Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP for skin & hair rejuvenation
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a Health Canada approved skin rejuvenation therapy, ideal for treating ageing skin on the face (aka Vampire Facial), neck, eyes, hands and décolletage. It is also commonly used in the treatment of hair loss by stimulating growth in thinning areas. Key: PRP uses the patient’s own platelets extracted from a small sample of their own blood, so it is a very safe treatment.
How & Why PRP Works
PRP starts with taking a small sample of the patient’s blood (hence the Vampire Facial name) with a syringe – but no fangs, just to be clear.
Next, the blood sample is spun in a medical centrifuge (about 10 minutes, onsite) to concentrate the platelet rich plasma into a gel.
Finally, the gel is then applied to the desired areas: activation causes stem cell platelets to release essential growth factors and signaling proteins, which are responsible for the wound-healing process and skin rejuvenation by improving skin texture, colour and quality of skin.
Methods to Deliver PRP
There are several common methods of delivering the PRP plasma gel into the treatment area:
- Microneedling: a pen-sized medical device delivers a series of micro-needle punctures, and the PRP gel is applied topically. The Clinic uses a state of the art Eclipse MicroPen Elite. (Selphyl is another type of PRP procedure that uses a similar technique.)
- Fractora: a medical energy radio-frequency (RF) device micro-punctures the skin, and the PRP gel is applied topically. Fractora+PRP promises the most results (in terms of collagen growth and skin tightening), however there is typically more down-time with the heat-based energy device Fractora treatment.
- Syringe: a very fine-gauge needle is used to inject the serum. The Clinic does not offer this injectable option as the above are considered more effective.
Lakeshore Vein & Aesthetics Clinic uses the Eclipse PRP system, from Salient Medical: state-of-the-art medical grade equipment, performed by nurses with physician supervised training – all done in our Accredited Medical Facility.
PRP takes approximately 40 to 60 minutes to perform by trained doctors or nurses.
Little Downtime & Minimal Risk
First off, PRP should be performed by a doctor or qualified nurse in an accredited medical facility.
PRP itself is not new – it has been used effectively for years in the treatment of burns, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and physiotherapy to accelerate wound healing. It is considered quite safe: a very low risk of any complication.
What makes PRP enticing for many is that it doesn’t use anything foreign or artificial – there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction – making it a rather safe choice.
There is a chance of some redness, swelling or bruising with Fractora (possibly a few days), but much less so with Microneedling (any effects subside in hours typically).
Please note it is difficult to find good research studies showing the effectiveness of PRP. The greatest challenge is that there is a wide variety of techniques that are called PRP.
For instance, there are several very different methods to deliver PRP, and within each of those there are different technologies. This alone creates many variables. Overlaying all this is the variation with the clinics and service providers: training, credentials, experience and skill.
Our team's research of medical literature and common public medical cosmetic forums shows a wide variety of claims about effectiveness: some rave reviews from plastic surgeons (over 500 treatments) to other physicians who say there is little evidence.
However, the underlying logic of PRP is sound: stimulate the skin (eg microneedling) then deliver quality PRP gel to the dermis, allowing platelets carrying growth factors that increase rebuilding of tissues – in turn stimulating new collagen and blood vessel formation giving the skin smoother and healthier look. Supporting this, stem cells have been used for promoting healing in various areas of medicine for years with good results, in a wide range of areas from osteoarthritis and sports injuries to wound care and plastic surgery.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-Rich Plasma, also known as PRP, is a high concentration of your own platelets in a small volume of plasma.
How does a provider harvest PRP?
Step 1: Utilizing a specialized blood collection tube from the Eclipse PRP® kit, a practitioner draws a small amount of blood similar to what is required for a basic lab test. Step 2: The tube is then placed into a centrifuge which spins the blood at a very high speed, causing the platelets to separate from the other components of the blood. Step 3: Once the platelets are concentrated into the plasma they can be applied to the patient. Activation causes platelets to release essential growth factors and signaling proteins, which are responsible for the wound-healing process.
How long does the PRP process take?
The blood draw takes just a couple of minutes, followed immediately by a 10-minute centrifugation. The time involved in the application varies based on which procedure is being performed, but a typical appointment for PRP Face is one hour.
How many PRP sessions are required?
Your medical professional can create a treatment plan based on your individual needs, but typically three are recommended (four weeks apart each), and a few more treatments for hair.
Can a PRP procedure be painful?
Eclipse PRP® is close to a physiologic pH, which means the product is less likely to cause a stinging or burning sensation. There may be some temporary discomfort or possible redness and inflammation at the application site, but quickly resolves.
Is PRP safe?
Since the autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is produced from a patient’s own blood, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection. Note, PRP does not use intravenous stem cells as these are not approved for use in Canada.
How do I get started
Call us today to set up your free consultation.
Hair Loss: Rejuvenate Thinning Hair with PRP
When PRP is concentrated with larger volumes it can be used for stimulating hair growth in men and women suffering from pattern baldness since PRP contains growth factors that stimulate the development of new hair follicles and improve the health of existing ones. This therapy is perfect for patients who are not candidates for a surgery or those wanting a more aggressive nonsurgical approach to treatment.
Read full article by Dr. Bentley about PRP for reversing hair loss:
- Causes of Hair Loss
- Treatment Options
- How PRP Hair Stimulation Treatment Works
- PRP Treatment Overview
- Downtime & Risk
- PRP Conclusion: Hair Restoration in Any Gender
Process for restoring hair & reversing hair loss (for males and females):
Details of the PRP process:
PRP is increasingly gaining acceptance by hair-loss expert specialists/surgeons also. Read full article: Reverse Hair Loss with PRP...
An individual consultation defines a patient's most effective treatment. Expected results are discussed and realistic treatment outcomes are established. Cost and treatment quantity is determined during your personal consultation. We provide an expert recommendation – and you choose the right treatment plan for you.
Actual price is based on a consultation – every patient is unique. That said, typical price ranges (and typical number of treatments) are as follows:
- PRP & Microneedling, 3 treatment package: $1,950 (normally over $2,300).
- PRP & Fractora, 3 treatment package: $2,850.
- PRP Hair rejuvenation, 4 treatment package: $3,250.
Taxes not included.
You are unique – and so is your treatment – come in for an expert consultation for PRP!