The Uses For Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments

The Uses For Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments

Plasma rich platelet (PRP) injections use the patient’s own blood cells to accelerate healing. Plasma is the liquid part of the blood and platelets are a type of blood cell that aids in healing throughout the body. Plasma repairs damage by encouraging blood clot formation, but platelets also contain growth factors that trigger cell reproduction while stimulating tissue growth. Because of this, PRP injections can be used to facilitate healing in trauma and joint injury and other musculoskeletal damage. Another common use for PRP injections is to help hair grow thicker, fuller, and stronger. Whether you’re looking for healing solutions or hair treatment, PRP may be able to help.

Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) Injections: What To Know

Who Does Plasma Rich Platelet Treatment Benefit?

  • People With Tendon, Ligament, Muscle, and Joint Injuries
    Because platelets encourage repair and growth within the body, PRP injections can help speed up the healing process for people who suffer from musculoskeletal injuries. Many forms of sports injuries, particularly those caused by overuse, can benefit from PRP injections as these types of injuries can take a long time to heal.
  • People With Hair Loss
    PRP has been shown to increase hair growth to create a fuller head of hair. This treatment is available for both men and women with thinning hair, although it does not work on people who are completely bald. PRP treatment is often used for people with alopecia or who have hair loss due to stress, age, or genetics. People with chronic diseases or thyroid imbalances may not see measurable results.

How Do Plasma Rich Platelet Treatments Work?
First, blood will be drawn from the patient. The blood will then be placed into a centrifuge to separate it into the platelet rich plasma, the platelet poor plasma, and the red blood cells. After a local anaesthetic is applied, the platelet rich plasma is then injected into the area where accelerated healing is required. For hair growth stimulation, this is in the scalp.

How Can I Prepare For A Plasma Rich Platelet Treatment?
Before any scalp PRP injections, avoid using hair products such as hairsprays or gels for about 3 days. On the day of your PRP injections, wash and condition your hair so that it is free of grease or dirt particles. For any PRP injections, avoid heavy smoking or drinking prior to treatment as well so that your platelet count is not affected. Ensure you eat before your appointment, as blood will be drawn and some people experience dizziness or nausea when they have blood drawn on an empty stomach. Make sure you drink plenty of water, as it may help you feel better when blood is being drawn and it will make your veins easier to find. After your PRP injections, it is common to not require any downtime and you can go back to your regular activities, although you may experience some soreness at the site of injections. You may want to avoid washing your hair if the injection site is irritated or painful.

Dermatology Services In Calgary

PRP injections to stimulate hair growth are only one way of restoring your appearance through medical cosmetics. The professional Calgary dermatologists and the team at Rejuvenation Dermatology offer a selection of cosmetic and medical solutions to help you look and feel your best! Dr. Danny Guo is a double board-certified medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatologist with fellowship training in Mohs Micrographic Surgery. He has a full spectrum practice with a focus on skin cancer surgery and aesthetic medicine including cosmetic injectables and laser treatments. If you’re seeking medical or cosmetic dermatological solutions, contact Dr. Danny Guo at 1-403-286-6888 or fill out the online contact form.


Yes they can. If you are receiving PRP injections to assist with recovery, you can combine this treatment with others such as stem cell injection therapy, physical therapy, or more. For hair growth, some people receive PRP injections after having a hair transplant to ensure the new hair follicles quickly adapt and grow.

Because it is your own blood being injected, there is no risk of an allergic reaction, but it is possible to experience irritation while healing, scar tissue formation at the injection site, and injury to blood vessels. Speak to a Calgary dermatologist, Dr. Danny Guo, at a free consultation to review all risks.

Distinctive Dermatology

Distinctive Dermatology

Dr. Danny Guo promises informative, compassionate, and the most competent care for every dermatology patient he serves in the Calgary and Edmonton areas. He is highly educated and one of fewer than 30 fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons in Canada. For information on medical referrals or to book your complimentary cosmetic consultation contact our office at 1-403-286-6888.

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Danny Guo MD is committed to serving patients in Calgary and Alberta as a trustworthy, knowledgeable, and reliable source for expert skincare. With a careful and compassionate approach, Dr. Guo offers medical and cosmetic dermatology services allowing patients to choose health and to feel good in the skin they are in.
Connect with our office at 1-403-286-6888 for your free consultation.

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