8 Things Doctors Want You to Know Before Trying PRP
By LeAura Luciano |
Platelet-rich plasma (aka PRP) treatments are increasingly becoming used for facial rejuvenation, treating acne scarring, and reversing hair loss. Thanks to Kim Kardashian West’s viral "Vampire Facial" moment, PRP moved into the collective consciousness. Still, there are a number of misconceptions doctors want to clear up. We asked these prominent experts for more info and what they want you to know about PRP.
“Platelet-rich plasma is a natural treatment that has been used by physicians for almost a dozen years, especially in sports medicine. We have found it to be particularly effective for facial rejuvenation and hair loss and have also combined it with other modalities for a synergistic effect,” explains Eagan, MN dermatologist Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD.
“I think it's important to first understand that PRP
uses in dermatology are used for multiple indications including for the
treatment of androgenetic alopecia, scars, acne scarring, melasma, and to
improve the healing process and rejuvenate the skin with different resurfacing
laser and microneedling procedures,” says New York dermatologist Melissa
Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD.
“At our clinic, we use platelet-rich plasma both for facial rejuvenation and also to treat hair loss. For facial rejuvenation, we usually perform one treatment for the full face and four monthly treatments for the under the eyes. Patients usually see results after the first or second treatment,” says Dr. Crutchfield.
“The aim of this treatment is to generate an inflammatory response from the body causing it to react by releasing growth factors which reverse the miniaturization of hair and halt hair loss. As a result, a patient may experience some amount of hair shedding. The next-generation treatments of exosome and secretomes are exciting and what I personally use in my practice because they are anti-inflammatory which is healthier for the patient,” explains Beverly Hills hair restoration specialist Dr. Craig Ziering.
“For the first 48 hours post scalp-treatment, patients cannot shampoo their hair or scalp, put product in their hair or exercise. Unfortunately, results vary based on multiple factors such as the type of centrifuge being used, the number of spins, the number of platelets and the concentration from the spin(s). Other variables include the depth of the injections and whether or not it is mixed with something else to assist results like human fat or Acell. Typically, results are seen in 3 to 6 months,” explains Dr. Ziering.