Platelet-Rich Plasma

Patel Aesthetics

Niki Patel, MD, PC

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician located in New York, NY & Bronx, NY

If you wish for a fuller, thicker head of hair and younger-looking skin but are wary of medications with negative side effects, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatments may be right for you. Board-certified internal physician and medical aesthetics specialist Niki Patel, MD offers PRP injections for facial rejuvenation and hair growth at Patel Aesthetics in Suffern and the Bronx, New York. To learn more about PRP, call Patel Aesthetics or book an appointment online today.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Q & A

What is platelet-rich plasma?

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has been used by orthopedic surgeons to treat sports injuries for years and has gained recent popularity as an effective medical aesthetic treatment. PRP encourages your body to heal itself by promoting the growth of healthy new cells that replace damaged tissue.

Dr. Patel takes PRP from your own blood in a process called harvesting. First, he collects a small blood sample. Then, he processes it to extract concentrated PRP. Since he harvests PRP from your own body, there’s little to no risk of adverse side effects like you might experience with medications.

Dr. Patel uses PRP to treat a wide range of cosmetic concerns, including:

  • Hair loss
  • Facial wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Sun damage
  • Dark undereye circles

How does PRP treat hair loss?

If you have thinning hair, platelet-rich plasma treatments can help. A study published in the Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery found that 11 patients with various types of hair loss experienced a significant improvement in hair regrowth six months after PRP treatment.

The patients in this study had already tried other treatments, such as topical minoxidil, commonly sold as Rogaine, and oral finasteride, without success. Besides increased hair growth, they experienced less hair loss during a pull test.

This and other studies in the literature review suggest that PRP injections are a safe, simple, and cost-effective treatment for thinning hair.

How does PRP improve your skin?

The “vampire facelift” has brought recent fame to PRP treatments for facial rejuvenation. By increasing the number of healthy skin cells and collagen, platelet-rich plasma injections leave you with radiant, younger-looking skin.

A study published in the Annals of Dermatology found that PRP injections significantly increased collagen cells in 20 women aged 40-49 without producing any side effects.

What should I expect from a PRP treatment?

First, Dr. Patel performs an exam to determine whether PRP treatments are right for you. Then, he creates a personalized treatment plan based on your needs. This may include multiple treatments spaced four weeks apart.

Depending on your needs, Dr. Patel may suggest combining PRP with other treatments, such as Botox®, facial fillers, or laser skin rejuvenation.

To learn more about how platelet-rich plasma treatment can make you look and feel younger, call Patel Aesthetics or book an appointment online.