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.
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Ideal Candidates for PRP Therapy
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.
PRP Therapy Procedure Technique
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 from PRP Therapy
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 for PRP Therapy
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.