Your Questions, Answered
What are PRP injections?
PRP injections are the future of medicine. Using the components in your own blood, our doctors can stimulate healing that starts from deep within. First, we’ll withdraw some of your blood; then we’ll put your blood into one of our advanced centrifuges to extract the platelets. (Platelets are known to contain growth factors that spur healing.) We’ll then inject that solution directly at the site of your injury, in some cases using ultrasound to guide us. Once in place, the growth factors in the platelets will stimulate your body to repair and heal itself. Usually, you can experience deep healing in only 1-3 injections.
What conditions can be treated with PRP?
Why use PRP injections to treat these injuries?
How does PRP work?
When the PRP arrives at the site of the injury, the platelets unleash the growth factors. These growth factors cause a regenerative inflammation around the area of the injury, spurring healing. (This is why you shouldn’t take anti-inflammatory medication after PRP injections.) The result is restored ligaments and tendons as well as stronger, more resilient cartilage – in other words, healing.
Does PRP hurt?
Most patients find that the procedure is not very painful, and they tolerate it well. However, it’s common for the inflammatory response to produce soreness after the injection. Expect soreness and swelling for at least the first 48 hours after your injection. We’ll give you pain medication to help alleviate any discomfort. You can also use heat packs or hot compresses to soothe the pain.
How long does the procedure take?
We usually tell patients to allow 2 hours for their treatment, which includes preparation and recovery time. We’ll perform the procedure safely at our state-of-the-art office. While the procedure will take some time out of your day, the time you’ll save from surgery, a long recovery, general anesthesia, or a hospital stay will more than make up for it
How quickly will PRP work?
You should see your first results in 2-6 weeks. As time passes, you’ll find that the pain lessens with every week that passes. Many patients see great improvement within 6-9 months of the treatment.
Are the injections safe?
I have already had surgery, and I’m still in pain. Am I a candidate for PRP treatment?
Who is not a candidate for PRP?
What are the expected outcomes of PRP?
What’s the future of PRP?
We believe that PRP is the future – of medicine and pain relief. We fully expect that more and more patients will ask for PRP as the results of this innovative treatment come in. Physicians, too, will be excited, since they’ll have another effective treatment option to give to their patients. This kind of autologous treatment is only just beginning, and while we don’t know for certain what the future will hold for PRP treatment, we’re certainly excited to find out.
Is this simply a different version of a cortisone shot?
Will PRP work long-term?
We can’t answer that question here, as the answer is different for everyone. Your underlying disease process and recent injury history will affect how long and how well the treatment will work for you. We can’t predict whether you’ll need to come back for further treatment as time goes on. (An entirely new injury could lead to an entirely new course of treatment.) Sometimes patients do have to come back months or years later for further treatment; sometimes they do not.
Will my insurance cover PRP?
Many insurance companies consider PRP to be an experimental treatment and do not cover it. This “experimental” label does not mean that the treatment is ineffective or dangerous – it simply means that the insurance companies do not find covering the procedure to be in their financial interest. Anything an insurance company will not cover, they label as experimental, regardless of how well-accepted or effective the treatment happens to be. However, many patients find that the out-of-pocket costs are well worth the pain relief.
Why haven’t I heard of PRP before?
This treatment is extremely new – real progress has only been made in the last decade or so. New techniques, protocols, and trials are ongoing every day. Because this treatment is so cutting edge, it’s not part of standard medical school curricula yet. However, as the treatment evolves and wins more acceptance, we expect that the news will spread and the treatment will become available to more patients.
What should I do after my treatment? Can I resume normal activities?
What’s the difference between PRP treatment and stem cells?
PRP Hair Growth Treatment – Questions and Answers
What causes hair loss in women?
The “root” cause of hair loss in women is the weakening of hair follicles – what causes this weakening differs from woman to woman. Nearly 40 million American women suffer from hair thinning that’s due to heredity. This can start any time after puberty. However, there is a wide range of other factors that can cause hair loss in women, including nutrition, age, stress, surgery and medications, illnesses, social/lifestyle factors, hair care routines, and more
What causes hair loss in men?
Hair loss in men is primarily hereditary. It follows a specific, progressive pattern (male pattern hair loss) that is triggered by the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Just like in women, hair loss occurs when hair follicles weaken and stop producing new hair. As many as 60 million American men suffer from this kind of hair loss.
What are PRP hair regrowth treatments, and how do they work?
Who are the ideal candidates for PRP treatment for hair loss?
If there is still “weak quality” hair growth on your scalp, where we can still see hair follicles, or if you have only small areas of alopecia areata, you could be an ideal candidate for this procedure.
How does combining this treatment with ACell or BioD improve the overall results of the treatment?
Many doctors and patients report that by adding Extracellular Matrix or ECM products like ACell (porcine bladder-derived) or BioD (human amniotic placenta-derived) to PRP, it’s possible to observe stronger hair growth that lasts longer.
When can I expect results from PRP?
Most patients see results in 6-12 months.
What are the risks and benefits for PRP treatment for hair loss?
The risks of the procedure are minimal and can certainly be managed. You may notice a brief period of inflammation, leading to a pink, numb scalp that lasts for a few hours. Rarely, patients experience swelling, which will only be noticeable in the forehead and around the eye area. This swelling usually starts the next day (when it occurs) and takes only a day or two to clear up.