5 Common Myths About Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – Are They True?

5 Common Myths About Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) – Are They True?

While many describe Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) as a beneficial and highly efficient cosmetic procedure, there is still a slight stigma regarding the treatment, even though the myths surrounding PRP usually aren’t based on facts. 

What is PRP actually?

Simply put, cosmetic Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an extract of your own blood that contains three to five times more platelets, growth factors, and active proteins for tissue and injury healing. Extracting your blood can sound, well, scary, but this procedure is not invasive as it might sound. 

How is PRP used?

PRP is utilized in a leading-edge procedure that harnesses the healing power of platelets and growth factors from your blood to stimulate a stem cell response. These stem cells help you to grow new blood vessels and collagen, regenerate and repair damaged skin, and help slow and reverse the signs of aging.

PRP is great for facial rejuvenation, as a hair loss treatment, and even for some non-cosmetic medical purposes. As such, it gained popularity in the past decades, but there are still some common myths that can make certain people doubt the procedure.  

Myth 1 – PRP is a new therapy and therefore cannot be trusted

This myth is false. The exact term – platelet rich plasma – was first used in 1954. After additional research and studies in the 1960s, this procedure became rather popular in the 1970s. Therefore, for more than 50 years, PRP has been used for various cosmetic and medical purposes.

In over 30 years of our Clinic, we can safely say our PRP treatments changed the lives of many of our clients – particularly those struggling with hair loss or damaged skin.  

While the procedure isn’t new, not everybody is equally experienced in enabling it. PRP – as a half-a-century-old invention – definitely can be trusted, but make sure to do research when choosing a Clinic to undergo this treatment. 

Myth 2 – PRP is used only for cosmetic purposes 

Again – false. PRP’s main cosmetic purposes are face rejuvenation and hair loss, but did you know that PRP is often used to accelerate healing and relieve pain, too?

Not only that, but PRP can help in treating ligament and tendon ruptures, meniscal damage, rotator cuff tears, and many other soft tissue injuries. Apart from the orthopedics field, dental professionals also use PRP to improve their patients’ healing after surgery. 

Our domain is cosmetic PRP, but we recognize this procedure’s potential in other areas. This is just another proof of how widely PRP is used and that many medical professionals seek to gain experience in this area. 

Myth 3 – PRP helps with inflammation and boosts collagen production

This one is true! PPR is helpful in both cases – it reduces inflammation of soft tissue and boosts collagen production by stimulating stem cell response. These stem cells help you to grow new blood vessels and collagen, regenerate and repair damaged skin, and help slow and reverse the signs of aging.

The PRP inflammation treatment is especially beneficial for patients suffering from arthritis, as it can ease their symptoms. These are just a couple of many PRP use cases practiced every day.

Myth 4 – PRP is a risky treatment and can go wrong

Actually, no. PRP is a very safe and relatively simple procedure. In the end, this is your blood used to help your body. There are no possible side effects like when injecting medicine or any foreign body. 

Additionally, there is no risk of disease transmission or immune/allergic reactions. The most common side effects are very mild and may include:

  • Minor swelling
  • Minor itching/irritation
  • Redness
  • Tightness
  • And very rare, bruising

Myth 5 – PRP treatment results are visible for over a year

Mostly true. Depending on the individual patient, quantity, and intensity of treatments – the results can be visible for 12 or even 18 months. Our experience is that patients usually require 3-4 treatments, done 4-6 weeks apart, depending on the part of the body the treatment is being done on.

New blood vessels and collagen begin to grow after three to six weeks, and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and volume correction happens over the next six months.

Overall, with maintenance treatments every 12 to 18 months, you can easily enjoy your rejuvenated look for a long time. 

Facts are facts

  • Platelet Rich Plasma is often used for cosmetic purposes, particularly face rejuvenation and hair loss
  • However, PRP can be used for many non-cosmetic (medical) purposes as well
  • PRP is a safe and simple procedure with a low risk of side effects
  • PRP is, nonetheless, not recommended for pregnant patients or those who are still breastfeeding 
  • The procedure itself takes 30-45 minutes

Our Clinic takes great pride in providing PRP services, along with many others. It’s our genuine belief that everybody should feel comfortable in their skin – it’s our birthright. 

For cosmetic or non-cosmetic purposes, there is nothing wrong with wanting a boost in confidence and seeking a youthful, rejuvenated look.  And if you’re still unsure if PRP is the right path for you, feel free to schedule a consultation with our Dr. S.

We are open Monday to Thursday, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Give us a call at 613-737-5675 and book your appointment today!

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