Platelet Rich Plasma is a treatment which requires taking blood from a patient and utilising it to create platelet-rich plasma. This concentration of a patient's platelets is then re-injected into specific body areas using a mesotherapy gun to accelerate healing, prevent hair loss and encourage hair growth.
PRP is a treatment that involves taking a small amount of blood from the patient's arm. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge which spins and separates the platelets from the rest of the components. These specially prepared platelets are rich in growth factors and signalling proteins. The PRP is taken and re-injected using a mesotherapy gun.
When the patient's blood is placed into a centrifuge, the sample will separate into three layers: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma and red blood cells. The centrifuge concentrates the platelets with the plasma, creating a platelet-rich plasma solution.
This PRP solution is rich in growth factors which are proteins that promote rapid vascularisation, boosts collagen synthesis and stimulates the development of hair follicles. When the PRP is then injected into the problem areas with the mesotherapy gun, the hair follicles are encouraged; not only preventing hair loss but also promoting the growth of new hair.
Most patients require 2-3 sessions about 4-6 weeks apart. Results are usually visible within a few weeks but will appear as a natural yet noticeable change. Full results will take up to 3 months. It varies from patient to patient but sometimes after 12-18 months the patient will need a top-up appointment to maintain new hair growth.
PRP is a virtually painless procedure. The mesotherapy gun uses air and has a very thin needle which may cause, at worst, very minor discomfort. The most uncomfortable part of the procedure is the initial blood draw, which is performed safely and effectively in the capable hands of our team of doctors.
Anyone experiencing hair loss is an excellent candidate for this treatment. Those with platelet disorders may be unsuitable for this type of treatment.
Aftercare, downtime and side effects are minimal. There is a small risk of bruising with PRP treatment that will subside by itself in a couple of days.