I had PRP injections in my face and my cheeks are full. Will this plasma go away quickly?
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PRP is a fluid which will be absorbed by the body in a matter of days, but it is best to not overdo it to avoid fullness
I can certainly help you with this. I’m a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon and a Fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, practicing in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years. I use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in my practice every day for overall skin improvement and for various indications such as acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, dark under eye circles, skin irregularities, and even for male and female pattern hair loss.
PRP is a very safe treatment, as it is derived from your own blood. PRP is a concentration of wound-healing and growth factors that are separated from your blood by being spun in a centrifuge. Now, with 10 ccs of PRP in your cheeks — 5 ccs in each cheek — I can certainly understand your concern over the amount of fullness you feel. The good news is that PRP is just fluid, so it is just a matter of circulation and carrying the fluid away, which will take about a couple of days. If you massage the area gently, it may help the fluid be absorbed more quickly.
In our practice, we routinely place PRP in the skin under the eyes, which can sometimes create a ballooning effect, but it typically goes away in about a day or two. I think it’s just a matter of patience to give the material time to absorb. I also suggest the next time you get PRP treatment that you ask your doctor to perhaps place less volume in the treatment area so that you don’t have to deal with this uncomfortable fullness.
I hope that was helpful and I wish you the best of luck!
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