PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)

Skin Rejuvenation

PRP treatment involves collecting a sample of your own blood and separating its components through a centrifugation process in order to isolate and concentrate your platelets. Once injected into the skin, the concentrated platelets will release various growth factors in order to stimulate cellular proliferation (cell growth and development) of fibroblasts, collagen and elastin fibres, as well as hyaluronic acid, which are critical components that help to keep skin elastic, firm, hydrated and youthful. Patients usually notice improved elasticity and thickness of their skin, a “lifted” appearance, feeling that their skin is hydrated, with decreased fine lines and wrinkles, and an improvement in overall texture and quality.

Depending on the area being treated, a microneedling device may be used to inject PRP into the skin. Microneedling, also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy, is a treatment by which controlled and precise micro-injuries are delivered mechanically using a handheld microneedling device (microneedling pen). These injuries create superficial inflammation and stimulate the body to enter into a healing phase which results in the production of collagen yet leaves the skin in the area treated intact. Microneedling stimulates the tissue and helps to improve the appearance of skin. The tip of the device that comes into contact with the patient’s skin is sterile, and for single-patient-use only. The procedure is performed in a safe and precise manner and the procedure is typically completed in 15-30 minutes but will vary depending upon the required treatment and the anatomical site (area of the face/body) being treated.

Hair Restoration

When PRP is injected into the scalp, the concentrated platelets will release various growth factors that stimulate new collagen and blood vessel formation (angiogenesis) which can result in hair growth/regrowth. Patients who have hair loss/thinning caused by: androgenic alopecia, hormonal imbalance, stress, inadequate diet, and/or circulatory insufficiency are great candidates for PRP hair restoration therapy. This treatment is also extremely beneficial post-hair transplant as there is clinical research to suggest that PRP increases hair follicle viability and its survival rate, prevents apoptosis (cell death), increases and prolongs the anagen hair growth stage, and delays the progression to the catagen hair cycle stage, resulting in increased density in those with hair loss and post-hair transplantation. A small needle is used to inject the PRP into the scalp and the procedure is typically completed in 15-30 minutes but will vary depending upon the area being treated.

What To Expect

According to available clinical evidence, expected benefits of PRP treatment of the face, neck, décolleté or hands, include an increase of skin elasticity with smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles, along with improvement of skin complexion (i.e., reduced pigmentation). PRP treatments also allow for the softening of deeper wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds (laugh lines) or brightening of dark circles under the eyes. Expected benefits of PRP hair restoration treatments are the growth and/or regrowth of hair. Specifically, research shows increased blood flow to the scalp, reduced balding/thinning of hair, increased thickness of hair and strength of the hair roots, promotion of the natural growth cycle, increased number of hair follicles and total hairs, decreased overall hair loss and reduction of future loss.

Results may appear from the first few weeks after the first session, but in order to get the best and longest lasting results, a customized protocol, usually consisting of 3-6 sessions (depending on severity of the condition and patient goals) is recommended. The number and frequency of sessions will depend on the clinician’s analysis of your skin or scalp, the total area being treated, and an analysis of lifestyle and habits. Once the protocol is complete, maintenance sessions may be completed once every 6-12 months. Since PRP relies on the use of your own platelet cells and regeneration abilities, there is natural variation of results between each patient.

If treating the full face, neck, décolleté, or the back of the hands, the clinician may use a microneedling device. When microneedling is combined with PRP, the platelets and growth factors boost collagen and elastin production and the addition of PRP is thought to provide a more enhanced and longer lasting treatment result. Prior to treatment, a topical numbing cream may be applied to the treatment area and left on for approximately 10 minutes. The procedure itself will take 30-60 minutes as described above. Once the treatment is completed, mild redness, skin sensitivity, warmth and swelling is a desired and expected outcome and will last for 24 hours to 2-3 days. As PRP consists of injecting your own blood components back into your skin, very few side effects are expected.

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What Can PRP Treat?

PRP is safe for ANY skin type and colour and is indicated for the following:
  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scarring and discolouration
  • Stretch marks
  • Dull looking skin
  • To maintain overall skin health, quality and luminosity
  • Shrinkage of pores and blackheads
  • Smoothing and plumping the skin
  • Stimulate the body’s natural production of collagen
  • Dark undereye circles
  • Undereye skin laxity/crepiness
  • Softening of moderate to severe lines and wrinkles (nasolabial folds, marionette lines)
  • Hair loss in men and women related to androgenic alopecia (male or female pattern baldness), high stress, improper nutrition, hormone imbalances
  • Post hair transplant surgery

When Will I Notice the Results?

Noticeable results from PRP may begin 3-4 weeks after the first treatment, but best results are realized with a series of 3, spaced 4-6 weeks apart. This is due to the mechanism of action of the treatment, which involves stimulating collagen production to strengthen and improve the overall skin quality. The day of the treatment, you will experience some mild swelling and redness of the skin if you combined your PRP treatment with microneedling. This is due to the microneedling device that penetrates into the skin. A plumping and hydrated effect will be noticed immediately. Once the mild redness and swelling subsides, patients notice their skin feels tighter and plumped, with a more even tone and texture. The concentrated platelets injected in the skin release a series of growth factors that improve healing and recovery time. After a series of treatments, results can last years, and if treating conditions such as acne scarring or sun damage, results are often permanent.
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Health care costs

How Much Does Prp Cost?

The cost of PRP skin rejuvenation / hair restoration can be found by visiting the online booking site. Packages of 3 are available at a reduced price to ensure patients are able to experience a full series of 3 treatments and attain the best results possible.

Does This Treatment Hurt?

PRP is generally very well tolerated. Prior to the treatment, a prescription-strength topical numbing cream is left on the treatment area (the face, neck or hands) so that the treatment is painless and comfortable. Please notify your injector if you have experienced any issues with treatments in the past, or have an unusually low pain tolerance.

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