First off, you may be wondering what PRP even stands for, let alone what would be involved in an injection. PRP stands for platelet rich plasma, which contains more platelets than are normally in the blood stream. When patients undergo PRP St. Louis injections, this plasma helps speed up the healing process of soft tissues because of the platelets it contains, which stimulates stem cells and collagen production. Plasma is drawn from the patient and injected back into the site that they wish to improve.
This technology has been applied extensively in sports medicine for muscle and tendon injuries, with fantastic results. In cosmetic surgery, PRP injections have traditionally been used to provide patients with a more youthful hairline or facial appearance. However, all bodily injections carry a degree of risk associated with the procedure, but is PRP safe for you?. Read on below to find out more information about the PRP safety risks of injections.
Because PRP injections are drawn from the patient’s own blood, there is no chance of the patient experiencing an allergic reaction or an infection like they potentially could with other types of facial fillers. Risks at the site of injection, however, include itching, bruising, swelling, mild irritation, and discoloration, though these side-effects are usually temporary, mimicking the side-effects of other types of fillers.
Overall, PRP St. Louis injections are one of the least risky types of facial enhancement procedures, as it does not involve surgery and uses a filler derived naturally from the patient, as opposed to an artificial filler. It provides a naturally-enhanced facial appearance of improved texture and plumper skin with reduced wrinkles. Results can last anywhere from fifteen to twenty-four months, with the first signs of improvement within the first three months after the injection.
As with any medical procedure, you need to do your research and discuss your options with experts that you can count on to give you reliable, accurate information that will help you make an informed decision. At Laser Lipo and Veins, we pride ourselves on serving as an informational resource for our patients as they look into PRP injections and other procedures available on the market to help them, regardless of whether we offer said procedures or not.
Contact our office to set up a medical consultation appointment with our cosmetic surgeon or a member of our highly-trained, qualified, and experienced clinical team to learn more about your options today!