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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) – Natural Skin Rejuvenation

Platelet-rich plasma, commonly called PRP is used to direct your body’s own wound healing abilities for various situations. Among the first professionals to use PRP were oral surgeons who used PRP to improve the healing process of dental implant surgery. Orthopedic surgeons use PRP for different joint injuries. In Aesthetic Medicine, Dr. Amiya Prasad was an early proponent for the use of PRP for enhanced healing and skin quality improvement. He was able to see many clinical benefits with PRP, although at the time, many dermatologists and plastic surgeons were dismissive of the potential benefits of PRP. So many years later, PRP is now being used by doctors in the cosmetic field for skin rejuvenation, wound healing, as well as for hair loss treatment. 

Platelet-rich plasma comes from your own blood. The blood contains cells called platelets, which are needed to form clots when you have a cut. These platelets can be concentrated by drawing blood (like a routine blood test) and then spinning the blood in a centrifuge. This results in a clear yellow serum with concentrated platelets, or platelet-rich plasma.

platelet rich plasma growth factors

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Used for?

PRP can be injected into different areas to improve skin quality, texture, increase circulation, and improve blood supply. The effect of PRP on your skin is unique in how the skin texture and “glow” that results after PRP treatment is not usually seen in the same way with other skin treatments.

PRP for different treatment issues, and treatment areas include:

  • Under eye dark circles
  • Fine lines and wrinkles associated with aging and excess sun exposure
  • Forehead lines
  • Glabellar lines (“11” lines between the brow)
  • Periorbital lines (crow’s feet)
  • Nasolabial folds (parentheses lines)
  • Smile lines
  • Acne scars
  • Vertical lip lines (lipstick lines)
  • Marionette lines (the ones that extend from the corners of the mouth to the chin)

Platelet-rich plasma is a concentration of wound healing and growth factors found in your own blood, and used naturally by the body for healing for example when you have a cut. Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP stimulates collagen production and improves blood supply. This helps improve skin quality in particular, fine lines and wrinkles; Patients report experiencing a glow to their skin which is often commented on by friends and family.  PRP is unique in aesthetic and regenerative medicine as it is completely natural, and comes from within your own body. The effects of PRP have long term benefits however like any other solution in the aesthetic field, it’s important to understand clearly what can be expected from the use of PRP and how it can be part of an overall strategy to help you look your best.

I’m Dr Amiya Prasad. I’m a Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Fellowship Trained Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. I’ve been in practice in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years.

I am amongst the first cosmetic surgeons who used of PRP for aesthetic procedures more than 10 years ago after its original use in regenerative medicine by oral surgeons and orthopedic surgery. I routinely use PRP for patients to help improve fine lines and wrinkles,  and under eye dark circles. I use it in conjunction with procedures such as microneedling and laser skin resurfacing. I use it with hyaluronic acid for a procedure called skin boosting which I use to help people with fine lines, skin discolorations from sun damage and acne scars. I am also a member of the Vampire Facelift Network of doctors who are trained to combines PRP with a hyaluronic acid filler to help treat facial aging.  One of the most significant uses of PRP has been my customized use of PRP with  ACellular matrix for nonsurgical treatment of male and female pattern hair loss  we call TrichoStem Hair Regeneration.

You can think of PRP as a facial treatment that starts from the inside, with visible effects on the outside. PRP improves the fatty layer under the skin, which is essential for a soft, youthful appearance, and for facial volume. Increased collagen and improved circulation gives facial skin a softer look and glow. PRP preparation first involves a blood draw, not unlike what is done for a routine blood test. The PRP is separated from the blood using a centrifuge, and prepared for use.


PRP is commonly mistaken or misrepresented as a filler alternative or a non-surgical facelift method, which is inaccurate. This confusion is to some degree is associated with the Vampire Facelift, which is a very specific procedure using PRP and one syringe of a hyaluronic acid filler injected into strategic areas of the face, as conceptualized and defined by Dr. Charles Runels, the creator. The Vampire Facelift is meant to lift the skin away from the bone structure with a subtle outward effect using PRP, and a little filler for volume, but the procedure does not lift skin, muscle, and underlying soft tissue like a surgical facelift. PRP does not lift the skin, nor does it tighten the skin significantly. It does improve skin texture.

The effect of PRP on facial skin is ongoing after the treatment is performed. For optimal skin improvement, a maintenance schedule for PRP treatment can be done.

Closing: Platelet rich plasma is a remarkable, natural material, which has a wide range of benefits to the skin. The many applications in combination with other aesthetic procedures such as microneedling, skin boosting, laser resurfacing and hyaluronic acid fillers has made PRP invaluable for my patients

I hope you found this information helpful…thank you for your question

Differences of PRP from the Vampire Facelift

PRP alone is not the same as the “Vampire Facelift”. While the Vampire Facelift procedure does use PRP, and derives its name from using a patient’s blood, the Vampire Facelift is a specific procedure with a license to its brand. In addition to PRP, the Vampire Facelift involves the application of a single syringe of a hyaluronic acid filler in a specific combination approach. Neither the Vampire Facelift or injections of PRP alone can replace the results of a surgical facelift. PRP is used for skin rejuvenation, while the hyaluronic acid filler used in the Vampire Facelift is used to enhance volume to lift the skin away from the underlying bone structure. There is no lifting of sagging skin and soft tissue as in a surgical facelift.

Female patient before and after vampire facelift
THE VAMPIRE FACELIFT USES PRP, BUT IS NOT PRP ALONE AS IT IS A SPECIFIC, TRADEMARKED PROCEDURE THAT USES PRP WITH A SINGLE SYRINGE OF A HYALURONIC ACID FILLER
Female patient before and after vampire facelift
THE VAMPIRE FACELIFT USES PRP, BUT IS NOT PRP ALONE AS IT IS A SPECIFIC, TRADEMARKED PROCEDURE THAT USES PRP WITH A SINGLE SYRINGE OF A HYALURONIC ACID FILLER

Differences of PRP from Cosmetic Fillers

Many people believe that PRP is a “natural” cosmetic filler that could be a substitute for commercially manufactured fillers. This is not the case. Cosmetic fillers, which are most commonly hyaluronic acid fillers, have a viscosity and longevity that PRP does not have. While PRP can enhance the volume of the fatty layer below the skin, PRP cannot be used to add a significant amount of volume to treat hollow areas or age-related facial bone volume loss. We routinely use hyaluronic acid fillers for volume correction and use PRP for skin quality improvement during the same visit.

Before and after tear trough and under eye hollow results on female patient
PRP CANNOT REPLACE A COSMETIC FILLER FOR VOLUME ENHANCEMENT, BUT COMPLEMENTS A HYALURONIC ACID FILLER WELL BY IMPROVING SKIN QUALITY, TEXTURE, AND COLOR, WHILE THE FILLER ADDS VOLUME.
Before and after tear trough and under eye hollow results on female patient
PRP CANNOT REPLACE A COSMETIC FILLER FOR VOLUME ENHANCEMENT, BUT COMPLEMENTS A HYALURONIC ACID FILLER WELL BY IMPROVING SKIN QUALITY, TEXTURE, AND COLOR, WHILE THE FILLER ADDS VOLUME.

What to Expect After PRP Treatment

PRP treatments are performed in the office with little to no downtime or the need for specialized aftercare. Generally, PRP treatments can be done conveniently such that many people have their treatment over their lunch hour. Minimal swelling or bruising are typical immediately after treatment.

Generally, improvements can be seen over several weeks in your skin’s appearance in terms of texture, and a glow or skin luster after having PRP treatment. The skin can feel healthier and feel like it has more “padding”. This may be due to the way PRP improves the quality and volume of the fat layer under the skin, characteristic of younger skin.

Fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead before and after PRP and cosmetic fillers treatment
PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP) IS A VERSATILE AND READILY COMBINED SKIN REJUVENATION TREATMENT FOR ISSUES LIKE LINES AND WRINKLES, SKIN QUALITY IMPROVEMENT, HAIR LOSS TREATMENT, AND IMPROVING APPEARANCE OF SCARS
Fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead before and after PRP and cosmetic fillers treatment
PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP) IS A VERSATILE AND READILY COMBINED SKIN REJUVENATION TREATMENT FOR ISSUES LIKE LINES AND WRINKLES, SKIN QUALITY IMPROVEMENT, HAIR LOSS TREATMENT, AND IMPROVING APPEARANCE OF SCARS

PRP treatment can be performed such that each treatment can add to the benefits of the previous treatment. Dr. Prasad often describes this process to be comparable to building strength with exercise. There is usually a point where the appearance is stable and further treatment would be “maintenance” treatments every 6 to 12 months. This is a strategy to help manage your skin’s appearance as the skin is subject to the effects of excess sun exposure, environmental factors, and natural aging.

Types of PRP Treatment

PRP treatment can be performed in different ways based on what types of issues are being addressed. Dr. Prasad has extensive experience with PRP and other procedures to help people improve their skin. Dr. Prasad will create a customized treatment plan specific to your needs.

Microneedling with PRP

Microneedling with PRP for Crow's Feet Lines application
MICRONEEDLING CAN BE COMBINED WITH TOPICAL PRP APPLICATION FOR TWO COLLAGEN INDUCTION THERAPIES THAT WORK WELL TOGETHER

Microneedling uses fine needles at a specified depth to create a controlled injury meant to induce a collagen based healing response. Injuries to the skin Since microneedling creates openings in the skin, topically applied PRP can be absorbed into these openings. This means that these two collagen induction processes are working together to improve your skin quality.

Skin Boosting Using PRP

skin boosting using PRP
SKIN BOOSTING CAN DELIVER PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP) OFTEN MIXED WITH HYALURONIC ACID AS ITS SCAFFOLD, DIRECTLY TO THE DERMAL LEVEL OF THE SKIN, WITHOUT BLEEDING OR SWELLING

Skin Boosting involves the use of a special device to deliver PRP directly to the dermis (the supporting structure of the skin). The openings are made without any bleeding and through microscopic tunnels or “channels”, we place PRP and hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid provides a scaffolding, which the cells called fibroblasts can deposit strands of collagen. There is no bleeding and no swelling after Skin Boosting. The benefits from Skin Boosting continue for weeks to months as with other PRP treatments.

PRP with Laser or Radiofrequency to Treat Wrinkles

Before and after lower eyelid surgery with PRP and laser treatment on female patient
TREATING WRINKLES IN LIGHTER SKIN TYPES WITH A COMBINATION OF A LASER FOR RESURFACING AND SKIN TIGHTENING, AND PRP FOR IMPROVING SKIN QUALITY AND THICKNESS
Before and after lower eyelid surgery with PRP and laser treatment on female patient
TREATING WRINKLES IN LIGHTER SKIN TYPES WITH A COMBINATION OF A LASER FOR RESURFACING AND SKIN TIGHTENING, AND PRP FOR IMPROVING SKIN QUALITY AND THICKNESS
Lasers and radiofrequency treatments use heat to stimulate collagen to tighten the skin and improve the appearance of wrinkles. Radiofrequency treatments are often used for darker skin types, which are at risk for hyperpigmentation and other complications from laser devices. Aggressive heating can result in burns, skin thinning, as well as essential skin fat loss (makes skin look older).
lower eyelid surgery with Pelleve and PRP before and after treatment
RADIOFREQUENCY TREATMENTS LIKE PELLEVÉ, COMBINED WITH PRP, CAN HELP TREAT WRINKLES IN DARKER SKIN TYPES BY TIGHTENING THE SKIN, AND IMPROVING ITS QUALITY AND TEXTURE
lower eyelid surgery with Pelleve and PRP before and after treatment
RADIOFREQUENCY TREATMENTS LIKE PELLEVÉ, COMBINED WITH PRP, CAN HELP TREAT WRINKLES IN DARKER SKIN TYPES BY TIGHTENING THE SKIN, AND IMPROVING ITS QUALITY AND TEXTURE

Resurfacing procedures such as fractional CO2 and fractional erbium laser are performed every day in our office. Dr. Prasad uses PRP to enhance the healing process and the benefits of these laser procedures.

Dr. Prasad has designed different laser and radiofrequency protocols to reduce the risk of overheating the skin , while still getting the collagen stimulatory benefits. Dr. Prasad routinely combines laser/radiofrequency treatments with PRP treatments. For example, Dr. Prasad uses a non-ablative laser for collagen remodeling and combines it with skin boosting to further encourage collagen production.

Many people come to our office after having multiple laser treatments from multiple practitioners. Their skin is thin, wrinkled and crepey. Dr. Prasad uses PRP treatments to “rehabilitate” their damaged skin.

PRP for Treating Dark Under Eye Circles, and Discoloration

Discoloration or dark circles under the eyes can be due to ethnic pigmentation, pooled blood, iron deposits, or thin eyelid skin showing the underlying anatomy. PRP as a standalone treatment can help with dark circles by improving blood supply and collagen to the skin under the eyes. As PRP improves skin quality and thickness, the underlying anatomy visible through thin eyelid skin (0.5mm in thickness, the thinnest in the body) can become less visible and improve the dark appearance.

PRP treatment for dark under eye circles before and after results on male patient
PRP CAN BE USED AS A STANDALONE TREATMENT FOR DARK UNDER EYE CIRCLES, BUT SOME CASES DO BENEFIT FROM ADDITIONAL SKIN RESURFACING WITH A LASER TREATMENT
PRP treatment for dark under eye circles before and after results on male patient
PRP CAN BE USED AS A STANDALONE TREATMENT FOR DARK UNDER EYE CIRCLES, BUT SOME CASES DO BENEFIT FROM ADDITIONAL SKIN RESURFACING WITH A LASER TREATMENT

PRP can also be used in conjunction with a laser treatment for dark under eye circles due to pigmentation or discoloration. A laser can be used to remove the darkened or damaged outer layer of skin (ablation) so a new, lighter and fresher layer of skin comes in.

What can I do to treat under eye dark circles?

Under dark circles are a fairly common problem that can affect people of all ages.

There are several causes of under eye dark circles which makes it important to have the

right strategy for your situation.

I’m Dr Amiya Prasad.

I’m a Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon and Fellowship Trained Oculofacial Plastic & Reconstructive

Surgeon.

I’ve been in practice in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years.

I’m well known as an eyelid specialist, and treat conditions such as under eye bags,

and hooded eyelids, as well as specialized procedures such as eyelid ptosis, revision

eyelid surgeries for complications originally performed by other doctors such as upper and

lower eyelid retraction, improving appearance after thyroid eye disease, and procedures

involving the lacrimal system.

I’m also well known for non-surgical eyelid procedures, such as the use of injectable

fillers for hollowing above and below the eyes, platelet-rich plasma to improve the

skin of the eyelids, and using different lasers to improve the delicate eyelid skin.

Dark circles around the eyes can make people look tired and weary, even if they actually

feel great, and have a lot of energy.

Having dark circles can give the wrong impression about you and how you feel.

In a world where first and lasting impressions are so important, it’s understandable why

people are seeking all kinds of solutions for this common issue.

Under eye dark circles can be caused by several issues:

Thin eyelid skin revealing the anatomy underneath the eyes such as the orbicularis muscle and

blood vessels Lack of fat and bone structure under the eyes

resulting in a hollow look, Ethnic pigmentation

Hyperpigmentation from previous procedures, such as laser treatment

Iron deposits from the blood circulation such as allergic shiners

Popular strategies used by many people is the application of over the counter creams

which make claims which they never live up to.

While creams can moisturize the skin, they are limited in addressing any other anatomic

issues which if addressed can result in more significant benefit.

Upper and lower eyelid skin is the thinnest in the body at 0.5mm thickness when healthy.

When eyelid skin becomes thinner from aging, sun exposure or smoking, the challenge is

to improve the quality of the skin without compromising the thickness.

With this principle in mind, I have focused more than 10 years on the application of regenerative

medicine technology, specifically platelet rich plasma or PRP.

I use platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, routinely to treat several causes of under eye dark

circles.

Platelet-rich plasma is the concentration of wound healing and growth factors naturally

present in your blood for when you have a cut.

When concentrated, it can be used as an serum to improve skin quality, thickness, and overall

skin health, while improving the blood circulation and blood supply in the area of treatment.

PRP is prepared from your blood, which is drawn in our office like you would have during

a routine blood test.

The blood is spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets into a clear, yellow plasma,

which can then be drawn into a syringe.

The PRP is carefully placed under the eyelid skin.

The regenerative process of this treatment is continuous, as increased blood supply and

healing factors work after the injection to improve skin quality and thickness, stimulate

collagen, and increased circulation.

In cases where the under eye area has concurrent hollowing, I can combine the placement of

PRP with the deeper placement of a hyaluronic acid filler like Restylane to add volume.

This combination treatment has a synergistic effect as both hollowing and skin quality

are treated.

For optimal, results, PRP is performed with regularly scheduled sessions.

The frequency of these sessions depends on the conditions being addressed such as sun

damage, wrinkles, and discolorations.

PRP application helps change

Lasers can also help with improving skin quality under the eyes, through resurfacing of the

epidermis and collagen stimulation in the dermis.

Lasers must be used carefully to avoid potential overtreatment which can result in thinning

of the under eye skin further, and possibly causing problems with pigmentation.

When lasers used appropriately, they can be quite effective.

I routinely combine PRP with laser treatments to reduce to create maximal synergy to achieve

best results.

Depending on the techniques employed, there is generally very little healing time with

PRP treatment.

Laser treatment for eyelid skin such as smooth eye long pulse erbium laser can be performed

with no downtime.

Fractional lasers such as fractional erbium or fractional CO2 laser may require a few

days before the skin heals over.

This means that most patients can go back to work right after PRP treatment and some

laser treatments with basic precautions related to sun exposure and skin protection.

A common question which comes up about every skin treatment is “how long will it last”.

The answer is, it depends.

The collagen response of your skin is affected by age, extent of sun damage, wrinkling and

pigmentation as well as your lifestyle such as smoking and amount of time spent in the

sun.

I evaluate every patient and develop a customized treatment plan for them based on these and

other important variables.

Dark circles can be treated without surgery, and results can really last.

It’s important to note that ethnic pigmentation cannot be taken away, but you can improve

skin quality so your eyes look more vibrant.

As is important for any aesthetic procedure, knowledge and experience is important.

In my experience, combining regenerative medicine technology such as PRP with advanced laser

and radiofrequency technology has been successful for my patients.

I hope you found this information helpful…thank you for your question.

PRP can be used to improve overall skin quality and texture of aging and sun damaged skin under the eyes.

PRP for Hair Loss

PRP alone has been documented in the medical literature to stimulate hair growth in men and women with genetic pattern hair loss. PRP scalp injections for hair loss is offered by many medical practices. As one of the first doctors to use PRP as well as regenerative technology such as acellular matrix (ACell), Dr. Prasad knows that the benefits of PRP alone for hair loss is limited. For example, typical PRP treatment for hair loss requires multiple injection sessions since PRP alone in Dr. Prasad’s experience, only stimulates short-term hair growth which stops working when treatments are stopped. PRP alone for hair loss requires frequent and constant treatment, with no clear end to treatment sessions. Medical practices offering PRP alone as a hair loss treatment usually perform treatment every 1-3 months without a clear timeline and expected longevity.

Before, 1 year after, and 2 years after hair regeneration treatment on male patient
PRP ALONE FOR HAIR LOSS TREATMENT REQUIRES FREQUENT TREATMENT SESSIONS, OFTEN DONE MONTHLY. IN CONTRAST, THE TRICHOSTEM HAIR REGENERATION PRP COMBINATION TREATMENT ONLY REQUIRES 1-2 TREATMENT SESSIONS, WITH BENEFITS LASTING 3-5 YEARS
Before and 1 year after after hair regeneration treatment on male patient
Before and 2 years after after hair regeneration treatment on male patient
PRP ALONE FOR HAIR LOSS TREATMENT REQUIRES FREQUENT TREATMENT SESSIONS, OFTEN DONE MONTHLY. IN CONTRAST, THE TRICHOSTEM HAIR REGENERATION PRP COMBINATION TREATMENT ONLY REQUIRES 1-2 TREATMENT SESSIONS, WITH BENEFITS LASTING 3-5 YEARS

Dr. Prasad created TrichoStem Hair Regeneration for non surgical hair loss treatment in 2011. Although PRP is used as part of the treatment, PRP is not the key component in the process. PRP appears to facilitate the effect of the main component of the treatment, which is extracellular matrix by ACell. Extracellular matrix is an advanced wound healing material with remarkable regenerative properties. Dr. Prasad’s TrichoStem Hair Regeneration System involves different customized algorithms based on each patient’s specific clinical classification.

What’s the difference between PRP alone and TrichoStem Hair Regeneration?

After so many years of my advocacy to help patients with the benefits of PRP or platelet-rich plasma there has been a recent sharp rise in PRP treatments for hair loss being offered what’s interesting is that this sudden acknowledgement by the sellers of PRP treatment for hair loss has resulted in people looking for the optimal strategy for their hair loss the question comes up what is the difference between PRP being offered by a range of medical retailers and what I developed which is called TrichoStem Hair Regeneration

I’ll explain what is the night and day difference between generic PRP as is offered by everyone with a centrifuge and our system for managing hair loss called TrichoStem Hair Regeneration

I’m Dr. Amiya Prasad I’m a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon and Fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon I’ve been in practice in the New York City and Long Island area for over 25 years

I’ve been performing hair transplant surgery throughout my career in the late 2000s I used this wound healing material called extracellular matrix by ACell to improve the healing and survival of hair grafts after transplant surgery I was also using this material to help healing surgical incisions during cosmetic surgery procedures such as facelifts

About a year after applying this material during hair transplant surgery not only did I observe the hair grafts healing better but I was surprised to see that native hair that wasn’t transplanted increased in number and became thicker I took the initiative then to take this discovery and develops for customization of PRP and a cell as a standalone non-surgical treatment for male and female pattern hair loss

I’ve been performing these treatments for people from around the world since 2011 I essentially established a new category for the treatment of hair loss particularly as an alternative to hair transplantation which I trademarked as trichostem hair regeneration long before

This recent acceptance of PRP I was among the first doctors to use platelet-rich plasma or PRP in the cosmetic field to improve skin quality and texture although PRP was being used in dentistry and orthopedics many if not most dermatologists and plastic surgeons were dismissive and openly disparaging of any doctor advocating the use of PRP the hypocrisy of this head-in-the-sand behavior was that the medical literature had thousands of articles from around the world in peer-reviewed journals with overwhelming evidence of the value of PRP for a range of applications

Thanks to some weekend courses and industry promoted financial schemes these same people are now happily making money by promoting PRP in their offices

I guess they had a change of heart so what is the benefit of PRP for hair loss well PRP can stimulate hair growth in people who are suffering from genetic pattern hair loss however this effect on hair growth has several limitations the first is the duration of effect is limited by the type of hair loss you have this means that the effect on hair growth can be very short this limitation is that the injection of PRP for hair loss requires multiple treatments typically performed once a month we see a lot of people who tried these monthly PRP treatments they report how they were frustrated by the physical pain they experienced the inconvenience and the limited results they saw even after suffering through multiple injection sessions

The doctors nurses or physician’s assistants administering PRP injections insisted that they come in for even more injection sessions without providing a clear explanation about what to expect afterwards many of these patients report that no anesthetic was used during their treatments which means that each individual scalp injection was extremely painful

Some patients report that they were told that using anesthetic will actually be detrimental to their results which just simply isn’t true another limitation of this PRP alone approach is the longevity even if maximum results possible are achieved with PRP alone the results are limited to the short-term stimulation of hair growth many practices offering PRP injections alone require multiple injections in the first year usually monthly or every two to three months and then maintenance injections in the second year which can be anywhere from three to six months

Basically the maintenance sessions are just to sustain limited results but with constant and essentially a never ending treatment horizon what we do in our practice with TrichoStem Hair Regeneration is completely different from how PRP alone is being used by medical retailers PRP is not the main ingredient in our treatment system but rather PRP is used in combination with extracellular matrix by the company a cell the formulation and delivery methods are customized to each individual’s unique hair loss profile

This is why many of our TrichoStem Hair Regeneration patients are actually former patients of other practice is using PRP alone or practices that are using less effective applications of ACell and PRP it’s important to be aware that when hair is thinning the hair growth cycles actually become shorter and the resting phase or dormant phase gets longer

TrichoStem Hair Regeneration reactivates these resting hair follicles resulting in an increase in the number of visible hairs and induces thinning hair to grow and thicker this combination of benefits results in significantly more scalp coverage for years there’s a difference in outcome and longevity from well appreciated by patients who are formerly treated with common PRP injections only as I mentioned a major advantage of our system is that far fewer treatment sessions are needed to sustain long-term benefits for years

In fact a significant percentage of trichostem hair regeneration patients only needed a single treatment session to improve their appearance with results lasting three to five years and even longer ordinary PRP treatment protocols or even other common ACell and PRP formulations need to be repeated every month to every three months with uncertainty of how well they may or may not work the success rate of TrichoStem Hair Regeneration is well established for over ten years with over 99% of our patients seeing visible increase in their hair coverage I felt so inspired by our consistent success that several years ago I built a free-standing facility exclusively for TrichoStem Hair Regeneration in Northern Virginia in Tyson’s Corner I observed hundreds of patients every year from around the world and developed my own classification system to provide optimal treatment strategies for each individual patient for example a 21-year-old male with advanced hair loss needs a different approach to treatment in comparison to a 50-year-old female with moderate and diffuse hair loss yet when you walk into a place offering PRP or PRP and generic a cell there is no difference does that even make sense of course not as discussed earlier your hair loss is unique to your category

I provide every patient with a customized treatment plan specific to his or her hair loss category as determined by my classification system I have found a benefit from many people with moderate to advanced hair loss to perform two separate treatment sessions over the course of two years this is because I observed that a significant percentage of fine hair growth resulting from the first treatment session can be significantly thickened further with a second treatment session

This second treatment session is usually performed 15 to 24 months after the initial treatment we call this in our practice the booster session which is part of our whole treatment plan so there’s no additional cost it can’t be overstated that a significant advantage of trichostem hair regeneration system is the longevity of results results that can last three to five years in both men and women with no more than two treatment sessions within this two-year time frame

Since we have been administering this treatment to patients since 2011 and we follow our patients closely we have well-documented results for patients who were treated for four to five years prior with a single treatment session and sustaining improvement in their hair growth most of the current in generic hair injection treatments being offered can’t claim close to this longevity of effectiveness

Most of these people were not actually performing any type of hair loss treatment such as hair transplant before taking a weekend PRP course this means they took a weekend course sponsored by a company selling centrifuges and kits and then went home and started selling their hair loss treatment services what they don’t appreciate in their excitement to make money is just how deeply emotional hair loss is for people seeking treatment

This is not the same as someone just trying Botox for the first time as opposed to these practices who indifferently sell hair loss injections

In my practice when I accept a patient for hair loss treatment I’m making a long-term commitment to helping you as best as I can sometimes we’re asked why there is a difference in the cost for trichostem hair regeneration in comparison to common PRP sessions

Some people are mistakenly assuming that our treatment is just PRP which it’s not as stated in detail earlier aside from the level of effectiveness which has been clearly stated is important to remember that the one-time cost of trichostem hair regeneration covers the entire treatment plan including follow-up visits to our office or follow-up meetings through email Skype or FaceTime during which we track your results after the first month and we do this after 3 months and every 6 months for the duration of 2 years

These follow-up visits include my taking high-resolution standardized digital photos which I compare for you so you can see how much you’re improving each visit is typically 30 minutes for patients who have had a second injection treatment or booster after the first treatment there’s no additional cost or charge for the second treatment this is in sharp contrast to PRP where you’re charged for every treatment session and with most practices not indicating how many treatment sessions are needed and how long the treatments will be effective

There’s no real horizon further many of these practices tell their patients that they only have a 50% chance of seeing any improvement we stand behind TrichoStem Hair Regeneration with you receiving one to two treatment sessions and seeing improvement lasting three to five years or even longer it’s common knowledge that time is money with ordinary PRP injections alone people spend a lot of time going to the doctor’s office for monthly injections or every three month injections and with an indefinite time frame for ongoing treatment

This means that the first session costs accumulate and quickly exceed the one-time cost for a TrichoStem Hair Regeneration to your plan in addition the time being spent on treatments with ordinary PRP alone could otherwise be used for making money or enjoying your personal time the math is simple multiple sessions of PRP will cost more in the long term both financially and in lost time with unpredictable results and uncertain longevity we also use trichostem hair regeneration treatment for increased scalp coverage for people who’ve had previous hair transplant surgery patients who’ve had several hair transplants in the past can see thicker hair growth of their thinning native hair and even from their transplanted hair this is because it’s common for me to see transplanted hair progressively thinning years after a hair transplant

Another group who benefits is male patients who are taking finasteride for many years but then you see the benefits of thicker hair growth after TrichoStem Hair Regeneration treatment we also help a lot of women with hair loss and have noted that in women taking spironolactone to address their testosterone levels also experience thicker hair growth after TrichoStem Hair Regeneration as an early proponent of PRP in the aesthetic field I can speak with great confidence about the benefits of PRP for wound healing and for skin quality improvement when used alone for hair loss it has significant limitations such that the patient can get frustrated with the need for this constant treatment to compound this inconvenience and cost and having uncertainty about the benefits makes this even more undesirable

While our TrichoStem Hair Regeneration has PRP in the formulations powered ten plus years of experience with customized combinations of PRP and a cellular matrix clearly exceeds the generically blind application of PRP for anyone with any type of hair loss hair loss is far too complex to be indiscriminately treated with PRP alone since hair loss cannot be cured

I strive to optimally manage your hair loss by delaying the progression and maximizing your scalp coverage with typically only two treatment sessions which can sustain benefits for over five years when a patient asks us about our PRP treatment for hair loss we simply say it’s not PRP it’s TrichoStem Hair Regeneration

 I hope you found this information helpful thank you for your question

Typically, TrichoStem Hair Regeneration treatment only requires 1-2 treatment sessions, with the second treatment or booster done 15-24 months after the first. The benefits of treatment generally last for 3-5 years. PRP alone requires multiple sessions of scalp injections (every 1-3 months), with less consistent and limited results.

Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) – PRP Made Thicker

PRP can be made into a thicker, gel-like consistency called platelet-rich fibrin matrix, or PRFM, and sometimes called PRF for platelet-rich fibrin. PRFM is prepared the same way as PRP with the patient’s blood draw, which is also spun the same way to concentrate the platelets into PRP. The difference here is that calcium chloride, or Selphyl technology is used to make the serum thicker, like a gel.

platelet-rich plasma models before and after treatment
PLATELET-RICH FIBRIN MATRIX (PRFM OR PRF) WITH SELPHYL TECHNOLOGY FOR A MORE YOUTHFUL APPEARANCE, WITHOUT SURGERY OR OTHER INJECTABLE TREATMENTS

PRFM Areas of Treatment

The basis for PRFM is that the more viscous consistency can make it behave like a time release drug, rather than regular PRP that dissipates in the treatment area soon after it’s injected. Some claim that thicker PRFM can be used as an alternative to a cosmetic filler, but PRFM does not have the same viscosity as a cosmetic filler, nor does it provide a significant or lasting volume like a filler. The dissipation of regular PRP for skin rejuvenation does not reduce its effectiveness for improving skin quality and texture. PRP also works very well when combined with other materials like hyaluronic acid fillers, or with extracellular matrix such as in TrichoStem Hair Regeneration treatment.

Is PRP Treatment Right for You?

Platelet-rich plasma is a safe, effective, and versatile treatment for skin rejuvenation, with unique regenerative properties not found in other treatments. PRP can’t do everything on its own, so a combination with other modes of treatment, or other materials are often the way to get the best results for you.

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