Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Using natural substances from your own body appeals to women and men considering platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) at our London, Ontario practice. Traditionally, PRP therapy has been used to help athletes heal more quickly and for other medical purposes, but it’s also becoming a common aesthetic treatment. DermEffects’ board-certified dermatologist Dr. Wei Jing Loo uses PRP as a treatment to smooth patients’ wrinkles, eliminate eye bags and dark circles under the eyes, and treat hair loss.
How PRP Therapy Works
Understanding how PRP therapy helps minimize wrinkles and trigger hair growth involves knowing a bit about platelets. Platelets are a key part of the body’s healing process because they store molecules called growth factors. These growth factors help trigger the rejuvenation of tissue. Plasma that is rich with platelets stimulates collagen production, which helps rejuvenate the skin in a natural way.
For hair restoration patients at our London practice, those same growth factors help naturally stimulate hair growth when Dr. Loo injects the platelet-rich plasma into the scalp. The nonsurgical alternative to hair transplant procedures is popular because it’s faster and less costly than other options.
PRP is a quick and natural way to improve the appearance of your skin or promote hair growth.
Why Choose DermEffects for PRP Therapy?
Dr. Loo prides herself on offering patients state-of-the-art cosmetic treatments that are both safe and effective. PRP therapy is an innovative procedure that is quickly gaining popularity worldwide as dermatologists and other cosmetic specialists see the excellent results it produces. Dr. Loo is a Royal College-certified dermatologist whose expertise as an injector is seen in her precision and results.
Patients also choose DermEffects for PRP therapy because Dr. Loo can combine the wrinkle-reducing procedure with other treatments, such as laser skin rejuvenation, to produce more comprehensive outcomes.
What to Expect
Dr. Loo performs PRP therapy at our London dermatology clinic. The process begins with drawing your blood, which is then spun in a device called a centrifuge. That process isolates the platelets in the plasma. Dr. Loo then injects the PRP into the treatment site, such as below the eyes, the face, the back of the hands, or the scalp. She applies a topical anesthetic before the injections to ensure you remain comfortable during the procedure. The entire treatment takes about 30 minutes.
Some patients experience minor redness or skin irritation after the injections. The results emerge gradually during the following weeks and months as the growth factors trigger the production of new collagen. Patients getting PRP therapy under the eyes or on the face require 3 sessions. Hair loss treatment requires between 3 and 6 sessions.
PRP Therapy Benefits
The interest in the cosmetic use of PRP therapy continues to increase as patients and physicians observe the positive changes that occur following treatments. Some of the benefits of PRP compared to other skin rejuvenation or hair restoration procedures include:
- Because it uses the patient’s own blood, it’s well-tolerated
- Virtually no downtime is needed
- The treatment is relatively quick and comfortable (hair restoration can take a bit longer)
- You can combine PRP with other treatments if desired
- It’s a versatile treatment
Patients seeking PRP for skin rejuvenation can minimizes the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, sun damage, and uneven skin tone, among other concerns.
If you’re curious about PRP therapy and want to learn more about this innovative aesthetic treatment, request a consultation using the online form to meet with Dr. Loo and her team. Or call our office at (519) 472-8686 to schedule an appointment.