Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy for Hair & Skin Rejuvenation
What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, which is a component in the blood. PRP Therapy at Clinic 360 involves the use of your own blood to heal aging skin and tissue, for a rejuvenated and strengthened appearance. It can be performed on the skin of the body and face, and also on the hair follicles to thicken the hair.
What can PRP help improve?
PRP can help with many skin ailments on the face and on the body, and it does so by diminishing signs of aging, improving the tone and texture of the skin, and restoring volume loss. It can also help strengthen hair follicles to produce thicker hair on the head, with a longer growth rate. PRP Therapy at Clinic 360 may be the treatment option for you, if you suffer from any of the following:
- Acne scarring
- Surgical scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Thinning Hair
- Spot Baldness
- Crepey skin
- Large Pores
- Age Spots
PRP therapy has safely been used in medicine for over 30 years especially in the recovery from orthopedic surgeries and sports injuries, and has now made way into the cosmetic industry mainly for hair regeneration and skin rejuvenation.
Science behind PRP
By combining science and our bodies natural healing ability, PRP Therapy uses the power of blood to benefit our appearance. Our blood is composed of red blood cells, plasma, platelets and white blood cells. Plasma is a pale fluid that makes up about 55% of our total blood volume. Within the plasma, tiny platelets can be found. When activated, platelets are able to release growth factors, which then initiate the natural healing process which is involved in the rejuvenation of damaged tissue. Normally our plasma does not contain a high concentration of platelets, but when the blood is extracted from our body and then centrifuged (spun at a very high rate), a “platelet-rich-plasma” can be found. This platelet rich plasma is then applied to the skin. By activating the natural healing process through these growth factors, new tissue including elastin and collagen is produced for a fresh and youthful result.
Book a Consult!
The first step in getting started with PRP Therapy is to come in for a complimentary consultation. A consultation is a private one-on-one assessment with one of our knowledgeable medical estheticians. They will do a thorough assessment on you to make sure Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is right for you.
Selphyl® - Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM)
At Clinic 360 we have chosen to use the Selphyl® Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix (PRFM) as we believe this is the next generation of PRP. In order to have the most effective preparation of PRP, this needs to be purely plasma and platelets. If it is contaminated with too many other components of the blood (white blood cells and red blood cells) this can have an inflammatory effect, rather then the opposite which is a healing effect. The Selphyl® system allows for the transformation of PRP into PRFM by removing contaminating factors and activating the platelets. This gives you a safe and effective result with your treatment.
The treatment of PRP Therapy
After completing your assessment, and making sure all your questions have been answered, the first step is to have blood drawn from your arm. Depending on how large of a surface area is being treated, about 10-30mL of blood will be extracted into a glass tube. You will be able to see that your blood will be a dark red colour before it is centrifuged. Next your blood will be spun for about 10 minutes in a centrifuge. Centrifuging is a process that uses a spinning force to separate the components of your blood. When this is completed, you will be able to visibly see that your red blood cells, plasma, and platelet-rich component are all separate. It is easy to identify the PRP as it will be golden in colour. The platelet rich plasma, is then extracted from the tube and Selphyl® calcium-chloride is added to activate the growth factor release from the platelets. Now the PRP is ready to be applied!
For Skin (face or body)
After cleansing the area to be treated, a topical numbing cream will be applied to the skin and left to sit for 15-20 minutes (this is usually applied as your blood is being centrifuged). The numbing cream is then wiped off in order to apply the activated platelet rich plasma to the skin. To achieve the best results possible, a microneedling pen is glided across the surface of the skin. Microneedling creates superficial wounds (or channels) in the skin, which has a twofold benefit. First, it allows for deeper penetration of PRP into the skin, and secondly it accelerates the initiation of collagen production. A microneedling pen, is an automatic tool that has very fine needles that pass over the skin, thus you will feel some sensation from the treatment, however this is why numbing cream is applied prior. Redness and swelling are expected after the treatment. Each session takes about 30 minutes, based on the size of the surface area to be treated.
Instead of using a microneedling pen to target hair growth, a fine needle is used to inject PRP over the scalp at the level of the hair follicles, about 2 cm apart. The treatment is relatively painless, however if needed a topical anesthesia can be applied 20 minutes before the injections. The treatment will take about 45 minutes, and some numbness and redness is expected to last a few hours after the treatment.
Directly after PRP you can expect redness, swelling, slight bleeding and possible bruising for 2-3 days. The treated area will feel tender, almost resembling a mild sunburn. Exercise can be resumed 12 hours after treatment. You will be given proper instructions on how to clean the skin when you are at home. For those who underwent PRP for hair loss, you are able to return to work right after the treatment. The final results are seen 3 months after your last session as this gives collagen enough time to mature and shrink, to cause a tightening effect on the skin. Final results for PRP on the hair follicles is about 6 months later.
PRP for Hair Loss
Unfortunately if you are completely bald, PRP therapy will not be your treatment of choice. The best candidates are men and women who have spot baldness (alopecia areata), male (and female) pattern baldness, and hair thinning at the hairline part. PRP therapy works by stimulating the activity of the hair follicles to counteract the hair loss process. The result is an increase in hair thickness, hair count, and a longer growth phase of the hair cycle.
How Many Sessions are Recommended?
For PRP Therapy on the skin, at Clinic 360 we recommend 1 session every month for 3-6 months, based on the type of improvement needed. The results last 1-2 years, however we do recommend you come in once a year for a touch-up to maintain the results.
For PRP Therapy for hair, at Clinic 360 we recommend to do 1 session every month for 3-4 months, then continue with a session every 3-6 months to keep hair growth stimulated to maintain the results.
Pricing per session starts from $700 plus HST for an area on the face or body. The price is dependent on the amount of surface area to be covered in each session.
Pricing per session starts from $1,000 plus HST for hair restoration on the head. Pricing is based on the surface area to be covered.
Package pricing is available for multiple sessions and multiple areas.