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Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) in Miami, FL

Daniel Careaga, MD
Paul Durand, MD
Karl William Schwarz, MD

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What Is PRP?

Platelet-rich plasma is a solution of platelets and growth factors that promote cell repair. These platelets and growth factors are extracted from a sample of the patient’s blood.

The concentrated serum can help your tissues repair themselves and stimulate new cell growth.

For men and women looking for skin rejuvenation or hair restoration, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a minimally invasive procedure that stimulates cell growth to strengthen the skin or promote hair growth.

This treatment can turbocharge your tissue’s natural repair systems, replacing old, wrinkled, or damaged skin with new, vibrant, youthful-looking skin. Or, when applied to thinning hair, PRP injections can stimulate dormant hair follicles for increased hair growth.

Why Choose Careaga Plastic Surgery?

At Careaga Plastic Surgery, you can experience the combination of a pristine and serene setting with cutting-edge treatments suited to your cosmetic needs. The dedicated staff at Careaga Plastic Surgery are well-trained and experienced professionals in the aesthetics industry.

Our PA, Reana Myers, is an expert in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures, including PRP therapy.

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PRP Injections Can:

How Is a PRP Treatment Done?

  • During the first step of your PRP treatment, our PA or one of our nurses will draw a small blood sample from you. This will be relatively painless.

    You may feel a slight prick where the needle is placed, but this should pass quickly. If you have a phobia of needles or experience distress at the sight of blood, be sure to inform your medical provider.

  • Your blood sample will be placed in a centrifuge. This machine will spin the sample at high speed to separate the various components within the blood.

    These components include:

    • Red blood cells
    • White blood cells
    • Platelets
    • Plasma
    • Growth factors

    After the separation, your provider will combine the platelets, plasma, and growth factors into a concentrated solution. The red and white blood cells are usually discarded.

  • The concentrated platelet-rich serum can be used topically on the skin or with a microneedling procedure. Using PRP topically can address scar tissue and wrinkles but is less effective at affecting the deeper layers of skin.

  • The other option is to inject the PRP solution directly into the targeted areas. Because PRP is a concentration of your own platelets, it can be used practically anywhere.

    The most common areas to use PRP injections include the:

    • Forehead
    • Cheeks
    • Eyes (especially where crow’s feet develop)
    • Neck
    • Hands
    • Scalp

Financing My PRP Injections

At Careaga Plastic Surgery, we strive to make our services affordable for all patients. Providing financing options is just one way we try to help with this part of the process. Our financing programs can be used individually or combined to address your personal needs.

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What Happens After My PRP Treatment?

  • After your PRP injection, you should be able to return to all daily activities immediately. You may experience some minor redness, swelling, or soreness around your injection sites. These side effects should fade within a day or two.

    You should avoid applying makeup or other topical products around the injection site for 24 hours. We also advise that you refrain from vigorous exercise for two to three days to prevent disruption of the new cell growth.

    You should stay out of direct sunlight for a week or two.

  • Some patients begin to see results from their PRP therapy within two to four weeks; however, it often takes longer for the effects of collagen growth to become visible (up to six months).

    We often recommend follow-up treatments at regular intervals to maintain your appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions About PRP Therapy

  • Anyone interested in rejuvenating their skin, reducing wrinkles and scars, or stimulating hair growth is a potential PRP candidate. Ideal candidates will be in good health, have no blood-based infections or medical conditions, and have realistic expectations for their results.

  • Because PRP therapy is based on refining the growth factors in your blood, it is important that your blood is uncontaminated when you come in for treatment. For this reason, we ask that all PRP patients refrain from drinking alcohol, smoking, or using blood-thinning medication for three to five days before their appointment. This ensures patient safety and helps increase the effectiveness of the treatment.

  • Yes. PRP works well in concert with many other procedures. It can be used with almost any surgical operation to speed healing and reduce the extent of scarring after surgery.

    It may also be combined with other non-surgical treatments such as:

  • Yes. Patients who have lost volume in their face can benefit from PRP as new collagen and elastin can help your skin retain volume over time. If you want more significant volume loss treatments, dermal fillers are a good option.

  • The number of treatments you will need to address your concerns will vary. In general, we recommend three to four treatments spread out over several weeks to achieve optimal results.

  • The cost of PRP injections will vary depending on the number of areas you want to address and the extent of correction you desire. The best way to get an accurate PRP price is to schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons.

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