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Platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP, is a non-surgical method of skin rejuvenation that uses your own blood to improve the appearance of facial tissue.
Recent research has shown that PRP is also effective at treating alopecia.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy is for people who are in good health and do not have any serious skin conditions. The people who tend to see the most benefit with this treatment are those with aging, crepey skin.
A small amount of your blood is drawn and is then placed in a centrifuge and spun to separate the platelets and plasma from the other components of the blood. The platelets contain several growth factors that can help stimulate cell growth, collagen and tissue regeneration. After the plasma and platelets are separated from the rest of the blood, they are injected into areas where you want to have more youthful skin.
This procedure is often combined with microneedling to maximize results.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy has been introduced as a new non-surgical treatment for alopecia, or hair loss, for both men and women. The PRP is injected into the patient’s scalp, helping to stimulate the hair follicle to aid in hair regrowth without pain. Talk to your dermatologist to see if PRP therapy would be a good option to treat your hair thinning or hair loss.
Immediately after the procedure, there will be some swelling and redness, but no significant or lasting side effects have been reported.
Improvement begins as soon as the procedure is done and continue for about three months. The overall effects can last for more than a year. Talk to the doctors at U.S. Dermatology Partners about how platelet-rich plasma therapy might be right for you.
*Results may vary by individual