PRP is chock-full of growth factors that promote cell regeneration and accelerate wound healing. More plastic surgeons are starting to use PRP either topically or via injections to improve the health and appearance of the facial skin. Some doctors also use PRP for hair restoration.
Committed to offering patients the safest and most effective cosmetic treatments, the office of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon A.J. Khalil is now offering PRP to patients who want softer, more youthful looking skin. He can use PRP in conjunction with other facial treatments for more pronounced and transformative results.
Could You Benefit from Treatment with PRP?
You may benefit from treatment with PRP if you are bothered by fine lines, wrinkles or other problems with the tone and texture of your skin. Perhaps your skin has lost its natural elasticity or volume, or maybe it has begun to look dull or tired as you have aged. PRP can help you recapture a glowing, youthful complexion.
You may also benefit from treatment with PRP if you are embarrassed by noticeable hair loss or thinning.
Because PRP uses your own blood, there is no risk of an adverse reaction. The procedure is very safe and serious side effects are rare. Injecting PRP into areas of your skin will not harm or injure the surrounding skin.
The best way to determine whether you are a good candidate for PRP treatment is to meet with our Aesthetician for a one-on-one consultation. After evaluating your needs and concerns, he can advise you as to whether you would benefit from PRP.
What Does PRP Treatment Entail?
The exact treatment details will be based on our plan developed with you to address your specific concerns. You may opt to add PRP injections to a non-surgical treatment, like microneedling, or in conjunction with a surgical procedure.
Our Aesthetician will start by taking a small sample of your own blood. He will run it through a centrifuge to isolate and concentrate the platelets in the plasma. This should only take a few minutes.
Next, the PRP is applied or injected into the targeted area of your face. The platelets release growth factors, which kickstart the natural process of cell regeneration and tissue renewal. Your body starts producing more collagen, which eventually results in smoother and more youthful skin.
PRP FOR HAIR LOSS
PRP therapy has become a popular treatment for patients who are experiencing hair loss. In addition to helping to prevent further hair loss, PRP has been found effective at restimulating hair growth in areas where your hair has already fallen out. The platelets in PRP work to activate cells in dormant follicles, triggering your hair to grow once again.
Each PRP treatment is performed in less than one hour and involves zero downtime: you should have no problem returning to work or social activities as soon as the treatment is complete. Optimal results typically require multiple treatments, with each appointment scheduled several weeks apart.
PRP is not effective for all people who experience hair loss; during a consultation, Dr. Khalil can assess whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. You may have more success growing and preserving your hair by combining PRP with another hair loss treatment.
PRP WITH MICRONEEDLING
Microneedling is a common skin treatment that uses a series of pricks from tiny needles to stimulate collagen production. The extra collagen makes the skin more elastic, which in turn covers up imperfections like wrinkles, scars, sun damage and stretch marks. Microneedling is most often used on the face, but it can also be effective on other areas of the body.
Our patients have found that PRP therapy pairs well with microneedling. The small puncture wounds created from microneedling readily absorb platelet-rich-plasma that is rubbed on the treatment area, so patients do not need to undergo a second series of injections. Moreover, the platelets appear to help produce better and quicker results.
What to Expect after a PRP Treatment
Aftercare and recovery depend on the specifics of your treatment. When performed with a non-surgical procedure or as a standalone treatment, PRP injections do not require significant recovery downtime. You can resume most of your normal activities quickly. The treated area may be sore or slightly bruised.
The results of PRP treatment should appear within a few months, as the treated area is flooded with new collagen. You may need several treatment sessions to see optimal benefit.
PRP can cost $1,000 to $2,000 per treatment, depending on the area treated and the amount of PRP required for the specific treatment. Currently, PRP is not covered by insurance plans, particularly when used for cosmetic purposes. Dr. Khalil’s practice accepts multiple financing options if you would prefer to make payments toward the total cost of your procedure.
Does PRP hurt?
Most patients say they experience moderate discomfort while receiving PRP injections, often describing it as a burning or tingling sensation. Fortunately, this discomfort only lingers for a few minutes, and you will be kept as comfortable as possible with the help of a topical numbing cream.
How many PRP treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments depends on your goals for PRP therapy. While you are likely to see the benefits of PRP after a single treatment, it often takes two or three treatments to achieve your optimal results. Dr. Khalil can recommend a schedule to best achieve your aesthetic goals.
Is PRP safe?
PRP injections use your own tissue and platelets, so the risks associated with injecting your own plasma back into your body are extremely minimal. The most common side effects are mild swelling and redness. Patients who are pregnant or have a serious skin condition or blood disease may not be good candidates for PRP. Dr. Khalil can confirm your candidacy during a consultation.
Learn More about PRP Treatment
For more information about platelet-rich plasma and its applications in cosmetic medicine, or to determine whether you could benefit from it, contact Dr. Khalil today. You can send us an email or call our office at (310) 385-8601 today.