What is PRP?
PRP has become the new gold standard for skincare treatments. PRP is used to treat a wide array of skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, scars, pigmentation, skin laxity, and more. The PRP device, which consists of several tiny, insulated needles, penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin to create small wounds. This method signals the body to repair the damaged tissue, thus creating more collagen and elastin through natural processes.
How is PRP performed?
During the procedure, your therapist will first start by cleaning the area that is to be treated, followed by the application of a topical numbing cream. You’ll numb for approximately 30 minutes before your procedure. Your therapist will then begin the procedure by using the handheld PRP device across the area of treatment. Specialized serums or PRP (if purchased separately) may be added to the skin for deeper absorption.
Who is a good candidate for PRP?
PRP is ideal for someone that wants to improve the appearance of minor skin imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, scarring, and uneven skin tone and texture. This technique is also very safe for darker skin tones, unlike other skin rejuvenation techniques. PRP is not recommended for those who have active breakouts or pimples, have open wounds or a skin infection, have had radiation treatment within the last year, or have a history of keloid scars.
Is PRP Painful?
Most clients find PRP to be completely painless with the use of our topical numbing cream. Bony areas may be more sensitive than others, however the entire procedure should be very tolerable, with minimal discomfort.
How many PRP treatments do I need?
While everyone is different, most areas require 3 to 6 treatments to obtain the desired results. Areas can be retargeted every 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the area and extent of treatment.
How will I look and feel after each PRP treatment?
After your PRP treatment, you will experience a mild sunburn look and feel for 1-3 hours. Your skin may remain pink for the next day or so, but shouldn’t cause any significant pain or discomfort.
What is required prior to PRP?
Prior to your PRP treatment, you’ll need to stop using any product that can cause skin sensitivities a minimum of 10 days before your treatment, along with 10 days after (that includes retinol, exfoliants, and acids, like glycolic acid or salicylic acid). We have several products available in spa to purchase that are recommended to use prior to your procedure to help prepare the skin, such as Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology.
What care is required after PRP?
After your PRP treatment you’ll want to make sure your skin is kept clean, hydrated, and protected from the sun with a medical grade SPF at all times. Avoid using any topical products or makeup for the first 24 hours, unless otherwise stated from your therapist. DO NOT pick at any scabs or flaking skin! This can cause severe pigmentation issues. We have several products available in spa to purchase that are recommended to use after your procedure to help promote healing of the skin, such as Alastin Gentle Cleanser, Alastin Hydratint Pro Mineral Sunscreen, Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology, and Alastin Ultra Nourishing Skin Moisturizer.
What are the possible side effects of PRP?
Possible side effects may include, but are not limited to:
- Skin sensitivity at the treatment sites
- Pain or aching at the treatment sites
- Redness or irritation at the treatment sites
- Bruising or swelling at the treatment sites
- Pinpoint Bleeding
- Non-immediate results as it is a gradual process
- Acne Breakouts
- Cold Sores (please let us know prior to your appointment if you have a history of cold sores, as an antiviral medication may be prescribed for you)
How do I get started with PRP?
If you’re interested in starting PRP treatments, we recommend sending an email to email@example.com that includes:
- First and last name
- Phone number
- Detailed description of the areas of concern
- Photos of the areas you’d like treated
- Description of your lifestyle and diet