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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.

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Does PRP For Hair Really Work?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

When considering hair restoration options, patients want to try the ones they can feel confident will provide results. Since reasons for hair loss differ and every individual person responds differently to every treatment, it can be difficult to find the right hair restoration technique for you. When patients come to us with concerns about hair restoration, a frequent question we hear is, “Does PRP for hair really work?”

PRP hair restoration is a great method for restoring thinning hair and reversing the early stages of genetic hair loss. It can slow the hair loss process. Therefore, PRP for hair usually does work well in these situations. Occasion touch up treatments every year or so can continue to hinder hair loss as you grow older. 

For patients who have seen more rapid hair loss or who are at the more advanced stages of hair loss, PRP hair restoration may not be the most effective option. Sometimes, in cases where hair was lost due to medications or disease, PRP may help hair growth once resolved. Though, the hair usually will return regardless. Otherwise, for older patients or those with more extensive loss, your provider may recommend hair transplant surgery or other similar procedure.

PRP hair restoration can work well with other hair restoration treatments such as minoxidil. Your provider can discuss these options with you. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach out online via chat or contact form.

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Is Platelet Rich Plasma The Same As Stem Cells?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

When it comes to non-surgical hair restoration, there many different options. Patients may often hear terms like “PRP”, “stem cells”, and “ACell” when it comes to some of these options. It can be confusing to tell the difference between what these regenerative technologies work and what they are. A common question we hear related to this is, “Is platelet rich plasma the same as stem cells?”

Platelet rich plasma and stem cells are different. First, let’s understand what platelet rich plasma is and how it works. Platelet rich plasma is a component of your blood–specifically plasma–that is especially rich in platelets which are small cell clusters that promote blood clotting. When used in hair restoration, platelet rich plasma instigates your body’s healing response to repair hair follicles and hair regrowth.

Stem cells are the rawest form of your body’s cells. This means that they have the potential to develop into a variety of different types of cells. When used for hair restoration, stem cells can work as a repair system and become cells that rejuvenate the scalp and build a healthy environment for new hair. 

At PRP In Seattle, we sometimes combine PRP and stem cells together during hair restoration treatments for improved results and to give you the best chance of seeing optimal results. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach us online via chat or contact form.

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Is PRP Better Than Hair Transplant?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

Two of the arguably most effective hair restoration methods are PRP hair restoration and hair transplant surgery. Generally, the effectiveness of each of these treatments depends on the degree of hair loss and age. For patients who have tried many hair restoration techniques, or those who want to avoid surgery, they often ask, “Is PRP better than hair transplant?”

The answer to this question depends on a few factors. First off, PRP hair restoration is not effective if a patient is in the more advanced stages of hair loss. Usually, PRP hair restoration is best for younger patients who are beginning to experience the initial hair thinning and loss that comes with genetic hair loss. For these patients, PRP is often a better fit than hair transplant surgery. 

However, for patients who have lost large amounts of hair, or who have little hair left, hair transplant surgery may better serve their needs. This is usually true for older patients with more significant loss or thinning. Hair transplants will typically provide the best results to these patients. 

While both treatments cannot treat completely bald patients, the best hair restoration technique for you depends on the extent and specifics of your hair loss. Our hair restoration experts can determine whether PRP is better than hair transplant surgery for you or vice versa.

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

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Does Microneedling With PRP Reduce Pore Size?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Skin Care

Microneedling is one of the most effective professional skincare procedures that can benefit nearly all skin types and tones. Unlike chemical peels, there is not a risk of hyperpigmentation for darker skin tones and it can address nearly all major signs of aging and skin damage. A common skin concern many patients want to treat is pore size. Large pores have many causes including sun damage, clogged skin, and aging. When looking for a solution, patients often ask, “Does microneedling with PRP reduce pore size?”

The answer to this question is yes. Microneedling with PRP can help shrink pore size and promote a smoother complexion. The procedure combined with the regenerative powers of PRP causes faster skin cell turnover and new collagen to form. Over time, this can reduce the size of your pores. 

Microneedling creates microscopic holes in the skin that initiates the healing process. Usually, this lasts for four to six weeks as the skin repairs itself and along with it can improve or correct skin concerns. When adding PRP to this, it takes this a step further. Since PRP is a component of blood important to clotting, and one of the first signals of an injury to the body, this leads to a quicker, more aggressive response from the body. 

Therefore, microneedling with PRP is a great and versatile treatment for all types of skin concerns. When treating enlarged pores, the microneedling and PRP work together to improve skin laxity which can reduce the size of pores. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach us online via chat and contact form.

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How Fast Does Hair Grow After PRP?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

Using platelet rich plasma injections for hair restoration is becoming one of the most popular and effective methods for restoring genetic hair loss. Men and women who experience hair loss often want to see the largest amount of hair regrowth in the shortest amount of time possible. During a PRP hair consultation in Seattle, one of the most frequent questions our providers hear is, “How fast does hair grow after PRP?”

The answer to this question will differ for every patient based on their biology, medical history, and treatment plan. Since PRP takes time to stimulate collagen and hair regrowth in the scalp, most patients will not see new hair until after their second or third session. Over the coming weeks and months, patients can expect to see more hair growth. 

For some patients who are also using hair growth medications in conjunction with their PRP treatments may see results faster. Some patients with certain medical conditions may also see that it takes longer for them to see the results they want. Usually, about nine months to one year after the initial treatment is when patients see a noticeable difference. 

During your consultation, your provider will explain what you can expect from PRP hair restoration in Seattle. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach us online using our contact form or chat.

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3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Platelet Rich Plasma

By | Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma is one of the most promising advancements in medicine today. It has been used in surgery for decades and now has many uses across the medical and cosmetic fields. Before undergoing treatment with PRP, patients often are not familiar with it. Here are 3 things you probably didn’t know about platelet rich plasma. 

#1: Platelet Rich Plasma Has 5 Times The Amount Of Platelets As Blood

On average, once spun in a centrifuge, PRP has roughly five times the amount of platelets as blood as a whole. Platelets contain important growth factors and also create a signal that tells your body to heal. This is why PRP therapy is often effective at promoting healing, collagen production, and hair growth

#2: It May Reduce Scarring

The use of PRP during surgery may reduce post-surgical scarring. While studies are still ongoing, early research shows that patients often see less scarring following a surgical procedure using platelet rich plasma.

#3: PRP Is Exceptionally Safe

Since PRP comes from a patient’s own blood and body, the risk of rejection or allergic reaction is minute, if not, impossible. This makes PRP safer than some of the most common cosmetic injections.

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

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Does PRP Under Eyes Hurt?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

Under eye injections–especially dermal fillers–is known to be a rather sensitive treatment area. It is not overly painful, but can be more painful than other types of filler injections. However, when using platelet rich plasma under the eyes, does this still cause the same amount of pain? Does PRP under eyes hurt?

The answer depends on the individual patient. Each patient’s pain tolerance and ability to bear the procedure will depend. Although, since PRP is a thinner substance than most fillers and comes from the patient’s own body, this does reduce the chances of painful reactions or complications. While rare, many of these risks are reduced or non-existent with PRP under eye injections. 

The injections themselves are comparable to filler injections. Though, it may not hurt as much due to PRP’s thinner consistency. That said, many patients still opt for the topical numbing cream to take the edge off any possible discomfort. Afterward, patients may feel some discomfort from bruising, but this is generally limited and handled well with Tylenol.

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