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Does PRP Hair Restoration Work?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Fibrin, PRP Injections

Does PRP Hair Restoration Work?

Platelet rich plasma hair restoration is becoming one of the top non-surgical hair restoration procedures for people in the early stages of hair loss. It can even help people who have seen more significant loss, though it cannot substitute for a hair transplant, if necessary. Thus, it can be confusing to understand how and if PRP hair restoration works. Let’s take a deeper look at the question, “Does PRP hair restoration work?”

PRP hair restoration is a great option for patients who have not yet lost all of their hair and generally on the younger side. Some people—regardless of this—may still not see the desired results from adequate PRP treatment. However, this is rare and most people will see some noticeable results.

Platelet rich plasma helps repair the hair follicles damaged by hormones or other factors. This promotes more and better hair growth. While it cannot prevent these hair follicles from becoming damaged again, using other hair restoration methods and/or undergoing future touch-ups can help slow and prevent this. 

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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Where Can PRF Be Injected?

By | Platelet Rich Fibrin, PRP Injections

PRF—or platelet rich fibrin—is considered the new generation of platelet rich plasma and is replacing many of the traditional PRP treatments. However, it does a slightly different composition and does not use any anticoagulants, so patients wonder if this means it cannot be injected in as many places. So, where can PRF be injected?

For the most part, platelet rich fibrin can be injected anywhere PRP or dermal fillers can. When it comes to treating hair loss, the injections are superficial enough for the PRF not to have any more risks than PRP and less risks than most dermal fillers. 

When injected deeper into the skin, there may be slightly more risk than with platelet rich plasma. However, there is still much less risk than with dermal fillers. Therefore, for areas such as the under eyes and nasolabial folds, PRF is still a great option with few risks.

A few common PRF injection sites include:

  • Scalp
  • Under eyes
  • Acne scars
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Lips

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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Is PRP Like Botox?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

Botox is one of the oldest and most well known cosmetic injections on the market. Platelet rich plasma, or PRP, injections are among the newest. With many patients considering non-surgical cosmetic procedures, they want to understand the difference between the various options. Let’s look at one of the questions on this topic, “Is PRP like Botox?”

Platelet rich plasma injections are more comparable to dermal fillers than Botox. Botox is a type of injection known as a neurotoxin that temporarily relaxes targeted muscles to prevent and treat the formation of wrinkles. While there is a small collagen response, this is standard with any injection and is not the main part of Botox.

With PRP injections though, it heightens the collagen response that is generated from the injection itself. Over time and with multiple sessions, this helps build up the natural collagen in the treatment area. This is most often used under the eyes and for acne scars.

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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Are PRP Injections or PRP Microneedling Better For Acne Scars?

By | PRP Injections, PRP Skin Care

Acne scars are one of the biggest skin concerns among young people. Treating them can be frustrating and often requires professional, medical treatment. Platelet rich plasma is one such treatment that is showing promise for treating acne scars. So, are PRP injections or PRP microneedling better for acne scars?

The answer will vary based on each patient and the type of acne scarring they have. If you have rolling acne scars in several places, microneedling may work better, especially if not overly deep. Microneedling only penetrates the surface of the skin and thus it is ideal for these types of acne scars.

If you have larger acne scars or those that are deeply pitted, PRP injections may provide better results. Additionally, some people may undergo other injections for acne scars which can often be supplemented with PRP injections.

Ultimately, determining the right PRP treatment for acne scars will depend on your scarring, skin type, and other factors. To schedule a consultation with one of our master estheticians, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach out online via chat or contact form.

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Can I Drink Coffee After PRP Injections?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

Platelet rich plasma injections are a fairly minor procedure. However, there are some preparations that your injector may ask you to take. One of these includes avoiding caffeine the morning before your procedure. Many patients end up asking, “Can I drink coffee after PRP injections?”

First, let’s start off with why your injector may instruct you to avoid caffeine. Caffeine can increase blood flow and both speed up and worsen bruising. Therefore, there are not any major complications from having caffeine, but if having PRP injections in a visible place like under the eyes, it is often important to patients that they do not end up with a major bruise.

Normally, you can have small amounts of caffeine, but if you bruise easily, you may want to wait until the next day to continue with regular caffeine consumption. Your injector will provide more personalized instructions after evaluating your medical history and knowing your specific procedure. 

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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How Can You Tell If PRP Is Working?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

Platelet rich plasma injections usually do not provide immediate relief or results. It takes time for the PRP to induce the healing process and repair the skin and hair follicles. This can understandably make some patients anxious and wonder if it is working. Let’s look at the question, “How can you tell if PRP is working?”

Often, time is the best indicator of whether or not PRP is working. When it comes to PRP hair restoration, if you have not seen any meaningful results after about three or four sessions, it is likely that PRP is not the best option for you. However, other procedures may show sooner.

PRP injections for the under eyes tend to show some results sooner. While this may be subtle, it is not uncommon for the skin to look a little brighter and be overall better quality a few weeks after treatment. Otherwise, there is not tried and true way to tell if PRP is working.

If you have concerns, your provider can always evaluate your results and the treatment areas. 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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Does PRP Get Rid Of Wrinkles?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

Platelet rich plasma can be injected to stimulate collagen production such as for filling hollows under the eyes. The most common cosmetic uses of platelet rich plasma surround hair restoration and skin rejuvenation. However, more injectable forms of PRP are becoming available and popular. “Does PRP get rid of wrinkles?”

The reason platelet rich plasma is effective for under eye enhancement is because the skin under the eyes is among the thinnest skin on the face. Therefore, the difference is more noticeable. In areas elsewhere on the face, it can take many more sessions to make a difference. However, that does not mean that it cannot be effective.

Another area where many get PRP injections is the nasolabial folds. Also called the smile lines, this area can be difficult to fill because major blood vessels run near the area. PRP comes from blood and therefore if injected into a blood vessel, does not cause a blockage or damage (though it can be painful and may cause more bruising). 

In some patients, PRP can help get rid of wrinkles around the face. However, it does not work as quickly or effectively as traditional dermal fillers in all areas. If you have allergies to filler or are concerned about the risk, PRP may be a good option. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach out online via chat and contact form.

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How Painful Is A PRP Injection?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

Platelet rich plasma injections serve several purposes within the medical and cosmetic industries. Depending on the treatment a person undergoes, PRP injections can be painful, or at the very least, uncomfortable. When seeking a PRP procedure at PRP In Seattle, patients frequently asked, “How painful is a PRP injection?”

The answer depends on the type of injection and the treatment area. When performing a PRP hair restoration procedure, the scalp is usually numbed beforehand to limit discomfort. Though, you may still feel some mild pressure. Generally, the numbing is reapplied throughout the procedure and patients remain comfortable during PRP hair restoration. Soreness does sometimes occur afterward.

When injecting PRP under the eyes, or elsewhere on the face, topical numbing is applied. However, it can still cause mild pain. Usually, it is no more than a regular dermal filler injection. This is also a much quicker process and therefore any discomfort is brief. 

Cosmetic PRP does tend to be less painful than medical PRP. This is because medical PRP injections are often going deeper into the muscle or joint, which is much more uncomfortable when compared to the fairly superficial injections of PRP into the scalp or skin. 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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How Do I Prepare For PRP Under Eye Injections?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

Injections of platelet rich plasma under the eyes are an alternative to traditional dermal fillers. While they both involve under eye injections, PRP must first be extracted from the patient’s blood sample and spun in a centrifuge. Beyond this, PRP comes with fewer risks than dermal fillers and can contribute to longer lasting results. Patients who opt for this often ask, “How do I prepare for PRP under eye injections?”

First, like with dermal fillers, it is best to avoid medications and supplements that can thin the blood. This includes over-the-counter pain killers that contain ibuprofen or Aspirin. Others may include turmeric and white willow supplements. While not absolutely necessary, avoiding these medications and supplements for a few days before and after your injections can help reduce and prevent bruising.

Next, on the day of your procedure, make sure to eat well and drink plenty of water. This can prevent adverse reactions to a blood draw and injections in general. This often will keep you feeling at your best during and after the appointment.

Finally, make preparations ahead of time. Plan not to work out the day of the procedure and limit alcohol intake as well. Pre-planning helps ensure the best outcomes and the fewest and least severe side effects. To learn more, you can contact us online via chat or contact for or call us at 206-279-2112.

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How Does PRP Aid Buttock Augmentation?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

The use of platelet rich plasma in both surgical and non-surgical applications has occurred for decades. In fact, plastic surgeons often used PRP to help heal incisions quicker and better. However, PRP has now become a mainstay in non-surgical cosmetic procedures, including non-surgical Brazilian butt lifts. How does PRP aid in buttock augmentation?

A traditional non-surgical BBL typically uses a collagen-stimulating dermal filler such as Sculptra to provide both immediate and future augmentation. This gradual growth and augmentation are similar to the process that PRP kickstarts when injected for various other purposes. Therefore, during a zombie BBL, PRP and Sculptra are combined to promote the ideal collagen production for buttock augmentation.

Our providers can take it a step further by using other growth factors such as placental cells or ACell to promote an even more dramatic augmentation. While less consistent and guaranteed that a BBL surgery, this non-surgical solution is great for those who do not have the fat to spare, or who only want a subtle buttock augmentation.

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