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PRP Platelet Rich Plasma
Hair Regrowth, Under-eye Filler, Facial Filler
While many patients love traditional dermal fillers others prefer a more natural product such as platelet-rich plasma, known as PRP. At AZ Laser Clinics we are excited to offer this all natural procedure for patients interested in a more organic, natural treatment option and for those with a history of anaphylactic reaction where traditional dermal fillers are contraindicated.
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP)?
Platelet-rich plasma, known as PRP, uses growth factors from the platelets of the patient’s own blood. When injected into the tissue, the highly concentrated platelets release growth factors that flood the area and stimulate the body’s own natural collagen building process to help improve volume and remodeling of the tissue (*).
Where does platelet-rich plasma come from?
PRP is created by taking a sample of blood from the patient that is being treated. The blood is then placed into a centrifuge where it is separated into platelet-rich plasma, platelet-poor plasma, and red blood cells. During the centrifuging process the platelet-rich component is separated out from the other components and concentrated to more than 4-13 times baseline.
How does platelet-rich plasma work as a dermal filler alternative?
PRP may be used as an alternative to dermal filler or in conjunction with it. When PRP is injected into the skin it helps to stimulate the deeper tissues to produce collagen and increase volume (*). Unlike dermal fillers which produce long lasting volume, PRP acts to provide some volume while also stimulating the body’s own collagen (*). When the body’s own natural collagen is stimulated, PRP will help to naturally restore facial volume, remodel the tissue and improve facial lines, wrinkles, and folds such as the nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
When used in conjunction with dermal filler, PRP can help increase the effectiveness and longevity of fillers (*).
What is considered “Quality” PRP?
There are many factors that can influence the quality of PRP. First is the quality of the patient’s own platelets. Patients with a known history of low platelets or platelet dysfunction may not be an ideal candidate for PRP treatments. For optimal results most PRP applications require a 5-7x greater than baseline concentration of platelets.
Where can PRP fillers be used?
Hair Thinning Areas
Nasolabial folds (the lines alongside the nose down to the sides of the mouth)
Marionette lines (lines from the corners of the mouth to the chin)
How many treatments will I need and how long will my PRP Filler last?
Individual results vary. The results and longevity of PRP treatment are dependent on the patient’s ability to respond to their own cell stimulation (*). Some patients may only require one treatment while others may require one treatment monthly for 3 months to provide longer lasting results of up to 1-2 years (*).
Does PRP Hurt?
When PRP is injected into the tissue a burning or stinging sensation may be felt. Lidocaine is often mixed directly with the PRP to help reduce discomfort. In more sensitive areas a local anesthetic may also be used. Some patients may experience mild discomfort after a treatment. Most patients do not require any medication post-treatment however acetaminophen may be taken if you experience discomfort (*).
What To Expect:
A consultation is required for all patients to review one’s medical history and to determine if you are a canidate and what would be the best treatment to address the area(s) of concern.
Results are typically seen immediately but may take up to 72 hours to see the full effect. *With your first few treatments, it is normal for your body to absorb the plasma quickly at first and will require numerous sessions for your
PRP is sold by sessions, depending on where you are trying to get treated you must purhcase a set of sessions for sepcific area.*