Are you beginning to notice fine lines on your face and neck? Do you experience hair thinning and hair loss? Are you seeking a natural, effective solution to combat signs of aging? If your answer to any of these is yes, you should consider platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment, which is offered at Lougheed Laser Centre in Burnaby, BC.
We serve the Burnaby, Coquitlam, Vancouver, and Port Moody with PRP treatment that uses totally natural “liquid gold” plasma collected from your own body to stimulate rejuvenating cell regeneration. This process can smooth wrinkles, promote hair growth, and leave you looking and feeling your very best.
What Is PRP Treatment?
PRP treatment uses your body’s plasma to stimulate growth in areas affected by aging or cosmetic concerns. The plasma is collected from your blood and separated to use during treatment. Depending on your targeted treatment areas, this plasma is injected into your skin or scalp, where it encourages cell growth and combats the side effects of aging.
This treatment is the perfect option for those seeking a non-surgical, natural approach to improving skin and hair conditions. It also requires zero downtime after sessions, which makes it a convenient choice for everyone.
PRP for Skin
PRP for the skin is a treatment option which can address a host of concerns, including wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, uneven texture, loose skin, and enlarged pores. It’s an ideal solution to the results of acne, which can leave scars, dark spots, and imperfections in the skin. It can even help fade hyperpigmentation and correct discoloration for a more balanced skin tone. Finally, this treatment is an excellent option to promote overall skin health by encouraging frequent cell regeneration.
It can also be combined with other skin treatments such as microneedling, which stimulates the body to produce collagen and elastin. It can also be used in conjunction with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar in the human body that can help your skin retain collagen and appear smoother and more luminous. Combination treatments add extra power to your PRP treatment to deliver your ideal results.
PRP for Hair Loss
Hair loss is a common side effect of aging in both men and women and can be caused by a variety of factors, including age or genetic-related balding or postpartum hair loss. If you experience hair loss or thinning, this treatment could be for you.
PRP is injected into your scalp where it stimulates your hair follicles and results in new hair growth. Over the course of treatment, which generally includes a series of sessions to achieve best results, you’ll see your hair grow along with your confidence.
How Does PRP Treatment Work?
This treatment was designed to be non-surgical, outpatient, and natural in order to offer an alternative to traditional approaches. In addition, it’s relatively quick, is not painful, and requires zero recovery time, allowing you to jump right back into your daily life after each session.
The first step is to sit down with your doctor and discuss your goals and ideal results. This is the perfect time to call attention to the areas with which you’re unsatisfied. Using this information, your doctor will be able to discuss a treatment plan in response to your specific concerns, and you’ll be able to ask any questions about the treatment, recovery, and results.
Before treatment, your doctor will draw blood in order to separate the cell growth factor from the rest of the components. It’s important to remain hydrated in the days prior to having your blood drawn, as this will help encourage plasma production in your body, making it easier for your doctor to harvest a good amount from your blood.
Your blood will be spun in a centrifuge at high speeds, which separates it into its different parts and allows your plasma to be extracted. Platelet-rich plasma is referred to as “liquid gold” because of its rich color and transformative powers.
Using plasma to harness your body’s growth powers is one of the best ways to get results that look and feel natural. In addition, plasma is completely compatible with each patient since it originated in their own body, which prevents any allergic reactions and results in a nearly zero-risk treatment.
Once your PRP extraction and separation is complete, your doctor will begin your treatment. First, you’ll have a numbing cream applied to your face or scalp to minimize any discomfort. Once your skin is numb, your doctor will begin injecting PRP alone or in combination with another treatment as you have discussed. You can expect an average session to last approximately 30-45 minutes.
If you opted to combine this treatment with microneedling, your doctor will use a small, handheld needle machine to create micro-wounds in the surface layer of your skin. These wounds signal your skin to begin creating reparative factors like collagen and elastin, which tighten and smooth the skin. Your doctor will apply the PRP harvested from your blood sample, which will look like a smooth, viscous gel, and use microneedling to inject the PRP into your skin cells.
Another combination option is hyaluronic acid, which can promote elastic, glowing skin by helping your skin retain moisture. Microneedling can help your cells better absorb both hyaluronic acid and PRP, allowing these revitalizing natural substances to have the biggest impact possible on your skin.
Directly after your treatment, you’ll likely notice that your skin is redder than usual. Your doctor will give you specific post-treatment instructions, and you shouldn’t do anything that makes you sweat or use skincare or makeup products for 48 hours to protect your skin as it heals. You can use shampoo and conditioner on your scalp several hours after treatment, but you should avoid chemical coloring or perming treatments for at least 72 hours.
In addition, you should stay out of the sun for as long as possible. Three days is the minimum, but the longer you can shield your skin from direct sunlight, the better. Taking these steps will ensure that your skin can fully absorb the PRP as your cells begin to heal.
Is It Working?
After treatment, you’ll start to see some light skin cell shedding three to four days after your session as the post-treatment redness fades completely. This means that your skin is well on its way to healing. You may notice small improvements during these first few days, but expect to see the full results about 10 days after treatment.
Wrinkles, acne scars, and enlarged pores should appear less defined, and any hyperpigmentation or discoloration should look lighter. Your skin should feel smooth and elasticized.
The best part about this treatment is that there’s no recovery time needed after a session. You don’t need to rest; you can pick up right where you left off after each visit. Beyond minimal redness directly after a session, there’s no visible sign that you’ve had a treatment, and the convenience of zero downtime is just another reason why this treatment can work for any person and fit into any schedule.
After 10 days, your final results will be visible. You should see improvement in your areas of concern and notice a new glow in your skin. Thanks to the natural sources of this treatment, results are proven to last longer than with traditional treatments. Your results can look great and last for up to 18 months.
It’s common to return for follow-up or maintenance treatments anywhere between four to six weeks or months after your first session, depending on your goals. You should discuss your treatment plan with your doctor to keep your skin in perfect shape.
Hair Treatment Results
Hair treatment results can take a little longer to materialize. Since your doctor will probably recommend recurring sessions over time to target areas of loss or thinning, you’ll probably see results anywhere between three to six months after your first session. It takes longer for hair to grow once the hair follicles are stimulated, but you can expect to see noticeable improvement within your first year of treatments.
Keeping Your Results
As you enjoy your results after your PRP sessions, remember to use other skin-nourishing methods to build on the success of this treatment. You can continue to use anti-aging creams or at-home treatments as your doctor recommends. You can also continue using acne medication or hair growth vitamins. And finally, the best way you can ensure that your skin stays healthy and beautiful is by wearing sunscreen and a hat to shield your skin and scalp from harmful rays.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
PRP treatments for skin and hair growth are ideal for anyone unsatisfied with mild cosmetic issues such as fine lines or hair thinning. Both men and women can benefit from this treatment, which has almost zero risks and offers excellent results.
A PRP skin treatment is ideal for those who wish to address signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, loose skin, and discoloration. It’s also the perfect solution for those who want to correct scarring and large pores resulting from acne. Finally, it can be a good preventative measure for people who wish to keep their skin healthy and looking its best by combatting early signs of aging.
PRP hair treatment is a great alternative to surgical hair loss procedures. It can address both chronic hair loss from conditions like male/female pattern baldness and acute conditions like postpartum hair loss in specific areas of the scalp. This treatment may not be ideal for those who already have severe follicle depletion, however, such as a completely bald spot. You should discuss your options with your doctor to achieve the best results.
This treatment is a revolutionary approach to revitalizing your skin. By using the natural processes of your own body, your cells are stimulated to rejuvenate your skin from the inside out, leaving you looking your best. Its natural origins mean that you don’t have to worry about which substances are in your skin; the plasma collected from your blood sample is 100% compatible with your body, drastically reducing risks during treatment.
The results of this treatment continue to impress. While there is no permanent solution to correct all the symptoms of aging, this treatment lasts much longer than other options thanks to its naturally integrated nature. Each session builds on the success of the last session, which means that you can enjoy your results for longer before returning to your doctor to pamper your skin with another treatment.
You’ll be amazed to see the way your body’s own growth stimulants can give you the skin you’ve always wanted. If PRP treatment sounds right for you, contact the professionals at Lougheed Laser Centre in Burnaby, BC, to set up an initial consultation. We look forward to helping you reach your skin and hair goals!