Over the past few years, cell therapy – in the form of growth factors, cell multiplication, and stem cells – have been the hottest area of potential innovation in many areas of medicine. Hair restoration and facial/skin enhancement is no exception, and we are at the forefront of developing this application at Sood Center for Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. Blood, in addition to red and white blood cells, contains platelets, rich in growth factors and are some of the most potent healers of the body. Growth factors promote healing by restoring normal architecture and strength of the tissue. In a PRP injection, our patient’s own blood is processed at high speeds using our state of the art Harvest Prep system, resulting in higher concentrations of platelets with growth and healing factors. The special platelet rich treatment is then used in several applications including but not limited to promoting healing, increasing local blood flow, stimulating hair follicles to grow healthier, and improving fat grafting results while enhancing skin integrity.
Is PRP new?
No, the technology has been used for years in surgical applications and wound care, initially as a healing adjunct to open heart surgery. The use of PRP for the scalp and facial rejuvenation is fairly new and evolving into a promising treatment. It is generally accepted that there is a significant response rate to PRP of approximately 70-80% in certain regions of the body, although this data mainly involves multiple studies with small population groups.
While it is still too early to tell just how effective it is for all patients, there is a good likelihood that in time PRP will become part of the standard of care.
Benefits of PRP treatment
- Minimally-invasive, non-surgical method
- All natural treatments
- Minimal side effects or downtime
- Little risk involved
- Less expensive than surgery
- Quick procedure
How is PRP Treatment Performed?
In PRP treatment, the patient’s own platelets are used to conduct therapies. Blood is drawn and processed to extract the patient’s platelet-rich plasma, which is then used in a variety of applications.
Hair Restoration and PRP
As part of our commitment to state of the art care, PRP is now provided at the Sood Center to enhance hair restoration efforts. PRP can thicken hair and help reawaken dormant hair follicles. PRP is offered as a stand-alone procedure for male and female pattern hair loss, where it is occasionally effective in slowing down shedding or active hair loss in the scalp and brow regions. We usually recommend a series of two to four treatments to regions of thinning hair over six months. PRP Hair restoration benefits are gradual over time, making it less likely for others to notice you have undergone procedures.
PRP for Facial Rejuvenation
Platelet-rich therapies represent a promising new minimally invasive tool in facial enhancement. The use of PRP can enhance results seen from advanced aesthetic procedures such as microneedling, laser treatments, and fat grafting procedures. The goals for PRP treatment that have been observed are an improvement in the overall appearance, reduction of wrinkles, improved skin tonicity, and even pigmentation.
PRP can also be directly injected into the face (PRP facial). The benefits observed with this treatment include:
- Smoothing out facial wrinkles
- Improving blood flow to the skin
- Stimulating collagen production
- Thickening the skin
- Rejuvenating the complexion
- Decreasing skin folds
- Improving the clarity of skin
- Improving scars
- Skin may be smoother and tighter
- The color of the skin may be enhanced
- Sagging skin is treated
- The amount injected is equivalent to 4 syringes full of Juvederm®, which would cost much more
- More affordable than surgery
- Can be used in conjunction with other facial rejuvenation
Preparing for PRP Treatment
PRP Treatment requires no preparation by the patient. Simply arrive at your scheduled appointment, and we’ll begin the process!
Recovery from PRP Treatment
PRP treatment recovery depends on the type of treatment conducted using platelet rich plasma. For facial rejuvenation using microneedling, patients may experience a period of redness lasting up to one week. For hair restoration, patients are typically comfortable returning to normal activities right away.
How Much Does PRP Treatment Cost?
PRP is versatile and can be used in a variety of treatments. The cost of your PRP treatment will depend on its specifics – you’ll be informed of the cost during your initial consultation. We accept cash, credit cards, checks, and offer CareCredit financing.
Is PRP Treatment Right for Me?
If you seek a solution for thinning hair or facial skin abnormities, platelet rich plasma therapy may be appropriate for you! The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sood.
Why Choose Dr. Mohit Sood for Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy?
Dr. Sood possesses a vast knowledge of skin issues and effective treatments, as well as experience in platelet-rich plasma therapy. Let Dr. Sood put his years of experience and knowledge to work for you through PRP Treatment.
What to Expect During Your PRP Treatment Consultation
For the best aesthetic outcomes, we recommend an evaluation at Sood Center for Plastic Surgery with our Double-Board Certified Physician. Because there is virtually no risk involved, PRP treatment is a valid alternative to surgery for many patients. A consultation with Dr. Sood will determine whether your expectations can be met with PRP treatment.
Contact us today at (609) 904-5390 to schedule your consultation for PRP treatments.