La Peau Dermatology
Zaina Rashid, DO, FAOCD, FAAD
Mohs Skin Cancer Surgeon & Dermatologist located in Mesa, AZ
Committed to providing patients with the latest and most advanced aesthetic treatments, Dr. Zaina Rashid of La Peau Dermatology in Mesa, Arizona, offers expert Platelet rich plasma treatment to reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture, as well as, stimulate hair regrowth for both men and women from Phoenix, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Gilbert Scottsdale, Peoria, and Tempe.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Q & A
What is PRP?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a revolutionary regenerative medicine procedure that utilizes a substance derived from a patient’s own blood. Initially used to help speed healing after traumatic injury or surgery, in recent years PRP’s rejuvenative properties have been tapped to reverse the aging effects on skin, along with, stimulating natural hair regrowth. The platelets in blood contain growth factors that promote natural healing. The first step in any PRP treatment is drawing a blood sample. This is conducted in the office, just as it is for lab testing. The blood sample is then spun in a special machine called a centrifuge to produce a substance that contains 3X the amount of healing platelets than is naturally found in blood. Next, the PRP is injected into to the area in need of treatment.
Can PRP Really Reduce Wrinkles and Rejuvenate My Skin?
Platelet rich plasma has been successfully used to slow the aging process of the face for years in other countries, including Japan, Asia, the U.K. and other parts of Europe. It has been clinically proven to correct fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture. In the media, PRP is sometimes called the “vampire facial” because it uses a blood product to achieve aesthetic enhancement. The number of injections depends on the issue being treated. Improvement is usually noticed within 3 to 8 weeks. Platelet rich plasma treatments are performed right in Dr. Rashid’s office without the need for sedation or anesthesia. That means patients can drive home without any assistance. They can also immediately resume their regular activities. There is absolutely no downtime
Is PRP Safe?
Because the patient’s own plasma is used, there is no danger of disease transmission, infection, rejection, anaphylaxis or neoplasia. Moreover, PRP has been used extensively and effectively for two decades in the fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, sports medicine and orthopedics.
Can PRP Help Regrow Thinning Hair?
Hair restoration is the latest frontier for PRP, and while extensive clinical trials have not yet been completed, the procedure shows great promise as a therapeutic option for patients seeking a non-surgical solution to hair loss. It shouldn’t be viewed as a “cure” for hair loss and no guarantee can be made at this time, since there is not yet FDA approval of PRP as a hair loss treatment. Nonetheless, PRP can theoretically promote hair growth by stimulating stem cells of the hair follicle. Currently, some hair transplant physicians use PRP to jump-start the growth of newly implanted hair follicles.
Can I Use Other Medical Therapies Concurrently?
Absolutely. In fact, it is encouraged. Dr. Rashid recommends PRP therapy be used in conjunction with Minoxidil and DHT blockers, or as an alternative to these for patients who cannot tolerate, or have side effects, with these medications. Like any procedure, individual results will vary.
Who is a Good Candidate for PRP Treatments?Most patients are wonderful candidates for PRP. However, it is not advised for those with a history of heavy smoking, drug or alcohol use. Some medical conditions, such as platelet dysfunction syndromes, thrombocytopenia, hypofibrinogenaemia, sepsis, and acute and chronic infections, may also preclude an individual from undergoing PRP treatment.
Accepted Insurance Providers
Our medical practice works closely with numerous insurance carriers to ensure that our patients get the care that they need and deserve. Our office staff is highly experienced in navigating the pitfalls of insurance forms and are only too happy to use their expertise on our patients' behalf. Click here for more information on accepted insurance. If you have any questions or do not see your insurance carrier listed, you can contact our office directly.
Words from our patients
"Despite hearing the word cancer thinking it's the end of the world, this doctor truly soothed things down and we are very appreciative of her and the staff."
"Never felt nervous, superior service by the doctor, took the time to answer questions before and after procedure. Scar healed great, very pleased. Thank you."
"The surgery was successful. Dr. Rashid impressed me as highly competent, thorough and pleasant in her interactions."