Have you noticed that over the years, your hair has gotten thinner? Perhaps you’ve lost a significant amount of hair and feel embarrassed to go out in public? Or maybe, you’re concerned about the overall volume, fullness, tone, and texture of your skin? If so, then you may be a good candidate to undergo treatments with PRP.
What is it?
PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is derived from your own blood. When a small amount of blood is drawn from you and spun in a centrifuge, the blood cells separate from the clear plasma. This clear fluid contains the platelets. Platelets contain healing growth factors that act like signal callers to give instructions to your tissue to regenerate and multiply. In skin, this promotes your own collagen to grow, thus smoothing and tightening the skin. For hair, the growth factors and stem cells work together to reverse the miniaturization of the hair follicle and help jumpstart dormant hair back into the growth stage. What that means for you is thicker hair, decreased hair loss, and hair re-growth!
Several medical fields have long documented the use of PRP for wound healing to speed up recovery time and regrow healthier, stronger tissue. We are excited to now offer it for our aesthetic plastic surgery patients!
How is the procedure performed?
Dr. Khan will first determine if you are a good candidate for PRP therapy. A special collection tube will be used to draw your blood. This tube is placed into a centrifuge for 10 minutes to help separate the platelets from the blood cells. The platelets are then concentrated and drawn up into a syringe. The injection area will be cleansed and the platelets are injected in the areas that need improvement using a small needle. The area of injection is usually massaged to allow the PRP to evenly disperse.
For the majority of patients, Dr. Khan recommends 3 initial treatments, spaced 1 month apart. Afterwards, a maintenance session every 4-6 months will help maintain results. However, based upon your response to PRP treatment, you may need additional treatments to get optimal results.
What to expect after undergoing PRP treatment?
You may experience some bruising and swelling in the treated areas but this should rapidly resolve. You may also experience some sensitivity and you will be advised to take a warm shower the night of your treatment as well as to apply a cold gel pack as needed. Many patients will see results after only two treatments but remember that if you suffer from severe hair loss or severely damaged skin, you may need more sessions to get you looking your best! Often, these PRP treatments can be combined with additional noninvasive services, including fillers/radiofrequency treatment with Venus Viva/chemical peels (for skin) or medications (for hair loss) to maximize results.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Khan!
Are you interested in learning more about PRP therapy for hair restoration or skin improvement? Please contact Dr. Khan’s office today. During your consultation with Dr. Khan, she will be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have about PRP therapy. Our office is conveniently located at 3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75219.