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What is PRP and What can It be Used to Treat?

If you are ready to look and feel your best, PRP might be a treatment for you! Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, has had a 30-year history of being used in orthopedic surgery, dentistry and rehabilitative medicine. It has been used in plastic surgery and dermatology for about 10 years.

What is PRP and What is It Used to Treat?

PRP is a three-step treatment in which a person’s blood is drawn, processed and then injected or microneedled as a serum to the areas of treatment. Your plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors that signal the skin cells to function. PRP can be used to treat hair loss by stimulating hair follicles to promote new hair growth and it can also be used to improve the appearance of scars, lines and creases on your face. The treatment takes about 40 to 60 minutes. During the first 20 minutes, your blood is drawn and processed; the US Wellness Collective has a pretty cool process. Then, the microneedling or injecting takes about 10 to 20 minutes. 

PRP is injected in a manner that is very similar to other injectable fillers, like Juvederm. Because PRP is a liquid, it is able to be injected with a much smaller needle, which means less pain and bruising than fillers. Some have compared the feeling to that of a Botox injection.

Is it Painful? 

Generally speaking, PRP is nearly painless. Many say they feel a sensation of mild heat or itching under the skin as the PRP is injected. You may also experience small muscles near the injection twitching as the PRP activates the nearby tissues. This twitching resolves in about 10 to 15 minutes for most people. After the treatment, you will experience mild swelling for about two to three days. And because PRP is created from your own bloodstream, there have been no recorded complications from its application, other than the side effects of mild bruising and swelling for a few days. 

If utilizing PRP with a microneedling treatment, there is a numbing cream used to help offset any possible discomfort. We’ve even had people fall asleep during this treatment! There is little to no discomfort once the treatment is completed and you are ready to get on with your day without down time. 

What are the Benefits of PRP? 

Other than the first two major benefits of filling in areas of your face and stimulating new hair growth, there are a few other benefits of PRP. 

Rejuvenation: PRP stimulates collagen and elastin production, giving your skin a youthful “bounce.” This effectively smooths out wrinkles and fine lines and can improve your skin’s overall texture and tone.

Treats Delicate & Difficult to Reach Areas: Because of the small needle size used, PRP is an effective treatment for areas that are delicate or otherwise difficult to treat, such as the under eye area. 

Natural and Safe: Because it uses your own blood without the addition of any foreign products, PRP is a natural type of cosmetic injectable and there have been no recorded complications other than the mild side effects of bruising and swelling for a few days after the treatment. This also makes it safe to use on any type of skin! 

Long-Lasting Results: While results take a few weeks to appear, the results are generally long lasting, or about 12 to 18 months after the initial three treatments. 

When Will I See Results and How Long Will it Last?

Because PRP stimulates your body to produce its own natural collagen, the results are gradual. Generally, most start to see results about a month after the initial treatment, with full results in about three months. Generally, it is recommended to have about three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart to see the full effects. After that, you will need one to two treatments a year to maintain those effects. 

The results of PRP are long lasting, with results lasting about a year to 18 months. This is why it is recommended that you have at least one additional treatment per year to maintain your results. 

A Holistic Approach

If you are ready to look more youthful with gorgeous skin or regrow lost hair, the US Wellness Collective is ready to help you! We understand that looking good can also help you feel good, so we take a holistic approach to our services. Book a PRP treatment with our RN today to get great skin and hair again!

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