PLATELET-RICH PLASMA (PRP)
WHAT IS PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma which is an advanced, innovative anti-ageing and hair loss treatment. It harnesses the healing power within your own blood which contains potent growth factors, compounds and nutrients. When PRP is harvested from blood and reinjected into targeted treatment areas, growth factors are released which trigger new cell production.
It is effective for treating hair loss especially male and female pattern hair loss. When used in the face (known as the “Vampire Facial”), it stimulates repair to firm up and rejuvenate your skin.
HOW DOES PRP WORK TO REJUVENATE MY SKIN?
The growth factors stimulate neighbouring cells causing them to proliferate, plump up the skin and increase volume. At the same time, the plasma signals to other cells so that they move towards the injection site. This includes fibroblast cells which create collagen (a protein that gives skin its youthful look and is produced in smaller and smaller quantities as we age) and pre-adipocyte cells that convert into fat cells. The stimulation of these cells helps to fill lines and wrinkles while adding contour to the face.
HOW DOES PRP TREAT HAIR LOSS?
Platelets in PRP release growth factors that stimulate hair growth. These growth factors stimulate dormant or inactive hair follicles to enter an active growth phase.
The effect is more hair growth, healthier hair and reduced hair shedding. It is a suitable treatment for male and female pattern hair loss. It is also helpful for people who suffer from excessive hair shedding.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING MY TREATMENT?
A small sample of blood (10-20ml) is taken from your arm, the blood is centrifuged, then the PRP is separated from the whole blood and is ready to use. The growth factors and other regenerate molecules are then injected into the treatment area e.g. face or scalp. This treatment can also be combined with microneedling on the skin. This enables the PRP to work directly on the skin and tissues just beneath the skin for optimal aesthetic improvement.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS AND WILL THERE BE ANY RECOVERY TIME?
You may experience slight redness, swelling and mild bruising – all will usually pass in a day or two. Minimal downtime, if any, is required.
WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED?
HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?
Treatment times can vary from patient to patient depending on the size of the area being treated. On average a session takes around 45 minutes.
WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT AND HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?
When injected into the skin, this treatment promotes healthy skin and has been shown to be effective at improving fine lines, skin tone and dull skin.
Our PRP hair loss treatments are designed to stimulate new hair growth and can also improve the thickness of your hair. Visible results may take between 2-12 weeks and vary from person to person. For hair loss, treatments tend to last an average of 6-12 months. After completing a course of treatments, it is recommended that you have a maintenance treatment every 6-12 months.
For facial rejuvenation, results tend to last until natural ageing occurs, and maintenance treatments at 3 to 6 monthly intervals are recommended to maintain and improve the longevity of the results.