Many people across the world are starting to become interested in a new and highly effective treatment called PRP (platelet-rich plasma). It is used by athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and a growing number of other sports to promote healing after serious injuries. However, even those of us who aren’t professional athletes can benefit from the healing effects of PRP as well as its cosmetic uses.
At Glow Aesthetic Center, our team of experienced medical professionals can help you craft the perfect PRP plan for your needs. We’ve helped clients with a variety of injuries, including:
- Ongoing arthritic and joint pain
- Tendon tears
- Muscle injuries
- Ligament tears or strains
- Skin injuries
- Hair loss
Led by Dr. Homan Siman, our team can schedule a consultation with you to discuss your specific beauty or health goals. Then, we’ll develop a treatment plan designed specifically for you.
If you’re ready to start looking and feeling your best, PRP treatments might be for you. Contact Glow Aesthetic Center through our online contact form or by calling our office at (818) 905-8815. We’ll answer your questions about PRP, prepare you for what to expect, and start the process of helping you achieve the best you possible.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments
Plasma is a transparent, straw-colored liquid that makes up roughly 55% of human blood, according to the Red Cross. It contains all the factors that help blood clot and coagulate, as well as various proteins and enzymes that aid in healing. However, its main purpose is to act as the medium or transport for the rest of the elements present in your blood: red and white blood cells and platelets.
When you come in for PRP treatment, the medical team at Glow Aesthetic Center will first draw some of your blood. Using a sterile centrifuge, we then separate out the plasma from the white and red blood cells. The resulting plasma is rich in platelets, and it’s this plasma that we re-inject back into your body (specifically, in the target area).
Platelet-rich plasma can have between 5 and 10 times as many platelets as normal plasma, boosting your body’s natural healing processes without the need for potentially harmful or dangerous foreign substances.
Johns Hopkins Medicine defines platelets as the cells in our blood that “bind together when they recognize damaged vessels.” Not only do they have a specific role in the blood-clotting process (clotting the blood so that you don’t continue to bleed), but they also trigger healing by binding to the damaged area.
By using PRP techniques, you effectively increase the concentration of platelets in your blood, leading to more binding and quicker healing. It can also be used to diminish chronic pain, such as the pain that is associated with arthritis and other joint conditions.
PRP Cosmetic Options
While PRP treatments are often used by athletes to recover from injuries, they can also be used by perfectly healthy people for cosmetic reasons. For example, the medical team at Glow Aesthetic Center has helped many of our customers with:
- Reducing facial wrinkles through PRP and microneedling
- Reversing hair loss through PRP injections to the scalp
When combining PRP with microneedling, our team uses small needles to create painless, microscopic holes in your skin. This tells the body that damage has occurred, triggering the production of collagen, which is the protein that keeps your skin vibrant and elastic. By injecting PRP into the area, we can help the body’s natural healing and collagen production process work more quickly.
Similarly, injecting PRP into your scalp can boost the production of hair follicles and help damaged follicles heal. This has produced significant results in many clients, bringing back those luscious locks.
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How to Prepare for Your PRP Treatment
There are several steps you should take before coming to your first PRP session. At your initial consultation, our team will give you specific instructions based on your unique treatment plan as well. For example, not everyone will need multiple treatments. Regardless, these are some of the general tips you should consider before your treatment.
Keep Us Informed
You’ll also want to let our medical staff know about any existing conditions you have that might interfere with the procedure. For example, keep us informed about issues like:
- Abnormal platelet count
- Any condition that reduces your platelet function
Keep Yourself Healthy
The process of drawing and reinjecting blood can have some side effects, particularly lightheadedness. To combat this, it’s best to eat before you come in for your treatment. You should also be sure to stay hydrated with plenty of water.
Keep Away from Blood Thinners
Finally, make sure to stop using blood thinners at least 24 hours before your treatment session. That includes painkillers with blood-thinning ingredients like ibuprofen or aspirin as well as some herbal supplements that contain Omega-3 fatty acids.
Schedule Your Woodland Hills PRP Treatment Today
If you are ready to experience the healing and rejuvenation properties of platelet-rich plasma, get in touch with the team at Glow Aesthetic Center today. Call our office at (818) 905-8815 or fill out the form on our contact page and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
We’ll schedule a consultation to discuss your specific goals and body type, craft a treatment plan unique to you, and set up your initial PRP treatment date. Whether you need relief from constant pain, fast healing from an injury, rejuvenated hair production, or even cosmetic work to remove facial wrinkles and restore that youthful glow, PRP can help you achieve your desired goals.