The natural aging of your skin is due to an imbalance between the rate of destruction and the renewals of cells and collagen. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is used to induce a healing response in the skin of the face, neck and décolletage and to promote the development of collagen, making skin look tighter, healthier and more youthful. This treatment may improve skin texture, elasticity and thickness, increase volume and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, sun damage and scars. PRP is defined as a volume of autologous (your own) plasma that has a platelet concentration above that found in whole blood. As such, PRP contains not only a high concentration of platelets but also the full content of plasma clotting factors.
PRP is created by drawing a small sample of your blood which is spun in a centrifuge to separate the PRP, removing red and white blood cells, which delay the healing and concentrating platelets, thereby increasing factors used in healing. The PRP is then applied to the treatment area using either a Mesotherapy Gun and cannula or needle and syringe, or microneedling device. Both of these devices administer the PRP deep into the skin using different methods described in more detail below. All steps must occur in the same procedure and PRP cannot be stored for future use.
Treatments take approximately 45 minutes to an hour and multiple treatments are advised to obtain the full effects. There is minimal downtime, and you should be able to resume normal activities within 24 hours of treatment. Your treatment may be performed by a licensed health care practitioner or a medical technician.
Three to four initial treatments are advised; however, more may be indicated for some individuals. Current research and data results may last 18-24 months. Once your results are achieved maintenance treatments may be required to maintain your results.
A minimum of one month is required in between treatments. It is also recommended that treatment be undertaken 3-4 weeks prior to any special event or vacation.
The effects of treatment are generally visible in 1-4 weeks and continue to develop gradually for the following 3-6 months. Results may last 18-24 months, and additional treatments are required to maintain benefits. PRP is approved by Health Canada for autologous cosmetic use only.
The effects of this treatment are dependent on many factors, including but not limited to: age, tissue conditions, sun exposure, and drug, alcohol or tobacco use. Following post-treatment care instructions provided by your doctor or medical technician is recommended to maximize your results.