Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy can be used to stimulate your body's natural ability to repair and regenerate skin cells or hair follicles.
What is PRP?
PRP is blood plasma with concentrated platelets (the body's repairmen for damaged tissue). The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain growth factors that initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration.
We create the PRP from your own blood, so there are no toxins, chemicals or foreign bodies involved. Blood is taken from you and then placed in a centrifuge, a machine which spins at high speed to separate the different types of blood cells.
Your practitioner will then extract the platelet rich part of your blood and painlessly inject it into the area to be treated - at the correct depth to treat the cells, tissue or hair follicles desired.
Is PRP therapy safe?
Yes - the major advantage of PRP is that it involves no foreign substances, because your own growth factors extracted from your own blood are used. Which means there is no risk of any disease transmission or allergic reaction.
Since 2009 medical research on the safety of PRP has been gaining momentum and now both the US FDA and UK's NICE regulatory bodies have confirmed that PRP treatments are safe.
PRP is used by some NHS trusts in accelerating recovery post operations. PRP is also widely used in sports medicine, with famous athletes such as Tiger Woods and Rafael Nadal benefitting from PRP treatments to sprained knees and chronic tendon injuries.
Does PRP therapy hurt?
Our skilled staff use topical or local anaesthetic on the areas to be treated to ensure your comfort. While the treatments are painless some aspects of the PRP application, such as injections around the eyes or the amount of blood visible, can cause anxiety, but our medical assistants will be on hand to comfort and calm you.
Who is suitable for PRP therapy?
We use PRP treatments for skin rejuvenation and to reduce hair loss. We do not treat sports injuries. A consultation and physical examination is required to determine if PRP is a suitable treatment for your concern.
PRP for Skin
PRP can be used to improve fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, acne scarring, stretch marks and your skin's texture, elasticity, hydration and surface tone.
When do you see results?
We recommend an initial course of 3 treatments, spaced 6 weeks apart, which is then followed by a maintenance treatment every 6 months.
As PRP treatments work with the natural cycle of skin cell regeneration, which is every 6 weeks, you results will start to show 6 months after the first treatment.
What is involved in recovery?
After a PRP skin treatment you will experience temporary redness, tenderness and slight bleeding on the treated area, which will resolve in 24-48 hours. To prevent the risk of infection you should avoid touching the treated area with your fingers during this period.
Post treatment you should avoid for 48 hours:
Swimming pools, spas and saunas.
Your skin will feel dry, rough and flaky for several days during which time you should drink plenty of water and use the recommended skin care products given to you by your practitioner.
PRP skin treatments are extremely safe, however you may experience some side effects from the treatment application:
Bruising at the blood sample site and very occasionally on treated areas which resolves in 5-10 days. 24 hours post treatment you can use mineral makeup to coverup provided all application brushes are clean.
Pinprick blood spots, inflammation and itching over treated area which will resolve in a few days.
Swelling and puffiness of under eye area which will resolve in 48 hours.
PRP can be used as a preventative treatment to slow hair loss. PRP is injected into the scalp, strengthening and stimulating hair follicles to promote thicker fuller hair.
When do you see results?
Typically 3 treatments are required to maintain your hair and 6 to encourage growth. An initial course of 3-6 treatments is recommended followed by a maintenance treatment every 6 months.
As the treatment works with the natural growth cycle of the hair follicles results will only start to show 6 months after the last treatment.
What is involved in recovery?
You will experience redness, tenderness and slight bleeding on the scalp after treatment which will resolve in 48 hours. To prevent the risk of infection during this period do not touch your scalp with your fingers and ensure all hair styling equipment e.g. combs are clean. The appearance of your hair during this period will be unattractive and you may wish to arrange time away from work or social activities.
Post treatment you must not wash your hair until the following day and when doing so only use recommended shampoo products. You must not use hair styling products for 48 hours.
"I wanted to stabilise my hair loss … the team were great, explaining the treatments in detail, so there were no surprises. My hair loss has been stabilised and I have more self-confidence. I just wish I’d done it 15 years ago."
How do I find out if this treatment is suitable for me?
Arrange a 30 minute consultation with our team - who will examine your concern, check your medical history and then recommend an appropriate treatment plan whilst explaining the cost and any associated risks.
All consultations are conducted by doctors, nurses and laser aestheticians and cost £25, so you will never be seen or pressurised by sales staff - as we do not employ them.
How to do I check that Face & Body is a safe and professional treatment provider?
Face & Body is annually inspected by Healthcare Improvement Scotland who regulate independent hospitals, hospices and clinics in Scotland. The inspections examine our team, treatments and clinical environment, so that you have the invaluable assurance that you are in safe hands that use safe products in a safe environment.
We are also accredited with Save Face who independently check and verify patient feedback, which they publish on their website, so you can read exactly what past patients feel about our service.