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PRP aftercare – How to look after yourself after treatment

PRP hair loss treatment and PRP skin treatment are both very safe and very effective at addressing hair loss, hair thinning and a range of skin conditions.

Both are exceptionally popular treatments thanks to being completely natural, non-surgical and non-invasive.

The fact your own blood is used as the treatment means there’s no chance of rejections or side effects and the procedure is completely safe.

Treatments also involve very little discomfort and minimal recovery time.

It’s that last point we want to address today. Recovery and PRP aftercare.

Hair and Skin Science is committed to delivering the highest possible level of care. We provide full aftercare advice during treatment but there is no such thing as too much information.

The more you know about PRP hair loss treatment and PRP skin treatment, the more informed you are when it comes time to make a decision.

So, let’s discuss PRP aftercare. What after effects might you encounter and what should you do about them?

PRP aftercare for hair loss treatment

PRP hair loss treatment is safe and 100% natural. It uses your own blood as the treatment and, along with a perfectly safe anticoagulant to keep it liquid, is all we use.

Aftereffects are rare, but can happen.

The vast majority of recipients of PRP hair loss treatment will leave the clinic experiencing very little sign they had anything done and minor or no aftereffects.

If you do experience aftereffects, it’s nothing to worry about.

You may experience slight swelling on the scalp, redness and perhaps a tingling sensation or increased sensitivity in the treated area.

This passes quickly and will have no long term effects.

For the fastest, most effective recovery from PRP hair loss treatment, we recommend the following:

  • Avoid exposing your head to direct sunlight for 24 hours
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking for 24 hours
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 12 hours
  • Avoid touching your hair or scalp as much as possible for as long as possible
  • Avoid shampooing, conditioning or treating your hair with any product for 12 hours

The skin on the scalp is thin and sensitive so may react to the injections. Don’t worry if you do experience aftereffects of PRP hair loss treatment. Even though it’s rare, it is also to be expected.

If you do experience discomfort, use paracetamol until symptoms pass.

PRP hair aftercare tips

While there is no real recovery time required after PRP treatments, there are a few things you can do to help speed up the recovery.

Use a clean pillow and/or pillowcase after PRP hair loss treatment. We recommend using a new or freshly laundered pillow and/or pillowcase for 3-4 nights afterwards.

This reduces the risk of infection.

Drink plenty of water to keep your body and your skin hydrated. Even if you usually drink lots of water, make sure you’re fully hydrated for the days after.

Avoid scratching or touching the scalp as much as possible.

We do everything we can to avoid any discomfort after treatment and use a red LED light to minimize inflammation, but you may experience itching afterwards.

It’s important to resist touching the treated area of the scalp as much as possible to prevent damage to the skin and risk infection.

PRP aftercare for skin treatment

PRP skin treatment is also a very safe procedure with minimal risk of aftereffects or side effects.

You may experience swelling or redness at the treatment site or bruising or tenderness for a short time afterwards. This will pass quickly and should leave no long-term effects.

The skin around the face is thin and sensitive. Even though PRP skin treatment is perfectly safe and non-invasive, there is a chance you may experience some form of aftereffect.

We do everything we can during PRP skin treatment to avoid discomfort or leaving signs of treatment, but everyone is different.

We apply a red LED light to the treated area after the procedure to minimize redness and swelling, but sometimes, that redness may persist.

It should pass quickly though and leave no long-term aftereffects. If you are uncomfortable, paracetamol should help.

To help promote fast healing after PRP skin treatment, we recommend doing the following:

  • Avoid exposing the treated area of skin to direct sunlight for 24 hours
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking for 24 hours
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 12 hours
  • Avoid touching the treatment site for as long as possible
  • Avoid makeup for 12 hours
  • Avoid using active skin care products such as AHA, retinols or products containing vitamin C for 24 hours
  • Avoid any other skin treatments that would impact the treatment site for a minimum of 14 days

If you’re planning any other skin treatments such as chemical peels, skin resurfacing, fillers or anything else, please discuss it with our team during your appointment.

PRP injection aftercare tips

Our main PRP injection aftercare tips are similar to those for PRP hair loss treatments.

Aftereffects are rare, but possible and following a few simple guidelines can help heal faster and reduce the chances of discomfort.

Use a natural moisturizer after PRP skin treatment to keep the skin hydrated. Avoid active moisturizers with AHA, retinols and other compounds and only use natural products.

We can recommend natural moisturizers to use should you need us to.

Avoid makeup if you have a vampire facial or PRP treatment on the face or neck.

We recommend avoiding makeup before and for 24 hours after treatment to give the skin a chance to fully recover.

Avoid excess heat or sunlight for 24/48 hours if possible.

As we all know, sunlight contains UVA and UVB, both of which damage skin. As you won’t be using makeup, you won’t necessarily have the protection you might usually have.

Wearing a hat, staying indoors and avoiding saunas and hot places will give your skin a chance to recover.

If you experience tingling, itching or discomfort after PRP skin treatment, paracetamol should be enough to manage it until it passes.

PRP aftercare advice from Hair and Skin Science

Both PRP hair loss treatments and PRP skin treatments are very safe and involve very little discomfort and recovery time.

That, and its effectiveness, is why PRP injections are so popular. Few other cosmetic treatments are as safe or as effective.

Combined with being non-surgical and not requiring any pharmaceuticals, it could be argued that it’s the ideal cosmetic procedure!

As we are all different, aftereffects are possible so it’s important to understand what you may experience and what to do about it.

If you do experience any aftereffects, they will be temporary and should pass quickly. If you’re uncomfortable, take over the counter paracetamol and you should be fine.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Hair & Skin Science and we’ll do our best to help.

Jenna Chan

Jenna Chan

Jenna Chan is the founder and director of Hair and Skin Science and has worked in the hair loss industry for over 20 years.

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