Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy can be used for skin rejuvenation, scar treatment, hair regrowth (female or male pattern thinning), and wound healing. Platelets contain numerous tissue growth factors. These peptides signal your tissue to grow and regenerate.

The treatment involves the collection and concentration of your body’s own platelets. A sample of your blood is drawn and placed in a special collection tube. Using centrifugation, the platelets are concentrated and separated from the blood cells, this is the platelet rich plasma portion. The platelets are then injected into the areas that need improvement.

The number of treatments necessary varies, based on your specific need. Initially, several treatments may be recommended spaced 1 month apart. Maintenance therapy may be needed 2-4 times a year, depending on the condition. Since PRP is processed from your own blood, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction.

PRP for Hair Loss

PRP helps reverse the shrinking of the hair follicle and jumpstarts dormant hair follicles back into the growth phase.

Patricia Wong, M.D

PRP is not a cure for baldness (androgenetic alopecia). The genetic medical problem will always remain. However, there is evidence that regular treatments can significantly slow down the effects of androgenetic alopecia. PRP increases blood supply to the follicle, increases the thickness of the hairs, triggers and maintains growth phase, controls hair growth cycle, and decreases hair loss.

PRP for Skin Rejuvenation

PRP growth factors include connective tissue growth factor, epidermal growth factor, fibroblast growth factor and transforming growth factor. These factors have been shown to stimulate dermal fibroblasts to make new collagen and hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid binds water, increasing skin hydration and volume. PRP can be injected into the skin to improve skin firmness, wrinkling, and texture. Areas that can be treated include forehead lines, cheeks, crows’ feet, and neck lines.  If you are hesitant to have dermal fillers injected, using your own PRP offers you a natural alternative.

PRP  + MicroNeedling for Acne Scars and Skin Rejuvenation

Combining microneedling with PRP application can help improve acne scarring and skin texture. In general, multiple treatments are needed for best results. The microneedling channels allow PRP to penetrate into the skin. Faster healing and increased collagen deposition has been seen in PRP studies.

PRP for Wound Healing

PRP can be used as an adjunctive therapy for wounds that are resistant to standard wound care. It may also be used for enhancing acute traumatic wound healing.