Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment Provided By Adelaide’s Laser Skin & Vein Clinic
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
PRP is the ultimate skin rejuvenating treatment that utilises your own cells to stimulate, heal and regenerate collagen and skin health. It can also be placed in the scalp to help hair growth.
Bioactive proteins or growth factor contained in platelets when placed back in the desired area for regeneration sets to work activating the stem cells and dormant skin cells, or when placed in the scalp the dormant hair follicles. Improvement is seen in skin appearance and health and it is achieved using your own blood. Therefore, there is no danger of an allergic reaction.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
- Around the eyes – for the fine lines and for refining the crepey skin look
- Acne scarring
- Cheeks and mid face
- Thinning skin on the neck
- Jaw line and sub malar
- Back of hands
What Are The Advantages of PRP?
- Naturally stimulates skin rejuvenation
- Increases volume
- Skin density and fullness
- Your own blood is used, therefore there is no danger of allergic reactions
- Holistic approach to skin rejuvenation
What Are The Advantages When Used For Hair Loss Concerns?
- Naturally stimulates hair growth
- Increases hair volume, density and fullness
- Increases survival and strength of existing hair
- Improves hair quality
- Decreases hair loss
- Overall high patient satisfaction
- Only non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical treatment that has proven it’s efficacy
- Can be used in conjunction with other therapies and medications for hair loss
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there downtime?
After treating facial areas, the skin will look red, swollen, and may possibly bruise. This can last 1-4 days.
For scalp treatments, there is no activity restriction after a PRP treatment. Patients may shower, shampoo, and condition hair as normal just several hours after treatment.
However, harsh chemicals, colouring or perming should not be performed for at least 72 hours. Some brief mild inflammation, redness/pinkness, or numbness of the scalp may be present for several hours.
How many PRP treatments are needed?
Most PRP therapy requires three treatments, four to six weeks apart. Maintenance treatments are required every six to twelve months.
Are there any factors that would make someone ineligible for PRP?
The vast majority of healthy individuals can easily undergo PRP treatments.
Certain conditions like blood platelet disorders, chronic liver disease, the presence of an active severe infection, cardiovascular or haemodynamic instability, and/or anticoagulation therapy are contraindications.
Different areas of the scalp may respond differently to PRP depending on the number of weak hair follicles present in each zone.
Generally, with the exception of small round areas of Alopecia Areata, locations where severe depletion of follicles has occurred should not be treated.
What does the treatment entail?
The PRP treatment takes about 60 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis.
1. A blood sample is collected in a similar way to a blood test.
2. Centrifugation and separation of blood constituents.
3. Ready to use PRP is recovered into a syringe.
Ready to use PRP can now be re-injected into the skin or with the aid of the dermapen (sub-dermal) or sub-cutaneous injection.
Is the procedure safe?
It is an extremely safe procedure, since the PRP and growth factors used are autologous; in other words, the client provides them for their own treatment (client’s blood is withdrawn and placed in a machine which spins the tubes to separate the red blood cells from the plasma). Growth factors are specific to each individual tissue, which makes this system a personalised treatment, avoiding the risk of infection or allergic reactions, and eliminates issues with compatibility.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is obtained from the patient’s own blood and consists essentially of platelets and other blood components such as plasma, vitamins and minerals.
Platelets are responsible for healing and contain active molecules called growth factors, which allow for the natural healing of damaged tissues.
PRP involves concentrating the platelets found in the blood sample.
A normal concentration of platelets circulating in your blood is 200,000 per micro litre. The platelet count in PRP can exceed 1 million platelets per micro litre.
PRP is the only available product that contains elevated levels of naturally occurring growth factors that help stimulate hair follicles. Making it extremely useful for men and women’s hair restoration programs.
The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.
The Science of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
The concentrated platelets found in PRP can theoretically cause the growth of the skin cells or hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the microenvironment of the area it has been re-injected. Inside the platelets are many intracellular structures such as glycogen, lysosomes and alpha granules. These granules within the PRP contain clotting and growth factors that are eventually released during the healing and repair process.