In a blog post I wrote a few years ago about using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) at my Toronto practice I focused on its introduction into the world of plastic surgery. Since then, we’ve learned so much more and now use PRP in a number of exciting ways. We’ve embraced this breakthrough technique at Visage Clinic because it works!
What is PRP?
PRP is an elixir isolated from whole blood that’s enriched with platelets. While platelets are the primary component of PRP, preparations may also contain other cellular components such as white blood cells (WBCs) and peripheral stem cells. These components all play a biological role in the healing process—making them key elements for plastic surgery. They are concentrated in PRP, which helps optimize the conditions for healing and regenerating bone, cartilage, and soft tissue.
The Role of Platelets
Platelets play a critical role in several aspects of the healing process. Activated platelets release adhesion molecules that support clot formation for hemostasis—in other words, they help minimize bleeding. They also release several antimicrobial peptides that deliver infection-control properties. Most importantly, as it relates to healing, platelets release numerous growth factors, such as PDGF, TGF-β, VEGF (vascular), EGF (epidermal) and SDF-1α (stromal tissue in dermis and under dermis) that have been shown to orchestrate key biological processes. These include:
- Production of new healthy blood vessels (angiogenesis)
- Resolution of inflammation
- Regeneration of collagen, elastin, hyaluronic acid, proteoglycans, and tissues such as epithelium and mucosal lining
No wonder it has become an important component of my aesthetic practice here in Yorkville, Toronto, and why we now offer a PRP CLINIC on weekdays and on weekends.
Here is what Dr. DuPéré had to say to Global News “The Morning Show” about PRP:
How is PRP used at Visage?
Many rejuvenating treatments offered at Visage Clinic rely on denuding skin or vaginal mucosa to trigger the body’s natural healing response. That results in firmer, smoother and tighter tissue. Younger tissues depend on healthy blood vessels and PRP enhances this mechanism. Survival of grafted stem cells and fat cells rely in part on growth factors from platelets, which I call “organic fertilizers.”
Whereas thinning hair requires more and healthier blood vessels, transplanted hair—and fat cells—require a rich vascular supply and growth factors (my so-called organic fertilizers.)
PRP is used at Visage Clinic for:
- Superficial PRP facial rejuvenation using microinjections and/or deep rejuvenation and volume restoration via deep cannula injections
- VoluDerm microneedling and radiofrequency facials with PRP for tightening and regeneration
- Enhancing the results of Halo laser skin treatments and profractional skin resurfacing
- Creating improved outcomes following diVa™ laser vaginal rejuvenation
- Treatment of hair thinning in men and women
- Hair restoration and transplantation (before and after procedures)
- All fat transfer and stem cell transplant procedures, such as facial fat grafting, hip and buttock fat grafting (Brazilian Butt Lift), pectoral, deltoid, biceps and “abs” augmentation with fat, and fat transfer to breasts
I’ve also chosen the BEST PRP system available in Canada. To learn more about all the ways PRP can enhance your appearance, contact us using our online form or call us at (416) 929-9800 (Yorkville).
I look forward to speaking with you.
Dr. Marc DuPéré, plastic surgeon