What Is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy?
PRP therapy, also known as platelet-rich plasma therapy, is a minimally invasive treatment that can help reduce the look of hyperpigmentation or scars on the skin and body, treat muscle and joint issues, help prevent hair loss, even out skin tone, and reduce signs of aging.
Plasma is found in your blood, and can either be applied to the skin topically post micro-needling, or injected directed into the skin. When the PRP is introduced back into your skin in this way, your body’s natural healing process is triggered and can then stimulate collagen production and rejuvenate skin. Because it is your own blood being injected, the amount of risks and adverse reactions involved is minimal.
PRP Therapy begins by a Skin Matters medical professional drawing a vial of your blood, and then placing it in a centrifuge, which spins the vial until the plasma (“liquid gold”) is separated from the platelets. The plasma is then injected back into the treatment area to repair cells in the dermis, tissue in the muscles, or follicles on the scalp. PRP via micro-needling or injection can be moderately uncomfortable, however the team at Skin Matters will ensure proper numbing or local anesthetic injection to the treatment site is safely administered.
Skin Matters uses PRP Therapy to treat skin concerns like acne scars, hyperpigmentation, uneven or dull skin, and wrinkles. PRP can also improve hair growth when injected into the scalp through a series of micro injections.
The cost of your PRP Therapy treatment depends entirely on your areas of concern, the severity of your concerns, the type of treatment you want to receive, and if you attend repeat maintenance sessions. Contact the Skin Matters team today to book a consultation and learn more about your individual budget, goals, and concerns.
PRP at a Glance:
Why Choose Skin Matters for PRP Treatment?
The talented doctors and medical staff at Skin Matters bring with them a combined 55+ years of experience in medical aesthetics, with decades of expertise in clinical medicine pertaining to hair loss and skin concerns. With extensive experience performing PRP Treatments on the scalp and face, you know you’re in the right hands with Skin Matters. Learn more about the team and their PRP expertise here.
Types of PRP Treatments We Offer
At Skin Matters, we offer both PRP treatments for hair loss and for skin concerns. For a more in-depth understanding, below is a list of the different forms and uses of PRP Therapy.
PRP Hair Treatments
PRP for hair loss is a three-step treatment, where the blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the treatment area. PRP injections can trigger natural hair growth and maintain the growth by increasing blood supply to the hair follicles, increasing thickness in the hair shaft. This approach can be combined with other hair loss procedures depending on the severity of your concerns.
To treat uneven skin tone, signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, or reduce the look of scars, a PRP Facial is the ideal choice, boasting little to no downtime, long-lasting results, and very few treatment risks. Your blood will be drawn and then placed into a vial in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the platelets. The high concentration of platelets is then delivered into the skin. The procedure takes no longer than an hour.
PRP Skin Treatments
PRP Therapy is often used by physiotherapists to inject a concentration of the patient’s platelets to accelerate the healing of injured ligaments, muscles, tendons, and joints. PRP injections use the patient’s own healing response to heal musculoskeletal concerns, but this treatment is most often sought after for its anti-aging effects.
Treatment Benefits of PRP
Amongst its ability to treat every area of the body and even heal injuries, PRP boasts many benefits simply as a great skin treatment.
Some of the benefits of Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy include:
Improved Skin Tone: PRP Therapy treats multiple layers of the dermis to stimulate a healing response from the body and treat minor flaws on the surface, meaning the blood flow to your face is improved and skin tone/hyperpigmentation is reduced.
Reduced Signs of Aging: PRP Therapy increases collagen production and skin laxity, meaning fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging will reduce significantly.
No Downtime: You can return to your regular activities immediately following your PRP treatment, but be sure to discuss any aftercare instructions with the Skin Matters team before heading home.
Virtually No Risks: Since your own blood and plasma is used, PRP is one of the safest techniques for improving the look of your skin or hair as there is very little chance of an adverse reaction.
Treatment Risks of PRP
As mentioned, Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy boasts very few risks, as your own plasma and blood is being used during the treatment.
You may have irritation, pain, or bleeding in or around the injection site, and possible post-injection swelling in your scalp if you are receiving the PRP treatment for thinning hair.
Are You a Candidate for PRP Therapy?
So long as you are not pregnant or breastfeeding, you are a great candidate for PRP Therapy! This treatment is safe to be used on all skin types and tones, improving your skin quality and smoothing out fine lines in the face, hands, and neck area. PRP is an ideal treatment for those who are looking for a natural improvement to their skin or hair concerns.
How to Prepare for PRP Treatment
Before your appointment, try increasing your intake of B-Vitamins, especially Vitamin B12, and staying hydrated. This can increase your red blood cells and hemoglobin among other benefits, and improve the outcome of your PRP facial or injections.
Aftercare for PRP Therapy
After your PRP Therapy treatment, your Skin Matters medical professional or doctor will explain the aftercare instructions that will bring you the best results. It is recommended that you:
Do not touch your skin for 6 hours at least.
Don’t rinse your face until the next morning, and avoid using cleansers. Wash your hands before touching your skin.
Pat dry your face, do not rub.
Take over-the-counter pain medication to avoid inflammation or discomfort.
Use ice packs to combat any swelling.
Sleep with your head elevated for the first 2 days following your treatment.
Do not use exfoliants or key actives such as retinol, AHA/BHAs (salicylic acid, glycolic, etc) or Vitamin C on your skin for at least 3 days after your treatment.
PRP Recovery Timeline
Day One: Expect to see some redness and minor bruising around the injection site(s) for the first 24 hours following your treatment.
Day Two: The redness will settle down a little and appear like a sunburn. You may see more swelling, but this is just a sign that the treatment is working as it should.
Days 3-5: The swelling will calm down, and your skin will be a pink-ish colour that is easy to cover up with makeup.
After the First Week: You’ll begin to see the effects of your treatment settling and your skin will be smoother and firmer to the touch. You will enjoy a rejuvenated glow as your hyperpigmentation, dark circles, and scars begin to fade.
How Many Sessions Do I Need for a PRP Facial?
For optimal results, you may require 3-4 sessions at 4-6 week intervals. Some patients may require maintenance therapy treatments once or twice a year.
How Often Should I Get PRP Hair Injections?
To achieve your best outcome, you may receive monthly injections for 3 months. Afterwards, results will last for a minimum of 18 months, and can be enhanced over time with repeated sessions.
How Long Does It Take to See Results from PRP Facial Therapy?
You will begin to notice an improvement in your skin within the first month.. Maintaining these fantastic results only requires 1-2 yearly touch-up treatments.
Schedule a PRP Consultation Today!
Book your consultation with the Skin Matters team today to see if Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is a good option for your skin and hair concerns!