Hair loss is a common problem that affects many people, both men and women. While several treatments are available for hair loss (rosemary oil, scalp massages, etc.), PRP Injections have emerged as a safe and effective solution to help stimulate hair growth. We’ll look closely at PRP injections and show you some amazing before and after results.
PRP injections are a form of regenerative medicine that harnesses the growth factors in your body to heal tissues. “Platelet-Rich Plasma,” or PRP, is the liquid component of your blood, composed mostly of water and proteins, as well as platelets, a vital blood cell type that contributes to healing in various parts of the body. To extract platelet-rich plasma, you will have your blood drawn (typically from your arm) and put into a centrifuge ( a machine that will separate your PRP from your blood).
PRP injections are used in a variety of different ways for hair loss, muscle support, under-eye rejuvenation, micro-needling, and skincare treatments. PRP injections for hair loss use your own PRP to target and accelerate the hair growth process.
How Do PRP Injections Work For Hair Loss?
PRP injections are an effective way to combat hair loss. By injecting platelet-rich plasma directly into the targeted area, PRP therapy stimulates hair growth and prevents further hair loss. For those suffering from hair loss, there are three main ways PRP injections can help your hair loss:
Preventing hair loss
Promoting new hair growth
Aid in stimulating new hair growth after hair transplants
Why Choose PRP Injections To Combat Hair Loss?
There are thousands of different solutions for hair loss, but most don’t work, involve a steroid, and/or have unexpected side effects.
Here are just some of the most significant advantages of using PRP injections for hair loss:
They are considered a safe hair loss treatment
Several studies have shown PRP can be effective for treatment of hair loss
There is no steroid involved
These are just three of the most common pros to treating your hair loss with PRP injections. If you are considering PRP injections, sit down with your doctor and discuss all options and pros of PRP injections.
There are so many amazing PRP-based treatments, sometimes referred to as a generic “PRP facial”.
However, people might be referring to any number of PRP options, such as microneedling with PRP (aka the Vampire facial) or even PRP injections.
What is a microneedling with PRP? Is it a PRP facial?
Microneedling is a noninvasive skin treatment that uses tiny sterilized needles to puncture the skin. Microneedling results in the production of new collagen and elastin, improvement in skin tone, texture, and firmness, as well as reduction in scars, pore size, and stretch marks. The microneedling procedure is enhanced by the addition of PRP to the treated area(s), with better outcomes and lower downtime.
Microneedling with PRP has been found to help with the following skin issues:
Large pore size
Aside from microneedling with PRP, what other treatments can be done?
In addition to microneedling with PRP, PRP therapy can be combined with laser skin resurfacing and/or other injectables such as Juvederm and Botox to best target a patient’s unique issues and achieve the final goal of younger-looking skin.
By stimulating new collagen production, PRP can help reduce crepiness, fine lines, and wrinkles.
PRP Injections: Nasolabial Folds and Around the Mouth
By stimulating collagen, PRP can help naturally restore some facial volume to improve lines in wrinkles, including in the areas around the mouth.
PRP Injections: Hair Loss
PRP can also be used to help improve thinning hair through a series of injections in the scalp.
Is a PRP treatment right for you?
Here’s what one of our clients had to say:
My goal has always been to keep my look as natural as possible, and I love that I’m actually fixing my skin from the inside, not just masking the problem.
My skin looks healthier, plumper and more even, and certainly has a more youthful glow. I’d highly recommend IPL, microneedling w/ PRP and PRP injections, or any other combination that Bruno|Brown Plastic Surgery recommends specifically for you.
Make sure you schedule your consultation at our skin care center to develop a treatment plan that’s right for you!
Microneedling with PRP is a non-invasive facial cosmetic procedure that involves using a small mechanical pen to make tiny channels in the skin to trigger the body’s natural healing process. During this treatment, PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is taken from your blood and added to the channels just created on the skin of your face. This helps to revitalize your skin by reducing signs of aging, minimizing scars, and creating new collagen and elastin. As people age, collagen levels fall, and collagen fibers become weaker and thinner.
Despite the procedure also being referred to as the ‘Vampire Facial’, microneedling with PRP is safe to use and has very little downtime.
Call us at (301) 215-5955 to book a consultation for microneedling with PRP at one of our DC and Northern Virginia area locations.
Where Else Can PRP Injections Be Used?
In addition to getting microneedling with PRP done, many other areas can be treated with PRP injections.
The top three areas are under the eyes, in the nasolabial folds, and to treat hair loss.
Under the Eyes: Eye bags are generally formed from strain around the eyes which can occur mainly due to lack of sleep, fluid retention, allergies, dermatitis, and/or heredity. The strain in your eyes takes away the blood and nutrients in that area. When PRP is applied, the tissue generates blood and nutrients for its active metabolism and growth to help regain the lost elasticity resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance.
Nasolabial folds: The nasolabial folds run from the nose to the corners of the mouth and are a natural feature of the face. As our skin ages and thins with time, lines start to form in this area and become etched on the surface. PRP can improve the appearance of these because it is a biological stimulator of collagen production. This means that it encourages the renewal and regrowth of one of the components in our skin that have started to diminish.
Hair Loss: If you have thinning hair, the growth factors found within PRP can help stimulate your hair follicle activity to promote new hair growth. PRP injections can help increase hair count, hair thickness, and lengthen the growth phase of the hair cycle. This treatment works well as a prevention measure for continued or early hair loss but works better on those whose hair loss is recent.
What Happens During The Procedure?
During a microneedling with PRP procedure, the mechanical action of the microneedling pen creates tiny channels at a specific depth in the skin. This triggers the body’s natural healing to process to fill in the channels by producing new collagen and elastin in the papillary dermis. In addition, new capillaries are formed for improved blood supply. By combining microneedling with PRP, the healing process starts faster and the recovery time is only between 4-6 days.
Check out this video showing a real patient a Microneedling with PRP treatment to treat acne scars and fine lines!
PRP is gathered by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm and placing it into a sterile tube to extract it. The PRP supercharges the benefits of microneedling, virtually eliminating side effects and speeding up recovery time.
Microneedling With PRP Before And After
Results from your microneedling with PRP appointment usually happen fairly quickly, but the exact improvements you will see on your skin will depend on your specific skin care treatment plan outlined during your consultation. Below are some before and after photos of the procedure:
Microneedling With PRP In Washington, DC
It’s incredibly important to get your microneedling with PRP done at an office where there are trained professionals. Your face deserves the best possible care. At Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery, our skin care professionals have the experience to make each patient feel safe and confident in their results. We prefer to take a holistic approach to achieve your facial rejuvenation goals and make sure to include you in every step of the decision-making process.
Unfortunately, there are countless reports of inexperienced cosmetic providers that perform microneedling with PRP incorrectly, which damages the patient’s skin. Ensuring that you are going to a professional that you can trust for your treatment is vital for your safety. Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery’s skin care experts place you in great hands, so you don’t have to worry about any part of your procedure going awry.
Are you looking to improve the tone and texture of your skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles? PRP treatment DC might be right for you!
PRP is a product your body naturally produces. It is a platelet-rich-plasma that helps with blood circulation and tissue healing. PRP treatment DC (also known as PRP injections) promotes collagen growth to help correct some signs of aging and brighten your complexation.
Hair Loss: If you suffer from hair loss or thinning hair, PRP injections can help stimulate the hair follicles to promote new hair growth. PRP treatment also works well as a preventative measure and can be more successful for people who are just beginning to lose hair as it becomes harder to stimulate hair follicles the longer they are dormant.
Under Eyes: Eye bags can be due to a number of reasons- lack of sleep, fluid retention, allergies, or genetics. PRP treatment DC helps replenish the blood and nutrients that eye strain can often take away. Injections will promote tissue growth which will increase elasticity and give you a smoother, more youthful appearance under your eyes. (You can read an Allure article documenting results here.)
Nasolabial Folds: Also known as parentheses, nasolabial folds are those pesky lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Although they are a natural feature of the face, they can become deeper and more defined with age. PRP injections to this area promote collagen growth and can diminish the appearance of these lines overtime.
Drs. Bruno and Brown are board-certified plastic surgeons and are expertly qualified to determine the number of treatments you’ll need to reach your goals (2-3 procedures are generally recommended).
Procedures are relatively painless and require no post-treatment care. Treatments are quick and any redness or swelling will fade in 1-2 days. We suggest you schedule accordingly as bruising may last up to a week depending on the area you have treated.
When friends started to ask me if I’d been getting more sleep, or if I’ve been doing something different, I knew I was on the right path.
I’ve been a patient of Drs. Bruno and Brown for years now, having had a few different procedures done. I’d trust any recommendation they might have, so when some new PRP treatments came out, I was definitely game to give it a go. I’m so thrilled with the results that when they asked me to write about my experience, I was delighted to do so.
Microneedling w/ PRP x 5
PRP Injections x 2
Feels like:Most of it isn’t that bad. I’ve heard it described as a cat licking your face. Not being a cat person, or having ever had a cat lick my face, I’m not sure, but it seems pretty accurate. It’s sort of a sandpapery feeling. That said, when you get to certain spots on your face where there are nerve bundles, expect to do some sudden table clenching. Recovery time: I had redness for a couple days, but nothing major. Helpful hint:Get the numbing cream, and follow up with the ZO Skin Health product line they recommend for you. I’ve never had face creams work this well. Also, you’ll leave the appointment with your plasma still on your face, so perhaps schedule that coffee date for another time. Best part?It’s given me back a plumpness and evenness to my skin I’d thought gone forever. My wrinkles and crows feet have softened, so I’ve been ok going without Botox (a huge milestone for me). Would I do it again?Absolutely.
Feels like:An injection is all I can say, but it’s quick. Around the mouth hurt the most to me. Recovery time:Expect some fairly spectacular raccoon-like eyes for 3 days or so, but it’s easier to cover up after that. My bruising was completely gone in about a week. Helpfulhint:Walk straight past that regular concealer and go for the stage makeup unless you plan on developing incredibly convenient food poisoning for the next couple days. Best part:My eyes look less tired andcrepey, which is great, but I’m really thrilled with the results around my mouth. I’ve never been a smoker but was cursed with ‘smoker lines’ that just drove me nuts. These have been considerably smoothed out. I’m delighted. Would I do it again?Absolutely.
Feels like:A rubber band snap- not painful to me at all. Recovery time:None for IPL Helpful hint:None! You’re in good hands with Sara, and this was the fastest, easiest part of my treatment plan. Best part?This worked really well on one lingering sun spot. Would I do it again?Absolutely.
The treatments are spaced about six weeks apart. I noticed an improvement about five weeks after my first treatment. About 4-5 weeks after the second treatment was when I started to see dramatic improvements and the compliments began to fly.
The Best Part:
My goal has always been to keep my look as natural as possible. It’s great that the regimen was custom designed for me based on what my skin needed. I love that I’m actually fixing my skin from the inside, not just masking the problem. My skin looks healthier, more plump and even, and certainly has a more youthful glow. I’d highly recommend IPL, microneedling w/ PRP and PRP injections, or any other combination that Bruno|Brown Plastic Surgery recommends specifically for you.
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Skin Specialist, Sara answers the most common questions about PRP Injections, a natural product created from your body that combats signs of aging.
Q: What can I expect during my PRP treatment?
Upon your arrival, we collect one tube of blood and spin it down to obtain the PRP, after we prepare the PRP for injections, one of our Doctors will then mark the area to be treated and inject accordingly
Q: What areas can be treated with PRP?
Any area can be treated with PRP, but PRP is mostly done under the eyes, crow’s feet, nasolabial folds, perioral wrinkles (smokers lines), the cheek area for collagen/elasticity loss.
Q: How many sessions does it take to be effective?
We suggest doing 2-3 sessions, depending on the damage. Often times PRP alone is not enough to repair or to see a significant difference, which is we highly suggest pairing it with other treatments such as Laser Skin Resurfacing, Micro-Needling, and Deep Chemical Peels for optimal results.
Q: Does the treatment hurt?
It can be uncomfortable, especially around the mouth area as there are more nerve endings.
Q: Is it more effective for under eye bags/dark circles than fillers?
Some patients like to pair the injections with filler or Botox because while they give you an instant fix, the PRP is injected to actually rebuild and repair area (while the fillers are giving you a smoother more youthful appearance immediately).
Q: Is there any downtime?
Directly after the injections, the skin will be puffy and swollen due to the amount of fluid that is injected. Several hours after the injections, it begins to go down as your body resorbs the fluid. Bruising can last up to a week so we do suggest planning accordingly. We send patients home with camouflage makeup that won’t irritate the skin but will help hide any small bruises.
Q: How long do results last?
One important thing to remember is PRP injections are not a quick fix. PRP is something to rebuild and lay a foundation for long-term anti-aging and repair. It’s a great tool for patients who are looking to really begin a strict skin regimen and want to reverse a lot of the damage that has already been done. The PRP can stay in the body for approximately 15 months, and during this time it repairs and rebuilds.
If eyes are the window to anything, it’s our age. From the purely cosmetic to minimally invasive treatments to surgical procedures, here are 7 steps to maintain younger looking eyes:
Full brow lift:Is your forehead sagging? Are your eyebrows heavy? Rejuvenate the overall appearance of your skin by tightening the forehead and reducing the appearance of worry lines giving your facial features a more youthful appearance.
Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery): Do your eyelids droop, giving you an aged effect? Smooth the skin surrounding your eye by lifting the upper or lower eyelid. In this procedure, excess tissue is removed from the eyelid areas for a more youthful look and brightness.
Your Arch Enemy: Aging brows age your entire face! Go for the anti-aging quick fix and get them in shape. Trim, tone and fill for a youthful appearance. If they are thinning, use brow powder to fill in patchy spots. Use a brow pencil to lengthen and color those gray hairs and disappearing tails. The difference will amaze you.
Latisse: As you age your once lush lashes become shorter and sparser. Get long, thick, younger-you-but-better lashes back with Latisse, available here!
Botox: Feel more mademoiselle but looking more madam? Smooth away those crow’s feet with Botox! As board certified surgeons, Drs Bruno and Brown are qualified to determine the best methods to achieve your desired results.
PRP Injections: Had a long day (or month) at work? Nothing gives us away more than under eye bags. Fear not! PRP Injections or Fillers are ready to ride to the rescue. PRP is an injectable treatment that uses your body’s own blood, similar to a blood test, to reverse the signs of aging, restore or enhance facial volume, and improve skin texture and tone.
Fillers: Fillers are an excellent way to get rid of under eye hollows that appear as you age. Fillers restore volume and rejuvenate the area under your eyes and upper cheek.
Bruno | Brown Plastic Surgery is a leader in minimally invasive and surgical procedures in the Chevy Chase, Northern Virginia and DC areas. We specialize in creating younger looking eyes through plastic surgery procedures such as blepharoplasty in DC.
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