PRP Injections Pre and Post Care Instructions
PRP Injections Pre-Care Instructions:
If you develop a fever, cold, flu, or inflammation in the treatment areas we must reschedule. Use of PRP treatment with a heightened immune system increases risks for complications.
We recommend treating no sooner than 3-4 weeks before a special event or upcoming vacation to allow time for adequate healing and swelling to subside.
If you have a history of cold sores, consider beginning prophylactic treatment with Valtrex or similar no later than the day of treatment.
Discontinue use of anti-inflammatory drugs steroidal and non-steroidal (i.e. aspirin, ibuprofen, Medrol, predisone, advil) at least 3 days to 1 week before your treatment. With PRP, we want inflammation; this is one of the mechanisms of how PRP does its work.
If you are or have been on steroids within 2 weeks of treatment, we cannot treat you. Consult your physician for approval to discontinue the use of steroids and receive treatment.
Discontinue use of any other blood-thinning agents such as Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Gingko Biloba, Garlic, Flax Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s and DHA’s) etc. at least 3 days to 1 week before and after treatment to minimize bruising and bleeding.
We recommend avoiding alcohol, caffeine, Niacin supplement, spicy foods, and cigarettes 3 days before and after your treatment. (All of these may increase risk of bruising)
PRP Injections Post-Care Instructions:
Do NOT touch, press, rub, or manipulate the treated area (s) for at least 8 hours after your treatment. It is normal to experience: bruising, redness, itching, soreness, and swelling lasting up to 10 days following your procedure.
AVOID Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve (all non-steroidal and steroidal anti-inflammatory agents) Remember, we are creating inflammation to initiate the rebuilding and repair process.
If you experience discomfort or pain, you may take Tylenol or other Acetaminophen products
You may apply ice as needed for comfort after the procedure, but keep in mind this also limits the necessary inflammatory process.
Do not use any lotions, creams, or makeup for at least 6 hours after your treatment
AVOID vigorous exercise, sun and heat exposure for at least 48 hours after your treatment. Use an SPF 30 or higher.
AVOID: Alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes for 48 before and after your treatment
Smoking impairs healing times therefore increases chances of complications and reduces effectiveness of treatment.
Maintain a healthy diet and drink at least 64 oz.’s of water the day of the treatment.