Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Hair Rejuvenation

What is PRP Rejuvenation?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a therapy that uses your own growth factors to stimulate regeneration of tissues. It has been widely used in may fields of medicine to repair damaged tissues including tendons, joints, bones, skin ulcers and cornea.

PRP is also used to regenerate thinning hair and prevent further hair fallout. Its effectiveness for this has been proven in studies.

 What can PRP Hair Rejuvenation be used for?

  • Male and female pattern baldness
  • Receding hairline
  • Thinning hair
  • Alopecia areata (an immune condition in which the follicles are attacked by the immune system)
  • Thin eyebrows and eyelashes

NOTE: PRP requires that there are still active follicles in place which then re-grow into stronger thicker hair

 What are the benefits of PRP for hair?

Your own platelets contain bioactive proteins including specific growth factors that can act on the cells in hair follicles to promote a longer growth phase. These growth factors work together to nourish the dying follicles, promote growth and maintain viability of the follicle.

What preparation is needed for PRP?

  • Start by improving the antioxidants in your diet well before treatment. Foods rich in antioxidants include Goji berries, Nuts, Cranberries, Blueberries, Kale, Grapes (red/purple), Olives
  • Increase protein, vitamin D and vitamin B12/folate in your diet
  • You can take an anti-oxidant rich supplement like black seed oil (Nigella sativa seed oil) to further increase your bodies ability to repair
  • You may be recommended a specific hair care line to use e.g.:-
    • Alpecin Shampoo (Caffeine Shampoo Range)
    • Regaine (Minoxidil 5% foam)
  • Avoid aspirin or ibuprofen for 2 days prior to PRP treatment to minimize bruising (If you take aspirin for blood thinning purposes, please continue use)
  • Wash hair thoroughly and do not apply any product to the hair before treatment

 How is PRP administered?

An individualized treatment plan is prepared to determine the exact areas, which need to be treated and the amount of PRP needed.

The injection process takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes and involves a series of tiny injections under the skin of the defined treatment areas. A very fine needle is used and discomfort is usually minimal and very brief. Pressure may be applied to the areas following injection. The treatment may need to be repeated after 1 months depending on the baseline hair condition.

Anaesthetic cream or injections may be used to minimize pain. The first step is to draw the 11ml of blood into a specially prepared test tube. The tube is then placed in a centrifuge and spun at a certain speed to separate out the platelets. The plasma rich in platelets is then injected to the target area using very small needles.

Results are expected over 6 months. Medical staff may recommend more sessions based on initial results observed.

 What should I avoid following treatment?

Post-procedure instructions: –

  • No skin product for minimum 4 hours
  • No cosmetics / moisturiser after 24 hours
  • No skin treatments (e.g. peel, laser) minimum 48 hours
  • Continue with vitamin C topically and orally

 What can I expect following treatment?

  • Some bruising and swelling
  • Some tingling is normal after the procedure and should dissipate after a few hours.
  • Mild pain (should be easily be controlled with paracetamol)

 What are the risks of PRP?

Your doctor will explain all the specific risks of PRP to a particular skin area in detail before you sign a consent form for treatment we have outlined the risks in general: –

  • Pain, bruising / bleeding, Inflammation, scarring
  • Infection
  • Increased or decreased skin pigmentation
  • Failure

How many session of PRP will I need?

Further treatment is required at 1-2 months for minimum of 6 months to rescue all viable follicles with subsequent maintenance treatment to prevent relapse.

We recommend seeing you at 1 month for evaluation and to plan further management.