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Is PRP A One Time Treatment?

By | PRP Injections

Platelet rich plasma procedures are a form of regenerative medicine that can achieve a variety of goals such as non-surgical hair restoration and as an alternative to filler injections. You may notice that many providers (including PRP In Seattle) price their procedures in packages. So, is PRP a one time treatment or not?

PRP treatments can technically be a one time treatment. However, most procedures that use platelet rich plasma will provide better benefits if a patient undergoes successive sessions. For example, about four to eight weeks after your first PRP injection session, you will come back for another, and so on. 

Since PRP promotes a collagen and healing response, it is best to have another session when the initial one begins to wane. This helps to keep the bodily response constant, which for procedures such as hair restoration and under eye injections is ideal for the best possible results.

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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What Are The Side Effects Of PRP Hair Restoration?

By | Hair Restoration, Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma hair restoration—often shortened to PRP hair restoration—is a non-surgical and non-invasive hair restoration procedure. However, this does not mean that it is not free of side effects. Let’s look at the frequently asked question, ‘What are the side effects of PRP hair restoration?” as well as what you can expect following treatment.

The side effects of PRP hair restoration may include scalp tightness, minor swelling, redness, itchiness, bruising, and general discomfort. Major side effects are rare and generally, side effects improve within a matter of days and most should resolve within two weeks.

When compared to a hair transplant surgery, the side effects are usually less mild and resolve quicker. Patients can return to work and most of their daily activities the day after PRP hair restoration. With that said, your provider may recommend waiting to wash your hair or partake in strenuous activities for a few days.

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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Do PRP Injections Work For Wrinkles?

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Do PRP Injections Work For Wrinkles?

Wrinkles form due to loss of collagen as well as slowed production of new collagen and elastin. Of course, outside factors such as sun damage, smoking, and free radicals can also contribute by prematurely breaking down collagen. Thus, wrinkle treatments often consist of adding or stimulating collagen production, such as with microneedling. Since PRP helps stimulate healing, do PRP injections work for wrinkles?

Injections of platelet rich plasma can help reduce the look of wrinkles. However, unlike traditional dermal fillers, it does not disguise the wrinkles. It takes time and multiple rounds of injections to stimulate enough collagen to plump a wrinkle. Patients can also help supplement PRP injections with topical PRP treatments such as microneedling with PRP.

Common injection areas when using PRP to treat wrinkles can include the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. If you have pronounced wrinkles or major sagging, another treatment may need to be performed first such as a facelift or laser resurfacing.

To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 206-209-2112. You can also reach out online via chat or contact form.

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How Long Should You Rest After PRP Injection?

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How Long Should You Rest After PRP Injection?

After you undergo a platelet rich plasma injection of any kind, your provider may recommend not exercising or partaking in strenuous activities for a period of time. While the injections do not require a recovery as surgery would, avoiding exercise can help reduce side effects such as redness, swelling, and bruising. So, how long should you rest after a PRP injection?

Depending on the type of PRP injections you undergo, the rest recommendations will vary. Generally, two to three days at most is the time when you cannot do any strenuous activity. However, your normal activities like basic housework and shopping are typically okay as long as you do not begin sweating or become out of breath.

Also, while the exercise limitations after surgery serve many purposes, with cosmetic PRP injections it is meant mainly to reduce side effects and discomfort. However, if you sweat, you do have a higher risk of infection if it gets into the injection sites. Still, this is fairly rare, but it is best to avoid strenuous workouts for a couple of days.

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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Can Your Body Reject PRP?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP Injections

Platelet rich plasma is a substance that is derived from a patient’s blood. It exists naturally within blood, but has to be isolated via spinning in a centrifuge. Anticoagulants are often used during the process as well to prevent the platelets from clotting together prematurely. Let’s look at the question, “Can your body reject PRP?”

Since platelet rich plasma comes from the patient’s own body, it is nearly unheard of for the body to reject it. Higher risks of rejection would occur if using PRP from someone else, but this is not done when preparing PRP treatments. While it is not technically impossible, it is highly improbable.

The skin often does become slightly irritated and inflamed following PRP treatment. However, this is usually due to the injections themselves and not the PRP. Rejection of PRP is unlikely to happen and patients generally do not need to worry about such complications with platelet rich plasma.

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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Can You Increase Platelet Rich Plasma Naturally?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelets and plasma are both components of blood. When mixed in with blood, it is not necessarily the platelet rich plasma we use in treatments. When mixed in the centrifuge, the platelets and plasma settle together. However, due to the versatility and healing properties of platelet rich plasma, people sometimes ask, “Can you increase platelet rich plasma naturally?”

Technically, yes, there are ways to increase the number of platelets in your blood. Some medical conditions do cause low platelet counts and natural methods can help increase them. Though, in people with normal platelet levels, the increase is usually mild. Also, increasing platelets will not really help your hair, but it is always a good idea to eat well and follow a good diet. 

Dietary changes and vitamins are the two main ways to increase platelets. Some foods such as dark leafy vegetables, rice, seafood, strawberries, and more. You will want to avoid aspartame and quinine. Otherwise, you can take certain supplements, but this is not necessary for people who do not have a low platelet count.

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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 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 Many PRP Sessions Are Needed For Dark Circles?

By | PRP Injections

Platelet rich plasma injections have begun to be used as a replacement for fillers in some cases. The most popular use of PRP as a filler is under the eyes. The under eyes contain some of the thinnest skin on the face, making them tricky to filler with traditional fillers. Dermal fillers can create something called the Tyndall effect which creates a blueish tint beneath the skin. While avoidable, PRP does not have this same risk. Many interested patients then want to know, “How many PRP sessions are needed for dark circles?”

The number of sessions needed to see the desired results. Usually, our master injectors recommend starting with a series of three sessions. Many patients will begin to see results between their first and second sessions, though most will see results following all three sessions. 

Depending on your body’s healing and collagen response, some patients may need more than three sessions. However, it can take four to six weeks to notice the difference. Therefore, our injectors recommend waiting this amount of time between sessions and before choosing to undergo more.

To learn more about PRP injections for the under eyes, reach out via phone at 206-279-2112 or online via chat or contact form.

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What Does Platelet Rich Plasma Do In The Body?

By | Platelet Rich Plasma

Most people are familiar with plasma, a component of blood that helps transport nutrients, hormones, and other vital substances around the body. It also helps alleviate cell waste. However, when it comes to the types of plasma, what does platelet rich plasma do in the body?

Plasma is made up of three main components: white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Some parts of plasma are richer in platelets than others, this is what is referred to as platelet rich plasma. Often, this is something created by spinning the blood in a centrifuge to separate out the different components. However, platelet rich plasma can occur naturally.

Platelets–unlike red and white blood cells–are essentially colorless in the body. The main job of platelets is to aid in clotting at the site of an injury. Therefore, when an injury occurs, the body produces plasma richer in platelets to kickstart the healing process.

When injected during a cosmetic procedure, the body recognizes the increase in platelets and believes there is an injury. It sends reinforcements to repair the injury. However, with no major injury present, it instead leads to rejuvenation of the skin, hair follicles, or adds volume.

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