FAQs: General PRP Questions
PRP is a high concentration of platelets and growth factors surrounded in its own plasma. To isolate the PRP, a small amount of blood is drawn and the red cells are isolated from the platelet-rich plasma.
Since the autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is processed from the patient’s own blood, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection. Nevertheless, before any treatment, disclose all the medications you are taking (including herbs) to your doctor.
First, the practitioner draws an amount of blood similar to what is required for a basic lab test. Second, the practitioner places the blood into a centrifuge and spins the blood at a very rapid rate to separate the platelets from the other components of the blood. Third, the platelet-rich plasma containing growth factors and signaling proteins is injected to the area of treatment via microneedling pen or small needle.
Different procedures take a little different time, but generally treatments for PRP Skin Rejuvenation or PRP Hair Restoration usually takes 30 minutes or less to perform.
There have been no known side effects reported to date. Some patients may experience some mild irritation, swelling, bruising, itching, discoloration or tenderness at the injection sites. These are temporary conditions and typically resolve within one to two days.
The longevity of the results of PRP treatments vary based on the extent of the procedure, areas treated, and number of sessions. It is best to talk with your provider about expected outcomes and maintenance following your procedures.