About PRP Therapy
Seasoned plastic surgeon Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr. is excited to provide platelet-rich plasma therapy, also called PRP therapy, to help refresh your skin, stimulate hair growth, and aid in joint pain. PRP therapy is one of the most popular and innovative cosmetic treatments in the aesthetic industry due to its natural origin and exciting results. The procedure uses a patient's very own plasma to stimulate collagen and elastin production, hair growth, and the body's natural healing process for pain relief. PRP therapy is also sometimes performed in conjunction with microneedling. For more information about PRP therapy, call St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery in St. Petersburg, FL to schedule a consult. Dr. O'Brien is excited to discuss the benefits of PRP as well as what it can do for your skin.
"Dr. O’Brien is an artist. I’ve witnessed his amazing work with trauma patients, emergency room patients and elective patients. He is also an incredible teacher and mentor! Highly recommend."- K.B. / Facebook / Aug 10, 2019
"Dr. O'Brien and his entire staff are the best, most professional, and kind people you could ever hope to find. From the initial consultation with the doctor himself, to each and every follow up appointment after my procedure, I left the office feeling exceptionally positive and very well cared for. I had a combined neck lift and ablative laser on my face. My friend had a face lift and tummy tuck (separate procedures) and we both feel that our expectations were exceeded. Both Anesthesiologists are MD's and the nursing specialists, KC and Katie are exceptional. Dr. O'Brien is one of the most personable doctors I have ever met, and his office has a family oriented vibe. I liked that he always took as much time during appointments to discuss each and every detail with me. Look no further if you want the best care!"- C.M. / Yelp / Jul 25, 2019
"I highly recommend Dr. O'Brien to anyone considering plastic surgery. I visited several doctors during my search and none of them compared to Dr. O'Brien. We were greeted warmly, listened to, treated with respect and dignity and I never felt pressured or rushed. Dr. O'Brien made me feel at ease and always went above and beyond to answer all of our questions. I had breast augmentation and could not be happier with the results! Dr. O'Brien is amazing! Thank you!"- M.R. / Google / Jul 15, 2019
"Had a procedure done back in December 2018 and I was very please with the results after six months. Everyone at the office is very pleasant and helpful. I would recommend Dr. Obrian as he is a very professional doctor."- R.H. / Yelp / Jun 04, 2019
"Dr. O'Brien performed a minor surgery on my cheek. I was very pleased with the doctor, his staff and the results of the surgery. All appointments were on time, he provided answers to all my questions and I was never felt rushed. I would use him again without hesitation."- M.C. / Google / Apr 17, 2019
Individuals who would like to improve their skin texture, hair growth, and joint pain are usually ideal candidates for PRP therapy. This procedure can be a great option for patients who don’t wish to undergo a hair transplant and are showing the beginning signs of hair loss. Since it promotes collagen production naturally, it's also a fantastic treatment choice for rejuvenating dull-colored skin. Speak with Dr. O'Brien about any blood disorders, skin conditions, or anemia to determine whether it's safe for you to undergo PRP therapy.
After you're comfortably seated in one of our secluded minor procedure areas, a bit of blood will be taken from one of your arms and put into a centrifuge machine. Usually, we take around four tablespoons of blood. After approximately 15 minutes on the centrifuge machine, the components of the blood separate and are then ready to be injected. We will load your condensed plasma into a syringe and inject it into the treatment areas. PRP therapy typically only takes around five minutes, but this can vary from patient to patient.
What to Expect
Plasma from PRP therapy promotes the production of elastin and collagen, the body's natural healing process, and stimulates hair regeneration. The results reveal younger and tighter-looking skin, thicker hair, and pain relief often occurring in the joints. You can expect the treatment areas to be a tad red following the procedure as a few red blood cells are included in the injection. Cold packs can be used on the treatment site to reduce discomfort and swelling. Dr. O'Brien recommends you undergo treatments in 4 – 6 week intervals to maintain results.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does PRP therapy cost?
The cost of PRP therapy will depend on the number of areas being treated and the size of the target area in addition to the number of treatments that are required to attain optimal results. During your treatment planning session, we can help estimate your costs and review all your options.
How long do results from PRP therapy last?
The longevity of your results will rely on your unique biological makeup and the area in which you are receiving the treatment. On average, the benefits of PRP therapy last about two months, which is why we typically recommend patients to receive follow up treatments at around 4 – 6 weeks.
What are the risks and complications of PRP therapy?
Since PRP utilizes your own platelet-rich plasma, there are no allergic reactions associated with this treatment. Common side effects may include mild swelling or bruising at the injection sites. If performed with microneedling, then the healing process will be a bit more intensive.
Is PRP therapy painful?
PRP therapy feels very similar to that of a dermal filler or typical shot received at the doctor's office. The pain is often very mild and tolerable for most patients. However, a numbing cream can be applied to the target area to ensure optimal comfort.
You may be surprised at how much PRP therapy can help you. So, whether you want to improve your complexion, boost hair growth, or relieve joint pain, PRP therapy may be an ideal option for you. If you are interested in learning more about PRP therapy, call St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery in St. Petersburg, FL to schedule a private consultation today. We look forward to serving you.