

To find out if PRP treatments are right for you, contact Iconic Plastic surgery by calling 760.637.5288 or by scheduling a virtual consultation.

Diagram of Platelet-Rich Plasma Separation

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