Platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a spectacular, natural anti aging treatment that can remove wrinkles and restore youthful skin. While the procedure itself is simple, there are a few things to keep in mind if you want to have a smooth, effortless journey to beautiful skin. When coming to Anti Aging Toronto Clinic for your PRP therapy, here are a few do’s and don’ts for before and after your visit:
Before Your PRP Therapy
DO eat a light meal and stay hydrated on the day you come in. Part of PRP therapy involves drawing blood, about the amount taken for common medical tests. This is a lower amount than if you were donating, but still enough to temporarily unbalance your body. Coming in on an empty stomach isn’t going to put you in any danger, but you’ll likely feel dizzy from the treatment.
DO call us if you become ill or have a fever. PRP therapy relies on specific behaviours of your body’s systems and operates under the assumption that they aren’t currently occupied fighting off infections. Please contact us if you feel sick or have a fever and we can reschedule to when circumstances are more favourable.
DON’T take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), drugs like “Advil” and “Motrin”, blood thinners or coagulant medication, or alcohol up to 72 hours before your visit. All of these can affect the clotting function of your platelets, which is an important part of PRP therapy. “Tylenol” is fine, however. Since there are specific reasons a person would be on blood thinners or coagulant medications, be sure to consult your doctor before you stop taking them.
DON’T wear makeup to your appointment. Being able to treat your skin without cosmetics in the way will make the treatment process go smoother.
DON’T smoke. Besides the other health effects of smoking, the tar from cigarettes interferes with the production of growth factors in the skin. Since these are the same growth factors PRP therapy is meant to encourage, smokers are poor candidates for the treatment.
After Your PRP Therapy
DO feel free to go about your day after the treatment. Unless your regular routine involves some of the discouraged activities (see below), you should be able to leave our offices and resume your day without worry.
DO relax. It’s best to avoid exercise or strenuous activity for the first 24 hours following your PRP treatment. Feel free to use the time for some rest and relaxation.
DO expect some swelling and redness. This is normal and will fade.
DO use sunscreen. Excess sun exposure should be avoided for the first three days following treatment.
DON’T wash your face for at least four hours—but ideally 24 hours—after treatment. PRP therapy works best when the skin is left as undisturbed as possible during the initial period. If you must wash your face, then “dab-dry” to avoid pulling at the skin.
DON’T go to a sauna, take a hot shower or bath, or otherwise expose your skin to heat for the first three days following treatment.
DON’T go swimming for the first three days. In addition to possibly falling under strenuous activity or face-washing, the chemicals in swimming pools are best left away from your skin during the initial period.
DON’T undergo other facial treatments for the next two weeks at another clinic. Generally speaking, facial treatments are based on either taking advantage or your body’s own behaviours (like PRP) or take more direct action (like an ablative laser). Although they have the same goals of giving you more beautiful skin, they may or may not interact well together. Mixing treatments has a rationale and a sequence. Please consult with your doctor or one of our certified staff to avoid an unsightly reaction.
Most of All
DO be patient. PRP therapy takes some time to work, but when it does you will experience restored, youthful looking skin. For more information about PRP therapy and other skin treatments, contact us at Anti Aging Toronto Clinic. Feel free to consult our other articles here.