Platelet Rich Plasma PRP
About Platelet Rich Plasma PRP
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) has been used for decades in orthopedics and dentistry to stimulate healing properties and growth factors in joints, soft-tissues, tendons and ligaments. More recently, PRP has been shown to enhance skin rejuvenation (particularly after skincare treatments that use lasers or microneedling). Moreover, multiple dermatology studies have demonstrated that PRP can also stimulate the activity of hair follicles to grow new hair.
The process involves taking a small amount of your own blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the red and white blood cells. The platelets are often referred to as “liquid gold” because they are rich in bioactive proteins and growth factors that help promote tissue repair. These concentrated platelets from your own body are applied directly to the skin or injected directly to the scalp (in the case of hair loss patients).
PRP for Skin Volume: A Natural Alternative to Fillers
As previously mentioned, PRP can be used on the skin to stimulate healing after cosmetic dermatology procedures. What’s more, PRP has been shown to promote the body’s own natural production of collagen; helping the skin appear more full and youthful. This can be done by directly injecting PRP into the soft tissue where there is volume loss, or applying topically to a scar or before/after laser or microneedling treatment.
Injecting PRP into soft tissue is a great option for those with minimal volume loss and are not candidates for traditional dermal fillers. PRP injections into soft tissue works by delivering the growth factor platelets directly into areas of volume loss, resulting in collagen stimulation. With any injection, there is always a chance of bruising and mild swelling. If bruising is a concern, avoid alcohol 24-48 hours before the treatment and other blood thinners such as Advil, Aleve and Asprin, unless prescribed by your doctor.
PRP for Skin Rejuvenation
PRP can be added to any laser or microneedling treatment to help expedite healing, decrease the appearance of scars and promote collagen production.
Microneedling: The Platelet Rich Plasma is placed directly on the skin, pre and post the microneedling procedure. One of our favorite treatments to combine with PRP is our “Intensif” treatment, which is radiofrequency microneedling. The tiny needles push the PRP into the tissue and also create tiny channels for the PRP to be absorbed into the skin post-procedure. Patients will generally leave with a mask of PRP and a moisturizer. Most patients benefit from 3 treatments, spaced one month apart, but those with deeper acne scars may require 5 monthly treatments.
Laser: PRP is popularly used in conjunction with laser treatments such as Fraxel and/or Clear and Brilliant, post procedure. Adding these growth factor healing properties immediately after any laser treatment will not only stimulate collagen, but also decrease downtime by a few days. Fraxel is recommended in a series of three monthly treatments. Clear and Brilliant, often referred to as a “baby fraxel” may require 5 monthly treatments but has virtually no downtime.
PRP for Hair Loss
In 2006, multiple dermatology studies confirmed that PRP can stimulate the activity of hair follicles to grow new hair. In fact, Dr. Sadick helped pioneer the use of PRP to treat hair loss. He was even invited on the hit show, The Doctors, to discuss the treatment:
How does it work? In short, the concentrated, bio-rich platelets that our experts extract from your blood are injected directly into the scalp. We often combine PRP therapy with other treatment methods to ensure a more robust response. To learn more, visit our page on hair loss, or contact us by emailing us here.
Is PRP Painful?
Most patients find PRP treatments to be very tolerable. Post-treatment, patients report mild discomfort at the injection site that is generally treated by taking an over-the-counter pain medicine such as Tylenol.
How Can I Learn More?
To book a consultation to discuss PRP please call our office at 212-772-7242. If you have specific questions you can give us a call.
My Sadick Treatment Plan
Each client will receive a custom program designed to address his or her specific condition. We believe in educating our patients and customizing a treatment program tailored to your specific needs while guiding you through the entire process answering any questions you have along the way.