New Jersey board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Smita Ramanadham is pleased to offer platelet-rich plasma therapy, also called PRP, to help rejuvenate your facial appearance. PRP therapy is one of the hottest cosmetic treatments on the aesthetic market due to its natural origin and promising results. It uses a patient’s very own plasma to stimulate the skin, decreasing the prevalence of fine lines and wrinkles. PRP therapy is also sometimes performed in conjunction with microneedling. If you are interested in PRP therapy, contact our facility in New Jersey to schedule a private consultation. Dr. Ramanadham will be happy to discuss the benefits of PRP, as well as what it can do for your skin.
PRP FOR HAIR LOSS
Hair loss is a major concern for many individuals, specifically men, whether it is caused by age, genetics, hormones, medical conditions, or from years of overstyling. With recent advances in research in the hair restoration field, new treatments have been created to help combat the problem. PRP is an advanced nonsurgical procedure for individuals that is showing remarkable effects in slowing down, stopping, and even reversing hair loss. PRP has also shown promising outcomes in patients with alopecia areata and thinning eyebrows. Dr. Ramanadham is one of only a small handful of surgeons to provide this innovative therapy in the East Brunswick area. By blending a powerful solution of growth factors and bioactive proteins, she can help to strengthen the function of your hair, leading to longer, thicker, healthier locks.
MICRONEEDLING WITH PRP
To further enhance the results of microneedling, we can complement the treatment with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Prior to the procedure, small amounts of your blood will be drawn and spun in a special centrifuge, which distills the sample down into a concentrated serum made up of platelets, growth factors, and active proteins. Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that uses needles to create micro-injuries in the skin, which stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin. While this is happening, the PRP serum will seep into these holes in the skin to increase these benefits even more. This boost in the skin’s healing and growth processes can significantly decrease imperfections, such as scars, fine lines, age spots, wrinkles, large pores, and more. Within only 15 – 20 minutes, this treatment can offer many of the same perks of a facelift without the need for a lengthy and invasive procedure.
Individuals who would like to improve their skin texture and tone or restore their hairline are usually ideal candidates for PRP. Since it promotes collagen production naturally, it is also a great treatment choice if you have tired or dull-looking skin. Talk to Dr. Ramanadham about any skin conditions, blood disorders, or anemia to ensure that it is safe for you to undergo PRP therapy.
After you are comfortably seated in one of our secluded minor procedure areas, a small amount of blood will be drawn from one of your arms and put into a centrifuge machine. Typically, we draw around four tablespoons or one vial of blood. After approximately 15 minutes on the centrifuge machine, the components of the blood separate and are then ready to be injected. We will load your concentrated plasma into a syringe and inject it into the designated areas of the face. PRP therapy typically only takes about five minutes, but this will vary in each patient.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Plasma from PRP therapy naturally promotes collagen production and elastin to reveal tighter and younger-appearing results. Since it uses your own blood, there is no risk of allergic or adverse reactions. You can expect your face to be a little red following treatment as some traces of red blood cells will be included in the injection. Cold packs can be used on the injection site to ease any discomfort and swelling. Dr. Ramanadham recommends you undergo treatments in 4 – 6-week intervals to maintain results.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- How much does PRP therapy cost?
Total costs for PRP therapy will be dependent on the size of the area being treated and if it is combined with another treatment. Dr. Ramanadham will come up with a cost estimate in your consultation and then discuss any specials our practice may be offering.
- How long do results from PRP therapy last?
PRP therapy has been known to last for 4 – 8 weeks. The results will vary in every person and depends on where the treatment is used. The benefit of this procedure is that does not require incisions or significant downtime, plus it is more affordable than surgical options.
- What are the risks and complications of PRP therapy?
The side effects from PRP by itself are extremely mild and include temporary swelling and bruising. If combined with microneedling, possible risks include infection, mild scarring, delayed healing, and pigmentation changes. During your consultation, Dr. Ramanadham will inform you about any side effects and what you can expect following your treatment.
- Will PRP help replenish volume?
PRP therapy does not increase volume in areas, like your cheeks and lips. While PRP therapy offers stunning results because it rejuvenates the appearance of the complexion and helps promote the production of elastin and collagen, PRP treatments will not replenish volume. If you wish to contour areas of your face, then dermal fillers may be a better treatment choice for you.
- Is PRP therapy painful?
PRP injections feel like a dermal filler or BOTOX injection with the extra step of the plasma extraction. Typically, patients feel a little pressure or pinch at the time of injection. If you are concerned about pain or discomfort, ask about your options, including numbing cream, during your consultation.
After having PRP treatments, your complexion will look healthier and brighter than ever before with a glowing, beautiful appearance and can provide hair restoration. This treatment is ideal for those who enjoy a natural technique for rejuvenation that provides exceptional results. If you are interested in this procedure, contact our New Jersey office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Smita Ramanadham.