Can a treatment developed to heal tendons and ligaments also help your skin look better and your hair grow thicker?
PRP injections, used medically for musculoskeletal injuries, are also a great aesthetic treatment for rejuvenating your facial skin and fighting hair loss.
Ready for a facelift but not ready for surgery?
Looking for a solution to significant hair loss?
PRP injections could be just what you need. Here’s what you need to know about PRP injections, costs, side effects, and treatment options to see if this is the right treatment for you.
What Is PRP?
Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, injections are the process of using a patient’s own plasma to stimulate the growth and rejuvenation of cells in specific areas of the body. PRP injections are not a new procedure, but in recent years, we’ve developed ways to use PRP to enhance your skin and reverse the effects of hair loss.
What is so great about PRP? It’s a type of plasma in the blood that contains a high-concentration of growth factors that promote natural healing and stimulate rejuvenation. PRP injections take that substance and harness it to give you great cosmetic results.
How Does It Work?
PRP injections work by taking a patient’s own platelet-rich plasma and injecting it into an area that needs rejuvenation.
First, we draw blood (about three tubes). Then, we put it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red blood cells. The plasma rises to the top, allowing us to remove it and directly inject it or combine it with filler, stem cells, or other add-ins depending on the type of PRP injection.
Injecting PRP directly into an area gives your cells a boost. It takes the power of your own plasma and uses it to stimulate cells to function more effectively. For your skin, that means producing more collagen — which heals scars, diminishes wrinkles, and gives you a better skin tone. For your hair, that means waking up dormant follicles and helping them grow thicker hair again.
What Types of PRP Treatments Does Epiphany Offer?
At Epiphany, we offer two types of PRP injection treatments — one to combat hair loss and another to provide a non-surgical facelift.
A PRP facelift combines the regenerative qualities of PRP with dermal filler to give your skin a more youthful appearance. A PRP facial injection lifts the skin non-surgically, enhances the skin’s tone and texture, and increases collagen production. It also diminishes fine lines and wrinkles and leaves you with much better-looking skin without the downtime of surgery.
You’ll notice brighter, tighter-looking skin in as little as 24 hours after your treatment. As the fillers take effect, you’ll see continued improvement as your body builds collagen and naturally rejuvenates your skin.
PRP Hair Treatment
PRP hair treatments work to stop excess shedding of the hair and promote new growth for patients suffering from the effects of androgenetic alopecia or patterned hair loss.
After the PRP is extracted, it’s injected directly into the affected areas of hair loss to stimulate growth and awake dormant hair follicles. For optimal results, these treatments are used in conjunction with medical therapy such as Rogaine and anti-hormonal medications.
PRP Hair Treatment Before & After
Individual results may vary. A series of three PRP hair treatments is recommended.
How Much Does a PRP Injection Cost?
PRP injection costs vary based on the zip code, doctor, and any added ingredients.
For PRP facelifts, the price varies based on the type of filler you select and the amount of filler and plasma needed to treat the area. For most patients, a PRP facelift injection costs between $800 and $1,500.
PRP hair treatment injection costs begin at $500-$700 before add-ins (such as stem cells).
How Many Treatments Do You Need?
PRP facelifts typically only take one treatment to see results. Many patients later opt for additional treatments because they love the new glow and lift to their skin, but a series of treatments is not required.
For a PRP hair treatment, most doctors recommend a series of three treatments. After these are complete, they’ll reassess for new growth and less shedding. If the treatments are effective, doctors usually recommend one or two PRP injections per year to maintain the results.
How Long Does A PRP Injection Last?
PRP injection results last 6-12 months for both facelifts and hair treatments.
For PRP facelifts, the exact duration of the results depends on the area treated, the age of the patient, and the number of fillers used. For patients using PRP facelifts as a preventative measure, the results last longer than for those needing corrective treatment. Many patients opt to have treatments annually.
For PRP hair treatments, the stimulating effects of the PRP injection can be expected to last 6-12 months as well. Depending on how your body reacts to the injection, your doctor may recommend ongoing injections as the results wear off.
What Are the Common PRP Injection Side Effects?
Most people respond very well to PRP injections with minimal side effects. In some areas, the patient barely feels the injections while other areas can be mildly painful. The patient primarily notices an increase in pressure as the PRP is injected.
Many patients do not find the process painful and there is often no need for anesthesia. For sensitive areas, such as the lips, we use a topical numbing agent. If a patient prefers to be fully numb before their treatment, we can prescribe a numbing medication prior to their appointment.
After a treatment, PRP injection side effects are slight and usually last no more than 24 hours. The patient may experience mild discomfort, slight bruising, and tenderness at the sight of the injection.
For hair injections, patients may experience a slight headache the evening after the treatment. These headaches can be easily managed with Tylenol and rest.
Overall, the body responds well to PRP injections. Since the injected substance contains the patient’s own plasma, the body recognizes it and absorbs it quickly.
Interested in learning more? Find an Epiphany location near you to schedule an appointment and learn more about PRP treatments.