PRP Frequently Asked Questions 

Before During After Care

 

Are there any side effects or adverse reactions?

PRP is a totally natural treatment since it is derived from your own blood. However, the injection is still a minor invasive procedure and most of the reactions that may occur are from the needle sticks themselves. These reactions may include redness, local swelling, itching, discolouration, and local pain. These are common to any injection procedure and are temporary, typically resolving on their own within 1 to 3 days. There is also potential for minor bruising in the treated area, which may last seven to ten days. We recommend that you plan your treatment when you can take some downtime if necessary.

Before and After information for Skin Treatments

 

Before Treatment for Face and Hair

  • Avoid using alcohol, aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as Ibuprofen/Advil) and, St. John’s Wort, or high doses of Vitamin E or supplements, Arnica, and Turmeric. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.

  • Increase your intake of fluid the day before your procedure by drinking 2 glasses of water in the morning before your PRP session, 2 glasses at lunch and 2 glasses at dinner. Eat a normal breakfast or lunch the day of your PRP session. Avoid coffee the morning of the procedure.

  • Avoid alcohol and cigarettes for three days before your PRP session. The more the better as we find smoking really impacts the healing process!

 

After treatment (for 3 days) for Face and Hair

You should NOT do any of the following:​

  • Touch the injection area or rub the skin where the treatment has been performed

  • Swim or undertake any strenuous exercise

  • Expose yourself to longs periods in the sun

  • Go to a sauna or steam room

  • Expose yourself to extreme hot or cold (ice packs) temperatures or too large swings in temperature.

  • Do not take any anti-inflammatory agents for the next 5 days.

  • Avoid aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Voltaren, Turmeric, and other anti-inflammatory medications for 7 days before your procedure and 5 days after your treatment (if possible). We want inflammation to occur – as this is one mechanism by which PRP works! You may safely take TYLENOL if you have discomfort or pain.

 

After treatments involving your face:

  • Do not drink very hot or cold beverages

  • Do not undergo any complementary treatment such as peelings, laser treatments, etc. for at least one month.

  • Avoid applying makeup for 24 hours and do not wash your face for a minimum of 4 hours after PRP treatment.

  • Avoid aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Voltaren, Turmeric, and other anti-inflammatory medications for 7 days before your procedure and 5 days after your treatment (if possible). We want inflammation to occur – as this is one mechanism by which PRP works! You may safely take TYLENOL if you have discomfort or pain.

 

Before and After Information for Hair Loss Treatment

  • Feel free to wash your hair the morning of the PRP session (or at least the day before) You can shampoo the day after with your choice of shampoo.

  • It is fine to colour your hair up to 3 days before the procedure or 3 days after your treatment.