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If you are looking for a way to refresh and rejuvenate, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy at Delete may be an option. The Arizona lifestyle often means a lot of time spent in the sun—and years of sun damage can prematurely age skin, which is one reason why people seek this treatment. It is a unique kind of therapy that uses plasma to support cell growth. Platelets contain growth factors that are useful for faster healing, triggering tissue regeneration or stimulating cell proliferation.
How is PRP done? Read more below to have PRP explained.
How to Use Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections?
There are several ways in which PRP is commonly used today—and this is still a relatively new therapy, which means the benefits of PRP are not yet fully discovered. Right now, PRP is growing in popularity for:
- Rejuvenating your skin because PRP promotes cell proliferation, which helps skin look younger. This is particularly helpful to counteract the effects of sun damage, smoking or other environmental factors that prematurely age skin.
- Promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss. Some research has shown that PRP is effective for male pattern baldness.
- The treatment of strains, sprains and tendon injuries because PRP speeds healing.
How Does PRP Work?
If you are wondering how PRP is done, the process is relatively simple. A doctor will draw blood, which is then placed into a centrifuge to separate the plasma from other components in the blood. The plasma is prepared for injection, and then your doctor will inject it into areas requiring treatment.
Which Areas can be Treated with PRP?
Many areas of the body can be treated with PRP. The face is one of the more common areas because PRP helps rejuvenate the skin, but some doctors are also using PRP injections on the scalp for the treatment of hair loss. In the treatment of sprains, strains or chronic injuries like tennis elbow, PRP is injected into the affected area.
Who is a Good Candidate for PRP?
Many people are good candidates for PRP therapy. There are a few contraindications that you should be aware of. Avoid PRP therapy if you are:
- Have blood or bleeding disorders
- Are using anticoagulants
- Have an infection, metastatic disease or a skin disease that could spread or get worse with injections
Are PRP Injections Safe?
PRP injections are generally safe. One advantage that they have over other treatments that promote healing, like hyaluronic acid injections, is that PRP is made using components from your own body, which reduces the risk of an allergic reaction. Injections in general can have some side effects, however, including:
Pain at the injection site
In most cases, these issues—like pain at the injection site—will fade relatively quickly.
How to Prep for a PRP Injection
Preparation depends on which areas you will be treating. In general, it is wise to avoid anything that could prolong bleeding, which includes blood thinners, ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen—though acetaminophen is safe to use if necessary.
Make sure the treatment area is clean, and for skin or hair, avoid using products like lotion or leave-in conditioners.
Last, because this therapy involves drawing blood, you should make sure that you have a meal before the treatment to prevent lightheadedness.
What can be Expected After My PRP Injection?
Afterward, you will need to avoid using skincare or hair care products on the treated area for about forty-eight hours, and if you had your scalp treated, avoid using hair color treatments for two to four weeks. Also be sure to use any topical medication your doctor has given you.
The treatment area can be sore for two to three days afterward, and you may have some bruising. If pain lasts longer than that, notify your doctor as soon as possible.
How long does a PRP treatment take?
These treatments usually take between one and two hours to complete, which includes up to half an hour for blood drawing and for the blood to be spun in a centrifuge.
When will I see results?
PRP treatments can begin to take effect as soon as a week after treatment depending on the treatment area. You may continue to see results for up to six months after your treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
This varies from one patient to the next depending on your treatment area and the desired results. In many cases, patients are advised to receive two or three treatments, but more may be needed.
Schedule a Consultation for PRP Therapy with Delete
The Arizona sun can take a toll on your skin—and that is one of the most common reasons why people seek PRP therapy, to refresh and rejuvenate skin that has been damaged by sun or other environmental factors. Schedule a consultation with Delete, and we can help you turn back the clock.