Autologous Conditioned Plasma Therapy

With an extensive and successful track record for enhancing healing, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is also known for its effectiveness as an aesthetic treatment. This nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure uses your own blood for natural skin rejuvenation, minimizing wrinkles and improving the skin’s texture on the face, neck, and hands. It has also been shown to improve the thickness and diameter of hair follicles, and delay progression of hair loss when used to treat alopecia in men and women. Men and women considering PRP therapy in the Vancouver, BC, area can get treatments at YES Medspa.

What Is Autologous Conditioned Plasma Therapy?

Autologous in medicine means cells or tissues are obtained from the patient. This form of nonsurgical treatment has been used for many years to treat athletes suffering from injuries, to treat some degenerative joint problems, to aid in the healing of chronic wounds and in dental restorative surgery. Health Canada has also acknowledged the use of autologous cells for some cosmetic treatments. ACP therapy does not contain stem cells and should not be confused with stem cell therapy.

Conditioned plasma refers to the process used to produce plasma that is rich with platelets. This process begins with drawing blood, similar to having a blood test. At YES Medspa, we most frequently use the Arthrex ACP® double-syringe system because it efficiently concentrates platelets and growth factors and requires less blood to be drawn than most other PRP systems. This reduces the time needed to administer the PRP treatment, and its unique double-syringe design allows for convenience, sterility and safety.

Once the blood is drawn, we spin it in a specialized centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from other elements of the blood. The platelet-rich plasma is then injected superficially into the treatment area or used topically after treatments such as Morpheus8: RF Microneedling or SmartXide CO2 fractional laser resurfacing.

What Are the Benefits of PRP Therapy?

Growth factors in platelet-rich plasma promote the body’s natural healing processes. Platelets are one of 4 main elements of human blood. Along with plasma, red blood cells and white blood cells, platelets are essential for blood clotting and healing after trauma. Proteins contained in platelets, called growth factors, stimulate other cells to produce the components needed for tissue healing.

A PRP application or injection has an extremely high platelet concentration, making it 5 to 10 times more potent than anything typically found in human blood. Once applied, the chemical messengers released from your platelets known as cytokines trigger new collagen & elastin production as well as enhancing blood flow to the area.

Benefits of PRP for Skin Rejuvenation:

PRP can be injected superficially to the tear troughs, nasolabial folds, neck and other areas of crepey or thinning skin. After a series of 3 monthly treatments, clients can expect their results to last anywhere from 1-3 years. Maintenance treatments are performed every 8-12 months. With PRP, clients can expect a:

  • Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enhancement of skin texture and tone
  • Improved and more even skin color
  • Thicker skin

PRP Therapy for Alopecia

Clinical studies have shown, that when injected into the scalp, PRP therapy can stimulate the blood supply to your hair follicles. In turn, this can increase the diameter of your hair follicles and cause a thickening of your hair. It has also been shown to awaken dormant hair back to their growth cycle.

At our Vancouver-area med spa, we provide autologous conditioned plasma therapy as both a standalone cosmetic treatment and an enhancement to other skin rejuvenation treatments, such as injectable wrinkle reduction or Morpheus8 microneedling.

What to Expect After Treatment?

Topical and injectable PRP treatments involve minimal to no downtime. We recommend avoiding extreme temperatures for 48 hours after the treatment and not to rub or touch the treatment area immediately post treatment. Most patients see improvement in the skin’s texture and tone almost immediately, however these results are temporary as your body absorbs the plasma. Final results are seen 6 to 12 weeks after each treatment. Mild swelling and bruising may occur to the treatment area. A series of 3 to 6 treatments are recommended for best results, with treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart.

PRP is an excellent alternative for patients who want a more natural solution to rejuvenate their appearance or to address early hair loss or hair thinning.

To learn more about autologous conditioned plasma therapy and how they can rejuvenate your skin, request a consultation at YES Medspa or call our office at (604) 888-9397 (Medspa). At YES Medspa & Cosmetic Surgery Centre, we specialize in offering you a full range of surgical and non-surgical options for aesthetic enhancement, all performed or supervised by our medical director, Royal College-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Mathew Mosher.

*Health Canada Information Update: July 26, 2019.

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