Platlet Rich Plasma in Toronto
Using your bodies own ability to heal and restore
What is PRP (platelet rich plasma)?
Platelets are a part of everyones whole blood, within the body their natural function is to assist in healing and generating new tissue. Platelets contain Growth Factors, which are involved in stem cell migration, and ultimately activate regeneration of the cells and tissue throughout the body. PRP also assists in collagen production and formation of new blood vessels to the treated areas. By isolating the platelet-rich portion of your blood and injecting it back into target regions, you are able to fight the signs of aging and correct imperfections using your body’s natural biology.
PRP was originally used by orthopaedic surgeons as a way to accelerate the healing of injured joints and tissue, but now the treatment has become popular in medical aesthetics because of its ability to turn back aging skin. As a result of the use of platelet-rich plasma separated from whole blood. This natural treatment is non invasive and has a low risk of reactions and complications as it uses your body’s own processes to boost your complexion and increase your skin’s overall health.
1. A small of amount of blood is collected.
2. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the different components. (e.g., red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma).
3. Once the blood has been separated, the plasma (PRP) is extracted from the tube.
4. The PRP is injected into the desired treatment area.
Skin Worthy Toronto uses PRP as a stand alone treatment such as micro needling with PRP, Injecting PRP directly into the skin or for hair regeneration, but it can be combined with other treatments such as fractional laser to advance healing and enhance your results.
Injecting with PRP
How does PRP therapy differ from other injections or fillers?
Hyaluronic acid fillers are composed of a solid material (hyaluronic acid) that is injected directly into areas of concern, such as wrinkles or areas that have lost volume. These fillers are indicated to soften deeper lines such as the folds around the mouth area, replace volume loss or to plump lips. They usually last from 6-18 months and repeated treatments are required to fill the area again once your body has broken down the injected filler.
PRP is injected in a similar way and can treat similar areas of concern, but the process and timeline is slightly different. When PRP is injected into the skin it stimulates your own collagen to grow for total facial rejuvenation rather than individual wrinkle improvement. PRP is used to add volume to faces that are beginning to look drawn, to plump out cheek indentations, reduce under-eye hollows , improve the skin tone, firmness, and texture, and fill in areas where hyaluronic acid fillers may not be as safe to use.
Hyaluronic acid filler can be used with PRP as the two types of treatments are meant for different purposes; they supplement each other to give the best final outcome of a more youthful looking face. Hyaluronic acid is best suited to fill specific lines and folds whereas PRP improves overall volume, fullness, and skin tone.
Unlike with Hyaluronic filler the results are not as immediate with PRP, a series of treatments over the course of several months are recommended to achieve results. Upon consultation a treatment schedule will be developed and usually ranges from 3 to 6 treatments spaced several weeks apart, followed by annual maintenance treatments that will continue to encourage collagen production.
Preparing for your treatment can help to ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day of your procedure and that you have optimal results. As PRP is derived from your own blood its important to follow these pre treatment steps.
7 days prior to treatment discontinue using:
Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, β-Lactum Antibiotics, Vitamin E, Multi vitamins, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, Alcohol, Green Tea
To maximize results, follow these tips 7 days prior to treatment:
Stay hydrated leading up to your procedure
Increase fruit and vegetable consumption 7 days prior to treatment
Please note that patients suffering from active infection, cancer or other autoimmune disorders are contraindicated for this treatment.
As a non-surgical therapy, injecting with PRP will allow you to return to daily life quickly after treatment. There may be mild redness, swelling, itching or bruising of the injected areas. Avoiding makeup, gentle cleansing is advised for the first 12 hours post treatment. If necessary, a cold compress can hep with mild swelling and warmth. Ensure the use of sunscreen after this treatment as your skin may be more sensitive to sun exposure.
Who Isn’t a good candidate for PRP?
Most healthy individuals can easily undergo PRP treatments. Certain conditions like blood and platelet disorders, chronic liver disease, presence of an active severe infection, cardiovascular or hemodynamic instability and/or blood thinning medication would make PRP unsuitable. Recent steroid treatments and smoking are not recommended for PRP candidates and should be discussed prior to treatment.