PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma): The Skin and Hair Health Miracle

Dr. Anthony Ho

Have you ever considered that your own blood can make your skin glow and your hair grow? Modern Medicine has been finding ways to utilize substances that your own body produces in order to increase health, longevity, and aesthetics. PRP treatment is one of those ways. 

There have been a number of athletes and celebrities speaking out about their experience with PRP treatment. People like Angelina Jolie and Alex Rodriguez have expressed how PRP has helped with aging and recovery from injuries. PRP treatment has become increasingly popular over the years due to its high effectiveness and natural derivation. 

What exactly is PRP?

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. It is derived directly from your blood using a quick and effective technique. Platelet Rich Plasma is the liquid part of your blood, made up mostly of protein and water. Its function is to allow red and white blood cells to flow through your body. As the name suggests, PRP is rich in platelets, which are cells that promote blood clots and aid in healing. So whenever you have a cut or scrape, the platelets in the blood are what allow the bleeding to stop and the wound to scab and heal. 

What is PRP used for?

PRP treatment can be used to support healing and restoration in a number of ways. Initially, this treatment was utilized to help treat injuries from sports or other accidents. Today, PRP treatment has branched out into the world of aesthetics, used to improve skin quality and texture and promote hair growth. Drip Doctors has seen incredible results when utilizing PRP to treat hair loss and as an addition to microneedling on the face. 

How does PRP treatment work?

Platelet Rich Plasma is extracted directly from your blood. The blood is drawn and then placed into a centrifuge where it is rapidly rotated. This technique causes the blood cells to separate from the plasma. There are two types of plasma: platelet rich and platelet poor. Only the platelet rich plasma is extracted and used in the treatment. PRP is typically injected, but there are other ways that it is utilized, especially in skincare.

For Healing:

PRP has been used to treat injured muscles or joints and to support healing after surgery. The platelets in the PRP help speed up the healing process and have been found to decrease pain. PRP is collected from your blood and then injected directly into the site where you are experiencing pain or injury. 

For Hair Growth:

PRP injections have been found to be extremely successful in restoring hair growth for men and women suffering from hair loss known as alopecia. A 2019 study found that injecting PRP directly into the scalp decreased hair loss and increased the density and thickness of new hair. It is a natural and effective way to eliminate baldness and/or thicken your hair.

For Skin Health:

Made popular by Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie, PRP is now commonly used in conjunction with microneedling facials to greatly improve the look and feel of your skin. Known by some as the ‘Vampire Facial’, microneedling with PRP can do wonders for anti-aging and improving skin tone and texture. It’s benefits include:

  • Stimulation of collagen production
  • Reduction of acne scars
  • Improvement of skin texture
  • Reduction of surgical scars
  • Reduction of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Healing from sun damage
  • Decrease in pore size

PRP Therapy Los Angeles

Where can I get PRP treatment?

One of the most renowned medical spas in California, Drip Doctors offers PRP treatment to all their clients. They provide PRP treatment for hair restoration, Microneedling with PRP, and can even administer injections for injuries or pain. They start with a consultation to determine your goals, and then formulate a PRP treatment plan that will render the best results. You can contact them anytime to schedule a consultation!