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Does PRP Restore Facial Volume?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

Platelet rich plasma is a component found in blood that contributes to stimulating a healing response and collagen production following an injury. When isolated and re-injected, PRP can achieve the same response. This has a number of medical and cosmetic uses including hair restoration and filling in the under eyes. Since PRP injections can work as an alternative to under eye filler (albeit with results that typically are not immediate), many patients wonder, “Does PRP restore facial volume?”

The answer is yes, but it comes with some caveats. Platelet rich plasma is great for filling in small, more targeted areas, such as the under eyes or nasolabial folds. Though, currently, it is not potent enough to provide a major augmentation to the cheeks, lips, chin, etc. Therefore, in these cases, traditional fillers are preferred. 

Additionally, for patients who have experienced major facial fat loss due to aging or an autoimmune disorder, longer lasting options like Sculptra are likely preferred. That is not to say that PRP cannot provide any benefit to these patients. It can boost the effects of these products and also address smaller areas nearby for the best results. 

In short, yes, PRP does restore facial volume, but is most effective in smaller areas for the treatment of specific wrinkles or scars. Unlike traditional fillers, it also takes multiple sessions to see desired results, but they are often permanent or long lasting. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach out online via chat or contact form.

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Who Are Good Candidates For PRP Hair Injections?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma is becoming one of the most utilized and sought after hair restoration treatments. It is especially helpful for men and women who are experiencing hair thinning but are not yet candidates for a hair transplant surgery. However, much like a surgical procedure, there are a small number of patients who are not good candidates for PRP hair restoration. Let’s take a look at the question, “Who are good candidates for PRP hair injections?” and if you may qualify.

First off, since platelet rich plasma injections are a non-surgical procedure, they have a much larger candidates pool than hair transplant surgery. Though, there are still situations and medical conditions that may hinder your ability to undergo PRP hair restoration. Looking at the more common reason patients are not good candidates: severity of hair loss. PRP hair restoration is best for people beginning to experience hair thinning or genetic hair loss. If you have lost large amounts of hair, are completely bald, or the hair loss is simply too severe, PRP is likely not the right solution for you.

Health concerns are a less common reason that patients may not qualify for PRP hair injections. Since the procedure consists of a blood draw and injections, most people can safely undergo this without a large amount of risk. However, if you have severe autoimmune disease or blood disorder, you may not be a candidate. If you take blood thinning medications or supplements, you may need to temporarily stop them. Though, this alone does not disqualify you from the treatment.

To find out if you are a good candidate for PRP hair injections, set up a consultation by calling 206-279-2112. You can also reach out online via chat or contact form.

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Can You Stop DHT From Attacking Hair Follicles?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, is a male sex hormone that is essential for hair growth. This accounts for why those assigned males at birth tend to have more body hair. The hormone is present in both male and female people but exists in much higher levels in men. However, in certain people, DHT can begin to shrink hair follicles. This leads to what is referred to as genetic hair loss or male pattern baldness. So, can you stop DHT from attacking hair follicles?

The answer is not exactly. However, with various treatments and therapies, you can slow the effect that DHT has on hair follicles. Currently, there is no permanent reversal or treatment. One of the most effective therapies for people experiencing the early signs of male or female pattern baldness is PRP hair restoration

When a patient starts PRP hair restoration early enough, they can slow the progression of genetic hair loss. It helps repair damaged hair follicles to restore thinning hair. While PRP cannot permanently restore hair or reverse hair loss, it can help patients keep their hair longer.

Though, it is important to note that if a patient’s hair loss is too advanced, PRP hair restoration may not be as effective or provide the desired results. Your provider can determine whether platelet rich plasma is a viable option for your hair loss during a consultation. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach out online using chat or contact form.

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How Many Times A Year Can You Microneedle?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Skin Care

Microneedling with platelet rich plasma is a medical grade skincare procedure that creates controlled damage to increase collagen production and rejuvenate the skin. This means that your skin needs time to heal after each treatment. Therefore, most patients cannot undergo the procedure on a weekly, or even bi-weekly basis. So, how many times a year can you microneedle?

Depending on each patient’s individual skin and goals, some may be able to undergo microneedling every two weeks to a month when they begin treatment. However, on average, patients will have microneedling with PRP sessions roughly every four to six weeks until they achieve the desired results. At that point, patients may only undergo microneedling two to four times a year.

If a patient has particularly sensitive skin, their master esthetician may recommend extending the amount of time between treatments to prevent further irritation. The best way to determine how many times a year you can microneedle is to consult with a master esthetician at PRP In Seattle about your skin goals. 

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

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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.