PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an injectable cosmetic treatment that harnesses the healing properties of one's own blood platelets for potential skin, hair and healing benefits.

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In this procedure, a small sample of the patient’s blood is drawn and then centrifuged to concentrate and separate the platelets from blood’s other components. The resulting platelet rich plasma or PRP is rich in growth factors and bioactive proteins that have been shown to stimulate collagen production, improve blood circulation, and promote tissue healing or repair. 

When injected into targeted areas of the skin, PRP is used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and improve overall skin tone and texture. PRP may also be used to address dark circles under the eyes. PRP has been shown to stimulate collagen and elastin production and promote skin regeneration.

PRP is also utilized in the combination treatment of acne scars. PRP when combined with stronger laser treatments has been shown to speed healing, improve recovery and reduce downtime.

PRP is also widely used in the field of hair restoration to promote hair growth and hair restoration. PRP is used to stimulate hair follicles, improve hair thickness, and promote new hair growth and may be combined with other medical treatments.

Does everyone benefit and what are the risks?

It is important to note that individual responses to PRP treatments vary and the efficacy of the procedure depends on several factors. These include the specific skin concern, the technique used, and the individual’s overall health. Results vary significantly between individuals. 

PRP is given by injection, this carries the risk of bruising, swelling, and pain which usually settle over days to a week. Uncommon risks include infection. When utilized for hair restoration, there is the risk of temporary hair shedding involving existing hair before new hair growth occurs. 

Consult one of our dermatologists or dermatology nurses for tailored advice.

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