Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment incorporating the patient’s own processed blood to inject, microneedle, or topically apply to the face, hair, and skin. During this treatment, your blood is drawn and processed to separate and concentrate the platelets (tiny cells helpful in clotting and injury repair) within a small part of the blood’s plasma (or fluid bathing the blood cells). The nutrient and growth-factor-rich PRP is then injected and microneedled into the face, scalp, and skin, rejuvenating the skin, improving hyperpigmentation and fine lines, and improving hair growth.

BENEFITS OF PRP TREATMENT

  • PRP treatment may help improve the appearance of fine lines and other skin texture concerns
  • PRP may be used in patients who have had problems with previous dermal filler injections
  • PRP may speed recovery after skin resurfacing procedures

PRP: TREATMENT DETAILS

During PRP treatment, your blood is drawn and processed to separate and concentrate the platelets (tiny cells helpful in clotting and injury repair) within a small part of the blood’s plasma (or fluid bathing the blood cells). Dr. Fishman then injects and sometimes microneedles the nutrient and growth-factor-rich PRP into the face, scalp, and skin, rejuvenating the skin, improving hyperpigmentation and fine lines, and improving hair growth.

IS PRP SAFE?

Besides its cosmetic uses, PRP is used for a variety of medical indications, including in heart surgery, orthopedics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. PRP has been studied for multiple years and has a well-tested safety record. Because it is your own tissue, there is a theoretically lowered risk of allergy or inflammation.

DOES PRP HURT?

Dr. Fishman uses a tiny needle or a blunt microcannula to inject PRP, resulting in minimal discomfort. Most patients describe a mild-moderate stinging sensation immediately after the injection of PRP. To decrease the discomfort of PRP treatment, Dr. Fishman sometimes employs cold compresses, a topical numbing medication, a vibration distraction device, and ProNox (laughing gas) during treatments.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS OF PRP?

The most common side effects of PRP include temporary redness, swelling, and mild tenderness at the injection sites. Microneedling with PRP usually results in 1-3 days of redness and sometimes slight peeling of the treated sites. Very rare risks include skin irritation and infection.