PRP for Face and Hair / PRFM San Antonio
Approximately 25% of men and 12% of women lose hair by the age of 30. For some, this isn’t a concern, but for others, it can lead to significant stress about one’s appearance and impact confidence.
People experiencing hair loss have been targeted by marketing schemes for many years, with ineffective procedures being sold as miracle cures. Now, with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and the more advanced platelet-rich fibrin matrix (PRFM) treatments, there is a legitimate way to restore hair growth.
Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jose Barrera of San Antonio, Texas, offers PRP and PRFM procedures for hair loss and facial rejuvenation. Patients can get the best insight into how the procedure fits their needs with either an in-person or virtual consultation with Dr Barrera.
What are PRP and PRFM?
PRP and PRFM both rely on platelet-rich plasma therapy to heal wounds, tighten skin and restore hair. However, there are differences between the two, with PRFM being more advanced than PRP.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a regenerative medicine treatment that utilizes the body’s natural healing properties found within blood platelets. Platelets contain growth factors that promote tissue regeneration, reduce inflammation, and enhance overall healing. PRP therapy has been used in various medical fields, including orthopedics, dentistry, and cosmetic procedures. In recent years, PRP has gained popularity for its ability to rejuvenate the skin and stimulate hair growth.
Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) is an advanced form of PRP treatment. PRFM therapy involves the additional step of converting the PRP into a fibrin matrix, creating a concentrated, more effective treatment. The fibrin matrix acts as a scaffold, allowing the platelets and growth factors to be released slowly over time. This results in a longer-lasting and more potent regenerative effect compared to traditional PRP treatments.
How is PRP and PRFM treatment performed?
PRP treatment begins with a blood draw, typically from the patient’s arm. The blood sample is then placed in a centrifuge, which separates the platelet-rich plasma from the other blood components. Once the PRP is isolated, it can be injected into the treatment area, such as the face or scalp, to promote tissue regeneration and healing.
Who is a Good Candidate for a PRP or PRFM treatment?
PRP treatments suit individuals seeking a minimally invasive, natural solution to rejuvenate their skin or stimulate hair growth. Those with mild to moderate signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, or individuals experiencing hair thinning and loss may benefit from PRP therapy.
PRFM treatments are well-suited for individuals who desire a more potent and longer-lasting regenerative therapy compared to traditional PRP. Candidates with more advanced signs of aging, deeper wrinkles, or more severe hair loss may find PRFM to be a better option for achieving their desired results. As with PRP, PRFM therapy is ideal for those who prefer a natural, minimally invasive approach to facial rejuvenation and hair restoration.
What Can I Expect During the Recovery from a PRP and PRFM Treatment?
PRP therapy generally involves minimal downtime and a swift recovery process. Most patients can resume their daily activities immediately following the treatment. Some mild side effects, such as redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site, may occur but typically subside within a few days. For facial treatments, patients are often advised to avoid direct sun exposure and wear sunblock to protect the treated area.
The recovery process following a PRFM treatment is similar to that of PRP therapy. Due to the added fibrin matrix, patients may experience slightly more swelling or bruising, but these side effects are usually mild and resolve within a few days. As with PRP treatments, it is essential to protect the treated area from sun exposure and follow any post-treatment care instructions provided by your healthcare professional.
PRP and PRFM for Face and Hair in San Antonio, TX
San Antonio PRP and PRFM - FAQs
The longevity of results varies depending on individual factors and the treatment area. In general, PRP results can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, while PRFM results may last up to 3 years or more.
Typically, patients require a series of treatments to achieve optimal results. The exact number of sessions will depend on individual goals and the severity of the issue being treated. Your healthcare provider will recommend a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
Most patients report minimal discomfort during PRP and PRFM treatments. A topical anesthetic can be applied to the treatment area to minimize any pain associated with the injections. Any discomfort experienced is generally short-lived and well-tolerated by patients.
Both PRP and PRFM treatments are considered safe with minimal risks, as they utilize the patient’s own blood components. However, as with any injectable procedure, there may be some minor side effects, such as redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. These side effects are usually temporary and resolve within a few days.
The cost of PRP and PRFM treatments can vary depending on several factors, including the provider’s expertise, the geographic location, and the specific treatment area. PRFM treatments tend to be more expensive than PRP treatments due to the additional step of creating the fibrin matrix. It’s essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional to receive an accurate cost estimate based on your individual needs and goals.