What Is PRP Hair Rejuvenation?
PRP stands for 'Platlet Rich Plasma'. PRP therapy stimulates hair regrowth through the promotion of vascularization and angiogenesis, increasing blood supply and enhancing hair follicles leading to a denser and stronger hair.
Around 8-10 MLS of your own blood is collected and then spun in a centrifuge, which separates it into layers of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma. The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is extracted and then injected into the areas of thinning hair.
The concentrated platelets within the PRP substance actually accelerates the growth of the hair follicles by increasing blood supply and stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the micro environment of the hair follicle, leading to a denser and stronger hair. PRP promotes hair growth when follicles are present. People with extreme hair loss or non-existent follicles are generally not candidates for this PRP hair treatment.
PRP combined with Hair transplants:
PRP is excellent prior and following a hair transplant, the transplant surgeon will most likely administer the PRP treatment at the end of the surgery and then recommend 3 more treatments 4-6 weeks apart. As many people are opting to travel for their hair transplant surgery either due to researching the best surgeon to meet their needs or seeking out an affordable option in say Istanbul they may not want to travel that distance again for the PRP treatment. We are located in central London which can be easily reached from many parts of the UK.
Is PRP suitable to have alongside scalp micro-pigmentation?
As stated earlier ‘People with extreme hair loss or non-existent follicles are generally not candidates for this hair loss treatment’ however many people undergoing SMP still have remaining hair across the top of the scalp and would prefer to keep it! Clients opting for densification to create the illusion of thicker hair will highly benefit from PRP to keep their remaining hair strong and healthy.
Why PRP is replacing Drug Treatments?
PRP is becoming a preferred choice over drug therapies for hair loss. That is because:
- Minoxidil has allegedly been associated with baldness on regions of the body aside from the scalp.
- Time taken to apply the topical medication on a regular basis.
- Finasteride is associated with reduction of libido. Additionally, it may impair sex development.
PRP Skin Rejuvenation
PRP is prepared from the patient’s own blood, consisting essentially of plasma (pale-yellow liquid component of blood) that has been processed to contain a higher concentration of platelets compared with whole blood; it is used as a source of growth factors, which are small proteins known to play a key role in the process of tissue regeneration.
Inside your skin, growth factors released in their biological ratio are expected to stimulate cellular proliferation of collagen and elastin fibres which are responsible for the elastic properties of the skin.
The Cellular Matrix medical device (Class III) allows producing a safe and rapid preparation combining both A-PRP and hyaluronic acid in a single-step process. After centrifugation, the resulting A-PRP is mixed with a solution of hyaluronic acid which is already contained in the collection tube. The combination of hyaluronic acid and A-PRP is then ready for injection. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring component of the skin. Its ability to retain water at up to 1000x its volume makes it the ideal substance for ensuring hydration and for adding volume in the skin.
Expected benefits include an increase of skin elasticity together with a smoothing of fines wrinkles and an improvement of skin complexion. Treatments based on a combination of hyaluronic acid and A-PRP also allow the filling of deeper wrinkles like nasolabial folds as well as dark circles.
Results appear from the first weeks after the first injection but in order to get the best outcomes, in terms of quality and durability, your medical practitioner will suggest you a protocol including several sessions.
Are there any side effects?
As A-PRP only consists of your own blood components, very few side effects are expected. A-PRP has been used in several clinical studies on the healing of surgical and chronic wounds without any occurrence of serious side effects.
Nevertheless, in some cases, the following reactions could happen:
- As with any injectable products: haematoma or bruising at the injection’s sites.
- Heat and superficial tension on the skin surface; these transitory feelings arise from the triggering of the bio-stimulation process and should disappear within a maximum delay of 24 to 36 hours after the treatment.
- Very rarely and for allergy-prone patients due to a higher inflammatory response than normal, oedema (swelling due to fluid retention) may occur.