HEALTH & BEAUTY – Would you rather leave your hat on?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment

Article from FOCUS Magazine – Spring 15 issue.

The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment, made popular by Hollywood celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Bar Refaeli, is more commonly known as a natural procedure to treat facial lines and wrinkles. It involves taking the patient’s own blood, separating the layer that is filled with platelets and growth factors then injecting it back into the skin.

Such has been the success and popularity of this treatment, that it is now being used to treat thinning or bald patches on the scalp as it is proven to activate dormant hair follicles, stimulating them to start growing again.

The treatment, which is suitable for male and female hair loss, can be used to thicken existing hair and encourage the growth of new hair. Early results indicate PRP therapy as a positive form of treatment for those who suffer with hair loss caused by genetic pre-disposition, hormonal issues and certain types of alopecia.

The scalp treatment is not widely available in the UK but Vicki Smith of Absolute Aesthetics is very excited by the results that are being achieved at her clinic and believes it will be the next big treatment in the aesthetics industry.

What does the procedure involve?

Performed under a local anaesthetic, the procedure takes approximately 90 minutes to perform and has little downtime.

Blood is taken from the patient, in exactly the same way that it would be taken during a routine blood test. This blood is then spun in a centrifuge which separates out the blood, cells, serum and platelets. These platelets (which contain the natural growth factors that stimulate inactive cells to promote collagen and tissue growth) are then drawn into a syringe and are ready to be injected.
To prepare the area, the scalp is stimulated with a dermaroller and then the PRP is injected into the scalp, primarily in the areas where hair loss is most prevalent.

What happens after the procedure?

To ensure optimum results, patients are advised to continue with the dermaroller treatment every day for at least one month post treatment. The dermaroller device, which is a small wheel covered with very fine needles (1mm in length), ensures that the scalp continues to be stimulated and this encourages the hair follicles to start growing again.

Most patients will start to see and feel improvement to the treated area within six weeks of the treatment and they will notice a reduction in the amount of hair they are shedding.
During the following six weeks, the hair will start to look and feel thicker. At twelve weeks post treatment, it is decided whether or not a second treatment is required.

How much does the treatment cost?

With one treatment costing £1,300, it is basically the price of going on a nice holiday. But it may well be worth saving up and considering doing both as why head to the beach if you are not confident enough to take your hat off.

The PRP treatment is available at both Absolute Aesthetics clinics in London W1 and Guildford.

For more information or to make an appointment for a consultation, please telephone either 020 3757 7178 or 01483 477 189 or visit www.absoluteaesthetics.co.uk