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Is PRP Right for Me?

Is PRP Right for Me?

If you’ve been thinking about rejuvenating your appearance or restoring your thinning hair, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy could be the solution you’ve been searching for. At Integrative Primary Care in Houston, our providers offer PRP therapy to patients who are seeking to reverse the visible signs of aging, such as hair loss and skin changes. 

In this blog, our team explains what PRP therapy is and some of the many ways it can be used.

PRP therapy 101

Among other substances and cells, your blood contains platelets. These cells carry nutrients and growth factors that help trigger tissue regeneration. With PRP therapy, your provider extracts some of your platelets and injects them into targeted areas to promote healing and the development of new cells.

Specifically, your Integrative Primary Care provider first withdraws a small amount of your blood. Then they place it in a centrifuge, which spins your blood to separate the platelets from the other parts of your blood. This process creates a super concentrated solution of platelets.

Once prepared, your provider injects your PRP solution into the treatment areas, and the solution immediately goes to work stimulating your body’s natural healing properties. For example, the growth factors in the PRP solution can stimulate your hair follicles, trigger more collagen production, and boost skin turnover.

PRP therapy applications

Platelet-rich plasma therapy has a wide variety of uses. At Integrative Primary Care, we use PRP therapy to help rejuvenate skin and reverse hair loss. Here’s a closer look:

Skin rejuvenation

Because FDA-cleared PRP therapy stimulates your body’s production of collagen and boosts the health of your blood vessels, it can rejuvenate your appearance by improving the elasticity, texture, and tone of your skin, while smoothing wrinkles and fine lines.

Thinning hair 

More than 80 million American men and women suffer from hair loss and thinning hair. Platelet-rich plasma therapy offers an innovative way to stimulate hair growth. It works by triggering two things. First, it makes the growth phase of your hair cycle last longer, so you don’t lose hair as frequently. Second, it stimulates the hair follicles to encourage new hair growth in thin areas.

Candidates for PRP therapy

The best way to learn whether PRP therapy is right for your skin or hair goals is to meet with an experienced provider at Integrative Primary Care. Your care team member reviews your medical history, evaluates your skin or scalp, and listens to your concerns and goals before creating a customized treatment plan. 

Most adults with thinning hair or aging skin are candidates for PRP therapy. For patients worried about hair loss, PRP is especially effective if you have a strong family history of thinning hair. 

For patients hoping to improve the appearance and health of their skin, PRP may be right for you if you want to: 

While considered safe for most patients, PRP therapy may not be for you if you take blood thinners, have a blood-clotting disorder, or are pregnant. In any of these cases, your Integrative Primary Care provider may recommend a different treatment. 

To learn more about PRP therapy and whether it’s right for you, call 281-369-8543 or book an appointment online with Integrative Primary Care today.

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