How Long Can Swelling Last After PRP Injection Treatment?

Dr. Vu Ho

6/13/2024

Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Vu Ho recommends innovative treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for skin and hair restoration. While PRP is minimally invasive, minor side effects like redness and swelling are common. Swelling may last 1 – 3 days, depending on the individual and the treatment area involved.

At Beyond Beautiful, we strive to provide patients in Plano, McKinney, and Frisco, TX with comprehensive and personalized care throughout their PRP journey. Below, our team members discuss recovery from PRP injections and how to encourage natural healing at home.

Where is PRP used?

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is a cutting-edge treatment that uses the healing components of your own blood to refresh the skin and restore your hairline. The process involves drawing a small amount of blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma. This concentrated solution is then injected into targeted areas of the face or scalp to stimulate collagen production and promote hair growth.

What is PRP recovery like?

PRP recovery is typically quick and relatively painless. Almost immediately after the injections, you may experience some redness, swelling, and discomfort at the injection site. These are normal side effects and usually subside within 1 – 3 days. During a consultation, our professionals at Beyond Beautiful can review these potential side effects and provide tips on how to manage them at home.

How can I reduce excess swelling?

We understand that some patients are concerned about swelling and inflammation after PRP treatment in Plano, McKinney, or Frisco, TX. While swelling is a natural part of the healing process, there are ways to make it more manageable. Dr. Ho may suggest the following:

  • Apply ice packs or cool compresses to the treated area for 10 – 15 minutes at a time. Keep the compresses covered with a clean cloth to prevent direct contact with the skin.
  • Elevate the treated area, if possible. For example, if you received PRP injections in your scalp for hair restoration, propping up your head with pillows can help. You can also rest in a recliner chair.
  • Avoid too much heat exposure, such as in hot showers, as it may increase swelling and discomfort. Instead, stick to lukewarm water and gentle cleansers when washing the treated area. Don't use any harsh products until the skin has healed.
  • Keep your skin hydrated by drinking water. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and salty foods, which can contribute to dehydration and increased swelling.
  • Avoid strenuous physical exercise for several days after PRP treatment, as it can increase blood flow in the treated areas. Stick to light exercise or take it easy until you feel comfortable enough to resume your usual routines.
  • Remember to follow all post-treatment instructions provided by Dr. Ho carefully, including avoiding certain medications or supplements that may thin the blood. Our team at Beyond Beautiful is always available to address your concerns during the recovery process.

Ensure a safe, successful PRP recovery

At Beyond Beautiful, we believe in empowering our patients with knowledge and resources to ensure a successful recovery. If you're interested in PRP injections for skin and hair restoration, call to book a PRP consultation in Plano TX with board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Vu Ho. Our McKinney and Frisco, TX patients trust us to provide exceptional results in a safe and comfortable environment.

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