PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma which is a substance that is found in the blood that can be separated to inject or needle into/ over the skin and scalp. The plasma is the most effective substance that can be injected as there is no risk of reaction as this is made in your own body.
Plasma from the blood contains 7 growth factors which, when injected or micro-needled into the skin or scalp, aids the cellular turnover and collagen stimulation to combat signs of ageing. PRP also has healing properties and helps with the clotting process.
Hair loss and thinning is an extremely common problem with both men and women. A normal head of hair has between 100,000 to 120,000 and on average we lose around 60 hairs a day due to the normal healthy hair cycle. There are many reasons why our hair thins and becomes brittle or we even notices bald spots. Health concerns such as thyroid problems, iron deficiencies and major stress affects the hair cycle. It is good to keep in mind that your hair is actually dead, keratinised cells, and therefore is the last place on your body to receive any nutrients. So, this is why supplementing your diet with vitamins where you may be lacking should help boost your hair health. However, sometimes this just isn’t enough to depend on and that’s where PRP would be recommended. In recent years, doctors have learned that the body has the ability to heal itself. Platelet-rich plasma therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that can harness those abilities and amplify the natural growth factors your body uses to heal tissue. The plasma in the blood has 7 growth factors in it, which when injected into the skin or scalp, aids growth and allows the hair shaft to come back thicker and stronger. On the scalp, plasma is really effective when injected around the hairline and various points around the scalp through to the crown. The injection needle length starts from 2mm depth and will not usually exceed 4mm. We inject around 0.1 ml of plasma in each point, which will travel through the hair follicles and reach the dermis papilla. The treatment is minimally invasive, topical numbing cream is placed directly to the scalp reducing any pain and discomfort. The numbing cream is on the scalp for up to 20 minutes prior to treatment. The results will show signs of it working for around 4-6 weeks. We recommend leaving your scalp and hair alone for 24 hours after plasma treatment as the scalp will be inflamed and need to heal without products being applied on the skin. Research also suggests that PRP injections could help treat androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness).
Here at the Kingswood Parks Clinics, we see you for a consultation, ask a number of questions and make sure this is the most suitable treatment for you. Once you book in for your treatment, you will have our fully qualified staff to draw a small amount of blood and we, in-house, spin the blood to separate the blood from the plasma. There are two ways of applying the plasma to the scalp. Either injections or micro-needling, sometimes we may do both to intensify results depending on the case. The full process will be discussed at the consultation and the treatment performed bespoke to you and your needs.
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