- What is PRP?
PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. Blood is drawn from the patient’s body and is then placed into a machine that helps in segregating the blood cells, plasma and platelets. PRP is obtained by extracting the platelets and the plasma and removing other remaining blood cells- hence the name platelet-rich plasma. It is also known as the ‘Vampire’ therapy as well.
- What is the function of PRP?
PRP helps in improving skin’s texture and provides radiance to the skin. PRP contains high level of platelets. These platelets release growth factors which help to improve overall skin. PRP also helps in minimizing enlarged pores and scars.
- How many treatments needed?
Usually 3 to 4 sessions of treatment are recommended with the spacing of 2 weeks apart.
- Are there any side effects?
Generally, there are no side effects for PRP. However, there might be risk of minimal bruising or swelling after the treatment.Your skin should be firmer and smoother within 3 weeks and results gradually improve in the following months.
- Is it painful?
Numbing cream will be applied for about 30-45 minutes before the treatment. There will be minor discomfort felt during the procedure.
- Can I use PRP for hair loss problem?
Yes, you can. PRP injection will stimulate better hair growth by providing more blood supply and growth factors to the hair follicles. This will result in thickening of hair shaft after a few sessions of PRP treatment. However, it is also advisable to use other medications (eg: minoxidil, finasteride, etc) concurrently to get a good outcome.
- Can PRP injection reduce joint pain?
Yes, it can. Recent studies had shown that by injecting PRP to joints such as the knee joint or shoulder joint do help to repair injured cartilage and thus reduce the joint pain. It is a relatively safe procedure in treating arthritis however do consult with your doctor beforehand.