PRP Injections: what are they and what can they do for you?
PRP injections in dermatology: the 101
Platelet Rich Plasma, aka PRP, has been used in various clinical settings, including sports medicine and wound care. It is popularly known in the media, however, for its skin rejuvenation capabilities, proudly offered at SpaMedica in Toronto.
In a nutshell, blood (plasma), contains red and white cells, and platelets. The latter contains growth factors and stem cells, which play a crucial role in our healing processes. PRP in dermatology is plasma with a platelet concentration 5 to 10 times higher than usual. If you’re wondering where PRP comes from, the answer is you! Following a preliminary consultation with Dr. Mulholland’s team of professionals, your blood is drawn and then spun in a centrifuge machine, which separates it into the platelet-poor layer; the “buffy coat,” which contains platelets, stem cells, and white blood cells; and red blood cells. The buffy coat (not to be confused with the famous vampire slayer) is your PRP-to-be!
The vampire facial
Following fractional resurfacing (via laser or micro needling), PRP is applied topically. The resurfacing preps your face by creating channels in the skin, which make penetration into the skin, and thus the stimulation of new collagen, elastin, and ground substances significantly easier when PRP is applied. Your appearance is improved beyond what fractional treatments alone can accomplish.
The vampire lift
Although the vampire lift also involves the stimulation of new collagen, elastin, and ground substances, a PRP stem cell injection is the technique used, improving your skin’s texture, and smoothing wrinkles. Who knew that your body already possessed everything it needs to naturally rejuvenate? The lift can also be performed in conjunction with the facial technique.
Does PRP actually work in dermatology?
Science-backed PRP can help the body’s tissues heal faster, so expect significant improvements to thin skin, wrinkles, sun damage, or loss of elastin. Benefits of PRP include little to no downtime relative to surgery, and zero incisions. Did you know PRP injections for hair loss are also at the forefront of non-invasive hair restoration techniques?
Dermatology how-to: aftercare
There are few side effects associated with platelet-rich plasma injections. You can expect some bruising, swelling, redness, tenderness and pain at the injection sites. But these typically dissipate within days. Injectable treatments after fractional micro-needling require 24 hours’ recovery, while topical and injectable combined treatments require 3-5 days or 7-10 for more aggressive treatments. Skin care products and other therapies may be recommended to enhance results as you heal!
Usually, topical and injected PRP can be performed in the same session. A combination of topical, micro needling/fractional laser resurfacing, and the PRP injectable runs $2,999 for three treatments or $4,699 for five treatments.
Schedule your PRP injection consultation with Dr. Mulholland at SpaMedica in Toronto today. After all, you’ve already got what it takes to put your best face forward!