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    PRP's multiple applications

    Training, technique and patient education keys to successful outcomes

    Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is not offered by a majority of aesthetic medicine experts even though the aesthetic benefits it generates are dramatic. When done properly, PRP creates impressive results both as an isolated procedure or when incorporated into a treatment plan with hyaluronic acid fillers, neuromodulators and technology.

    Scott K. M. Barr, M.D., FRCSCScott K. M. Barr, M.D., F.R.C.S.C., plastic surgeon, director of Barr Plastic Surgery, and Medical Consultant at SKIN Medispa in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, spoke to peers during the annual meeting of the Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine (Toronto, Nov., 2015).

    PRP produces no aesthetic result if practitioners don't follow strict guidelines in performing the treatment, Dr. Barr says. Indeed, there are patient and physician factors that directly influence the outcome of a PRP treatment. 

    "There is a list of medications that patients cannot take if they are undergoing PRP therapy because they (medications) affect the function of the platelets," he says.

    Dr. Barr's in-house staff provides patients with a list of medications that patients would need to stop using at least 10 days before and after a PRP procedure. 

    "We always ensure that the patients are aware of this list at the time of their consult," Dr. Barr says. "Patients do not consider Advil a medicine that is worth mentioning, for example, but it affects the regenerative power of platelets. Vitamin E would also affect platelets."

    In addition, there are some platelet conditions that would make a patient's outcome less dramatic, he notes.

    Most offerings in aesthetic medicine are safe when provided by experienced physicians, and it is no truer for PRP, according to Dr. Barr.

    "PRP is extremely safe," he says. "It uses the healing powers of a patient’s own platelets. Nineteen growth factors are released from the platelets and the rejuvenation occurs over the three months after the PRP is done. We are capturing the body’s rejuvenating potential and placing it where it can provide the maximal aesthetic benefit."

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