Updated: Oct 4
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a high demand procedure that associates advance technology with body’s natural potential of self-healing. Usage of PRP in aesthetic medicine is now no more a new concept. PRP therapies have been used for various indications for above 30 years, resulting in substantial interest in potential of autologous PRP in regenerative medicine. In current years, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has emerged as a promising treatment modality for use in aesthetic, dermatology and regenerative medicine fields. PRP in aesthetic medicine is an exciting avenue that has produced excellent results for clients looking to achieve a more youthful and beautiful appearance.
In dermatology and cosmetic medicine, PRP has been used to treat acne, scarring, and alopecia in men and women. It has been found to be effective for skin rejuvenation and tightening around the eyes. PRP is especially used for conditions like facial and neck rejuvenation, fine lines and wrinkles, abdominal and facial scarring.
PRP is a high concentration of platelets derived from whole blood which is the patient’s own blood. PRP comprises hundreds of bioactive proteins, including growth factors and cytokines that stimulate healing of skin and soft tissues. Various aesthetic practices also have used combined Botox treatments with PRP to create a facial regimen that gets rid of wrinkles fast while also gradually improving facial appearance. PRP also known as “Vampire Facial” is the latest trend among skincare and is a treatment that uses a patient’s own blood to inject into the skin, followed by micro-needling. This procedure stimulates new cell turnover and collagen production. This eventually leads to improved texture and tone of the skin.
Striking features of PRP are the release of various growth factors from activated platelets, tissue regenerative, and healing capabilities, as well as the lack of general problems associated with immunogenicity. In modern times, PRP has become quite a sought-after non-surgical procedure. It promises to improve complexion and texture and restore lost facial volume. Many people are familiar with Botox and its benefits but may not be familiar with various applications of PRP in aesthetic field.
Health Canada has now clarified its position on treatments that use PRP. Health Canada now says such treatments should be classified as a Drug. In follow up to Health Canada’s communication on unauthorized stem cell therapies in 2019, Health Canada has clarified that Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments, including Platelet Rich Fibrin treatments (PRFM), are not the same as cell therapies and, as a result, are not subject to Health Canada’s Policy Position Paper on Autologous Cell Therapy Products. This is a significant change that could make PRP therapy more available in Canada.
Recent statement from Health Canada says that as long as the PRP treatment involves blood from the patient-which isn't otherwise manipulated-and the procedure is performed by a medical practitioner, it is classified and regulated as a drug.
Many studies have observed possible effect of PRP on speedy recovery time and better aesthetic outcome after facial rejuvenation with noticeable aesthetic improvement after treatment. Clients looking to reverse photodamage, elimination of wrinkles and accelerated aging have been found to benefit from tissue regeneration that PRP offers.
PRP treatment has shown itself as a bright future for a safe and efficient cosmetic intervention. Increase in popularity of PRP treatments has led to a great impact on the demand for healthcare persons trained for PRP preparation and phlebotomists, and has increased job opportunities for them in these fields. The skillful training of quality PRP preparation, phlebotomy and venipuncture helps students apply their knowledge and skills for PRP application in aesthetic, medical, dental, hair therapy and pain management areas.
Research for different applications of PRP is promising and rapidly growing. Although the equipment used to produce PRP and the injections themselves have been cleared by the FDA, the procedure is considered investigational and may need official approval by the FDA for most uses. Before considering PRP injections, healthcare providers must discuss all benefits and risks related to PRP processes to patients.
Intermediate & Advanced certificate/workshop at Springfield College is aimed to dispense knowledge of the procedure and skills basic to establish PRP preparation, procedures, modern day practice of quality PRP preparation and related steps involved in Medical and Aesthetic settings, using proper techniques and universal precautions, a significant tool for medical and Aesthetic fields team members. Students will learn the methods of best quality PRP preparation and can participate and perform simulation hands-on procedures.
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