What is PRP?
This is a new and exciting treatment called Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) that has been recognized for its accelerated wound healing properties. In such applications as surgery and sports injuries. It is now used for cosmetic enhancement with outstanding results. Movie stars are now using this treatment to utilize their bodies own healing potential and stimulate natural skin rejuvenation without the use of chemicals. It is a bio active stimulator and not a filler.* It increases collagen, thickens your skin to give a firmer and younger radiant looking skin. It is ideal for crepy neck, eye area, fine lines and wrinkles, textural improvement, dull dry skin, back of hands, full face rejuvenation, décolletage and other body areas including scars and stretch marks. It is a completely natural and safe treatment that is becoming very popular with women and men. Not only does this treatment improve skin tone and texture but it also promotes healthy skin growth. This treatment is a fantastic adjunct to other injectable cosmetic treatment.*
How does PRP work?
The doctor will draw 30 – 60 ml of your blood, using a standard procedure just like having a blood test taken. The test tube with your blood is then placed in a centrifuge in which the Plasma is separated from the Red Blood Cells. The Platelet Rich Plasma is then injected into your facial or body area of concern to achieve a gradual firming and thickening of the skin.
How long is the procedure from start to finish?
While treatment time may vary, typically procedures are approximately 45 mins to 1 hour per area.
Are results immediate?
No. Swelling from the fluid is what you will see and feel first. Once this has subsided you will see an improvement in skin texture and color. Over a few weeks the Platelets will stimulate the growth factors which will assist in more collagen growth.*
How many treatments are required?
This will depend upon the health and age of your skin and health of your platelets. Normally it is advised to have 2-4 treatments 6 weeks apart.*
How long do results last for?
Treatment results vary however in most patients the results last up to 18 months. Touch up treatments will maintain the results as well.*
Who does this suit?
It is suitable for people over 30 years old. Today, many people want to look fresh and well, younger than their age. Whether its taking preventative measures, attaining healthier skin or wanting to flatten scars, this could be the treatment for you. To find out more information and whether this treatment suits you especially please book a free consult with our paramedical therapist. Treatment at OVMC is performed by experienced cosmetic physicians and GPs.*
The Role of PRP in hair loss
There is more supporting evidence of the role of PRP (platelet rich plasma) in hair loss. The mechanism of action is not clearly understood. Some of the research available indicates that the release of growth factors from the platelets at the time of injection into the scalp, can prolong anagen (first part of the hair cell cycle), promote differentiation of stem cells to follicular cells, increase the growth of the dermal papillae and increase cell survival.
All these will result in an increase in hair density, hair count and hair thickness.
We have already noticed that intradermal injection of PRP stimulates collagen, capillary and adipocyte growth in the dermis, thus its application in facial rejuvenation (meso injections or microneedeling ).
Androgenic alopecia is seen in about 30% of men over 30, 50% of men over 50 and it is common in postmenopausal females. It is characterized by genetically determined gradual loss and minitiaturization of the normally thick hair follicle.
The cell cycle of hair consists of anagen which lasts anywhere from 2-5 yrs., catagen a few days to a few weeks and telogen lasting about 3 mo.
There is a multitude of causes for hair loss but in our practice we see mostly men suffering from androgenic alopecia and females with female pattern hair loss.
Other causes include nutritional deficiencies, infection, autoimmune causes or genetic.
The treatment is generally directed to induction of anagen, prolongation of anagen, or reduction of the levels of dihydrotestosterone.
The most common medical treatments, include, Minoxidil which is known to increase anagen, enhances dermal vascularity, and has direct antiapoptotic effects.
Finasteride reduces the levels of dihydrotestosterone and prolongs anagen.
Hair transplants are increasing in popularity. They are recommended for both men and women and now automated. The procedures are well tolerated with practically no down time.
The treatment with PRP is performed once per month. The blood is collected into special tubes which contain a separator gel and it is then centrifuged. This will produce the platelet rich plasma which will then be injected in the dermis in the area of thinning or balding. The treatment is repeated generally two more times at one month interval.*
While outcomes may vary, typically the results can be seen after the first treatment but more often several months after the treatments are completed.*
Most patients will notice an increase in hair density, and increase in hair count and hair thickness.*
The treatment is recommended for patients who are experiencing hair loss but also for those who underwent hair transplants and want to improve or just maintain what they achieved.
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**Results may vary. Unless noted otherwise, testimonials are of real patients who have completed treatment(s.) Before and after images reflect real results from real patients, although individual results may vary. Statements estimating treatment duration and the amount of treatments required are based on the typical experience of patients of Park Avenue Medical Spa, however, duration and amount of treatments needed may vary per client.