You may already know about PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy to help repair and regenerate soft tissue after injuries. Now, there is more exciting news. Success in this area has led to further developments that include the use of PRP for cosmetic improvement.
Using the Body’s Own Healing Properties
PRP has long been used to promote healing following sports injuries or surgery. In recent years, it was discovered that PRP can be used as a cosmetic treatment to correct fine lines, wrinkles and folds and to stimulate collagen growth. PRP uses the body’s own healing properties to improve the appearance of wrinkles and folds around the nose, mouth, chin and forehead.
We use a highly concentrated form of PRP called hcPRP. Normal concentrations range from 2X to 8X, but our hcPRP technique increases the concentration up to 90X. The process is quite simple yet highly beneficial. Several vials of your own blood are drawn and then spun in a centrifuge, separating the platelet rich plasma from the other components. The concentrated plasma is then injected into the treatment area to promote collagen growth and tissue regeneration.
Is PRP a Filler?
In short, no. While the treatment goals of PRP and fillers overlap in some ways, PRP cannot correct major volume loss.
The dermal fillers popular in Vancouver, such as JUVÉDERM® and Sculptra®, are biodegradable and biocompatible synthetic fillers. Most of them are made with hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the skin and helps maintain full, hydrated, healthy-looking facial contours. Sculptra is made from polylactic acid, which is derived from fruit and stimulates collagen production. These fillers are designed to restore facial volume as well as diminish wrinkles, fine lines, crow’s feet and acne scars.