Your PRP Questions Answered

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a procedure in which an individual uses his or her body’s own natural growth factors in a concentrated form to stimulate cell growth in order to produce new healthy cells and promote healing. Commonly used to promote hair growth, to reduce fine wrinkles and for hand rejuvenation, the treatment is not new and has been used for over two decades.

What is PRP used for?
PRP is most commonly used to promote hair growth, hand rejuvenation and to reduce fine wrinkles, acne scars, crow’s feet (fine wrinkles around the corner of the eyes), tear trough (hollowness under the eyes) and to enhance décolletage.

How does PRP help with hair growth?
PRP is used to stimulate inactive hair follicles and new hair follicles that have just been placed after a hair transplant. It will not bring back hair if you were already bald, however, if you have thinning hair, this procedure may work quite well for both men and women. PRP can be used in conjunction with other treatments for hair growth as well.

How is the procedure done?
Blood is drawn from your arm and then placed into a centrifuge. While spinning in the centrifuge, the blood is separated into its natural components. During this process, the growth factors that stimulate cell growth become concentrated. It is this component of concentrated cells that is then removed and reinjected into your area of concern.

What is the recovery time?
Generally, most people can return to full activities immediately after the procedure, however, you can have some swelling and bruising in the area that can persist for a few days.

Does it hurt?
The procedure is generally tolerated quite well, although sometimes a topical anesthetic can be applied to the skin ahead of time. The PRP is usually injected using a very fine insulin-type needle, micro-needling or a derma pen.

How many sessions are required?
A PRP treatment generally starts with three sessions that are spaced approximately four to six weeks apart. A maintenance session is usually performed somewhere between every four to six months after that.

How much does PRP cost?
Generally, treatments start at $800 per session.

How soon will I see the results?
People typically require three treatments and the results are visible after the second treatment, in most cases. Some people do see results after a single treatment.


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Dr. Sean Rice

Dr. Sean Rice

Dr. Sean Rice, B.A.(Hons), M.D.,M.Sc.,F.R.C.S.C., is a renowned plastic and cosmetic surgeon, a leading authority on age management and is widely recognized for his published articles in Canadian and international medical journals. Dr. Rice is frequently called upon to share his expertise as he trains other surgeons in cutting-edge techniques as well being invited to […]

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