Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is in high demand as an anti-aging procedure that mingles advanced technology with the body’s natural capability to heal itself. In this procedure, the very own patient blood is separated into its active serum and platelet parts, that are then mixed with Calcium Chloride and injected into the wrinkles, folds and areas that need to be corrected. As the treatment uses the patient’s own blood there is little risk of allergy. The concentrated platelets in PRP contain large amounts of growth factors and signaling proteins that promote collagen fibrillogenesis and the repair and regeneration of tissue.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is in high demand because of its use in treating sports injuries in professional athletes. However, the benefits from these techniques reach more patients than just athletes. These same growth factors also have beneficial cosmetic applications, such as facial and skin rejuvenation. The most common conditions for PRP therapy include: fine wrinkles around the eyes, nasolabial grooves, wrinkles on the lips, acne marks, wrinkles on the forehead, wrinkles on the neck, bags and dark circles under the eyes and loose and saggy skin.
The PRP procedure steps are as follows:. First the blood is collected. Second a specific filter and a centrifuge are used to prepare platelet-rich plasma (PRP) containing autologous white blood cells. Last Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) with autologous white blood cells is injected into the area of concern. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes from blood collection to injection. Another feature of the therapy is that the patient will experience a natural change in the operative site and minimal discomfort because beneficial effects gradually occur after about two weeks of therapy. PRP is also used to treat hair loss. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) combined with Medical Skin Needling is a great natural procedure that uses your body’s own plasma to stimulate the hair follicles encouraging new hair growth. This procedure is effective in the treatment of Alopecia. It involves passing an electronic needle-rolling device over the affected area. The needles penetrate into the second layer of the skin, where the hair follicles are pierced creating thousands of miniature skin wounds. A vial of blood is then drawn from your body and centrifugally spun to separate the platelets.
The Platelet Rich Plasma containing concentrated amounts of growth factors is then infused directly into the scalp. The skin remains intact and is not damaged therefore promoting constructive regeneration. As the skin begins its wound healing process these growth factors are present in the follicular bulge area, where stem cells are found. This activates the proliferative phase of the hair cycle, resulting in new thicker, hair growth.
Polo Health + Longevity Centre
711 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3M 1B1
During this exceptionally difficult time we have been closely monitoring what the public health officials have been sharing, and with that in mind, we are making important changes to the services we are offering at Polo Health + Longevity Centre.
At this time all non-essential visits have been moved to telephone consults and telemedicine.
Our front desk is open and available to help with your supplement needs, and for booking telephone appointments. As well, our pharmacy is open for all prescriptions. Hours are Monday-Friday 9:30am –5:30pm and Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm. If you wish to pick up supplements, please call ahead so we can get them ready for your pickup. If you are on the Pound-A-Day program, we encourage you to pick up your weekly B-12 shots so you can self-administer them at home. Dr. Polo and Dr. Kassam will follow up weekly by phone for the duration of your program and/or until we reopen for in-clinic visits. As the situation is changing rapidly, we want to make sure all of our patients are taken care of both physically and mentally. We continue to follow the situation closely and will continue to keep you all updated. Call in to book phone consults, refill your prescriptions, and pick-up any supplements you may need.
We recognize this is a trying and stressful time, and we urge to focus on your mental wellbeing through the chaos. Our team is still actively checking social media, and we are here to chat if you need anything.
Best In Health,
Dr. Allana Polo