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Does PRP Lift Skin?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Skin Care

Platelet rich plasma is becoming a powerful tool in both the medical and cosmetic spheres. At PRP In Seattle, we focus primarily on cosmetic uses of platelet rich plasma such as in hair restoration and skin rejuvenation. A common question for people wanting to use PRP to improve their skin and for anti-aging purposes sometimes ask, “Does PRP lift skin?”

The best answer to this question is that it depends on the state of your skin. For patients with more advanced signs of aging that may benefit more from surgical correction, PRP is unlikely to provide the results they want. However, for patients just beginning to experience wrinkle formation and loss of skin elasticity, platelet rich plasma skincare may provide improvement and a slight lifting and plumping effect.

It should be noted that platelet rich plasma is not a permanent solution to lift the skin, but it does increase and induce collagen production. This collagen production can reduce the look of wrinkles, repair damaged skin, and prevent aging. Microneedling with PRP is the most effective procedure in this regard. When combining platelet rich plasma and microneedling, this is one of the best all around procedures for improving the look and quality of your skin. This can include addressing the early signs of aging. 

To schedule a free consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach out online using our chat or contact form.

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Can Stem Cells Cure Hair Loss?

By | Hair Restoration

Hair loss–while often a natural part of aging for some people–can cause a lot of insecurity and distress. For men and women who experience genetic hair loss, they often want to know if it can be stopped. There are many treatments for hair loss that can slow the loss and sometimes even restore hair. However, many of these are not permanent solutions. With many new options, patients wonder, “Can stem cells cure hair loss?”

Before answering this question, it is important to look at the different causes of hair loss and the available treatments. The most common cause of hair loss in the average person is genetic. Some people are predisposed to hair loss as they get older. While especially common in men, it can also occur in women. Some mild hair loss or thinning is normal during the aging process, but genetic hair loss happens quicker, in larger areas, and can lead to total baldness.

Genetic hair loss cannot be cured or reversed. Other forms of hair loss such as those related to medications, autoimmune diseases, and injuries can often be restored completely depending upon the situation. However, when baldness has an outside cause like this, even restoration treatments are unlikely to help.

So, the quickest answer is, no, stem cells do not cure hair loss. They do significantly slow it though and often contribute to having thicker hair longer. It may even fill in areas of thinning. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach us online using chat or contact form.

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PRP For The Under Eyes Is Safer Than Filler: Here’s Why

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

The under eyes are a frequently troublesome area that can contribute to aging and a tired appearance. Due to this, many patients seek out under eye filler to look younger, treat eye bags, and appear more awake. However, under filler does come with risks and is not suitable for all patients. Some injectors are not experienced or qualified to inject in this area. Luckily, platelet rich plasma offers an alternative. Let’s discuss why PRP for the under eyes is safer than filler. 

First, let’s look at the risks of dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid fillers are the only suitable filler for the under eyes and are generally safe in the right hands. They also do offer nearly immediate noticeable results. However, dermal fillers can cause a complication known as occlusion where a blood vessel or artery becomes blocked. Usually, this can be caught and treated immediately without major issues. In the worst case scenario, blindness can occur.

Occlusion in general is exceptionally rare. And, the cases that do happen are treated almost immediately and tend to leave behind no major side effects. Though, it is a consideration to make when undergoing tear trough fillers. Additionally, under eye fillers, especially if using a thicker filler, can cause a blue tinge to the skin where the filler shows through. This is known as the Tyndall effect and happens because the skin under the eyes is thin and/or the filler was placed too superficially. 

PRP solves all of these problems and possible outcomes. While it does take longer to see results, PRP is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, uses your body’s own healing process to improve your under eyes, and cannot cause occlusion or the Tyndall effect. Therefore, when considering rejuvenation of the under eyes, PRP is often the safest and best choice.

To schedule a consultation with an injector, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach out online via contact form or chat.

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PRP Microneedling vs. RF Microneedling

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Skin Care

Microneedling has seen massive evolutions since it became popular in the early 2000s. First, the addition of platelet rich plasma led to faster healing and could reduce the number of treatments needed to see results. More recently the addition of radiofrequency technology allows microneedling to become even more effective and powerful. So, which is better: PRP microneedling vs. RF microneedling?

Both PRP microneedling and RF microneedling can provide fantastic results. Patients who are a good candidate for one are also likely a candidate for the other. So, how do you choose? Your master esthetician will help you determine which will benefit your skin most, but let’s look at the major differences between the two procedures. 

PRP microneedling supercharges traditional microneedling and helps rejuvenate your skin quicker and better. It is great for addressing surface and just below the surface damage and scarring. Radiofrequency technology is already used to mildly tighten sagging skin. RF microneedling offers some skin tightening qualities that traditional and PRP microneedling do not offer. 

Radiofrequency energy also penetrates deeper into the skin. Therefore, for deeper sun damage, scarring, and concerns, RF microneedling may be the better choice. To schedule a free consultation with a master esthetician, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach out to us online via chat or contact form.

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What Is The Maximum Age For PRP Hair Restoration?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma hair restoration is a non-surgical hair restoration method that needs to begin before hair loss reaches a critical point. Typically, the best time to start PRP hair restoration is when hair is beginning to thin. Therefore, some providers may discuss age limits on the procedure, or not want to treat patients above a certain age. What is the maximum age for PRP hair restoration? 

In technicality, there is no “maximum” age that one reaches where they are no longer a candidate for PRP hair restoration in Seattle. However, it is especially unlikely and uncommon for patients above 35 to undergo the treatment. While not impossible, most patients have passed the threshold of hair loss by that age where PRP hair restoration would simply not provide the ideal results.

The providers at PRP In Seattle have treated patients as young as their early twenties to their forties and beyond. A good rule to follow is if you have large areas of no hair (more than just patches of thinning) or are completely (or almost) bald, PRP hair restoration is likely not the right treatment for you. 

Ultimate, the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for PRP hair restoration is to schedule a consultation at PRP In Seattle. Call us at 206-279-2112 or reach out online using our chat or contact form.

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How Is PRP Used In Surgery?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma, more commonly known as PRP, is frequently used in non-surgical treatments within both general and aesthetic medicine. However, one of the first and steadfastly continued uses of PRP is in surgery. Frequently used in plastic surgery, PRP has improved the results of many patients. How is PRP used in surgery?

Ten years after the first use of PRP in medicine, maxillofacial surgery began using it to speed up healing and reduce inflammation. PRP was successful in this respect and continues to be a staple of operating rooms today. In short, PRP enhances the healing process by increasing collagen production, initiating the healing process sooner, and relieving inflammation and pain. 

In addition to collagen, PRP produces fibroblasts and endothelial cells. Fibroblasts are necessary for collagen production, but also promote tissue regeneration within the muscles and other bodily tissues. Endothelial cells help regulate inflammation by preventing fluid build-up, improving blood flow, and shepherding the deliverance of proteins to the body’s tissues. 

To learn more about how PRP In Seattle uses platelet rich plasma and to schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach out online using our chat or contact form.

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Is Microneedling With PRP Better?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Skin Care

Microneedling is known as an effective treatment for many skin concerns. However, new technologies and advancements have led to finding ways to improve the efficacy of microneedling even more. When considering their microneedling options, patients often ask us, “Is microneedling with PRP better?”

The answer is usually yes. Platelet rich plasma supercharges your body’s healing response which can improve the results of standard microneedling and help you heal faster. Microneedling creates micro-injuries that instigate your body’s healing response which produces more collagen, elastin, and other proteins which fill in acne scars, address sun damage, and more. 

When you choose to add PRP to microneedling, PRP is a substance that naturally occurs during the healing process. Therefore, it speeds up the response and supplements the healing for all around better results. There are times where traditional microneedling may be recommended over PRP, such as for those who cannot have their blood drawn, or those who only want to treat superficial or minor concerns.

However, microneedling with PRP is known to provide great results and treat a variety of skin conditions. Unlike other esthetic treatments, it is also safe and effective on all skin types and tones. 

To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach us online using our chat or contact form.

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How Often Should You Do PRP Microneedling?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Skin Care

PRP microneedling, also known as microneedling with PRP, combines microneedling and platelet rich plasma for improved skin rejuvenation. This procedure can treat acne scars, sun damage, and many other skin conditions and concerns. It is generally considered more effective than just microneedling. Often, when first starting out, patients will undergo a round of a few treatments spaced about four to six weeks apart. Patients sometimes ask, “How often should you do PRP microneedling?”

Generally, the answer is no more than once every four to six weeks. This is because your skin needs time to heal following each microneedling treatment. Not allowing it to heal can cause irritation and possibly hinder your results. However, some patients may be able to do the treatment every two weeks in the beginning, though this is not especially common.

After the initial round of treatments–usually four to six sessions–patients may be able to maintain results and keep up the quality of their skin with only one or two PRP microneedling sessions a year. Though, of course, this will depend on your skin and other factors like the damage you receive between treatments. Your master esthetician can discuss this more with you during your consultations and treatments.

To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach out online using our chat or contact form.

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What Is The Success Rate Of PRP Injections?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

Platelet rich plasma injections have been used for decades in sports medicine, particularly to treat soft tissue injuries and pain. PRP injections have shown great success in slowing the rate of hair thinning and non-surgically restoring hair. Before undergoing PRP hair restoration, patients often want to know, “What is the success rate of PRP injections?”

Overall, the success rate of PRP injections depends on the patient, how extensive their hair loss, and biological factors. Usually, after two to three treatments, patients begin to see the rate of hair thinning slow and some hair regrowth. After the initial round of four to six treatments, PRP hair restoration requires at least one yearly touch-up treatment to maintain results. 

While there is no consensus on the exact success rate of PRP injections for hair restoration, it sits between 70-90% for the average patient. It tends to work better in younger patients beginning to experience the effects of genetic hair loss and thinning. However, your provider will discuss this with you. 

Factors that may reduce the effectiveness of PRP are if you smoke, if your hair loss is too far along, if you’re completely bald, or if the hair loss is due to another medical condition or medication. Success rates of other PRP injections are similar and tend to be in the 80 percentile.

To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach out to us online via our contact form or chat.

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PRP vs. Filler For Tear Troughs

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

The tear troughs–also known as the under eye area–be a tricky treatment area for injections, especially filler. Due to the thinner skin in the area, the under eyes are more susceptible to the Tyndall effect and typically require a more experienced injector to perform. Platelet rich plasma is another option patients have to fill in or rejuvenate the under eyes. What are the differences? Let’s compare PRP vs. filler for the tear troughs.

Platelet rich plasma induces collagen production and promotes healing in under eyes to naturally plump the area. A few benefits to this is that the risk of allergic reaction or rejection is almost zero. It is not susceptible to the Tyndall effect and carries fewer overall risks than filler. However, it typically requires multiple sessions to see full results and may not offer dramatic results. 

Dermal fillers can create nearly instantaneous and more noticeable results. For patients with especially deep hollows, dermal fillers may be preferred because it may take too many PRP sessions to see a result. However, there is slightly more risk with filler injections than PRP. Though fillers are still one of the safest and lowest risk cosmetic procedures.

At a consultation, your provider can discuss more about PRP vs. filler and which may be best for you. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach us online via chat or contact form.