PRP Hair Treatment: Is It Permanent or Temporary?

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PRP hair treatment helps regrow lost hair due to damaged hair follicles and some other reasons. Platelet-rich plasma treatment, or PRP, is a therapy used by medical professionals to help accelerate or rejuvenate healing in many different places on the body. PRP has been used for a few decades to successfully treat torn ligaments, muscle injuries, and joint problems.

Recently, dermatologists and skin care health professionals experimented with PRP in anti-aging therapy and had tremendous success. Nowadays, PRP is also being used to reverse hair loss.

But does it really work?

Here’s what you need to know to determine if you should try PRP for hair loss.

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What Is PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)?

Hair loss is emotionally difficult for both men and women. Many men experience male pattern baldness at some point in their life. Women, while less common, experience hair loss often due to hormonal changes. PRP hair treatment might be the answer to seeing hair regrowth and preventing the loss of additional hair.

Platelet-rich plasma uses platelets – cells that are part of our blood, alongside red and white blood cells – which normally aid in healing and blood clotting. Researchers believe they could, in theory, extract platelets from the blood and inject them in specific sites of the body to induce a healing response.

To produce the platelet-rich plasma, a few steps need to be taken.

Step 1

When you arrive for a PRP treatment, a medical professional will take a small blood sample from a vein in your arm. Please remember that only doctors and trained medical professionals can perform any type of injection, including taking a blood sample.

Step 2

Your blood sample will be placed in a centrifuge and spun at extremely high speeds. After about 10 minutes, the blood will separate. That is because blood is made up of a number of cells and other fluids, all with different densities.

The blood will separate into three parts:

  • Platelet-poor Plasma
  • Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)
  • Red Blood Cells

The platelet-poor plasma mainly contains the watery matrix that gives our blood its fluid-like consistency. Red blood cells aren’t used in PRP treatments. So these parts will be discarded. Instead, your platelet-rich plasma will be collected for use in the treatment.

This process is widely used and very safe.

Related article: Suffering From Hair Loss? PRP Can Help!

How Does PRP Help You Recover Lost Hair?

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Due to its high content of substances our body uses to heal injuries, PRP helps encourage tissue repair. Because your hair loss is likely due to some type of hair follicle damage, injecting the plasma into these areas seems to send a boost of healing proteins to the area and stimulate hair regrowth.

This process is proven effective for treating both male and female pattern hair loss. More importantly, it comes with fewer risks and side effects compared to Rogaine or other similar products that can cause, among others:

  • Hair growth in unwanted areas
  • Changes in heart rhythm and blood pressure
  • Congenital disabilities in unborn babies
  • Headaches
  • Contact dermatitis

Because of the efficiency and safety of PRP, it’s become a very popular option offered by dermatologists and MedSpas around the world.

Does PRP Really Work for Hair Loss?

Some studies show that PRP treatment has the potential to help you recover hair loss. While some might argue more extensive studies should be conducted before a conclusion is made, initial studies provide hope that PRP treatment can help you regrow your hair.

The largest studies for PRP’s effectiveness consist mainly of compilations of the data from smaller studies. In short, this means no large studies have been conducted. However, in the smaller studies, the evidence for a positive outcome using PRP is pretty overwhelming!

This is great news for those looking for treatment for their alopecia.

Is PRP Treatment Permanent?

It’s safe to say PRP treatment results for hair loss can last for approximately one year. Some people require multiple treatments in the beginning to see the results they desire. Unfortunately, PRP can’t cure hair loss. It can only temporarily restore your follicles’ ability to regrow hair. So, it can’t be considered a permanent solution.

The same is true of Rogaine and other hair regrowth products – they will require repeated use and are far more dangerous for your health than PRP.

What Happens at My PRP Treatment?

There’s no standard method of performing PRP, but here’s what typically happens during a treatment.

  1. A doctor or other medical professional draws blood from your arm.
  2. The blood sample is placed in the centrifuge, where it is spun and separated. Then, the platelets are collected to be used in your treatment.
  3. The platelets are injected into multiple sites on the scalp using a needle and syringe.

The procedure generally takes about an hour, and most people feel comfortable returning to normal activities afterwards. You may experience a small amount of bleeding from the injection sites, but it should subside very quickly.

You’ll likely need to return 1-2 more times in the first few months of treatment. Then, maintenance treatments will be booked. Your medical staff will be able to help you decide how often these follow-up treatments will take place.

Who Should Use PRP for Hair Loss?

Suppose you’re experiencing male or female pattern baldness, alopecia areata, hormonal hair loss, or shedding for any other reason. In that case, it is worth consulting your MedSpa or dermatologist to see if the PRP treatment is suitable for you.

Because this treatment may take 2-3 sessions to begin seeing results and needs yearly upkeep, be sure you feel confident your finances will allow you to see the results you desire.

Related article: Who Is a Good Candidate for PRP Therapy for Hair Loss?

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Precautions and Contraindications of PRP Treatment

Anyone selling you PRP treatments should be conducting a full health history assessment before beginning treatment to determine your eligibility and make sure PRP treatment is safe for you. While PRP treatment itself poses few risks to healthy people, there are some reasons why it may not be a safe or effective option for you.

If your lifestyle or health history shows a probability of a clotting problem, you may be denied treatment. Some of these factors are if you are on blood thinners, have a history of alcohol or drug misuse, or are a heavy smoker.

Other medical concerns may make you ineligible for treatment. Typically, these are serious health concerns, such as cancer, acute infections, liver disease, blood disorders, and skin diseases.

Be sure to report any and all health conditions before beginning treatment to protect yourself from harm.

PRP Hair Loss Treatment Might Be the Solution You Need

PRP is a semi-permanent treatment option for addressing hair loss in both men and women and provides a safe option with minimal risks.

Hair loss is an extremely devastating problem for many people. If you want a safe, drug-free, chemical-free, natural way to regrow your hair, PRP treatment may be an excellent option for you.

How Much Does Microneedling Cost in Toronto?

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The cost of Microneedling treatment in Toronto ranges in price from $200 to as much as $700 per session. That’s a big range, but there are some important reasons for this large price variation.

In this article, we’ll explore why the price range exists and the best practices for booking a Microneedling session that will help deliver the results you want.

Overview of Microneedling (Collagen Induction Therapy)

Microneedling, also called Collagen Induction Therapy, is a treatment that has been used since the mid-90s. In the last decade, it has gained serious traction, especially as it’s been paired with other science-based skin treatments.

Microneedling is a skincare technique that uses a specialized tool that contains microscopic needles. These needles are rolled across the area of skin being targeted. The pins used are small enough that they don’t usually cause pain, although a numbing cream can be used.

The pins cause micro-trauma, which causes our bodies to go into healing mode. A cascade of events takes place that results in collagen production and cell turnover rate.

This process is not to be understated – it’s incredible how it can revitalize and rejuvenate the skin.

The Effects of Microneedling

Microneedling can be used for a number of desired outcomes:

  • Acne scarring
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin texture and tone
  • Pore size (minimize the look of pores)
  • Melasma and hyperpigmented areas
  • Loose skin (tone and firm the skin)
  • Stretch marks (decrease or remove stretch marks)

Combining Microneedling with Radio Frequency

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Sometimes, Microneedling on its own isn’t as effective as when it’s combined with other treatments.

Microneedling combines exceptionally well with Radio Frequency. One of the key reasons these two pair so well is because both treatments are beneficial regardless of skin colour. While laser treatments are often effective on some skin tones more than others, Microneedling and Radio Frequency are effective on even dark shades of skin.

Microneedling and Radio Frequency treatments are incredibly safe, minimally invasive, and require very little downtime. Combining these two procedures, however, can increase the cost per session.

There are at-home versions of Microneedling that are significantly cheaper than having a treatment in a MedSpa. Personal use Microneedling kits can range in price from $15 to upwards of $300. In theory, using even the most expensive at-home device creates significant cost savings over having the treatment performed in a clinic.

However, there are some serious drawbacks to home Microneedling treatments.

First, home kits have shorter needles than MedSpa tools. This means the needles don’t penetrate as deep, which doesn’t create the same level of healing cascade as longer needles.

Second, you can’t see the dramatic effects you can from MedSpa Microneedling treatments.

Generally, at-home kits may minimally help with skin exfoliation and product absorption and may even slightly smooth fine lines.

How Many Microneedling Treatments Do I Need?

If you’re wondering about the cost of Microneedling, you need to consider how many treatments you might need.

Most MedSpas in Toronto will charge $300-$400 for a Microneedling treatment that includes Radio Frequency or another complementary treatment. Your technician or dermatologist may recommend you receive 4-8 Microneedling sessions to get the results you desire, typically one month apart.

Most spas will provide you with payment and financing options or package pricing for committing to a certain number of treatments. This can often help you save a significant amount if you require multiple treatments.

Other Costs Associated with Microneedling

While Microneedling itself is an inclusive treatment and technically can stand alone, you may want to consider implementing these complementary practices along with your treatments to help augment your results.

  • Without question, you should be applying high-quality sunscreen every time you leave the house for at least two weeks following your treatment. Sunscreen should always be worn, but it is especially important after Microneedling.
  • While it’s not common, infections can happen after your treatment. If your dermatologist or technician recommends an antibiotic ointment, make sure you use it.
  • Hyaluronic acid can be used to lock in moisture after your treatment. This topical serum lays on the skin and creates a watery barrier between your skin and the air, trapping in moisture.
  • If your skin feels dry following treatment or begins to peel or flake, it’s usually safe to apply coconut oil to add some nourishment and extra hydration.
  • Once the redness and inflammation resolve (typically 24-48 hours after treatment), a collagen-stimulating peptide can help elevate the effects of the treatment. Ask your technician for their recommendation.

How to Maximize the Results of Microneedling

When you spend the time and money on a series of Microneedling treatments, you’ll want to protect your investment! Failing to heed the advice and warnings of skin care professionals can cause infections or additional skin concerns, or simply hinder the results you’ve been looking for.

How to maximize the results of your Microneedling treatments:

  1. Do not use alpha-hydroxy or beta-hydroxy acids (AHAs or BHAs) on your skin for at least one week following your treatment. These acids are too harsh for your recently treated skin. They can cause additional burning or even infections.
  2. Don’t use any harsh cleansing methods or electronic scrubbers until your skin is completely healed, usually at least a week after your treatment.
  3. Stay out of tanning beds and avoid sunlight if possible for three to four days following treatment.
  4. Stay out of swimming pools and bodies of water. Your skin is more susceptible to infections and could become infected if introduced to bacteria.
  5. Stay out of gyms and avoid sweating.

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Why Is There a Large Range in Microneedling Costs?

As discussed, a single, standalone Microneedling treatment in Toronto can cost between $200-700. Why the huge range?

The biggest factor that will play into the cost of the treatment is the size of the area you are treating. The longer the treatment takes, the more it will cost. Microneedling on just a few fine lines will be significantly cheaper than Microneedling the majority of your face due to acne scarring, or large areas of your abdomen because of stretch marks.

The number of treatments needed to see results can obviously increase the cost of your overall treatment. However, your provider may be willing to offer discounts if you commit to a series of treatments.

Some providers may charge more based on experience. With all MedSpa treatments, it’s best to visit an established location. Never be afraid to ask about the experience of the technicians or aestheticians. You want to be sure your service providers are properly trained and have the experience to provide you with safe and effective treatments.

Is Microneedling Skin Treatment Right for Me?

If you’re considering Microneedling but aren’t sure if it’s the best treatment for you, ask for a consultation. A diagnostic evaluation of your skin will help clarify whether Microneedling is a good option for your skincare goals.

There are many factors that play into the cost of Microneedling in Toronto and the GTA. If you’re interested in treatment but have questions about cost, duration, or the outcome of your sessions, contact us for more information.

Fat Freezing vs. Heating: Which is Better For Losing Fat?

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If you’ve been working out, reducing weight, or just have some stubborn pockets of fat you can’t seem to lose, MedSpa fat reduction technology is likely a great option for you. But if you’ve done a little research, you may be confused by all the words and names for treatments, how they are different, and which is best for you.

Fat freezing and heating are two different methods used to reduce fat.  In this post, we will compare these two non-invasive fat reduction treatments so you can decide which one would work best for you.

First things first.

What’s the Main Difference Between Fat Freezing and Fat Heating?

The primary difference between fat freezing and heating is that freezing uses cold temperatures to reduce the appearance of stubborn fat, while heating uses heat to melt fat cells.

Fat freezing is sometimes called CoolSculpting or cryolipolysis. Fat heating is often referred to as lipo cavitation.

What is Fat Freezing?

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Did you know that sometimes, when kids eat popsicles, they temporarily develop dimples? When a pair of Harvard students noticed this, they wondered if the same principle of freezing could apply to fat. From that, CoolSculpting or cryolipolysis was developed.

To briefly explain how fat freezing works, when fat cells are exposed to extremely cold temperatures, they cannot survive. So, fat freezing aims to cool your stubborn fat cells down to a temperature where, over time, they will die away.

At your CoolSculpting treatment, your technician will take your health history to make sure you’re a good candidate for the treatment. Then, a handheld applicator with a large suctioning end will be placed on the treatment area.

The machine will create a strong suction and begin to cool down. Your skin will get very cold and eventually feel numb. While fat freezing is usually considered ‘pain-free,’ it’s possible you may feel a little discomfort at this stage, mostly due to the extreme cold.

After about 10 minutes the skin will go numb. You’ll remain in this position for about an hour, and then the machine will be removed.

At the end of your treatment, the technician will massage your treated skin to return blood flow and help improve lymphatic drainage.

Some people opt to repeat the treatment a number of times. This can be done as soon as the same day.

How Quickly Will I See Results with Fat Freezing?

Results of CoolSculpting aren’t immediate. Instead, you’ll see a gradual fat reduction over the course of 1-3 months. By 6 months time, you’ll likely have seen the full extent of your first treatment’s results.

How Much Fat Can I Lose with Fat Freezing?

The amount of fat you’ll lose varies for each person, but typically, you can expect to lose about 20-25% of the fat in your target area per treatment. That’s why most people tend to have about 4 fat freezing treatments.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Fat Freezing?

Most people are good candidates for fat freezing but the only way to know for sure is to book a consultation. It’s likely you’ll be able to have fat freezing if:

  • You have an ideal BMI with just a few pockets of stubborn, diet-resistant fat
  • You’ve tried to remove your diet-resistant fat with no success
  • You’re generally healthy
  • You aren’t pregnant and don’t intend to become pregnant in the coming months
  • You have at least 1 inch of fat that can be pinched in the area

CoolSculpting is also a great option for post-pregnancy belly fat loss.

There are very few fat freezing side effects but you may experience localized redness, swelling, or bruising following the treatment. During the treatment, you might experience slight pain or stinging.

What is Fat Heating?

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Just like melting butter in a pan, our fat cells can actually be melted away. Maybe it’s not exactly the same, but it does help paint a visual. Our fat cells, if heated enough, can implode and melt. Then, our lymphatic system washes them naturally from our bodies.

At your fat heating treatment (also called lipo cavitation), your dermatologist or technician will take a health history to make sure you’re a suitable candidate for the treatment. Then, ultrasound jelly will be applied to the treatment area.

A round, handheld applicator will be moved all over the target area, delivering ultrasound waves into the fat tissue. These waves cause microbubbles in the fat tissue, forcing them to burst. Then, the melted fat cells are naturally removed from the body through the lymph system over the coming weeks.

While the fat cells are technically being heated and melted, the treatment doesn’t cause your skin to feel hot. Instead, it’s relaxing, as the ultrasound appliance is simply moved smoothly over the skin. Lipo cavitation is considered pain-free.

An ultrasound treatment provides added benefits of tightening the skin, and this treatment works well to help decrease the look of cellulite as well.

Treatments usually take about an hour. Most people book multiple sessions. Larger areas with more fat or cellulite may need 6 or more sessions for full results. Smaller areas may need only 3-6. Sessions need to be about 6 weeks apart so seeing full results from multiple treatments may take quite a few months.

How Quickly Will I See Results with Fat Heating?

Full results are typically seen 6-12 weeks after your treatment. Some fat loss may begin to happen sooner, and your skin should look tighter in the day following your treatment as well.

How Much Fat Can I Lose from Fat Heating?

Typically, one treatment will see about 1-inch of fat reduction from a single treatment. Subsequent treatments may offer 2+ inches per session, but individual results vary. That’s why most people opt for multiple treatments.

Who’s a Good Candidate for Fat Heating?

Most people are good candidates for fat heating. The best way to assess whether it’s right for you is to book a consultation. You’ll likely be able to have fat heating treatment if:

  • You want to firm or contour certain areas of your body without invasive procedures
  • You’re in generally good health, even if you are moderately overweight
  • You’re not pregnant or breastfeeding
  • You need to lose 10-30 pounds of weight

If you have an acute or contagious disease, HIV, a condition that affects a major organ, implant devices such as pacemakers or electrical prosthesis, epilepsy, or MS, you may not be a good candidate due to the use of ultrasound in this treatment.

Post-pregnancy weight loss can be achieved with lipo cavitation, but can’t be started until at least 3 months after birth.

Side effects from fat heating are unlikely, but it’s possible you might see a little redness or swelling after your treatment. This should subside in a few days.

So Which is Better For Losing Fat: Fat Freezing or Heating?

The answer comes down to preference. While both provide similar fat-reducing results. Here’s a breakdown of the differences.

Fat Freezing

Session Time: 1 hour

Sessions Required: Typically 3-4 for best results

Areas Targeted: Hips, thighs, back, arms, stomach, and chin

Ideal Candidate: Someone generally healthy and close to their target weight with a few areas of stubborn fat

Side Effects: Typically none, but in some cases, mild to moderate discomfort during the treatment, and mild bruising or swelling that will subside within a few days

Results: Results will gradually be seen in 1-3 months with full results appearing in 6 months time.

Downtime: None

Fat Heating

Session Time: About 45 minutes to 1 hour

Sessions Required: 3-6 or more sessions, spaced 6 weeks apart

Areas Targeted: Stomach, thighs, back, abdomen, and chin

Ideal Candidate: Someone generally healthy with some stubborn or diet-resistant fat

Side Effects: Virtually none, but in rare cases, mild swelling may happen

Results: Some results might be seen earlier, but full results will be seen 6-12 weeks post-treatment

Downtime: None

What is the Cost of Treatment?

Of course, cost may be a factor in your decision. CoolSculpting prices generally begin around $750 a treatment and the cost is determined by the size of the treatment area. Lipo cavitation may only cost around $350 a treatment, but you may need more treatments to see similar results to fat freezing.

Regardless of which treatment you decide to try, be sure to look for lipo cavitation and fat freezing reviews to help you determine which is best for you. Both treatments are excellent options for stubborn fat removal.