What is the Platelet Rich Plasma procedure?
The process uses stem cells and growth factors from patients own blood to trigger the growth of hair from resting or miniaturized hair follicles Usage of platelet rich plasma (PRP) in aesthetic medicine should be thought of as the body using its own stem cells on any part of the body where repair, rejuvenation and improvement are required.
It is particularly suitable for tightening around the eyes, and is used around the lips (where other treatments are more problematic), cheeks, mid-face, jaw line, forehead, neck, décolletage, hands. PRP can be used to treat acne scarring, and hair loss in both men and in women. It is most suitable for hair loss due to balding, telogen effluvium and alopecia areata in combination with other treatments.
A very detailed questionnaire needs to be completed before the procedure to ensure that you are suitable. If you are interested in booking, please email the clinic email@example.com so that the questionnaire form can be emailed to you.
What happens during the procedure?
Platelet-rich plasma is injected by multiple tiny punctures under the dermis, with or without topical local anesthesia. The process is painless if sufficient topical anesthesia is applied. Your own blood is drawn and spun down in a centrifuge to obtain the platelet rich plasma.
When PRP is injected into the damaged area, it stimulates the tissue, causing mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As a result, new collagen begins to develop. As this collagen matures, it begins to shrink and tightens and strengthens the skin. Improvement in skin texture and tone is noticeable within 3 weeks.
Full collagen regeneration requires 3 months.
The PRP treatments can be used on all skin types and tones.
What you should know
Minimal swelling, bruising, and redness for the initial 12 to 24 hours are expected. A bruise at the needlestick site may be visible for 2 to 3 days. Swelling from the fluid is what the patient will notice first. During several
weeks, the platelets stimulate growth factors, which assists in more collagen stimulation. Treatment results vary but last up to 18 months in most patients.
The consultation form for this procedure is 4 pages, so if you wish to book an appointment it would be helpful if this was completed beforehand. It can be emailed to you or downloaded from the top of this webpage.
Not everyone is able to have this procedure, so if you are not suitable to have this procedure you will be fully refunded.
Results may vary, but to have the best chance of benefitting from this therapy, drink plenty of water in the weeks leading up to the procedure, and it is best to avoid alcohol or smoking.
It is recommended that you book for a full aesthetics/hair loss consultation before this procedure so that any other issues can be fully assessed and the options explored.
Results may vary.
Platelet Rich Plasma procedure: £250
Does the treatment need to be repeated?
For best results the treatment should be repeated every month for the 1st 3 months and then every 6-12 months.
What is the benefit of including micro-needling with the PRP?
There is a small amount of evidence in the published literature of improved results for hair loss – but results can vary. There can be subtle improvements of results.
Will micro-needling cause my current hair to shed or break? I’m worried it may pull at the hairs etc?
That is a valid concern – but the evidence seems to suggest that is unlikely. The needle depth is similar to the depth of the hair follicle. The hair may be shinier and having fast hair regrowth . Admittedly the evidence was from experients in mice – so unfortunately the findings can’t be guaranteed as transferable to humans.
What is the extra cost (if any) of including the micro-needling with the PRP?
£300 rather than £250 for a single session.