PRP West Orange NJAging affects the body in a number of ways; at least it seems that way. What we see on the surface is the development of lines and creases, the loss of volume in our mid-face, the worsening of sagging skin at the jawline, a decrease in the fullness of our hair, and so on. The list can feel endless. What research has discovered is that many of the signs of aging we see relate to the same thing: a decrease in healthy collagen and vascularization to the skin and hair follicles. In our New Jersey office, patients find PRP treatment to be a highly valued option for correcting cosmetic concerns.

What is PRP?

PRP is the term we use to describe platelet-rich plasma. This substance is part of the blood that contains numerous nutrients that facilitate cellular regeneration in various parts of the body. When we use PRP clinically, we introduce powerful growth factors into microenvironments such as the skin and the hair follicles. PRP has been used for many years in regenerative medicine and also in fields like orthopedics. We are pleased to now bring the restorative benefits of PRP to patients of our cosmetic dermatology and plastic surgery practice.

How is Platelet Rich Plasma collected?

Because platelet-rich plasma is part of the blood, the collection is as convenient as a standard blood draw. After blood is collected, it is centrifuged. This process spins the vial of blood at a high rate which results in the separation of red blood cells and other product from the plasma and its various growth factors

How is PRP used to restore hair?

The hair follicles are one of the many microenvironments in which PRP can have beneficial effects. Hair loss that relates to inactivity within hair follicles often responds very well to the introduction of platelet-rich plasma. When the substance is injected or absorbed into these follicles, they receive an infusion of circulation and nutrients that stimulate them to come out of their dormant state.

The primary purpose of PRP treatment for hair loss is to stimulate activity in the hair follicles. This may prompt an active phase of hair growth in follicles that have become inactive. PRP injections into the scalp may also support the active phase of newly implanted hair follicles. This occurs through the action of various growth factors.

Who is a candidate for hair restoration with PRP?

PRP for hair loss West Orange NJ

Platelet-rich plasma offers hope to many people who are struggling with thinning or diffuse balding. You may be a good candidate for treatment if you:

  • Are in the early stages of hair loss
  • Have small bald spots (alopecia areata)
  • Have areas where hair growth is weak

How is PRP used to rejuvenate the lower lids?

The skin around the eyes is extremely delicate and prone to fine lines and thinning. The insertion of platelet-rich plasma just beneath the skin prompts the body to regenerate the foundation of the epidermis. The purpose of PRP for lower lid rejuvenation is not to immediately fill and smooth away fine lines or resolve dark circles; it is to promote cellular renewal so the skin ages at a slower rate than it has been. Platelet-rich plasma boosts collagen production so skin gradually appears smoother and firmer.

Who is a candidate for facial rejuvenation with PRP?

Adults in good general health are excellent candidates for facial rejuvenation with PRP. This treatment can achieve outstanding results for a wide range of patients. Due to the organic nature of plasma, the body will readily absorb PRP and utilize its powerful nutrients. Treatment is well-suited for all skin types and tones as well as a variety of cosmetic concerns. If you would like to naturally refresh the skin under your eyes, contact us to learn more about the value of PRP.

PRP for Facial Rejuvenation West Orange NJWhat are the benefits of using PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma offers several benefits. Treatment is not only safe and convenient; it is also rather sophisticated. Behind the scenes, we see several growth factors at work. These include:

  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor, which regenerates new blood cells to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the skin.
  • Platelet-Derived Growth Factor, which aids in cellular regeneration, fibrin formation, and circulation.
  • Epidermal Growth Factor, involved in collagen proliferation and cellular and vascular regeneration.
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor-2, which stimulates collagen formation and the generation of specialized regenerative cells.
  • Insulin-Like Growth Factor, which provides nearly every cell in the body with physiological regulation.
  • Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta, which aids in the formation of cellular matrix.

How is PRP applied to the skin or hair?

There are two ways in which PRP may be applied: injections or microneedling. Both techniques are efficient, safe, and effective. Comfort is maintained through the application of a topical anesthetic prior to the recommended technique. Injection therapy can result in transient swelling as the substance is absorbed over several minutes. Post-treatment redness and discomfort should be minimal. Patients can typically expect to resume normal activities on the same day.

Are there any risks to PRP?

Because PRP is a derivative of the blood, there is virtually no risk associated with treatment. Once blood is drawn, there is no contact with the environment; the product goes straight from the body back to the body via a short spin in the centrifuge device.

How often should I have PRP treatments?

Patients obtaining PRP treatment for hair loss may be advised to undergo 3 initial treatments. These are scheduled approximately 4 weeks apart. Improvement in hair thickness and quantity may be noticed as soon as a few weeks after treatment begins.

PRP for facial rejuvenation achieves results over a period of a few months. After this time, patients may schedule additional treatments to further enhance the firmness of the skin under their eyes. Periodic visits may be arranged to offset the natural aging process.

Is PRP a permanent solution to hair loss?

Studies suggest that a series of approximately 3 PRP treatments can stimulate hair follicles for up to one year. Annual touch-ups may be scheduled to continue to support healthy hair growth in the future.

Schedule Your Consultation

Drs. Barry and Cheryl Citron have decades of experience helping their patients feel their best. To learn more about PRP for hair loss and facial rejuvenation, schedule a consultation in our West Orange office. Call (973) 243-2300 today!