Plasma, which is a segment of liquid from the blood, and platelets, which is a type of blood cell that aids in the stimulation of tissue regeneration, skin firmness and increased collagen production. It plays a crucial role in healing stimulation throughout the body as well as aiding in increased collagen production. This is known to be the fountain of youth and is highly beneficial in reducing wrinkles, plump up sagging skin, improve complexion, eradicates deep creases as well as reduce acne scars and sun damage. This treatment can also be super beneficial for hair follicles to inhibit hair loss and aid in the enhancement of hair health.
PRP therapy for hair loss involves extracting a patient’s own blood, processing it to isolate the enriched cells (platelet-rich plasma), and administering it into the scalp. PRP contains vital proteins that stimulate natural hair growth. Results may vary due to natural variations in platelet-rich plasma quality, and some patients might need multiple sessions to achieve desired outcomes.
1. Do not undergo PRP treatment if you have any of the following conditions:
2. Compromised immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases, HIV, HTV, or immunosuppressive medications.
3. Skin conditions and diseases, including facial cancer (existing or untreated), such as SCC, BCC, melanoma, systemic cancer, and undergoing chemotherapy.
4. Steroid therapy, dermatological conditions affecting the face (e.g., Porphyria), communicable diseases, blood disorders, platelet abnormalities, or anticoagulation therapy (e.g., Warfarin).
5. Avoid PRP treatment if you are pregnant.
MICRONEEDLING with PRP PRE & POST TREATMENT GUIDELINES:
1. Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, and self-tanning products for a minimum of 24 hours before and after the treatment. Ideally, it’s best to avoid them for up to 1-2 weeks to reduce the risk of temporary skin discoloration (either darkening or lightening). Please note that treatment will not be performed on sunburned skin.
2. Refrain from taking Aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications (such as Ibuprofen or Aleve), blood thinners, herbal supplements, Vitamin E, and Fish Oil for at least one week before and on the day of microneedling to minimize the risk of bruising. You can resume these medications the day after your treatment. If you are on Accutane, it should be discontinued for at least 6 months before and during the course of any microneedling treatments.
3. It is recommended to prepare your skin with Vitamin C, sunscreen, and retinols at least 4 weeks prior to treatment.
4. Discontinue use of retinols, topical antibiotics, exfoliants, hydroquinone, and benzoyl peroxide products 48 hours before your treatment.
5. Ensure you have a nutritious meal and drink at least 4-6 glasses of water (8 ounces or more) on the morning of your treatment.
6. If you have a history of cold sores, we may suggest taking prophylactic oral antiviral therapy like Valtrex or Famvir to prevent an outbreak. If so, please follow the directions provided in your prescription.
1. Right after the treatment, your skin will appear red, possibly with pinpoint bleeding, and may feel akin to a fresh sunburn or windburn. You may experience tightness and sensitivity upon touch—common side effects include mild redness, localized swelling, and dryness. The following day, you may notice pinpoint scabbing. The treated area may darken and eventually flake away within a week. Expect approximately 2-3 days of social downtime following the treatment.
2. Clean eyeglass frames, cellphone screens, and anything that directly contacts the treated area.
3. Avoid picking or exfoliating the area, allowing old/dry/dead skin to naturally flake off.
4. Refrain from using makeup for at least 24 hours post-treatment to prevent irritation. Mineral makeup may be applied afterward.
5. Stay away from direct sun exposure until fully healed (i.e., when any skin redness and/or flaking have subsided).
6. Avoid vigorous exercise, jacuzzis, saunas, and hot showers until the skin has healed.
7. If needed, you can take Advil or Tylenol as directed for discomfort. Cool compresses can also be applied every 1-2 hours for 3-5 minutes at a time.
8. Change your pillowcase and treat your face like an open wound until it’s fully healed. Once healed, you can return to your regular skincare routine.
9. For optimal results and efficacy, we recommend a series of 3 to 6 treatments, spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
10. Follow the post-procedure skincare regimen and ensure your hands are clean before applying any product:
11. Note: We will apply the PRP serum immediately after your treatment. However, you will need to refrigerate the remaining PRP serum for AM & PM use over the next seven days.
12. Apply the refrigerated PRP serum once every hour for the first 4 hours after your treatment.
13. The morning after your treatment, gently cleanse your face with a mild cleanser.
14. Apply the refrigerated PRP serum, TNS Recovery Complex, and moisturizer with a physical sunscreen. You may also apply hydrocortisone as needed throughout the day.
15. The evening after your treatment, wash your face with a mild cleanser.
16. Apply the refrigerated PRP serum, TNS Recovery Complex, and moisturizer. Note: If you experience uncomfortable dryness, you may use the treatment masque if needed.
17. Continue this regimen until your skin is fully healed or you have stopped peeling (approximately 5–7 days).
PRP Therapy for Hair Loss: Pre and Post-Care Guidelines
7 Days Prior to Treatment:
1. Cease using blood-thinning agents like vitamin E, vitamin A, Ginko, Garlic, Flax, Cod Liver Oil, and Essential Fatty Acids, as well as multivitamins, for a minimum of 7 days (preferably 14 days) before treatment. You may continue taking iron and vitamin D.
2. Inform your provider immediately if you are on any blood thinners, as they may be a contraindication to the treatment. These medications include Plavix, Coumadin, and Heparin.
3. Avoid aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Voltaren, and other anti-inflammatory medications. Inflammation is a key mechanism by which PRP functions.
4. Tylenol (acetaminophen) may be used as needed prior to the treatment.
5. Continue taking prescription medications (including heart and blood pressure medication) as prescribed, up to and including the day of and the day after your treatments.
6. If you are using broad beta-blockers like Inderal (Propranolol), notify your provider, as this medication may need to be switched to a selective beta-blocker ahead of the treatment.
7. Steer clear of excessive sun or heat exposure.
3 Days Before Treatment:
1. Minimize or abstain from alcohol consumption.
2. If possible, reduce or abstain from smoking before the procedure, as it can affect the healing process.
3. You may continue other hair loss treatments such as laser therapy, minoxidil, or hormone-blocking tablets before your procedure. If you are uncertain about whether to discontinue a medication, please seek advice.
4. It is permissible to color your hair up to 7 days prior to the procedure.
Diet and Hydration:
5. Boost your fluid intake the day before your procedure by consuming 2 glasses of water in the morning, 2 at lunch, and 2 at dinner, in addition to your regular water intake.
1. Take a morning shower and thoroughly wash your hair with your usual shampoo.
2. Refrain from using sprays, gels, or other styling products on your hair.
3. If you wear a hair system, remove it before shampooing and avoid wearing it before your PRP sessions.
4. Have a standard breakfast or lunch on the day of your PRP session.
5. Drink a 500 mL bottle of water at least 2 hours before your session.
6. It is highly recommended to take a warm shower to wash your hair in the evening, after the treatment, to enhance the effects of PRP.
Right After Treatment:
1. It is normal to experience bruising, redness, itching, swelling, and/or soreness, which may persist for 2-5 days following your treatment. If you encounter any discomfort, you may take Tylenol or other Acetaminophen-containing products as directed.
2. You may observe a bruise at the blood draw site.
3, You might feel a tingling sensation as the cells become activated.
4. In rare instances, a skin infection or reaction may occur, which can be easily addressed with an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory. Please promptly notify our office if you experience unusual discomfort.
5. Avoid applying ice to the injected area as it has an anti-inflammatory effect. Ice or cold compresses can be used if necessary to reduce swelling.
6. Continue to steer clear of aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Voltaren, and other anti-inflammatory medications for 3 days after your procedure (if possible, aim for 7 days).
7. Refrain from strenuous exercise, direct sun exposure, and excessive heat for at least 2 days after your treatment.
8. Avoid wetting your hair for at least 3 hours following your treatment.
9. Use a pH balanced shampoo for the first 3 days.
10. Refrain from using any hair products for at least 6 hours after your treatment.
10. Make sure to take a warm shower and wash your hair in the evening, after the treatment, to enhance the effects of PRP.
12. Steer clear of saunas, steam rooms, and swimming for 2 days after your treatment.
13. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking for 3 days post-treatment. Note that smokers tend to have slower healing and may experience delayed results.
14. Postpone the use of Minoxidil (Formula 82M, Rogaine®), hair coloring, and straightening for 3 days.
15. Maintain increased water intake during the initial week after your treatment.
16. Do not use blood-thinning agents like vitamin E, vitamin A, Ginko, Garlic, Flax, Cod Liver Oil, and
17. Essential Fatty Acids for at least one week after your treatment.
18. Contact the Office Immediately if you Observe any of the Following Signs of Infection:
19. Drainage resembling pus
20. Increased warmth in or around the treated area
21. Fever of 101.5°F or higher
22. Severe pain unresponsive to over-the-counter pain relievers
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