Using Platelet-Rich Plasma for Hair Loss and Facial Rejuvenation 

Dr. Giselle Lefebvre, ND

Sage Clinic Vancouver has a new treatment option – Aesthetics Injections. As a treatment for hair loss and skin renewal, we provide Platelet-Rich Plasma, or PRP, injections to the face, scalp, neck and hands.

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma?

In the last 20 years, PRP is effectively used for cosmetic treatments. Popularized in the 1980’s for sports injury treatment due to its proven ability to accelerate wound healing and promote tissue growth. PRP is used in dental surgeries and tendon and ligament injuries. Recently it has been used as an effective therapy for skin and hair rejuvenation. PRP treats acne, scarring and alopecia. PRP can increase collagen production which, in turn, enhances skin texture and volume creating a more youthful glow.

PRP therapy for hair loss is ideal for patients who are not candidates for surgery or for those wanting a non-surgical approach to hair loss treatment. Your growth factors and stem cells work together to build the hair follicles by stimulating your hair back into the growth phase.

Are you a candidate?

While PRP is a promising treatment for most candidates, it is not recommended for anyone with an active or chronic infection, cancer, chemotherapy, platelet dysfunction, chronic liver disease, clotting disease or on anticoagulants.

Heavy alcohol or tobacco use diminishes the effects of PRP.

Facial Aesthetics

  • This is a great treatment for you if you have been considering botox or fillers and wish there was a more natural option.
  • Unlike collagen injections or fillers, there is no risk of allergic reaction since it is made from your own blood.
  • PRP can be beneficial in reducing fine lines, increasing volume to the cheeks and filling in creases.
  • We support our facial treatments with Microneedling using the Eclipse Micropen™ , which minimizes the depth and discoloration of acne scarring.
  • PRP treatments can be applied to all skin types, tones and hair colours.

Hair Rejuvenation

  • This is an ideal treatment if you have been losing hair, feel like your hair is thinner that it used to be, are dealing with a receding hairline or have bald patches which are not getting any smaller.
  • While you work with your Naturopathic doctor on uncovering the root cause, we can start to improve the overall thickness and look of your hair. This can be an effective treatment option for those who have not found any improvement with medications.

For best results, work closely with your ND to help you achieve a healthy and happy state.

How is PRP prepared?

At Sage, we use the Eclipse Medical System, which allows us to draw the least amount of blood needed to provide consistent results. This system prepares pure Platelet-Rich Plasma with optimal platelet concentrations and cellular content.

What can I expect with the treatment?

Your visit starts with a blood draw. Then your skin is prepped with a numbing agent, your doctor will review your areas of concern. Once your blood has been centrifuged (this takes about 15 min) and your PRP is ready to go, your treatment will take about 45 minutes.  Each treatment is different, depending on your specific needs.

Injecting the PRP into the selected area can trigger a healing cascade which may result in mild inflammation of your skin. There may be some slight swelling, bruising and redness directly after the treatment that can last for a day or two.

If you have the microneedling treatment, you may feel like you have a sunburn. Let your affected skin breathe and avoid makeup for at least 24 hours after treatment.

Hair treatments require more blood to draw and the blood needs to be centrifuged twice before it’s ready. Expect 10 to 20 injections over your scalp. Although the preparation of the PRP takes longer than a skin treatment, the injection period is shorter.

Treatment results vary. Initial recommendation is 3 treatments over a 6 month period, ideally 4 weeks apart. The time between treatments allows for the platelets to stimulate growth factors, which assist with collagen stimulation.

Bi-annual touch up treatments will maintain results once the initial 6 months is complete.

For more information

Book an inquiry visit with Dr. Giselle Lefebvre ND or Dr. Julie Moore ND to learn more about PRP and if it is an option for you.

References:

Randomized Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind, Half-Head Study to Assess the Efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma on the Treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia.    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27035501

 

Platelet-Rich Plasma in Androgenic Alopecia: Myth or an Effective Tool

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4134641/

 

The evidence behind the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in scar management: a literature review

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6243404/

 

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