Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or PRP therapy is where blood is extracted from your arm, usually about 30-60ml and then spun in a centrifuge. This separates the blood into three layers:
• Platelet Poor Plasma (top layer)
• Platelet Rich Plasma (middle layer)
• Red Blood Cells (bottom layer)
The Platelet Rich Plasma layer is the thinnest layer, so 3 – 6ml of the plasma is extracted and ‘activated’ and injected into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles.
A local anaesthetic is applied to the area being treated so it is relatively pain free.
How Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) works
Platelet Rich Plasma contains Growth Factors and Adult Stem Cells and once injected into the scalp, it is thought that the growth factors stimulate the stem cells and encourage hair follicles to thicken and regrow.
Our PRP treatment works best on hair follicles that are still active and can be ‘rejuvenated’ thicker and healthier. If you have had a ‘bald patch’ for a few years with hardly any hair in this area, then PRP therapy will be less effective. However, PRP therapy can be used very effectively in combination with other therapies, such as a hair transplant.
What are the risks?
Since the treatment has been extracted from your own body, provided clinical discipline has been maintained there should be no risk involved in this treatment.