- Risk Meter: LOW
- Pain Meter: LOW
- Length of treatment: Average 1-3 Sessions
- Hair PRP: Fuller hair, stimulates hair growth
- Face PRP: Smoothes wrinkles, reduces scaring, adds volume
Perhaps you have heard of Botox injections and even dermal filler injections, but not too many people have heard of platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) for general cosmetic use. PRP is a procedure that has been used for years in orthopedic medicine to help reduce pain and swelling of injuries such as rotator cuff tears, joint pains, tendonitis, or ligament injury. Presently, at the Art of Facial Rejuvenation, this technique is also being used to rejuvenate your face using your own platelet rich plasma, specifically targeting facial scarring, wrinkles, and hair loss.
What is the science behind PRP?
Our practiced physicians take a small amount of blood from your arm and spin it in a centrifuge machine to separate the plasma (the clear fluid) and platelets from the red blood cells. Because the PRP comes from your own plasma, it actually makes your body think that the platelets have gone to that area to heal an injury. This attracts the other platelets in your body to that spot where they make a patch of fibrin to fix the injury.
The PRP activates the stem cells that lie dormant in the skin through certain growth factors found in the platelets. The fibrin patch helps promote a collagen increase in that area, which makes your skin smoother and fuller, and the hair on your scalp thicker.
PRP for the Face
The pure PRP can be used for the face to improve the texture and complexion of the skin, while reducing scars and fine wrinkles. PRP therapy is a very safe and effective procedure with no risk of surgical compilations or scarring, as is common with cosmetic surgery procedures. In fact, the National Library of Medicine and the Annals of Dermatology have conducted research about the safety and effectiveness of such a treatment and found that the stimulation from PRP injections increased the production of collagen, epithelial cell growth, and repaired blood vessels, and as a result promoting the rejuvenation of the skin.
PRP injections can also be combined with non-cross linked hyaluronic acid (or more commonly known as dermal filler injections) for more hydration and stretching of the skin. First, the dermal filler is injected into the recommended area, and then the PRP is injected into the area just filled. Mixing the dermal filler injections with one’s own PRP allows the filler to last a lot longer and is more effective because the body thinks that it is just your own PRP. In fact, the average dermal filler injection lasts approximately 9 to 12 months, but when combined with PRP, the treatment can last up to 18 months or more.
Areas of the skin in which PRP can be administered for the purpose of rejuvenation includes the mid face, around the eyes, the cheeks, the smile and jaw lines, low neckline, and the hands. Our physicians at the Art of Facial Rejuvenation in Toronto can perform these injections for you in less than an hour with virtually no post procedural down time.
PRP for the Scalp
What is perhaps less commonly known among patients is the effectiveness of PRP for the stimulation of hair follicles, prompting hair growth. In fact, PRP is an effective non-surgical option for men and women who desire to restore the condition of their hair suffering from hair loss or a receding hair line. PRP can be used in conjunction with other techniques like hair transplant surgery, micro needling, and medication (ie Minoxidil) to maximize hair restoration. In fact, PRP as the primary procedure is very effective in thickening a receding hairline, restoring hair loss around the temples, and fixing inconsistent hair patches.
The procedure of administering PRP is similar to the process used for the face. Firstly, a spray on anesthesia is used to numb the area of injection on the scalp. Afterwards, a sample of blood from the patient is withdrawn (usually around 20 ml) to extract the rich plasma. The plasma injected into the scalp in a period of a few sessions over time begins to stimulate inactive or (in the case of hair transplant surgery) newly implanted hair follicles, thus promoting tissue repair and epithelial cell growth, and activating the growth phase of the hair follicles.