Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment – nicknamed ‘the vampire treatment’ – is a cosmetic procedure involving the injection of Platelet Rich Plasma taken from a person’s own blood into areas of the face, neck and other areas to treat wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin.
The Platelet Rich Plasma procedure involves a medical professional taking a small amount of blood from a person’s arm, in the same way as taking blood for a standard blood test. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge machine at high speed until the red and white blood cells have separated – a process that produces a plasma rich substance with platelets (very small cells which stimulate the growth of more cells). This Platelet Rich Plasma is then reinjected into the patient’s face, neck and décolletage or other areas of concern (i.e. backs of hands etc.) it can also treat dark circles under eyes and some scars.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy for hair loss is a three-step medical treatment in which a person’s blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp.
Some in the medical community think that PRP injections trigger natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle and increasing the thickness of the hair shaft. Sometimes this approach is combined with other hair loss procedures or medications.
PRP therapy has been in use since the 1980s. It’s been used for problems such as healing injured tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
PRP therapy is a three-step process. Most PRP therapy requires three treatments 4–6 weeks apart.
Maintenance treatments are required every 4–6 months.
Your blood is drawn — typically from your arm — and put into a centrifuge (a machine that spins rapidly to separate fluids of different densities).
After about 10 minutes in the centrifuge, your blood will have separated into in three layers:
- platelet-poor plasma
- platelet-rich plasma
- red blood cells
The platelet-rich plasma is drawn up into a syringe and then injected into areas of the scalp that need increased hair growth.
How does it work?
When the plasma rich substance is injected into the skin, the platelets release growth factors – proteins which trigger the surrounding cells to proliferate. This in turn stimulates the repair of cells and increases the volume and rejuvenation of the skin. The growth factors induce collagen production and elastin, resulting in new skin cells being formed and thus an improvement in skin elasticity.
Is this a stand-alone treatment?
Following the injection of the plasma into the skin to treat and lift deeper lines a dermaroller is used to create micro-channels in the dermis in order to allow deeper absorption of the plasma into the skin tissue.
For optimum results three treatments are recommended between 4 – 6 weeks apart.
Is it suitable for everyone?
This treatment is suitable for most people but not those with the following conditions:
• Platelet Dysfunction Syndrome
• Critical Thrombocytopaenia
• Haemodynamic instability
• Acute & Chronic Infection
• Anti-coagulation Therapy (Warfarin, heparin)