PRP Injections Pre + Post Care Instructions

BEFORE procedure

  • 14 DAYS BEFORE PROCEDURE: Inform your provider if you have a history of Perioral Herpes to receive advice on antiviral therapy prior to treatment.
  • 5 DAYS BEFORE PROCEDURE: To help minimize the risk of bruising, avoid blood thinning over-the-counter medications such as Aspirin, Motrin, Ibuprofen, and Aleve. Also, avoid herbal supplements, such as Garlic, Vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wort, and Omega-3 capsules.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you have a cardiovascular history, please check with your doctor prior to stopping use of Aspirin.
  • Arnica tablets may be started 3 days prior to treatment to help minimize bruising.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours before (or after) your treatment to avoid extra bruising.
  • Avoid this procedure if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.


  • Arrive at the office with a “clean face”. Please do not wear makeup.


  • Your treatment will last approximately 60 minutes.
  • The procedure will begin with a blood draw. Your blood will then be processed through our centrifuge to allow for a concentrated specimen of your own PRP.
  • The treatment area is numbed using small injections of a local anesthetic.
  • After you are numb, the PRP is injected into the treatment area with small needles.
  • An initial series of four PRP treatments, followed by quarterly maintenance treatments are recommended for optimal results.

Recuperation + Healing

  • Avoid significant movement or massage to the treated area.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours to minimize exacerbating bruising.
  • Occasionally some patients bruise and/or swell unexpectedly. Bruising and swelling are not an indication of a serious issue, and it always resolves. Rarely we may prescribe a round of steroids to reduce this swelling.
  • Cold compresses may be used to reduce swelling.
  • Sleep in a slightly elevated position for the first 2-3 days. Sleeping with your head (or treated area) above your heart will reduce the risk of additional swelling
  • If necessary, use Tylenol for discomfort
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, Motrin or Advil may exacerbate bruising.
  • If bruising has occurred, continue taking Arnica tablets 3-5 days post-treatment.

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