PRP

(Platelet-Rich Plasma)

HARNESS YOUR BODY'S NATURAL HEALING POWER:
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)

Enhance the results of microneedling or other treatments with PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) at Worthy Skin & Beauty Bar. This uses your own blood platelets to stimulate collagen production and promote skin rejuvenation.

Treatment Length

45-60 minutes (combined with microneedling or Morpheus8)

Treatment Downtime

Redness possible for 1-3 days

Treatment Sessions

Varies depending on treatment goals

What we treat

PRP Injections can address a number of concerns to promote younger-looking, radiant skin. Here’s how it can help:

Hair Loss

Stimulates hair growth for a fuller, thicker appearance.

Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Reduce appearance of fine lines for smoother skin.

Uneven Skin Tone

Improve tone and texture for a radiant look.

Under eye darkness

Minimizes dark circles, crepiness & puffiness.

Accelerates Healing

Reduce healing time post treatment.

Thin, crepey skin

Firms & plumps thin, crepey skin.

and more…

Before & After Pictures: PRP

It’s important to remember some of displayed photos above use a combination of different procedures to give the client the best result. However like all treatment, individual results vary so these before and after photos are only to illustrate and not guarantee anyone undergoing similar procedures will achieve the same results.

Content

What is PRP and How Does It Work?

PRP, or Platelet-Rich Plasma, is a concentrated source of platelets derived from your own blood. Platelets are best known for their role in blood clotting, but they also contain a treasure trove of growth factors. These growth factors play a vital role in healing and tissue regeneration.

Here’s a breakdown of how PRP is obtained:

  1. Blood Draw: A small amount of your blood is drawn, similar to a routine blood test.
  2. Centrifugation: The blood is placed in a centrifuge, a machine that spins the blood at high speeds. This process separates the blood components based on their weight. Platelets, being heavier than red and white blood cells and plasma, become concentrated in a specific layer.
  3. PRP Isolation: The platelet-rich plasma layer is extracted, resulting in a concentration of platelets containing a high amount of growth factors and nutrients.

This concentrated PRP can then be used in various aesthetic treatments to harness the body’s natural healing potential.

How Do Platelets in PRP Stimulate Collagen and Elastin Production?

Platelets in PRP are much more than just clotting agents. They contain numerous growth factors, which are signaling molecules that play a crucial role in tissue repair and regeneration. Here’s how they stimulate collagen and elastin production:

  • Cellular Communication: When injected into targeted tissues, the growth factors in PRP communicate with surrounding cells, stimulating them to increase collagen and elastin production.
  • Collagen Boost: Collagen is the protein responsible for skin structure, firmness, and elasticity. Increased collagen production from PRP leads to plumper, younger-looking skin.
  • Elastin Renewal: Elastin is another essential protein that contributes to skin elasticity. PRP can stimulate elastin production, improving skin laxity, reducing wrinkles and tightening the skin.

By stimulating the production of these vital proteins, PRP helps the skin regenerate and repair itself, leading to a more youthful appearance.

Unleashing the Potential of Aesthetic Treatments

PRP’s ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production, along with its regenerative properties, makes it a valuable tool in various aesthetic treatments:

  • Microneedling with PRP: Combining microneedling with PRP injection creates micro-channels in the skin, allowing the concentrated growth factors in PRP to penetrate deeper and enhance the overall benefits of microneedling for rejuvenation.
  • Morpheus8 with PRP: This advanced treatment combines microneedling with targeted injections of your own Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP). The Morpheus8 needles create micro-channels, allowing the concentrated growth factors in PRP to reach deeper skin layers.
  • Facial Rejuvenation: PRP injections can be used to address wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and improve overall skin texture and tone.
  • Hair Restoration: PRP therapy is clinically proven to stimulate hair growth in individuals with androgenetic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness).
  • Sports Medicine: PRP injections are used in some cases to promote healing of tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries.

The use of PRP in aesthetics is a growing field, and research continues to explore its potential applications.

Benefits of PRP for Facial Rejuvenation

Smoother, Younger-Looking Skin

PRP facials offer a natural approach to achieving smoother, younger-looking skin by targeting texture concerns:

  • Collagen & Elastin Boost: As discussed earlier, PRP injections stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. These proteins provide structure and elasticity to the skin, filling in fine lines and shallow depressions, resulting in a smoother texture.
  • Cellular Renewal: PRP promotes cellular turnover, encouraging the shedding of dead skin cells and the production of new, healthier cells. This can improve overall skin texture and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores and unevenness.
  • Reduced Inflammation: PRP has anti-inflammatory properties. By calming low-grade inflammation in the skin, PRP can contribute to a calmer, smoother complexion.
  • Reduced Downtime: It’s growth factors promote faster healing, potentially leading to shorter recovery time after your treatment.
prp for skin rejuvenation

Turning Back the Clock on Wrinkles and Fine Lines

  • Collagen Stimulation: The collagen-boosting effect of PRP plumps up the skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes, mouth, and forehead.
  • Improved Skin Elasticity: Increased elastin production from PRP enhances skin elasticity, making it less prone to developing wrinkles and sagging.
  • Natural Results: PRP offers a subtle yet noticeable wrinkle-reducing effect, promoting a more youthful appearance without looking overdone.

Enhanced Hydration & Elasticity

PRP treatments offer a double benefit for hydration and elasticity:

  • Hyaluronic Acid Boost: Platelets contain precursors to hyaluronic acid, a substance that holds moisture in the skin. PRP injections can stimulate hyaluronic acid production, leading to better skin hydration and a plumper appearance.
  • Collagen & Elastin Renewal: As mentioned above, PRP promotes collagen and elastin production. These proteins provide structure and elasticity, keeping the skin firm and supple, resulting in a more youthful look.

By promoting hydration and elasticity, PRP treatments leave the skin looking and feeling more youthful and radiant.

Combating Uneven Skin Tone and Hyperpigmentation

PRP can address uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation in several ways:

  • Cellular Turnover: Increased cellular turnover encouraged by PRP helps shed hyperpigmented cells, revealing brighter, more even-toned skin.
  • Reduced Inflammation: Inflammation can contribute to hyperpigmentation. PRP’s anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce inflammation and potentially lessen hyperpigmentation.
  • Improved Blood Flow: PRP injections may improve blood flow to the treated area, promoting the delivery of nutrients essential for healthy skin cell function, which can contribute to a more even skin tone.

While PRP may not completely eliminate hyperpigmentation, it can offer a natural approach to achieving a brighter, more radiant complexion.

Minimizing the Appearance of Acne Scars

PRP injections hold promise for improving the appearance of acne scars:

  • Collagen Induction: PRP stimulates collagen production, to help reduce and smooth out depressed acne scars.
  • Tissue Regeneration: The growth factors in PRP promote tissue regeneration, improving the overall texture and appearance of acne scars.
  • Reduced Scarring: PRP’s anti-inflammatory properties will help regulate the healing process, minimizing the formation of new scar tissue.

The effectiveness of PRP for acne scars can vary depending on the severity and type of scars. However, it offers a non-surgical option for potentially improving their appearance.

Benefits of PRP for Hair Loss

Androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male or female pattern baldness, is a prevalent concern for many people. PRP injections have emerged as a promising, non-surgical approach to help manage hair loss and promote regrowth.

Here’s a glimpse into how PRP might benefit hair loss:

  • Stimulating Follicle Activity: PRP injections deliver a concentrated dose of growth factors directly to the scalp. These growth factors can stimulate dormant hair follicles, potentially promoting hair growth and increasing hair density.
  • Improved Blood Supply: PRP injections will improve blood flow to the scalp, delivering essential nutrients and oxygen to hair follicles, fostering a healthier environment for hair growth.
  • Reduced Inflammation: Inflammation in the scalp can contribute to hair loss. PRP’s potential anti-inflammatory properties will help create a more favorable environment for hair follicle health.

Stimulating Hair Growth

Here is the science behind PRP’s role in hair regrowth:

  • Growth Factor Influence: Platelets in PRP contain various growth factors, including platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). These growth factors are clinically proven to play a role in stimulating hair follicle stem cells, potentially promoting hair growth.
  • Cellular Communication: When injected into the scalp, the growth factors in PRP communicate with surrounding cells in the hair follicles, potentially influencing their growth cycle and promoting hair regrowth.
  • Improved Scalp Environment: PRP injections will improve blood supply to the scalp and reduce inflammation, creating a healthier environment for hair follicles to function optimally.

PRP vs. Hair Transplant: Understanding the Differences

Both PRP and hair transplants are treatment options for hair loss, but they differ in their approach and suitability:

PRP Injections:

  • Non-surgical: PRP is a minimally invasive procedure involving injections into the scalp.
  • Stimulates Growth: PRP aims to stimulate existing hair follicles to grow thicker, healthier hair.
  • Gradual Results: Results with PRP can take several months to become noticeable and will require multiple sessions for optimal effects.
  • Maintenance Is Required: The effects of PRP might not be permanent, and ongoing treatment sessions are required be needed to maintain results.
  • Severity of Hair Thinning: During your first consultation, we’ll assess the extent of your hair thinning to determine if PRP is the right option for you. For successful treatment, it’s crucial to have viable hair follicles still present in the scalp.

Hair Transplant:

  • Surgical Procedure: Hair transplantation involves surgically extracting hair follicles from a donor area on the scalp and transplanting them to bald or thinning areas.
  • Hair Restoration: Hair transplants aim to permanently restore hair growth in areas with significant hair loss.
  • More Dramatic Results: Hair transplants can offer more dramatic and long-lasting results compared to PRP.
  • Longer Recovery Time: Hair transplants require a longer recovery period compared to PRP injections.

Choosing Between PRP and Hair Transplant:

The ideal choice depends on the severity of your hair loss, desired outcome, and individual preferences. Here’s a general guideline:

  • Consider PRP if: You have mild to moderate hair loss, prefer a non-surgical approach, and are open to gradual improvement.
  • Consider a hair transplant if: You have significant hair loss, desire a more permanent solution, and are comfortable with a surgical procedure.

Who is a Good Candidate for PRP Treatment?

PRP treatments offer a natural approach to rejuvenation, but they might not be suitable for everyone. Here’s who can potentially benefit the most:

  • Individuals with Fine Lines & Wrinkles: If you have early signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes, mouth, and forehead, PRP can stimulate collagen production, leading to plumper, smoother skin.
  • Uneven Skin Texture & Enlarged Pores: PRP can promote cellular turnover and potentially improve overall skin texture by minimizing the appearance of enlarged pores and unevenness.
  • Mild to Moderate Acne Scars: The collagen-boosting and tissue regeneration properties of PRP can potentially improve the appearance of depressed acne scars.
  • Loss of Skin Volume & Elasticity: PRP can address a loss of volume and elasticity by stimulating collagen and elastin production, leading to a firmer, more youthful appearance.
  • Embrace Natural Rejuvenation: PRP hair restoration harnesses the power of your own body for natural results. Unlike synthetic products, PRP leverages your body’s concentrated growth factors to stimulate hair growth and rejuvenation.

Factors Considered During a PRP Consultation

Before undergoing PRP treatment, a thorough consultation with a qualified professional is crucial. Here are some factors they will consider:

  • Your Concerns & Desired Outcomes: Discussing your specific concerns about wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, hair loss, or other desired improvements is essential. The clinician will assess your goals to determine if PRP aligns with your expectations.
  • Medical History & Medications: Disclosing any underlying medical conditions, medications you take, and allergies you have is important. Certain conditions or medications might affect your candidacy for PRP treatment.
  • Scalp Examination (For Hair Loss): For hair loss concerns, the clinician will examine your scalp to assess the severity of hair loss, hair quality, and overall scalp health.
  • Realistic Expectations: Discuss realistic expectations for PRP treatment, including potential results, the number of sessions you might need, and the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyle habits for optimal outcomes.

A comprehensive consultation ensures PRP treatment is a safe and effective option for your unique needs and goals.

What to Expect During a PRP Treatment (Facial vs. Hair)

A typical PRP facial treatment involves several key steps:

  1. Consultation: We begin with a thorough consultation to discuss your goals and determine if PRP is the right option for you.

  2. Blood Draw: Similar to a routine blood test, a small amount of your blood will be drawn from your arm.

  3. PRP Preparation: The drawn blood is spun in a centrifuge, a machine that separates the platelets (rich in growth factors) from the rest of your blood. This concentrated Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) becomes your own personal rejuvenation solution.

  4. Skin Prep: Your face will be cleansed to remove any makeup and impurities. A numbing cream might be applied for added comfort during injection.

  5. Microneedling or Morpheus8: Microneedling creates tiny channels in your skin, allowing for deeper PRP absorption and potentially enhancing results. In some cases, Morpheus8, an advanced form of microneedling, might be used.

  6. Targeted PRP Injections: A fine needle injects the concentrated PRP into specific areas of your face, like under eyes, laugh lines, or marionette lines, depending on your concerns.

  7. Post-Treatment Care: Our team will provide you with specific aftercare instructions, including sun protection and skincare routine adjustments.

The PRP Hair Restoration Process

While the core concept of PRP remains the same, the PRP hair restoration process differs slightly from facial treatments:

  • Scalp Focus: During a hair loss treatment, the PRP injections are focused on the scalp, targeting areas with thinning hair or hair loss.
  • Injection Technique: The clinician might use a specific injection technique for hair restoration, involving multiple shallow injections throughout the scalp to ensure even distribution of PRP throughout the treatment area. Additionally, we offer a secondary application method that is unique to our clinic and further enhances these results.

Managing Discomfort During PRP Treatment

While PRP treatment can cause some discomfort, the level of pain varies depending on your individual pain tolerance and the treatment approach:

  • Topical Anesthetic: A topical numbing cream applied before the procedure can significantly reduce discomfort during injection.
  • Needle Size: Using fine needles minimizes discomfort during injection.
  • Open Communication: Communicate openly with your clinician about your pain tolerance throughout the procedure. They can adjust the injection technique or use additional pain management options if needed.

Overall, PRP treatment is generally well-tolerated. By using the strongest topical numbing creams available, fine needles, most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure.

Recovery After PRP Treatment

Aftercare Instructions

Following PRP treatment, proper aftercare is crucial for optimal results and to minimize any potential side effects. Here’s a breakdown of aftercare instructions for both facial and hair restoration treatments:

Facial PRP

  • Enhanced Absorption: After injection, your clinician may recommend leaving the PRP on your face for 12-24 hours. This allows for maximum absorption of the growth factors into your skin, potentially leading to better results.
  • Gentle Cleansing: After the 12-24 hours you may wash your face with the provided gentle cleanser and lukewarm water twice daily. Avoid harsh scrubs or rubbing the treated area.
  • Moisturize: Following your treatment, we’ll provide you with post-treatment skincare products specifically chosen for post-PRP care. Be sure to apply it regularly to keep your skin hydrated and soothe any potential discomfort.
  • Sunscreen is Essential: Regularly apply the provided aftercare sunscreen to protect your healing skin from sun damage.
  • Makeup Minimization: Avoid wearing makeup for at least 24 hours after the procedure to allow your skin time to heal.
  • Avoid Saunas & Strenuous Activity: Strenuous exercise, hot showers, saunas, and swimming pools should be avoided for at least 48 hours after treatment, as they can irritate the skin.
  • Don’t Pick! Resist the urge to pick or scratch at your skin, as this can increase the risk of infection and scaring.

Hair Restoration PRP

  • Gentle Cleansing: You may wash your scalp with a gentle shampoo and lukewarm water after a minimum of 12 hours post-treatment.
  • Scalp Comfort: You can apply a cool compress to the scalp to soothe any discomfort.
  • Sun Protection: Wear hats or scarves to protect your scalp from sun exposure, especially during the first few days after treatment.
  • Maintain Healthy Habits: Continue a healthy diet, manage stress levels, and get enough sleep to promote overall hair health and support the benefits of PRP.

General Aftercare Tips

  • Follow Clinician’s Instructions: Strictly adhere to the specific aftercare instructions provided by your clinician, as they may tailor them to your individual needs and treatment approach.
  • Listen to Your Body: If you experience any unusual discomfort, redness, or swelling that worsens, contact your clinician promptly.

When Will You See the Results?

Downtime after PRP treatment is minimal. You might experience some temporary redness, swelling, or pinpoint bleeding at the injection sites, but these effects usually subside within 1-3 days.

Here’s a general timeframe for seeing results:

  • Facial PRP: Noticeable results from PRP facial treatments typically develop gradually over 4-6 weeks as collagen production increases.
  • Hair Restoration PRP: It can take 2-3 months to start noticing improvements in hair growth and density with PRP hair restoration treatments.

Remember, these are general timelines, and individual results may vary.

Optimizing Your PRP Journey

Here are some tips to maximize the results of your PRP treatment:

  • Series of Treatments: For optimal results, a series of PRP sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart is often recommended. The exact number of sessions needed will depend on your individual goals and treatment area.
  • Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: A healthy diet, adequate sleep, and managing stress levels can all contribute to optimal skin and scalp health and enhance the results of your PRP treatment.
  • Hydration is Key: Staying well-hydrated throughout your PRP journey is essential for optimal skin and scalp health and healing.
  • Sunscreen Daily: Consistent use of sunscreen daily to protect your skin from sun damage and ensure long-lasting results from your PRP treatments, especially for facial rejuvenation.
  • Medical-Grade Skincare: Using medical-grade skincare products recommended by your clinician can further enhance the benefits of PRP and promote overall skin health.
  • Realistic Expectations: Maintaining realistic expectations about the timeline and degree of improvement is important. PRP offers a natural approach to rejuvenation and hair restoration, and results may develop gradually.

By following these tips and attending a consultation with a qualified professional to discuss your specific needs, you can maximize the results of your PRP treatment and achieve your desired outcomes.

The Number of Sessions for Optimal Results

The recommended number of PRP sessions for optimal results can vary depending on several factors:

  • Your Concerns: The severity of wrinkles, fine lines, or the degree of skin texture/tone improvement desired can influence the number of sessions needed.
  • Treatment Area: The size and specific area being treated (face, neck, and body) can also play a role.
  • Individual Response: Everyone’s body responds differently to PRP treatment. Some patients might see significant improvement after 2-3 sessions, while others might benefit from 4-6 sessions for optimal outcomes.

During your consultation, we will assess your individual needs and recommend a personalized treatment plan. Here’s a general guideline:

  • Facial Rejuvenation: A series of 3-6 PRP treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is commonly recommended for optimal results.
  • Hair Restoration: For hair loss, a series of 4-6 PRP sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart, followed by a maintenance session every 6-12 months, might be recommended.

Remember, consistency is key to maximizing the benefits of PRP treatment. Completing the recommended treatment plan and attending follow-up sessions as needed can help you achieve and maintain your desired results.