IS PRP GOOD FOR ACNE SCARS?
Acne is a common problem for both men and women. Starting during puberty, acne can continue to occur in people in their 40s and 50s. While acne itself is an annoying condition, it can create skin damage that leaves scar tissue in the areas affected by acne. Pitted acne scars, called atrophic scars, may have a sunken appearance that makes the surface of the skin look uneven or pocked.
PRP has been found effective in helping patients with different types of scarring left behind due to acne breakouts. PRP or platelet-rich serum, when injected into the scar tissue, stimulates collagen and elastin production in the underlying layers of the skin. Over time, the depressions of the scars begin to even out, leaving a smoother, plumper, more youthful appearance.
Unlike fillers which often use synthetic material, PRP is an all-natural healing process using a serum that is derived from your own blood. PRP contains a concentrate of platelet-rich plasma protein. Platelets and the liquid plasma portion of the blood contain many growth factors, including mesenchymal stem cells, cytokines, and other components that are essential for the cell multiplication, recruitment, and specialization that are required for the body’s natural healing process.
Our PRP technician will harvest around 30 millimeters of your blood from your forearm. Your blood is placed it in a special sterilized test tube that prevents clotting. It is then centrifuged using a centrifugal machine, separating red blood cells with the platelets and plasma. This serum is then applied topically in combination with a micro needling device. The micro needling device when applied to the skin creates tiny holes in which the serum is absorbed into.
IS PRP EFFECTIVE FOR CURRENT ACNE BREAKOUTS?
PRP is also effective on fresh acne breakouts because it can induce blood flow, increase nutrients and oxygen that help remove the toxins in the skin. It has been shown that PRP accelerates the healing process, regulates inflammation and promotes healing by inhibiting the P. acnes bacteria, additionally restoring collagen). PRP therapy has been shown to release powerful antimicrobial peptides from the platelets’ alpha granules.
PRP AND CAESEREAN SECTION
Caesarean deliveries are used for approximately 15% of births around the world. After the Caesarean section, a C-section scar around 4 to 6 inches long is created. The scar may be flat or raised, depending on how your body heals. Sometimes a thicker scar, known as a hypertrophic scar, may occur. PRP can improve healing parameters and early scar quality following a Caesarean section
SCAR MANAGEMENT USING PRP + LASER THERAPY
There is much evidence to show the combination of using PRP in combination with fractional laser. PRP and laser therapy can have beneficial effects for scar management. PRP can improve the quality of scars treated with ablative fractional C02 laser and decrease the duration of laser-related side effects including oedema and erythema. Regarding surgical scars, the current data suggest that PRP may improve wound healing and early scar quality. Adding PRP in fat-grafting procedures in combination with non-ablative, fractional laser can contribute to better wound healing as well as a significant improvement in texture, colour and contour in traumatic scar resurfacing.
If you are considering PRP for your acne scars or other scars, please give us a call at 647-952-1555 to book a consultation at one of our PRP clinics in the Toronto GTA.