Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma (A-PRP)
Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma, also known as A-PRP or PRP, is an innovative, natural, treatment in Ottawa for fine lines, wrinkles, 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, without downtime.
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 Arthrex® PRP system for our cosmetic hair and skin treatments. As of September 2019, we are the only clinic in Ottawa offering the Arthrex® PRP system in a cosmetic setting. Arthrex® PRP has been shown to be have a higher concentration of platelets than most other PRP systems.
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 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, 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 and healthy hair follicles. As hair follicles become less active, they produce progressively smaller and thinner hairs. PRP has been shown to improve hair density and thickness in both men and women. Once injected, PRP helps to stimulate underactive hair follicles through a number of factors.
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.
PRP can be placed into the skin by many different methods. At Concept Medical, we primarily use very small microneedles, which precisely place tiny droplets of PRP just beneath the skin’s surface. Since a very tiny, microneedle is used, patients report minimal discomfort during the short procedure. No topical numbing is required prior to treatment.
Following your PRP treatment, your skin will look slightly pink in colour and may feel 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. An annual treatment is encouraged to help maintain 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.
Most patients required 4 treatments, spaced about 1 month apart. PRP treatments take about 30-60 minutes to complete depending on the treatment areas.
PRP can be used anywhere on the face and neck to help correct fine lines, wrinkles, and crepey skin. The most common areas that women and men use PRP in Ottawa are under the eyes, neck, and cheeks. PRP can also be used to treat fine lines around the lips and may also help improve dark circles under the eyes.
PRP is commonly used to help improve thinning hair in both men and women, and a great option for those who are looking for a less invasive procedure. PRP helps to simulate hair growth through growth factors, and increased 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 are responsive to PRP. Those who suffer from androgenic alopecia (male and female pattern baldness) and alopecia areata may benefit from PRP treatments.
Treatment is not painful, and can be completed within 45 minutes to an hour. Most patients require 4 PRP treatments, spaced approximately 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.
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 Arthrex® PRP system.
Since PRP uses your own plasma, the treatments are very safe. The most common risks include 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.