PRP Injections for Hair Loss and Skin Rejuvenation

The Science Behind PRP Therapy

Platelet-rich plasma therapy or PRP therapy, in simple terms, is a procedure where the body’s healing power is harnessed to speed up the recovery process.

Here’s how it works: A small sample of your blood is drawn and then spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from other blood components. The result is a substance chock-full of platelets, hence the name Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP).

What makes platelets so special is the wound healing effects. Platelets rush to the injury site, clot the blood, and release proteins called growth factors that kickstart tissue healing. By injecting this platelet-rich plasma directly into the damaged area such as alopecia site (hair loss) we’re effectively boosting your giving body’s healing process. PRP is produced from a patient’s own blood, so the risks are minimal, and the procedure can be performed in the office.

Blood is collected through a peripheral blood draw and the procedure requires only a small amount to be drawn. The patient’s blood is then manipulated through a medical set of syringes and a centrifuge to separate the blood into distinct layers. Filters can be used to further concentrate the PRP. The layer containing the PRP is then isolated and prepared for injection at the injury site.

What PRP looks like

What are PRP injections?

Platelet-rich plasma injections use a patient’s own platelets in an attempt to accelerate healing. Platelet-rich plasma has nearly five to ten times more platelets than what is normally in the blood. Platelets contain proteins known as growth factors, which are crucial in healing injuries.

PRP Injection Process

The first step is to schedule an appointment with a sports medicine doctor who utilizes biologic and restorative therapies. A thorough patient history, physical examination, and imaging review will determine if you could benefit from PRP therapy. The actual PRP treatment can be done in clinic. A small amount of blood is collected through a routine blood draw, and the PRP is prepared while you wait.

The injured area is injected directly, in some cases using ultrasound imaging guidance. The area might be sore for several days after the injection, and it may take several weeks to notice a healing effect. In some cases, a series of injections over a few weeks are needed to deliver the appropriate amount of PRP.

After the injection your physician may modify your activities and prescribe physical therapy. Since PRP is an emerging technology, commercial health insurance plans typically do not cover PRP treatments. However, the costs are modest compared to similar treatment options.

Treating Hair Loss and Alopecia with PRP: How It Works for Men and Women

Research has shown promising results in using PRP (platelet-rich plasma) to treat hair loss and alopecia in both men and women. PRP therapy involves injecting concentrated platelets derived from the patient's own blood directly into the scalp. These platelets contain growth factors that stimulate hair follicles, promote hair growth, and improve hair thickness and density.

For men experiencing male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia), PRP injections can help slow down hair loss and encourage the growth of thicker, healthier hair. Similarly, women with various forms of hair thinning or female pattern hair loss can benefit from PRP treatment to rejuvenate hair follicles and promote regrowth.

PRP therapy is minimally invasive and typically involves multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart. Results may vary, but many patients notice improvement in hair quality and growth over time. Consult with a qualified provider to determine if PRP treatment is suitable for your hair loss concerns.

Vampire Facial

Are you searching for a way to revitalise your appearance? Consider coming to Mapp for a Vampire Facial in Sydney! Wrinkles, scarring, age spots, and dark, under-eye circles. These things are all signs off human ageing. If your looking for a non-surgical option, that’s where PRP therapy comes in. Platelet-rich plasma injections are a completely different treatment than those most patients have tried before. Unlike other methods, PRP uses components found in blood cells to rejuvenate skin and reduce the appearance of a number of skin issues.

This facial uses microneedling and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to help improve the texture, health, and appearance of the skin. While both microneedling and PRP have been used separately to treat a variety of skin issues, the Vampire Facial combines both treatments to help achieve better results.

These factors will be inserted into the skin or applied topically after microneedling is done on the surface of the facial skin. The microneedling device and PRP work synergistically to tighten the skin and increase collagen in the face.

PRP is often reapplied to aid with healing the skin, allowing the patient to recover more quickly than in traditional microneedling. Most patients only need a day or two of recovery before returning to their usual routine.

How Do PRP Injections Work?

A patient’s blood will be drawn and placed in a centrifuge, where it is spun at incredibly high speeds to concentrate and extract one’s platelets. The platelets are then injected directly into the injured area along with a local anesthetic. Pain and swelling are to be expected initially following the injection; however, patients will typically begin to see results within a few weeks.

Are There Any Side-Effects to PRP Therapy?

There are typically no negative side-effects to PRP injections because the therapy utilizes a patient’s own blood. For this reason, it is extremely rare for an allergy or immune-related reaction to occur. The main side-effects include pain and soreness at the injection site.

What Other areas can be treated?

  • Tendon injuries: including, but not limiting those of the achilles tendon, elbow tendons, rotator cuff, and hamstring tendons
  • Ligament injuries
  • Muscles strain injuries
  • Arthritis: specifically in the knee or shoulder
  • Fractures
  • Surgery

Although PRP is more widely-known to treat soft tissue injuries, research has shown that the injections can be effective in promoting healing following surgery and in certain fractures.

Contact Us

Our team at Mapp can provide you with a treatment plan and help determine if you are a candidate for PRP injections for hair loss or facial rejuvenation. If you require any additional about PRP injections, do not hesitate to contact our clinic.

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