PRP / PRF Pre-Treatment Instructions
A few simple guidelines before your treatment can make a difference
If you develop a fever, cold / flu, or develop a cold sore, blemish, or rash, etc. in the area to be treated prior to your appointment, you must reschedule (we will not treat you).
It is recommended, if you have a special event or vacation coming up that you schedule your treatment at least 2 weeks in advance (we prefer 3-4).
If you are being treated in the lip area and have a history of Herpes (cold sores) with outbreaks more than 4 times a year some practitioners recommended that you are pretreated with medication. This office recommends Valtrex 2GM the day before or the morning of the treatment and then another 2GM’s.12 hours after the first dose. **Please let us know that you need a prescription if you do not have this medication on hand. **
Discontinue use of anti-inflammatory drugs (steroidal and non-steroidal) such as: Aspirin, Motrin (or any other Ibuprofen drugs) at least 3 days to 1 week before your treatment. With PRP, we “want” inflammation this is one of the mechanisms of how PRP does its work.
If you are or have been on Systemic use of Corticosteroids (steroids) within 2 weeks of treatment, we cannot treat you. Consult your physician for approval to discontinue use of steroids and receive treatment.
Discontinue use of any other blood thinning agents such as: Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Gingko Biloba, Garlic, Flax Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s and DHA’s) etc. at least 3 days to 1 week before and after treatment to minimize bruising and bleeding.
It is recommended that you avoid: Alcohol, caffeine, Niacin supplement, spicy foods, and cigarettes 3 days before and after your treatment. (All of these may increase risk of bruising)
Advice: Drink plenty of water from a day prior to your treatment. Being well-hydrated makes it far easier for your phlebotomist who is taking your blood to find a vein that can easily be punctured and far easier for you because your veins will be much easier to find and access. Ideally, you should begin drinking at least 2 litters of water 24 hours before getting your blood. This is sufficient to boost your hydration levels. Try to stick to water and limit caffeine, and other sugary drinks like soda or juice.
Wash your hair before Scalp / Hair Restoration Treatment use your regular shampoo and avoid other products with chemicals or additives, styling or leave-in treatments prior to PRP therapy.
Wash your face before Skin Rejuvenation Treatment use your regular body wash soap/shampoo and do not apply make up or creams.
PRP / PRF Therapy Aftercare
PRP SCALP TREATMENT / HAIR RESTORATION AFTERCARE
Please read the following aftercare instructions carefully and follow them closely to ensure the best possible outcome from your PRP Scalp Treatment / hair Restoration.
Avoid Touching the Treated Area: Refrain from touching, rubbing, or applying pressure to the treated area for at least 24 hours after the treatment.
Hygiene: Keep the treated area clean and dry. Avoid using hair products, such as gels or hairsprays, for at least 48 hours following the treatment.
Showering: Do wash hair after 6-8hrs, you may shower and wash your hair as usual, but avoid using hot water or steam on the treated area for at least 24 hours.
Heat Exposure: Avoid exposure to direct sunlight, tanning beds, saunas, and hot tubs for at least 48 hours after the treatment.
Hair Styling: Avoid tight hairstyles or hair accessories that may cause tension on the treated area for at least 48 hours.
Exercise: Refrain from engaging in strenuous physical activities, such as intense workouts or sports, for at least 48 hours following the treatment.
Monitor for Side Effects: Some people may experience minor side effects, such as redness, swelling, or tenderness at the injection site. These should subside within a few days. If you experience severe pain, infection, or any other concerning symptoms, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
AVOID Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Al eve (all non-steroidal and steroidal anti -inflammatory agents), Gingko Biloba, Garlic, Flax Oil, Cod liver Oil, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, or any other essential fatty acids at least 3 days – 1week prior to and after your treatment. Remember, we are creating inflammation.
If you experience any mild discomfort you can take some simple over the counter pain killers such as paracetamol.
Follow-up: Schedule a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider to assess the results of the treatment and discuss any additional treatments or maintenance needed.
PRP SKIN REJUVENATION AFTERCARE
Please read the following aftercare instructions carefully and follow them closely to ensure the best possible outcome from your PRP Skin Rejuvenation Treatment.
The following aftercare advice is essential to help reduce the risk of treatment complications, to improve your comfort/healing and to help achieve the best possible results from treatment.
Please follow the aftercare advice for PRP (Platelet rich plasma) treatment.
- Do not wash your face/skin up to 8 hrs post treatment. Do wash face/skin after 8-12hrs.
- The treated area of skin may feel slightly tender and appear red and swollen afterwards, appearances may be similar to mild sunburn. These effects will resolve naturally and should be much improved after 48 hours but may take longer to settle. You may experience some minor bruising which may take 1-2 weeks to resolve in some cases.
- Cold compress can be helpful to aid resolution of swelling, Arnica cream can be helpful for bruising resolution.
- If you experience any mild discomfort you can take some simple over the counter pain killers such as paracetamol.
- You may experience localised tenderness, swelling or bruising from where your blood sample was taken. Bruising may take up to 2 weeks to fully resolve.
- Use a mild cleanser with tepid water to clean your face for 3 days after the treatment and gently dry the treated area. Keep your hands clean when touching your face.
- Avoid any perfumes, fake tan or other harsh chemicals for 72 hours after treatment.
- Avoid any makeup for 24 hours after treatment as this can increase the risk of infection.
- Avoid rubbing or picking the treated area.
- Avoid any skin exfoliation for 72 hours following treatment.
- It is important to use a regular moisturising cream around two to three times a day on the treated area. Use more regularly if you feel the skin dry or peeling.
- Avoid any products that contain alpha hydroxy acids, retinol, and glycolic acid for at least 7 days after treatment.
- Avoid strenuous exercise, saunas, sunbeds and exposure to heat for 72 hours after treatment. These can cause sweating which can irritate the delicate skin and slow down your ability to heal quickly.
- Avoid swimming for 72 hours after treatment.
- Avoid any excess alcohol or caffeine for 48 hours after treatment.
- Wear SPF 30 or greater sunscreen for at least 2 weeks following treatment as your skin will be more sensitive to sunlight afterwards.
- Avoid any further cosmetic treatments e.g. Botox or dermal filler for 2 weeks following treatment, or ask your practitioner for advice.
- Avoid any hair removal treatments such as waxing for 2 weeks after treatment or until the initial redness and swelling has resolved.
- You must seek medical attention and contact your practitioner if you experience any signs or symptoms of infection after treatment. Infection can present as hot, red shiny skin, there may be pus formation and you may have a fever or feel generally unwell.
- You must contact your practitioner as soon as possible if you notice any other unwanted side effects from the PRP treatment.
- Contact your practitioner if you experience any localised side effects from the site that the blood sample was taken.
- Your practitioner will advise when further treatment appointments are required. If you are advised to attend a follow up appointment, please do make every effort to attend them. You should do this even if you believe that the recovery process is going well and you cannot see that there are any visible complications.