Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy: 7 Things You Need to Know About PRP
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the market.
Not sure what it is? The name might seem intimidating at first, but don’t worry — PRP is simpler than you probably expect.
And it could be just what you need to tackle your sagging skin, hair loss, or other cosmetic issues!
How? And what results can you expect to see?
Read on to discover everything you need to know about the power of PRP!
PRP Uses Your Own Blood to Stimulate Skin Repair
Don’t like the idea of having foreign substances injected into your body?
That could put you off trying other treatments designed to combat common signs of aging. But that’s not an issue with PRP.
Why? Because this treatment uses a sample of your own blood to improve your skin’s appearance. Yes, really!
It’s all about the plasma. This is a crucial part of your blood, filled with proteins (or “factors”) that perform essential functions — including cell growth support.
That means injecting PRP into tissue stimulates production of healthy new cells and encourages healing. Your skin will look younger and smoother over time.
Here’s how it works:
You’ll need multiple sessions to achieve your ideal results, but you’ll talk this through with your nurse before treatment.
PRP Can Help With Hair Loss
The average person sheds between 50 and 100 hairs a day. That’s not a problem when new strands grow to replace them. But conditions like male pattern baldness and alopecia areata cause hair to fall out in greater numbers than usual. And new hairs won’t take their place.
Fortunately, PRP therapy can restore healthy growth naturally by repairing cells in the scalp.
You might prefer this option over more invasive ones, such as hair transplant surgery.
PRP Boosts Skin Elasticity
Collagen and elastin keep your skin thick, tight, and firm. But your body stops producing both as much as it used to with age — creating sagging skin.
The older you get, the saggier your skin will start to look, especially around the chin, cheeks, and neck. But platelet-rich plasma therapy stimulates collagen and elastin with your own blood, so it’s a fantastic way to improve your skin tone and texture without surgery.
Sagging areas should feel more youthful after a series of PRP injections. Speak to your nurse about the spots you want to focus on before your treatment begins. They’ll explain the process and help you understand what results to expect.
PRP Improves the Appearance of Wrinkles
Along with sagging skin, wrinkles and fine lines are another common sign of aging. They’re more visible on some skin types than others, such as dry skin.
Wrinkles form when your skin gets thinner and loses its elasticity (hello, collagen and elastin!). But other factors can increase the visibility of wrinkles and trigger their development earlier than you might expect. These include:
PRP stimulates tissue repair and helps to rejuvenate skin. That means wrinkles should be less noticeable after you complete the recommended course of sessions.
PRP Reduces the Visibility of Scars
Do you have scars in areas you can’t (or struggle to) cover up?
Scarring on the arms, legs, face, or neck may all be more visible than you’d prefer, especially in warmer weather. But PRP therapy could improve the appearance of your scars and make them harder for people to see.
Plasma injected into your body repairs damaged tissue cells and replaces them with new, healthy ones. Your skin should look smoother, and your scars will be less noticeable than usual.
PRP Can Make Stretch Marks Less Noticeable
Stretch marks are a natural result of fast changes in the shape of your skin. Maybe you’ve had a baby, or lost a lot of weight through diet and exercise. Whatever the cause, stretch marks can be difficult to accept if they’re in an easy-to-see spot.
And even though stretch marks tend to fade over the years, they can still seem very noticeable to you. Sounds familiar?
You can try PRP treatments to address stretch marks on your stomach, legs, or buttocks. They’ll revitalize the skin and make stretch marks harder to see.
PRP Results Can Last for Months
Your PRP injections will need a little time to take effect. Your skin won’t look totally different after a single session — you’ll require several to get the best results.
How long will it take to see a difference? You’ll probably notice positive changes within a few weeks or months, whether that’s increased hair growth or less-visible wrinkles.
How long do they last? It varies, but patients can enjoy lasting improvements for as long as 18 months after they complete their series of treatments.
Your nurse will explain what results you can expect based on your goals, your skin, and other important factors.
How to Book Your First PRP Therapy Session in Brampton
Feel inspired to try PRP?
Want to talk to an experienced expert about your options before you commit?
Astra Medicare is here to help!
All treatments are performed by registered nurses supervised by a medical doctor for your complete peace of mind. Relax and leave our specialists to work knowing you’re in the best hands.
We use cutting-edge facilities for the most professional, efficient PRP therapy in Brampton. Your treatment will start with a free, no-obligation consultation — the perfect opportunity to talk about your skin, your objectives, and your concerns.
And we’ll answer questions on any of our other treatments, including massage, laser spider vein removal, Clear + Brilliant, and more!
What I Wish I Knew About PRP Treatment
In the past few years, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) has become a popular treatment for combating the signs of aging. It’s a non-surgical option that utilizes cutting-edge technology and techniques to create visible improvements in the skin.
But what is PRP, how does it work, and what results can you expect? These are questions people may wish they’d asked before trying this state-of-the-art treatment — so we’ll answer them for you in this post.
How PRP treatment works
Platelet Rich Plasma treatment is designed to help your body repair damage using its own substances — specifically, the blood.
The plasma within your blood is made up of platelets, rich in growth factors. Plasma itself consists of glucose, clotting factors, proteins, and hormones.
PRP involves taking a sample of blood from your arm as you would for any standard blood test, and separating the platelets in a centrifuge. This spins the blood at very high speeds to cause the platelets to shift away from each other.
The separated plasma is removed and prepared to be injected back into the body, in one or more target areas. As the plasma releases growth factors, it stimulates and boosts the number of cells performing repairs within your skin.
As a result, PRP treatment can lead to enhanced elastic and collagen production — making your skin more elastic, firmer, and youthful. That’s why it’s used commonly to:
PRP treatment is commonly used to enhance the appearance of the skin on the face, hands, and neck. However, it suits other needs, too:
What should you expect during your PRP treatment?
First and foremost, there’s no need to worry about discomfort during PRP therapy — there’s little to none. This is a simple procedure based around injections, and we use the safest, latest equipment for your total peace of mind.
The risks of experiencing any side effects as a result of your PRP therapy are incredibly slim, but we want you to be aware regardless. As PRP is an autologous treatment (relying on substances taken from you directly), the danger of experiencing an allergic reaction as you might from certain other medications is significantly reduced.
Other side effects may include:
Again, you’re unlikely to be affected by any of these, but we want to draw your attention to these potential side effects and help you make an informed decision.
What will happen before my PRP treatment?
It’s crucial that you know exactly how your PRP therapy will unfold, from the moment you step into the treatment room to the moment you leave. We’ll discuss the process with you at length during your consultation, and determine whether PRP therapy is the right option for you based on your goals, health status, etc.
However, typical recommendations for anyone preparing to undergo our PRP therapy include:
Certain recommendations may vary from one case to another, but generally, we advise you to follow the steps discussed above.
How long will my PRP treatment take?
Your PRP therapy session should take no longer than an hour and a half, though it may run longer or shorter (so allow at least a couple of hours, just in case).
Typically, it takes around half an hour to take a sample of your blood and process the platelets, preparing them to be reinjected into your system. Another half hour or so may be required to inject them and bring the treatment to a close, though it could take less time than this.
We’ll be able to offer a more accurate timeframe during your consultation, but use the above as an approximate guideline when planning your schedule.
What happens after my PRP procedure?
The average recovery time after a Platelet Rich Plasma injection tends to fall within three or four hours, but it could vary from case to case. You may experience some swelling, tenderness, or bruising shortly after the injections, though they will pass fairly quickly.
If you want to minimize any swelling or bruising that might occur, apply cold packs to the treatment areas gently. Avoid washing these areas for at least 24 hours, and stay out of direct sunlight. Skip hot showers and baths, too.
You should allow the treatment area(s) to rest and recover immediately after your PRP therapy. You will likely be able to continue with your usual or planned activities following your session, such as going back to work (unless you have a physically-exerting job) or shopping.
Over the following weeks, you should notice positive changes to the skin in the treated areas. This may include tighter skin, less-visible wrinkles, and a better appearance overall.
We’ll provide you with any further advice on the day of your treatment, and will be available to answer any questions you may have.
That brings our post on what you need to know about PRP treatment before you try it for yourself to a close. We hope it answers all of your questions, but if not, you know where to find us.
Ready to book your own PRP therapy session or just want to learn more about your options? Get in touch with our team today!
What is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) and What can it do for You?
Platelets are blood cells performing multiple roles in your body:
Astra Medi Spa’s PRP therapy revolves around using plasma (liquid blood) which has been augmented to carry many more platelets than it normally would. As a result, an area of skin affected by a specific issue or condition will be given a higher concentration of those all-important growth factors, to look and feel better than ever.
How do PRP Treatments Work?
During PRP therapy, a sample of your blood will be taken and the platelets inside will be separated from the other cells using a centrifuge.
This spins them at a high speed until they’re ready to be injected into the target zone, with as much as 10 times more platelets than occurs naturally.
Using PRP Treatments for Healthier-looking Skin
Astra Medi Spa’s specialists use PRP to harness your own healing power and improve various cosmetic conditions, including:
Fine lines / wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles are the most recognizable signs of aging. They can be pretty difficult to accept, especially if you feel you’re starting to develop a few more than you should.
We’ll inject platelet-rich plasma into the target area(s) of your face to reduce the visibility of these wrinkles, stimulating production of collagen and elastin. You’ll look rejuvenated and more youthful following the number of treatments required.
Dark circles make you look more tired — and, sadly, older — than you might actually be.
Fortunately, we can inject PRP into the skin under your eyes to ease dark circles over time, which makes a great complement to treating other signs of aging.
Have acne scars you want to make less noticeable? They’re a common side-effect of this irritating skin condition, and PRP therapy sessions will make a visible difference to your scars in the long run.
This saves time covering them up with foundation or applying creams.
Stretch marks caused by fluctuations in weight or pregnancy may be targeted with Platelet-rich Plasma treatments too. These affect the stomach, thighs or other areas of the body, and might be visible enough to affect your self-image.
How can you Arrange your Own PRP Treatment?
Our PRP therapy is a fantastic solution to help boost the skin’s look and feel, creating a more youthful aesthetic.
We know Platelet-rich Plasma treatments sound fairly daunting, but we’ll answer any questions you may have before and during your in-depth consultation. Our team’s dedicated to giving you all the details you need to know before you sign up for any of our PRP sessions.
Want to schedule a consultation for your own PRP therapy at Astra Medi Spa in Brampton?
It’s quick and easy — so get in touchwith our friendly team today!
Dedicated and passionate Astra Medicare staff.