Q. What is PRP?
A. PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma and it is a natural component from your own blood.
Q. How do you get PRP?
A. PRP is extracted from a blood sample taken from you by the doctor during your visit.
Q. How long does it take to prepare PRP and to do the procedure?
A. Most PRP rejuvenating procedures, including PRP preparation, take less than an hour from beginning to end.
Q. How does PRP work?
A. The areas injected with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) has a high concentration of Stem cells, growth factors and other active ingredients that promote natural healing and repair. When injected into the skin, it changes the texture of your skin, making it firmer, tighter and more youthful. When injected into the scalp, it stimulates natural regrowth of thinning hair. When injected into the genitals it boosts sexual function in both men and women (read o shot and p shot pages for more information).
Q. Who can do PRP procedures?
A. Only trained physician in PRP procedures can do it.
Q. How is PRP different from other cosmetic injections, such as Botox or Fillers?
A. Botox is a drug made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. It’s used to remove wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles. Botox does not improve the texture or the quality of your skin.
Dermal Fillers- are synthetic acids or sugars that act like an inflated cushion to support facial structures and to temporarily correct wrinkles and folds. As opposed to Botox and Dermal Fillers injections, PRP creates long lasting improvement in the texture and youthfulness of your skin, through boosting new collagen production and the formation of new blood vessels.
Q: What are the risks and side effects of PRP therapy?
A. PRP has been used for decades in orthopedics and dentistry, and for the last 7 years in Aesthetics. So far there are no side effects reported when the procedure is done correctly. FDA approved tools used by the treating physician.
Q: Are there contraindications for PRP cell therapy?
A: There are no absolute contraindications for PRP therapy.
Q: How long does the effect last?
A: The effect of PRP treatment is long lasting and it depends on your general health and your life style.
Q: How often do I need PRP treatment?
A: The amount of sessions and frequency varies and depends on the initial condition of your skin, hair or level of sexual dysfunction. You will see an improvement after one session, however, 2-4 sessions, one - two months apart may be necessary to achieve the maximal effect.
Q: What is the downtime after the treatment?
A: There is no downtime. You can return to your normal activities right after the procedure. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin and the skills of the injector, you may have some bruising and swelling when injected in the face or breast areas.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: The cost may vary from $600 - $1600 and up, depending on the area treated, number of sessions and a volume of PRP needed for each session.