What is PRP Therapy?
Are the years written across your face in the form of wrinkled, lifeless skin, hollows around your eyes, or sagging cheeks? Is thinning hair taking a toll on your confidence? Don’t worry, we have an exciting solution for you!
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a scientifically proven treatment that uses the body’s own healing processes to naturally rejuvenate the skin, face, and scalp. Dr. Anna Petropoulos, an innovator in non-surgical facial rejuvenation for over a decade, uses PRP therapy to help her Boston-area patients restore a look of radiance and vitality, and enhance their confidence. PRP, along with skin rejuvenation, is also well known for being one of the few successful non-surgical hair loss and hair thinning treatments.
Dr. Petropoulos is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who is dedicated to helping her patients optimize their natural health and beauty. With over a decade devoted to developing and refining non-surgical facial rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments, she has established a following of satisfied patients who come to her practice from throughout New England and across the globe.
PRP Therapy For Hair Loss
PRP therapy is a safe, effective, natural treatment that Dr. Petropoulos uses to help women and men slow or even reverse hair loss and thinning hair. To begin the procedure, a small amount of blood is collected from the patient and then processed in the Eclipse Centrifuge. Numbing cream is placed on the thinning areas of the scalp to ensure the highest level of comfort. Next, the micro-needling pen is passed over the areas of the scalp with thinning hair, followed by the application of PRP. Together the PRP and micro-needling stimulate stem cells in the hair follicles to become active and resume hair production along with thickening of each hair.
The entire process takes approximately 1 hour to complete. Patients may return to regular activities after the treatment, and we recommend delaying hair washing for a day for optimal results. If you are more interested in a surgical route for your hair restoration, then perhaps the SmartGraft treatment Dr. Petropoulos offers is the better option for you.
PRP for Hair Thinning Before & After Treatments
How Does PRP Work?
Platelets are the component of the blood that is directly associated with the body’s healing and regeneration processes. Platelets release growth factors that can boost collagen production in a variety of tissues and can also revive shrinking hair follicles, in addition to providing many other benefits. When a serum of concentrated platelets is applied to an area, the body’s natural rejuvenation processes are stimulated.
When Dr. Petropoulos performs PRP therapy, a small amount of blood is collected from the patient. The blood is then processed in a specialized device called the Eclipse Centrifuge to separate the platelets and their growth factors from other components of the blood. The resulting serum is then applied topically or directly into the skin and stimulates its regeneration with the growth factors. There is no risk of allergy because the PRP comes exclusively from the patient’s own body. This technique has been termed “Vampire Facelift™” in the media.
The face, however, is not the only location for its use. Orthopedic surgeons inject PRP into joints with arthritis to regenerate the cartilage; oral surgeons inject PRP to regenerate receding gums and also strengthen the jaw bone to secure dental implants. Plastic surgeons such as Dr. Petropoulos use PRP for facial and skin regeneration and also for stimulating hair growth.
What Concerns Can PRP Treat?
PRP therapy is sometimes called a “miracle treatment” because it corrects such a diverse range of concerns, including:
- Wrinkles, creases, and folds
- Thinning skin caused by aging or sun exposure
- Facial volume loss
- Hair loss in women and men
- Scars and stretch marks
Benefits of Combining PRP With Other Facial Rejuvenation Procedures
While PRP therapy provides impressive improvements as an individual facial rejuvenation treatment, one of its most exciting benefits is that it can be used to enhance other procedures, including:
- Micro-needling with the Eclipse MicroPen™ or Equipmed Dermapen™
- Fraxel® laser skin treatments
- Liquid Facelift that includes injectable fillers such as Sculptra®, JUVÉDERM®, and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC
How Many PRP Treatments Are Needed?
Because the hair has natural growth cycles, a series of 2 to 3 treatments spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart is recommended, with a possible follow-up treatment at 6 to 12 months, only if necessary.
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Let Dr. Petropoulos help you harness your body’s own healing powers and rejuvenate your appearance. Request a consultation online, or call her office at 978-739-9500 to find out more about PRP therapy and its many applications.