PRP Treatment FAQ
Are you thinking about getting PRP treatment but aren’t sure if it’s the right choice for you? Read through these PRP treatment frequently asked questions for all the information you need!
1. What is PRP with microneedling?
Also known as the vampire facial, PRP with microneedling involves using miniature needles to puncture miniscule holes in the skin and stimulate the body’s natural collagen production to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. A small amount of blood is extracted from another part of your body (usually your upper arm or inner thigh). The blood sample is placed inside a centrifuge where it’s spun around for a few seconds to isolate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of the bloods. Those purified platelets are then reinjected into the area that needs treatment, whether it’s under the eye, the forehead, or the nasolabial folds (also known as smile lines).
2. What conditions can be treated with PRP microneedling?
PRP with microneedling can be used to treat a number of different conditions. Anything from reducing the look of age spots to minimizing wrinkles, fine lines, and crows’ feet can be treated. Many clients even consider PRP for hair loss and acne treatments as well.
3. Where can PRP injections be placed?
Since PRP is a versatile treatment method that can be used to treat a number of conditions throughout the body that aren’t strictly related to aging, PRP injections can be placed pretty much anywhere. It’s often used to ease muscle tension and stimulate collagen production which also helps reduce inflammation in the joints.
4. Are there any side effects of PRP treatment? If so, what are they?
PRP injections involve using the patient’s own platelets to treat ailments and signs of aging throughout the body. Therefore, the risk of experiencing an adverse reaction is very minimal. However, some patients may experience slight discomfort or irritation at the injection site during the healing process. But this should subside quickly. As long as you go to a clean clinic that takes all of the proper precautions when preparing for the procedure, you have nothing to worry about.
5. What is the recovery period like?
The recovery period for PRP treatment is fairly standard compared to other injectables and it varies from client to client. Some clients may require a full five to seven days to fully recover and they may notice a little bit of redness, but there should be no pain or discomfort as long as you follow all of the aftercare instructions carefully.
6. How many PRP treatment sessions are required?
That depends on a lot of mitigating factors including the type and severity of the condition being treated, your body’s natural healing process, and how stringent you are with your skincare regimen. It’s recommended that even after undergoing PRP treatment, you continue cleansing and moisturizing your skin. If your doctor prescribes a specific skincare regimen or product to maximize the results, make sure you listen to them. On average, though, most PRP treatments can last anywhere from one to two years if done right.
7. How is PRP treatment different from other injectables?
PRP treatment doesn’t contain any foreign chemicals or materials. All of the ingredients are extracted directly from the client’s own body, which minimizes a number of health risks including having an allergic reaction. Other injectables like Botox, however, contain foreign ingredients. While these aren’t necessarily harmful, they still have the potential to cause adverse reactions for some clients.
8. Who is a good candidate for PRP treatment?
PRP treatment is an excellent option for clients who prefer a natural way to reduce the signs of aging on their face. Combined with a strict skincare routine, PRP treatment can help enhance your appearance and take years off your face. Incidentally, PRP is also a choice treatment option for people who suffer from chronic joint pain and inflammation throughout their bodies as it stimulates collagen production.
9. Does PRP treatment hurt?
If you’re not used to needles, then you might feel a slight pinch the first time you undergo PRP treatment. After the second or third injection (depending on how many you’re having done in a single session) you most likely won’t even notice the slight twinge anymore. PRP treatments are generally not painful, but that can also depend on the client’s sensitivity and the area where the needle is being injected. Actually, PRP is often used to relieve pain and inflammation.
10. How long do I have to wait before I start noticing results?
Most patients start noticing visible results from PRP treatment almost immediately. Of course, results are more noticeable with continued treatment, but you should continue to see gradual improvements in the quality and texture of your skin around the two-week mark post initial treatment. With continued treatment, you’ll notice even greater results around the six to 12-month mark.
11. Who should avoid PRP treatment?
PRP treatment is 100% natural and therefore safe for all clients. With that said, it’s important to do your research and read online reviews for clinics and practitioners alike. Make sure the plastic surgeon administering your treatment is licensed and experienced. Dr. Andres Gantous at Toronto Facial Plastic Surgery is double board-certified, and he has over 20 years of professional experience performing PRP treatment.
12. Does insurance cover PRP treatment?
Depending on the nature and reason for the procedure, some insurance companies may cover PRP treatment. Contact your insurance company to find out if you have coverage for PRP treatment. At our clinic, we also offer comprehensive payment plans for our clients.
13. What is the recommended aftercare for PRP treatment?
During your initial consultation, Dr. Gantous will provide you with a list of pre- and post-treatment care instructions. The night before your scheduled treatment, wash your face gently with a mild cleanser and apply a serum or cream containing hyaluronic acid. Refrain from wearing makeup for at least 24 hours before and after your treatment because it can clog your pores. Follow your doctor’s skincare instructions after treatment. Once your skin is fully healed, you can resume your regular skincare routine.