Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma (A-PRP®)
Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma, also known as A-PRP® or PRP is an innovative, natural, treatment in Ottawa for fine lines, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, and thinning hair. PRP harnesses your own platelets, stem cells, and growth factors to simulate collagen, skin rejuvenation, and hair growth. PRP treatments are comfortable and quick, with out downtime.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP is the part of your own blood that contains the highest amount of platelets and growth factors. PRP treatments were created over 20 years ago to improve muscle and joint issues, but were quickly adapted to address a number of skin and hair related cosmetic concerns. Today, PRP is used widely in cosmetic medicine. At Concept Medical, we use the RegenACR A-PRP® system for our cosmetic hair and skin treatments.
What skin & hair issues does PRP address?
In Ottawa, Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP can help address a number of skin and hair related issues including;
1) Fine Lines, Wrinkles & Skin Crepiness – As we age, our skin looses firmness due to a loss of collagen and elastin. This leads to fine lines and wrinkles and an overall decline in our skin’s youthful texture. Skin textural concerns are the number one application for A-PRP® in Ottawa. Since PRP contains over 20 growth factors, placing small droplets of PRP into the skin, can help promote skin regeneration, improve skin thickness and elasticity, and stimulate collagen production. Furthermore, the microneedle used with PRP can also assist in helping to improve skin texture and firmness.
2) Thinning Hair & Hair Loss – Hair loss is a very common concern for not only men, but also women in Ottawa. Male and female pattern baldness is due to deactivation of normal, healthy hair follicles. As hair follicles become less active, they produce progressively smaller, thinner hairs. Although hair thinning is common as we age, treatments are available. PRP has been shown to improve hair density and thickness in both men and women. Once injected, PRP helps to stimulate underactive hair follicle through a number of factors.
3) Scars & Stretch Marks – Scars come in all shapes and sizes, and are formed from abnormal collagen following an injury. PRP can help to stimulate new collagen formation in scars and stretch marks, improving the skin tone and texture of these scars.
How is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) collected?
Using a tiny needle, a small amount of your own blood is collected into a sterile collection tube. Once collected, the small sample is then spun in a medical centrifuge at a very high rate for a number of minutes, which separates the PRP from the other components including red blood cells. The PRP is then transferred to a new tube, where it is ready to be placed into fine lines, wrinkles, scars, hair, and crepey skin.
How is PRP injected?
PRP can be placed into the skin by many different methods. At Concept Medical, we primarily use a non-painful injection device, which precisely places tiny droplets of PRP just beneath the skin’s surface. Since a very tiny, rapidly moving microneedle is used, patients report essentially no discomfort during the short procedure. No topical numbing is required prior to treatment.
What can I expect after my PRP treatment?
Following your PRP treatment your skin will look slightly pink in colour, and may feel slightly warm, similar to a mild sunburn. You may notice very small little red marks from the microneedle which usually fade within 24 hours. Most people require 3-4 PRP treatments, with results lasting up to 1 year or more. Maintenance treatments are encouraged to help maintain your results. The results from PRP are not immediate, but occur gradually over the following weeks to months. Although most patients respond well to PRP, individual treatment results do vary.
How many PRP treatments will I need?
Most patients required 4 treatments, spaced about 1 month apart. PRP treatments take about 30-60 minutes to complete depending on the treatment areas.
What areas of the face can be treated with PRP?
A-PRP® can be used anywhere on the face and neck to help correct fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, and crepey skin. The most common areas that women and men use PRP in Ottawa include under the eyes, neck, and cheeks. PRP can also be used to treat fine lines on and around the lips and may also help to improve dark circles under the eyes.
Can PRP be used to prevent or improve hair loss?
PRP is commonly used to help improve thinning hair in both men and women. PRP is an option for those who have thinning hair, but are not ready for more invasive procedures. PRP helps to simulate hair growth through growth factors, stem cells, as well as increasing blood supply to the hair follicle. PRP is best used on patients who have mild to moderate hair thinning, while transplants are advisable for patient with very severe hair loss.
Not all types of hair thinning or hair loss is responsive to PRP. The types of hair loss which may benefit from PRP treatment including androgenic alopecia (male and female pattern baldness) as well as alopecia areata or spot hair loss.
Treatment is not painful, and can be completed within 45 minutes. Most patients required 4 PRP treatments, spaced about 1 month apart. Results from PRP are usually seen within 6 months. PRP results may last up to 1 year or more. Maintenance treatments are encouraged to help maintain results. Although most patients respond well to PRP, a small number of patients may not notice an improvement with treatment.
Can PRP be combined with other treatments?
Although PRP may be used alone, it is commonly combined with other treatments for additional benefits. For example, PRP can be combined with Botox to soften the appearance of fine lines around or under the eyes. PRP can be used to help improve deeper lines such as those running from the nose to the corners of the mouth by combining PRP with soft tissue fillers such as Juvéderm.
Furthermore, PRP can be combined with laser or light based therapies such as intense pulsed light (IPL) or fractional lasers to further improve skin texture and skin tone or to decrease the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
What are other names for PRP?
Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP is commonly referred to as a PRP facial, A-PRP®, “vampire facial”, or “vampire facelift” as your own plasma is used in the procedure. At Concept Medical we use the RegenACR A-PRP® system, which is one of the most widely used PRP systems worldwide.
Is A-PRP® safe?
Since A-PRP® uses your own plasma, the treatments are very safe. The most common risk includes the possibility of mild bruising and slight redness following the procedure, which usually lasts for about 24 hours. As only your own plasma is used in the procedure, the risk of infection and allergic reaction is exceedingly low.
A-PRP® at Concept Medical in Ottawa
If you are concerned with fine lines, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, or hair loss, PRP may be a treatment option for you. To schedule your consultation with one of our physicians, please contact our team.