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What is PRP treatment?

 

PRP (platelet-rich plasma) is a non-surgical treatment for hair loss. It involves small scalp injections of a concentrated solution derived from a sample of your own blood. It is a form of ‘biotherapy’, which utilises your own body’s ability to heal and repair. For this reason it often appeals to people who would like to avoid pharmaceutical products or who would like to add to other hair loss treatments that they may be using.

PRP is a fairly new treatment option for hair loss. However, it has been used extensively for joint conditions and facial skin rejuvenation, and many studies researching PPR have been published in peer-reviewed journals. It has been shown to be a very safe treatment and, although every patient’s response will be different, we are seeing very encouraging results when treating hair loss.

What is in a PRP injection?

Plasma is the fluid component of blood and makes up the majority of its volume. There are three types of blood cells in the plasma, red blood cells which carry oxygen, white blood cells which help fight infections, and platelets which are responsible blood clotting, scab formation, wound healing and repair.

PRP is a plasma solution which contains about five times the concentration of the normal platelet level. After injury, platelets play a critical role in the healing response by releasing growth factors. Growth factors are a group of proteins that stimulate the growth of specific tissues.

How much blood is drawn?

We only require a very small sample of blood. We use a butterfly needle and most patients say this part is pain-free.

What does the treatment involve?

Once we have separated the PRP from your blood sample, this is injected just beneath the skin in precise quantities and at a precise depth.

We suggest that the treatment be repeated for 3 sessions, at 4 to 6 week intervals. To maintain the benefits, we recommend repeating a single treatment session every 4-6 months.

In combination with Microneedling treatment for skin rejuvenation?

A microneedling divice creates controlled micro injuries that stimulate the body’s natural wound healing response which initiates the release of natural growth factors to improve collagen formation and cellular tissue. Collagen induction therapy assists in the rejuvenation of the epidermal integrity resulting in improved appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

 

Microneedling with PRP effectively treats acne scars, surgical scars, wrinkles, and fine lines, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, large pores, uneven skin texture irregularities, and it helps to decrease the appearance of stretch marks. The addition of PRP to microneedling produces superior results over microneedling alone.

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