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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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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 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.

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How Long Do PRP Injections Under The Eyes Last?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

When it comes to filler procedures, under eye filler is among one of the trickiest. It requires an experienced injector and can only utilize certain types of filler. The skin under the eyes is also thinner than the rest of the face, making this are more prone to the Tyndall effect. While tear trough filler is still a great option for filling in dark, sunken eyes, many patients and injectors alike are open to the idea of PRP for tear troughs. Since it is notably different from filler, patients often ask, “How long do PRP injections under the eyes last?”

Platelet rich plasma is a natural substance that is produced in blood. When injected, PRP promotes collagen production which can naturally fill in hollowed under eyes. Similar to filler, this takes multiple treatments. However, unlike filler, it will take time to see results. With filler, results are noticeable almost immediately, while with PRP it will take longer. 

With PRP injections, once you finish the initial treatments where you are happy with the results, you may need occasional injections to maintain the results. Otherwise, results should remain noticeable throughout the year. 

Results from PRP injections under the eyes can last for many years. Every patient will see them last a different amount of time. Additionally, some patients may need more rounds of injections to see the prolonged results they want. To schedule a consultation, call us at 206-279-2112 or contact us online via chat or contact form.

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PRP In Seattle: How Long Is Recovery After PRP Injection?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

PRP injections are used in the medical and cosmetic fields. In the medical field, they can promote healing of certain injuries and sometimes relieve pain long term. In the cosmetic industry, PRP injections are often used to promote collagen production and restore volume in targeted areas. At PRP In Seattle, we use injections of platelet rich plasma during hair restoration, non-surgical BBLs, and PRP for tear troughs. With many procedures available, patients often want to know, “How long is recovery after PRP injection?”

Generally, patients will experience some pain and tenderness in the injection area for a day or so following the procedure, similar to other injections. Otherwise, the recovery will depend on the procedure. Most of the time, patients can return to their daily lives. They may want to take it easy for a few days for their own comfort. Sometimes with hair restoration, they may also experience some mild swelling which can improve with rest. 

The non-surgical BBL will require a longer recovery time than the aforementioned procedures. However, compared to a surgical BBL, it is minimal. Patients usually return to their full activities (other than maybe some forms of exercise) after a week. Unlike a surgery, patients will likely not need pain medications and can often return to work the next day. 

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

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Non-Surgical BBL Seattle: How Does PRP Improve Non-Surgical BBL Results?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

A non-surgical Brazilian butt lift often uses a type of semi-permanent dermal filler known as Sculptra. Sculptra fills the buttocks like a dermal filler, however, it also stimulates collagen production in the area. With multiple treatments, this can create a natural volume that your body created over the course of treatment. At PRP In Seattle, we combine Sculptra with other components to improve non-surgical BBL results. How does PRP improve non-surgical BBL results?

PRP, or platelet rich plasma, is a substance in blood that when present in larger than average quantities, signals an injury. When injected along with Sculptra during a non-surgical BBL, your body will respond to the injections like it would an injury. This sends extra collagen, elastin, and other resources to the area. This promotes volume creation in the area. 

Even after the initial injections, PRP continues to stimulate collagen for the weeks following the procedure. It can increase the amount of time your body responds. This often provides better results with fewer sessions. Occasionally, our plastic surgeons may also combine ACell or other regenerative properties with Sculptra for the best non-surgical BBL Seattle offers. 

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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Hair Restoration Seattle: Does ACell PRP Work?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

Hair loss is a frustrating condition that takes a toll on self esteem, confidence, and mental health. With many options, it can be difficult to determine the one that will best address your unique hair loss. For patients experiencing the early signs of genetic hair loss, also known as male or female pattern baldness, ACell and PRP hair restoration may promote increased hair growth. Does ACell PRP work?

First off, PRP stimulates healing and hair growth in areas consistent with genetic hair loss. This promotes the body to heal the damaged hair follicles. This can slow down the hair loss process and help patients to keep their hair longer. It also is effective for treating thinning hair. 

ACell also stimulates collagen production and hair growth. However, unlike PRP which triggers the healing process, ACell takes it a step further and acts as a foundation for new hair growth. While ACell does not permanently stay in the body, it helps repair skin and increases the overall health of the scalp. 

When choosing to combine PRP and ACell together, this creates a powerful hair growth treatment. For patients seeing the first signs of early hair loss, PRP with ACell hair restoration may offer an option to keep hair longer. To learn more about non-surgical hair restoration, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also reach us online via chat or contact form.

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PRP Injections Seattle: Do Platelet Rich Plasma Injections Hurt?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

Platelet rich plasma injections have a variety of uses and purposes. The most common use of PRP injections is for hair restoration. This repairs damaged hair follicles and work to promote new hair growth. It also is used as an under eye filler that can stimulate collagen production. When seeking out one of these procedures, patients are often concerned about the possible pain of the injections. Do platelet rich plasma injections hurt?

During a procedure that uses platelet rich plasma injections, some pain is expected. However, in most cases, no anesthetic is necessary. However, during hair restoration, multiple PRP injections are administered quickly after one another. This can cause irritation and more pain than with a simple injection. Therefore, a topical anesthetic is applied to ease this discomfort. Occasionally, your provider may choose lidocaine.

For a procedure like PRP for tear troughs, patients can usually choose whether they want a topical anesthetic or not. The injections do not hurt more than other filler injections in the area would. 

While patients may experience some pain from PRP injections, it is minimal and easily addressed using topical anesthetics or lidocaine. To learn more or schedule a consultation at PRP In Seattle, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also contact us online using any of our contact forms or chat.

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PRP Injections Seattle: How Long Before PRP Injections Work?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

Platelet rich plasma injections have a variety of cosmetic and medical uses. When undergoing treatment, patients often want to know: how long before PRP injections work? The answer depends on the treatment and the way your body responds to the injections. 

First off, PRP injections work by stimulating collagen in the treatment area. Collagen takes time to produce. Therefore, some patients may not begin seeing results for a few weeks. This is also why patients may require more than one PRP injection session to see the best results. Generally, patients will begin to experience results a few weeks following PRP injections. 

Secondly, the aspects of your body and lifestyle can contribute. If you smoke, this can slow down your body’s healing responses and consequently slow your PRP injection results. Additionally, drinking and certain drugs can slow the rate at which your body heals. Which, in turn, slows the collagen production rate of your body.

Finally, as mentioned, some procedures may require more than one session to see the best results. Such as, PRP hair restoration or PRP for tear troughs may require more than one session. To schedule a consultation at PRP In Seattle, call us at 206-279-2112. You can also contact us online through our contact us page.