5 Things to Know Before Planning PRP Treatment

by Aymee Wilson, Owner & Founder, Wilson Aesthetics

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are an excellent way to improve skin or hair because they use your own plasma.

What skin problems can PRP address?

The main goal of these injections is to make you look younger and have healthier-looking skin. The procedure makes your body produce more collagen and elastin, essential for keeping skin smooth and firm. 

The treatment also helps fine lines and wrinkles look less noticeable. If you have acne or rosacea, your provider may also tell you to get PRP injections.

PRP treatments can also help your hair grow back. This type of injection can help your hair grow faster and get thicker by speeding up the healing process in your body.

Who should get platelet-rich plasma injections?

Because this treatment uses your own plasma, most people will not have any problems. Other treatments, like a laser, may be too harsh. Your provider will go over with you if PRP treatments are best suited for you.

What happens when PRP is injected?

At the start of this treatment, a small amount of blood is taken from your arm and put in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the rest of your blood cells.

After isolating the platelet-rich plasma, your provider will carefully clean the area that they will be injecting. The treated area is then given a topical or local anesthetic. After that, PRP is usually injected into the area with a syringe.

A session should only take about 30 minutes. If you need treatment for a large area or more than one area, expect your appointment to take longer.

Would there be a downtime?

You can return to your everyday life right after your appointment. You might have redness, swelling, itching or tingling for a few days, but these side effects should disappear.

Before and after your treatment, it’s essential to stay hydrated and use sunscreen daily. Since PRP injections make your body produce more collagen, you might not see results for a few weeks or months as your body heals.

How many sessions will I need?

Depending on what you want to achieve, you might need 2-5 sessions for your first treatment. Most of the time, your provider will set them up once a month.

You can expect results to last 9-12 months. After you complete your initial 2-5 sessions, just like most treatments, annual touch up’s are recommended for optimal results.