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.
"I had a great experience with Dr. O'Brien. I had skin cancer on my ear and Dr. O'Brien performed surgery to remove it. The surgery was performed on the day that there was a mobile lab at his office and Dr. O was able to test tissue samples on the spot to ensure all the cancer was removed. Dr. O'Brien not only removed the cancer but did a fantastic job with the appearance of my ear such that one would never even notice any evidence of a surgical procedure. I look great and am cancer free. Many thanks to Dr. O'Brien and his terrific staff. Highly recommended for any type of procedure. Absolutely first class!"- B. / Google / Jan 07, 2020
"Love Dr. O'Brien and his staff! I had 2 procedures done in 2018. I see them every few months for followups and I could not be happier with my results!!!Dr. O'Brien really listens to you, he learns about you (the person) first before you even discuss why you are there are to see him. His staff are the same way! I would recommended Dr. O'Brien's office for all cosmetic surgeries, Dysport, and Botox needs!!!"- J.A. / Google / Dec 19, 2019
"Absolutely LOVE this office!!!! The PA Mary does my Dysport injections and she does an amazing job. She is very conscious of being conservative with it so I get the look that I want.I also get spa procedures done here with their esthetician, Dana. The Hydrafacial leaves your skin glowing right after!! She also does dermaplaning on my face, which I never had done, but I will definitely continue to do with her.The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about what they do. I recommend this office to anyone who is looking for cosmetic needs! FIVE stars all the way!"- B.J. / Google / Dec 18, 2019
"Absolutely LOVE this office!!!! The PA Mary does my Dysport injections and she does an amazing job. She is very conscious of being conservative with it so I get the look that I want. I also get spa procedures done here with their esthetician, Dana. The Hydrafacial leaves your skin glowing right after!! She also does dermaplaning on my face, which I never had done, but I will definitely continue to do with her. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable about what they do. I recommend this office to anyone who is looking for cosmetic needs! FIVE stars all the way!"- B.J. / Yelp / Dec 17, 2019
"I can’t recommend this practice enough! Everyone from the back office staff, to the esthetician, to the PA and doctor are so kind and take such great care of you. I have gotten a few hydrafacials with Dana the esthetician and they are not only relaxing but also very effective. I have also gotten some dermaplaning done and love that it’s a quick add on but helps all my serums and skin care really soak in. The best part about Dana is that she really takes the time to understand your skin goals and adjusts your treatments to make sure everything is aligned. The PA Mary has done my Botox over the past year, over four treatments with varying units between the brows and on my forehead. I like to have expression in my face and not look too “done” or “frozen” and she helps me achieve the perfect look. I still have slight movement in my brows and show expression but without any wrinkling. People always say to me “you don’t need Botox!” so I know that means it’s working exactly as I want it to! I trust Mary completely - she is a perfectionist and cares about giving me the outcome I am looking for, which is so important for someone you are trusting with your face! The staff is so amazing, whether it’s squeezing me in for a last minute appointment or helping me figure out the best treatment plans, they always have a smile and a helpful attitude. I love this practice and can’t imagine going anywhere else for my treatments!"- C.M. / Google / Dec 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.