If you will be undergoing PRP treatment injections for the first time, it’s understandable that you may have questions about the process. Prior to administering the injections, your regenerative hair treatment doctor at Dr. Robin Unger will review with you how the process works and what to expect. However, the following overview may be helpful to you.
How are the PRP treatment injections developed?
One of the primary reasons for the success of PRP treatments is that the injections are developed from the patient’s own blood. This virtually eliminates the possibility of the patient’s body rejecting the injection contents.
· The patient’s blood is taken by a trained member of our staff. It is only a small sample of blood and is not a substantial amount. The specific amount of blood taken will be based on the area of the body where it will be used, and the nature of the patient’s condition that is being treated.
· The blood sample undergoes a centrifugation process to withdraw the plasma. A centrifuge is used and the process takes about 15 minutes to complete.
· A technician from our staff will prepare the plasma for the injections that will be used for the patient.
· After having determined where the patient is in need of the injections, the doctor will proceed with the treatment. On average, the injection process will last about 15 minutes. The doctor may opt to either perform one injection or a series of injections over a period of weeks.
Because the blood extraction as well as the PRP injections involve a sterilized needle that pierces the skin, it can cause mild discomfort to the patient. For this reason, patients have the option of receiving a localized anesthetic to help alleviate any pain associated with the treatment.
Where on the patient’s body does the doctor administer the PRP injections?
Our PRP treatment doctor will target the areas of the patient’s body that are injured or compromised in some way. On occasion, the doctor may opt to take advantage of ultrasound imaging to help place the PRP treatment injections.
How do the PRP injections work?
The PRP injections are loaded with activated platelets that encourage healthy cellular growth and help the body to increase its production of reparative cells. PRP injections are often used to treat chronic as well as acute soft tissue injuries. For this reason, the doctor typically administers the injections in the tendons, ligaments, and joints of problematic areas such as ankles, shoulders, elbows, or knees.
How soon will I see results from the PRP treatment injections?
PRP injections enable the body to accelerate and improve its ability to grow cells and heal itself. Because the body needs time to accomplish this, the patient may not see immediate results. It may take a number of weeks or months, though your PRP treatment doctor should be able to give you a more specific estimate based on the nature and severity of your condition that is being treated. At that time, you can expect to see improved healing or an increased growth of hair that you had not previously experienced.
Learn more about PRP treatment injections and if they’re right for you by calling our office today.