Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is a minimally-invasive procedure used to rejuvenate aged skin and stimulate hair growth.
Originally used in traditional medicine to treat sports injuries and heal wounds, it has gained huge popularity in aesthetics in recent years thanks to its ability to reduce lines and wrinkles, improve skin texture and tackle blemishes.
How does platelet rich plasma work?
A small amount of the patient’s own blood is drawn, usually from the arm, which is then placed in a device called a centrifuge. The centrifuge quickly spins around, separating the platelets and plasma from other components of the blood.
This highly concentrated solution is then injected into the treatment area, where it reaches aged and damaged cells and tissues in need of healing. The growth factors and proteins present in PRP aid this healing, leading to refreshed and rejuvenated skin.
In terms of hair growth, the same process applies, but it is aged and damaged hair follicles that are stimulated to repair themselves, which leads to increased hair growth and better scalp condition.
Who is suitable for treatment?
Most people are suitable for PRP therapy, as it uses your body’s own blood cells.
It should not be used in those who have abnormal platelet function or certain blood disorders. An experienced medical professional will be able to advise if it’s safe for you.
What results are expected from platelet rich plasma?
PRP therapy can help improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, scarring and hyperpigmentation. Thanks to increased collagen production, you should also find that your skin’s firmness has improved, while its overall tone and texture is better.
If used on the scalp, PRP stimulate hair follicles, so you’ll notice increased hair growth with improved strength and thickness.
For best results, a course of at least four to six treatments is usually recommended and will need to be maintained at least twice a year.
Does the procedure hurt?
A stinging sensation is normal with any injectable procedure. The level of discomfort usually depends on the location of the injections and your general pain tolerance.
A practitioner may be able to offer solutions to help manage pain, such as cold packs and numbing cream.
Are there any risks associated with platelet rich plasma?
As PRP uses your own blood, it is generally regarded as a safe procedure free from risk of allergic reaction. Of course, normal side effects will include slight stinging, redness, swelling and potential bruising, but these should settle after a few days.
Infection is a more serious side effect if appropriate hygiene protocols have not been followed. Tissue damage and nerve injuries can also occur if the treatment is not carried out by an experienced professional who knows how to prevent such complications.