Improving your skin or growing your hair back after losing it shouldn’t have to require medications and chemicals, especially when your own body has remarkable healing abilities. With platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections at Maui Medi-Spa and Cosmetic Laser in Kahului, Hawaii, Rose Guzman, MD, and her team can enhance your skin’s appearance and alleviate old scars and blemishes. They can even reactivate your follicles to give you back your full head of hair. To learn more about PRP, call Maui Medi-Spa and Cosmetic Laser or book your consultation online today.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a healing substance created using components from your own blood. When injected, it promotes cell growth and regeneration.
PRP contains two concentrated components of your blood: plasma and platelets. Plasma is the liquid base of your blood. While it’s mostly comprised of water, it also contains important proteins for cell growth called growth factors.
Platelets, the other component of PRP, are irregularly-shaped cells in your blood that help it clot and form a scab after an injury. They also contain growth factors that aid in the healing process.
You can get PRP injections by themselves or as part of another treatment. PRP has a growing list of applications in medicine, the most notable of which is aiding in the healing of injured tissues and joints.
For cosmetic purposes, you can get PRP for:
PRP injections help promote hair growth by stimulating your follicles. You can also add them to a hair transplant procedure to accelerate the growth of your new roots.
When injected into your skin, PRP helps heal old scars and aid in the healing of the small injuries caused by microneedling, a procedure called a vampire facial.
To get the PRP to use in your treatment, Dr. Guzman must first draw some of your blood. She places the vial of your blood into a rotating device called a centrifuge that spins continuously for 10-15 minutes. This causes the components of your blood to separate into layers.
Dr. Guzman removes the layer containing only platelets and plasma and prepares it for your injections. Before injecting the PRP, she numbs the treatment area with lidocaine.
PRP comes from your own body and therefore doesn’t typically cause any adverse reactions. However, the injections themselves potentially cause some side effects.
You might experience:
Dr. Guzman gives you instructions after your injection to minimize any discomfort or irritation that occurs from the needle. You’ll enjoy your results for about six months, and you can get follow-up injections to maintain your improvements.
PRP is a natural and safe injection option when it comes to cosmetic procedures. To learn more about what it can do for your skin or hair, call Maui Medi-Spa and Cosmetic Laser or book your appointment online today.