Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections in St. Louis
PRP at the St. Louis-based West County Plastic Surgeons stands for "platelet-rich plasma," a versatile treatment that involves the most powerful healing agents in a patient's own blood. Typically, platelets clump together at the site of a wound, working with coagulants to stop bleeding and begin repairing injured tissues and skin. When properly collected and processed, their natural purpose can be redirected to rejuvenate both aging skin and failing hair follicles.
Because the body recognizes the components in a PRP injection as its own, which makes it unique among cosmetic injectables, there is no concern of allergic reactions. The treatment is entirely natural and nonsurgical.
How Does PRP Work?
Each session begins with a consultation to ensure that the treatment is ideal for the patient. Once a plan of action is established, a trained practitioner will draw a small amount of blood, which will then be processed. Rapidly spinning it in a centrifuge causes the platelets and plasma to separate from other components of healthy blood. The plasma is now full of platelets, making it platelet rich plasma (PRP).
Since such a large number of platelets are packed into a small amount of plasma, their healing ability is similarly concentrated, able to be deployed wherever injected. Once in the skin, PRP begins working to improve the tissues it encounters.
What Can PRP Treat?
In the wider medical community, PRP is being explored as a treatment for addressing a range of issues, from inflammation to sports injuries. At West County Plastic Surgeons in St. Louis, PRP is used for cosmetic reasons: primarily for facials and hair restoration.
Many signs of aging are due to damage: from the sun, from environmental pollutants, and from the breakdown of vital elements in the skin due to the passage of time. PRP can be injected as a standalone treatment, putting its healing properties to use in repairing damage to give skin a more youthful look. It can also be paired with other treatments, such as microneedling, which creates tiny channels in the skin to encourage healing that extends beyond the miniscule wounds. When combined, the two treatments can yield significant results.
There are many causes of hair loss, with triggering factors that include stress, hormone shifts, and certain illnesses. These are all temporary situations that typically resolve on their own, allowing hair to regrow if conditions return to normal. For many men and a perhaps surprising number of women, androgenic alopecia is another cause of hair loss—one that has historically proven difficult to address without surgery or medication. Known more commonly as male- or female-pattern hair loss, this condition is hereditary, causing follicles to gradually and predictably stop producing hair like they should. The result is typically and receding hairline and growing bald spot for me, and overall thinning for women. PRP has been shown to stimulate the follicles to begin working properly again, leading to new growth and a fuller head of hair.