What is PRP Treatment?
Platelet-rich plasma treatment, or PRP treatment, is a new cutting edge cosmetic technique that makes use of an individual’s own blood to aid healing and growth. The star component of blood are platelets, which not only aid in clotting when bleeding occurs, but they also help to stimulate new tissue production. This is because the rich proteins that platelets contain and other growth factors. Platelets also stimulate a ‘healing cascade’ when used in PRP treatment, which accelerates cell growth and proliferation, making it a naturally-induced rejuvenation.
PRP can be used anywhere in the body. From stimulating hair growth to helping with gum disease treatment, the applications of PRP are many.
It can also be used in conjunction with other treatments.
The fact that it is a relatively simple, non-surgical procedure makes PRP therapy a popular choice among our patients. Since PRP involves using your own blood, it is considered very safe and there are minimal risks of adverse reactions, rejection by your body, or complications.
What can PRP treatment be used for?
PRP has a wide variety of uses across different medical fields. Being a non-surgical treatment, it is quickly gaining popularity and for some, a preferred choice over other surgical treatments.
At the Wandsworth Dental Centre, we offer, where appropriate, PRP treatment for the following conditions:
PRP treatment for hair loss is a new exciting non-surgical procedure that can help with hair loss. It is quickly becoming on of the most popular treatments for hair loss as it is safe, effective and a minimally invasive procedure to carry out.
The treatment involves withdrawing a small amount of blood from the patient. The blood is then centrifuged to separate the platelet rich plasma layer. This layer is the injected into the areas of the scalp with thinning hair. The injected platelets and growth factors stimulate the inactive or newly implanted hair follicles to enter the active growth phase. This results in hair growth.
Ideal candidate for PRP hair loss treatment
PRP treatment is effective for men and women with androgenetic alopecia, which is a hereditary condition that results in hair thinning. It is also effective for women with traction alopecia, which is hair thinning caused by hairstyles that tightly pull on hair. As a general rule, PRP treatment for hair loss is most effective for those who have just recently begun to experience hair loss.
It is not effective for completely bald scalps and does not restore all lost hair.
PRP hair loss treatment procedure
You will first have a consultation with one of our experienced clinicians, who will listen to your concerns. A basic medical history may be taken, to ensure you are fit for the PRP treatment needed.
A tailored treatment plan will then be formulated for you.
On the day of your first PRP treatment, a small blood sample will be drawn and added to a centrifuge to separate the platelet rich plasma layer.
Using special microneedles, the plasma is extracted and injected into desired areas of scalp. A topical numbing gel may be applied for your comfort.
Each session lasts for approximately 30mins. Depending on your needs, 3-4 sessions will most likely be required, with 4 weeks between each treatment.
Please note that some individuals may require more sessions to achieve their desired results. This will all be discussed with your clinician beforehand.
PRP treatment is an effective and safe method of getting a radiant and youthful look without the need for invasive surgery. This quality makes it an effective treatment for healing acne scars.
Acne scars form when cystic acne causes damage to the dermis and the lower layers of the skin. PRP helps to accelerate the replacement of epidermal tissue. This tissue is formed in the lower dermal layers, but as it is created, the tissue eventually moves up to replace dead or damaged skin cells in the outermost layers. The result is smoother skin with fewer discoloured regions, which helps fade acne scars.
Acne PRP treatment process
You will first have an initial consultation with one of our experienced clinicians, who will listen to your concerns. A basic medical history may be taken, to ensure you are fit for the PRP treatment needed. Your skin’s concerns will be addressed
A tailored treatment plan will then be formulated for you,.
On the day of your first PRP treatment, a small blood sample will be drawn and added to a centrifuge to remove platelet rich plasma.
Using special microneedles, the plasma is extracted and injected into desired areas of your skin, especially around the acne scarring.
Each session lasts for approximately 30mins.
Please note that some individuals may require more sessions to achieve desired results.
PRP for anti-ageing and facials
PRP facial treatment. How it works.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is plasma that is at least 5 times more concentrated in platelets. PRP treatment helps isolate this plasma and inject it into target areas that require rejuvenation.
But how do platelets help our face rejuvenate?
Platelets contain proteins called growth factors. Growth factors play an essential role in healing damaged and diminished tissue. It rejuvenates the face by boosting collagen production and speeding up cellular turnover. Collagen is a protein that is naturally produced by the body and helps give skin fullness and tightness.
The overall effect of this influx of collagen production is a visible improvement in the tone, appearance and texture of your skin.
This is part of the reason why PRP is such a popular treatment for a host of skin complaints such as acne, scarring, dark circles, and ageing skin.
Ideal candidate for PRP facials
If you’re experiencing any of the following skin-related issues, then you could be the perfect candidate for PRP facial treatment.
PRP for Periodontal disease
What is Periodontal disease?
Chronic periodontal disease is a common inflammatory condition that affects tissues around the teeth which includes the gums, the alveolar bone around a tooth and the ligaments that attach teeth to the alveolar bone. Periodontitis is characterised by the formation of pockets between the teeth and gums
Ideal Candidate for PRP Periodontal treatment
Patient suffering from periodontal disease
Patient with deep pocketing in their gums
Highly motivated patient with good hygiene who is undergoing conventional periodontal treatment
PRP treatment and Periodontal Disease
As discussed above, PRP treatment can be used for a wide range of conditions. One of the less well known uses of PRP is for the treatment of periodontal disease. Several studies have already demonstrated the great potential of PRP treatment when used in combination with conventional periodontal treatment.
Due to its proven anti-inflammatory and healing properties, PRP treatment can play an important role in the treatment of periodontal disease by accelerating the healing process, reducing the amount of pocketing and increasing the amount of attachment between your teeth and gums.
PRP Hair Loss Treatment FAQ's
How should I prepare for my PRP hair treatment appointment?
We advise you to avoid washing your hair on the day of the appointment.
What aftercare is required for PRP hair treatment?
Patients are advised not to wash their hair or scalp for 24 hours following treatment. most people find the treatment isn't painful. However if there is some discomfort paracetamol can help.
What is the cost of PRP for hair treatment?
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) for hair treatment cost £295 per session. Three sessions are normally required with 4 weeks between each session.
Will I need more sessions in the future?
To continue to experience the great results of PRP treatment for hair loss, we recommend a single annual PRP session after the initial 3 sessions.
Can PRP treatment stop hair loss?
If you have thining hair, PRP can drastically slow down the hair loss process, and can definitely provide the patient with new and thicker growth in treated areas. Do note that PRP will not regrow hair in comletely bald areas of the scalp.
What are the risks or potential side effects of PRP hair treatment?
As PRP is prepared from patient's own blood, adverse reactions are rare. However, any treatment that involves injecting solution into the body carries some risks such as infection, injury to blood vessels and scarring of tissue. If you have any concerns, please discuss these with your clinician at the consultation visit.
PRP Acne Treatment FAQ's
Are there any side effects of PRP treatment for Acne?
While there may be a light amount of bruising and swelling around the treatment area you can continue with most day to day activities immediately afterwards. Your face may also feel abit itchy. At the injection sites, there may be some bruising and tenderness.
What is the cost of PRP treatment for Acne?
PRP (platelet - rich plasma) treatment for acne costs £295 per session.
How many sessions do I need?
We normally recommend 3 sessions with 4 weeks between each appointment. However, this can vary depending on the severity and surface area of the acne.
How long before I start seeing results
The results of PRP treatment for acne scarring become evident in the 3 to 4 weeks following each session.
PRP for Anti-ageing and Facials Treatment FAQ's
How long will the results last for?
After PRP treatment has been carried out, the benefits of PRP treatment will continue working for up to 3 months by generating collagen in the face. Despite the reduction of collagen production after a few months, the visual difference and benefits contianue for mcuh longer.
How much do PRP facials cost?
PRP facials are extremely cost-effective, offering incredible results for a fraction of the cost of traditional or invasive surgery. A session of PRP treatment costs £295.
Are there any side effects I should expect?
PRP is administered using microfine needles, making irritation to the face very minimal. You may find your face to be a little puffy and itchy for a few days after treatment, but this is very normal and will all settle within 24 to 48 hours. There is also some potential for mild bruising to appear around the injection sites and the eyes, but this will depend entirely on your skin's sensitivity, and many patients recover without even the slightest trace of bruising. This often depends on your choice of injection sites, as areas around the eyes are particularly rich with blood vessels and near impossible to avoid during this type of treatment.
When can I return to work?
Patients are able to return to work almost immediately following PRP treatment, as platelet absorption takes as little as 24 hours. You may feel a little tender and swollen for a few hours, but most patients return to normal duties the following day with no complications.
Is facial PRP treatment pemanent?
There is no anti-aging treatment available that is permanent. Each and every treatment requires maintenance and PRP is no different.