December 4, 2018

What is PRP and How Does It Treat Alopecia and Support Skin Rejuvenation?

So, what in the world is PRP?

PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma. Plasma spun down in a centrifuge from a sample of your own blood, it contains growth factors that stimulate surrounding stem cells to repair damaged tissue and regenerate new tissue. This process can be used in a variety of ways to promote growth and healing.

PRP is a non-invasive, all-natural treatment for both male and female pattern alopecia. It has been found to stimulate hair regrowth as well as reduce the effects of thinning. The painless process involves three to four monthly treatments of PRP injections directly into the scalp, followed by maintenance treatments as necessary, depending on the unique needs of the patient.

The growth and healing properties of PRP can also be used to treat acne scarring and support skin rejuvenation. Typically, the procedure begins with micro-needling to maximize absorption, and then the plasma is applied directly to the skin. Additionally, injections can be applied directly to scarring.

The blood-drawing process is quick and simple, much like a blood test. It only takes about 10 minutes in a centrifuge to create the plasma, which is used immediately. Because it’s your own blood, there’s little chance of any adverse reaction.

DermSurgery Associates’ own Dr. Scarlett Boulos and Dr. Ryan R. Riahi are experts in these procedures and offer these services at the Sugar Land and Medical Center clinics.

“PRP already has a wide range of applications for effective and safe use in many other medical fields, including orthopedics, sports medicine, oral surgery and neurosurgery,” says Dr. Boulos. “It is now presenting us with some exciting new advanced treatment options in dermatology, too.”

PRP treatments are performed by DermSurgery specialists Dr. Ryan R. Riahi at the Sugar Land clinic at 1415 Highway 6 South, and Dr. Scarlett Boulos at the Medical Center clinic at 7515 South Main. Call Dr. Riahi at 281.491.9278 or Dr. Boulos at 713.791.9966 or email us at for more information or to schedule an appointment.