This treatment generally takes an average of 30 minutes to 1 hour. During this time, we will draw your blood and then separate the platelets. A local anesthetic may be used in the form of injection to the target areas depending on the indication.
The number of injections will vary based on the condition that we are treating. We see that patients usually experience a significant improvement after the first or second administered injection.
Most patients report that PRP injections are not painful, but pain tolerance varies from patient to patient, and will also depend on the area being treated. Pain can usually be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications, such as Tylenol.
The most common areas where PRP is used:
Topical – on the skin for blemishes and scars, a process similar to microneedling
Subcutaneous injections – to restore volume and collagen to the face (more commonly known as a “vampire facelift”), this can also be combined with hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers for a “boosted” and volumized facial filler
As part of surgery (usually facial cosmetic surgery)– PRP is applied to the undersurface of the skin and the edges of the wound allowing patients to heal more quickly