Are you considering PRP hair restoration treatment to address the early stages of thinning hair? Or perhaps you are ready to rejuvenate your skin with a PRP facial. You should know that there are several things you can do to improve your results.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are a newer procedure that can stimulate hair growth or improve your skin tone and texture. Revive Wellness Group of Perrysburg, OH, offers both kinds of PRP treatments, and we can tell you more about PRP therapy and other treatments that will help you reach your aesthetic and wellness goals.
Each person is different and will experience varying individual healing and restoration effects from their PRP treatment. For example, certain dietary choices, medications, or even your over-the-counter pain medications may affect the volume of platelet-rich plasma that can be extracted from your blood.
However, carefully following the six tips below can help you achieve better results.
High-Intensity Cardiovascular Exercise
Your fitness routine may already include high-intensity cardio, from jogging to Zumba class to low-impact, high-intensity time on the elliptical machine.
The impact of cardio on your heart health has long been established, but regularly getting your heart pumping can also increase the production of red blood cells and strengthen your immune system.
Both of these factors are important when you’re planning a PRP facial. Higher levels of red blood cells mean that we’re able to extract more platelet-rich plasma.
Eat Daily Servings of Leafy Green Vegetables
Dietary changes are some of the hardest health habits to follow — but they can have the single biggest impact on your long-term health.
You should add more leafy greens to your diet, such as kale, spinach, chard, and some lettuces. At the same time, reduce your intake of processed sugar, processed foods, and foods high in unhealthy fats. With these changes, you can reap multiple health benefits along with potentially better results from PRP therapy.
Eating healthy food leads to better circulation, a stronger immune system, lower cholesterol, and even regulated hormone levels. These are all beneficial for your PRP treatment and your health in general.
Don’t Smoke, Drink Alcohol, or Use Drugs
Smoking cigarettes has a detrimental effect on your lungs and heart and can cause heavy skin damage. Alcohol, especially in excess, damages your heart and liver. It can also damage your skin, leading to excessive dryness and exacerbating certain skin conditions.
Both cigarettes and alcohol can also reduce the volume of platelet-rich plasma we are able to extract.
Furthermore, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, cigarette smoke impedes your stem cells’ functionality and undermines your body’s capability for wound repair.
Smokers tend to have longer recovery times from surgeries and other procedures. Furthermore, many people who smoke have less-than-satisfactory healing after a surgery, a facelift, or another cosmetic procedure.
Drink More Water and Supplement with B Vitamins
Make sure you take in enough B vitamins and stay hydrated; you should drink at least 64 ounces of water each day. These habits increase the number of red blood cells and hemoglobin levels in your blood.
These are essential B vitamins:
- B1: Thiamine
- B2: Riboflavin
- B3: Niacin
- B4: Pantothenic acid
- B6: Pyridoxine
- B7: Biotin
- B9: Folic Acid
- B12: Cobalamin
B vitamins promote good health. They can be found in many foods, both animal- and plant-based. If you are having a hard time getting enough B vitamins through your diet, ask us about taking supplements.
Avoid Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications
Always follow medical recommendations when taking pain medications or anti-inflammatories like Aleve, Motrin, or Advil. Some of these medications may not give you the right results for your PRP treatment or could affect the volume of platelet-rich plasma we are able to collect for your procedure.
Follow the Post-Procedure Recommendations to the Letter
Depending on whether you have a PRP hair restoration or a PRP facial, you’ll be provided with specific aftercare instructions for your procedure.
These have been developed with your particular needs in mind, so make sure you follow them and let us know if you have questions or are having trouble following the instructions.
You may be advised to stay out of the sun for a certain period of time or wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. For a PRP hair restoration, we might advise you not to wear hats or ponytails for a while.
Getting the Most out of Your PRP Treatment
If you follow these simple steps before and after your procedure, you’ll have a greater yield of platelet-rich plasma; in turn, this may give you better results for your hair or skin treatment.
Furthermore, these are just good healthy habits that can make your skin and hair healthier. However, take care when you start a new exercise routine, diet, or supplement regimen. Any significant changes to your lifestyle should be cleared by your primary care physician.
Remember that your body will work in its own time and heal at its own pace, so the benefits of your PRP hair restoration or PRP facial will show up gradually and naturally. Make sure to take before and after pictures, too, so that you can take a look at your results!
Do You Need PRP Treatments?
If you’re curious about whether a PRP facial or PRP hair replacement procedure is right for you, we can help. Revive Wellness Group is a treatment center dedicated to helping you achieve your skin health and hair restoration goals.
Contact us today to learn more about these procedures and what your results can likely be.