You may have heard about platelet-rich plasma, or PRP treatments. The technique has become popular in the sporting world as a way for top-level athletes to heal from injuries in record time. With PRP, your own blood’s plasma is reinjected into the body to boost the healing process without the need for surgery. At Glow Aesthetic Center, our medical team has helped many Sherman Oaks clients heal from injuries, get relief from constant pain, and even achieve cosmetic goals through the use of PRP treatments.
If you’re interested in PRP, get in touch with the staff at Glow Aesthetic Center today. Led by Dr. Homan Siman, our medical team will schedule you for an in-person consultation about your specific body type and your medical or cosmetic needs. Then, we’ll come up with a treatment plan unique to you and schedule you in for your first treatment.
Call our office today by dialing (818) 905-8815 and put your consultation on the calendar. You can also send us a message online through our contact page and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
How PRP Works
Platelet-rich plasma treatments use your own body’s blood to help the healing process. It starts with plasma, which is the liquid part of your blood that acts as a transport for the other parts (like red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets). Plasma actually is the dominant part of your blood and accounts for 55% of its total volume.
When you come in for a PRP treatment, the medical team at Glow Aesthetic Center will draw your blood and separate out the plasma using a sterile centrifuge. This removes the blood cells from the plasma, keeping it rich in platelets. Then, we reinject the plasma into the target area, creating a high concentration of platelets.
These platelets are important because they bind to the damaged area, aid in the clotting process, and are central to your body’s natural healing. The results can take a week or so to be seen, but your injury should heal (or your pain recede) much more quickly than usual. Plus, if you’re getting PRP for cosmetic purposes, the results tend to last up to a full year after your session.
What PRP Is Used For
Many athletes in professional sports have begun to turn toward PRP treatments as a way of avoiding surgical solutions while still healing much more quickly than normal. The treatments are used for conditions like:
- Skin injuries
- Tendon tears
- Ligament tears, strains, and sprains
- Muscle damage
- Injuries to the joints
However, medical problems are not the only conditions or goals that PRP addresses. It can also be used in a variety of cosmetic procedures.
PRP Cosmetic Uses
Since platelet-rich plasma boosts your body’s natural healing mechanisms, it is perfect for helping with cosmetic issues that stem from damage to your body’s cells (such as skin or hair cells). For example, we’ve helped Sherman Oaks clients with:
- Microneedling and PRP
- PRP for hair loss issues
Microneedling is a treatment in which your aesthetician will painlessly puncture your skin using a microscopic needle. While this doesn’t result in visible damage, aside from some redness in the skin, it triggers your skin’s natural healing process and tells your body to make more collagen. By coupling this with PRP, the results can come about faster, rejuvenating your skin with that vibrant, youthful glow while removing wrinkles and age lines.
As for hair loss, PRP can be directly injected into the scalp in order to heal damaged follicles. Over time, this means you’ll have more hair follicles producing living hairs, leading to a reduction in thinning and a fuller head of gorgeous tresses.
PRP Treatment Preparation
When you come in for an initial consultation with our medical staff, we will inform you of any specific steps you need to take to prepare for your first PRP session. Since we create a plan just for you, preparation might look a bit different for each of our clients.
However, below are a few general guidelines you should abide by to ensure the best possible experience.
Remember to drink lots of water before your arrival, and eat a meal as well. Sometimes, it also helps to bring a snack. That’s because getting your blood drawn can lead to lightheadedness or dizziness, especially if you are dehydrated or haven’t eaten recently.
Also, tell us about any significant medical issues you have that might affect the PRP process. In addition to serious conditions like cancer, seemingly minor issues can also interfere with PRP. For example, we’d need to know about things like:
- Anemia or low iron
- Abnormal platelet count
- Decreased platelet function
All these conditions affect the state of your blood, so we want to make sure you’re healthy enough to undergo PRP treatment without any additional risk from such medical issues.
PRP treatments involve the drawing of your blood and reinjection of your plasma, so it is important not to have chemicals in your body that interfere with your blood’s ability to clot properly. For at least 24 hours before your session, stay away from any pharmaceuticals that contain blood thinners or have blood-thinning properties, such as:
- Some supplements with Omega-3 fatty acids
If you’re unsure about a supplement, vitamin, or over-the-counter drug, contact our office and we will let you know whether you’re in the clear.
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Get PRP Treatments at Glow Aesthetic Center
Whether you need medical or cosmetic PRP treatments, the team at Glow Aesthetic Center has you covered. We’ve helped many clients in Sherman Oaks and beyond achieve the healing, pain relief, and cosmetic well-being that they’ve been searching for, and we’re ready to do the same for you.
Call our office today at (818) 905-8815 or fill out the form on our contact page to schedule your consultation with our team. Led by Dr. Homan Siman, we’re excited to provide top-of-the-line cosmetic services to help you heal.