Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
Fine lines, wrinkles
Male pattern baldness (hair loss)
Chronic tendonitis, bursitis and arthritis
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a form of ‘Prolotherapy therapy’ (Proliferation therapy) and is gaining considerable merits in the field of Sports Medicine and Cosmetic Medicine. Kingsley Medical utilises ultrasound guided PRP injections for the treatment of chronic bursitis, arthritis and tendinitis. Most pathologies require 2 or 3 injections and full resolution may take a further 8 to 12 weeks.
In the field of cosmetics PRP is used to treat fine lines of the face and décolletage as well as treating male pattern baldness.
What is involved?
PRP therapy involves centrifuging (spinning) a vial of the patient’s own blood in order to separate its cellular (red blood cells and white blood cells) from its non-cellular (plasma) components. The plasma portion also contains small cells called platelets – these cells primarily function to assist in the formation of clots (fibrin). However platelets also release a variety of chemicals that act to stimulate new cell growth and stimulate tissue healing.
With the plasma and platelets now separated from the red blood cells a small amount of the surface plasma is drawn off leaving plasma that is relatively concentrated or ‘rich’ in platelets.
How long does it take to achieve results?
The results of PRP injections are not immediate. Response takes 8 to 12 weeks. Treatment is repeated at monthly intervals. PRP injections for scarring, and fine lines will need to be performed at least 2 to 4 times.
When treating male-pattern-baldness at least 6 treatments are recommended (4 to 6 weeks apart) and results may be visible by around 8 to 12 months. Hair loss is always best treated early. You may also be advised on the use of topical and oral treatments for alopecia.
Will PRP hurt?
Because plasma is only injected into the superficial skin layers, topical anaesthetic (cream) will usually suffice. Anaesthetic cream will be applied to the face for 30-45 minutes prior to injecting.
What do I do after having PRP?
Because multiple injections are required when administering PRP, the region being treated will redden and continue to feel mildly numb after the procedure. This can last for up to 4 hours. Clients are encouraged to apply cold packs to the face for 10 to 15 minutes every 2 hours. This can help to minimize bruising and swelling.
PRP is not contraindicated in patients taking anticoagulant medication (eg Aspirin, Warfarin etc) but bruising and swelling may be more noticeable.