Unparalleled Hair and Skin PRP Treatment in London
Unparalleled Hair and Skin PRP Treatment in London
The London Facial Care Clinic is at the forefront of cutting edge aesthetic treatments and therapies. Drawing on years of beauty and skin care experience, Dr Jean-Joseph expertly guides each patient from initial inquiry to the treatment or treatments best for each individual.
With a great range of excellent therapies available, the type of PRP offered by the London Facial Care Clinic is fast becoming the gold standard to other doctors strive for. Utilising this groundbreaking new technology, PRP can now be delivered effectively and painlessly, meaning happier and more satisfied patients.
Read on to find out how PRP treatment can help you use your body’s own health system to rejuvenate and revitalise your hair, skin, face and more.
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What is PRP Treatment?
Platelet Rich Plasma, known as PRP, uses your own blood to create an advanced treatment that heals and repair your skin. PRP treatment contains growth factors and of course platelets to rejuvenate skin using the most natural source you can find: your own body. This is a cutting edge therapy utilising a form of regenerative medicine that amplifies your own internal system.
Your blood is mostly a liquid called plasma and has its red colour due to the red blood cells that carry oxygen around our body. Blood also contains white blood cells which fight infection and platelets which help repair damaged blood vessels. These platelets are cells smaller than even red blood cells and their surface is covered in special proteins called growth factors.
These growth factors are the secret to the success of PRP. As well as repairing tissue they also stimulate the production of collagen, another protein central to the growth and strength of your skin, nails and hair. As we all know, collagen weakens and lessens with age so PRP is the perfect treatment to combat signs of aging.
How is PRP different from blood?
PRP is made up of the same constituent parts that blood is. The reason that PRP is so therapeutic is a result of the high concentration of platelets – hence ‘platelet rich’. A small amount of your blood is put into a machine called a centrifuge – a small device that spins the blood very quickly. This pushes all the platelets to one side so that they can be easily collected.
How does PRP work?
Platelets are central to repairing skin and tissue when you have an injury such as a cut for example. When used in a clinic however it is the growth factors which give the most significant benefit. The growth factors are retrieved from your own blood so there is zero chance of having a reaction to the treatment. In fact, you are really using your own healing system but in a concentrated and direct form. The growth factors both stimulate the release and increase the number of regenerative and reparative cells in your skin and body tissue.
What can PRP treat?
With its unparalleled effect on collagen you may think PRP is just an aesthetic product. Its properties are so strong however that it is used by doctors worldwide to treat injury and disease in the cases of muscular strains and conditions such as tennis elbow. Research has shown that PRP can accelerate the healing process and give better patient’s better results.
PRP Treatment for Hair Loss
Hair Loss Doctors around the world now use PRP as an injection into the scalp to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. One of the most promising areas of research is the effect of PRP on male pattern baldness (also known as androgenic alopaecia).
In one recent study, platelet rich plasma was injected using an insulin syringe into the scalps of patients who were not responding to treatment. The treatment was applied fortnightly for a total of 2 months.
The researchers discovered that the platelets not only released platelet-derived growth factor but many other beneficial proteins including transforming growth factor (TGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), insulin-like growth factor (IGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF) and interleukin (IL)-1.
They hypothesised that all of these growth factors act on stem cells located in hair follicles, which as powerful proto-cells stimulated new follicle development and the growth of new blood vessels.
The researchers found a significant reduction in hair loss observed during treatment between the first and fourth injection. The hair count was found to increase by 22 hair cells per cm2. Overall the team concluded that PRP injections were a simple, cost effective and feasible treatment for male pattern baldness with “high overall patient satisfaction”.
PRP Treatment for Face and Skin
PRP treatment is fast becoming one of the most successful and popular treatments for skin repair, healing and beauty. Current research is concentrating on the beneficial potential of injecting a high concentration of growth factors into tissues such as the skin on the face.
PRP has actually been around since the 1970s where it was mainly used in treating medical conditions of the joints and jaw. In the last decade or so aesthetic and beauty doctors have uncovered the potential of this self-made treatment.
Now it is used for a wide range of dermatological treatments from wound healing, scar minimisation and facial sculpting. Skin research has shown that PRP therapy not only contains growth factors but also bioactive agents such as serotonin, dopamine and adenosine. The amazing effect of this is that PRP allows your skin cells to become more permeable. A more permeable cell changes inflammatory processes and works hand in hand with growing new cells and tissue regeneration.
PRP Treatment for Under Eyes
PRP for both bags under eyes and for dark circles is the obvious choice for many.
Eye bags are more or less inevitable as we age. Time and the aging process weakens the tissue under the eyes and relaxes muscles which support the eyelids. Over time small amounts of fat can also migrate into the area below the lower eyelid.
The modern world doesn’t help with the appearance of our eyes either. Too much stress and not enough sleep is one of the main causes of us running around with tired, sagging and dark eyes. Using cold compress on the eyes and getting a good night’s sleep can make some progress to slowing or reducing these effects but cannot permanently solve the issue.
In lieu of waiting for professional treatment, regular exercise, drinking plenty of water to avoid water retention and limiting salt intake should go some way in reducing bags under the eyes. Getting enough sleep, usually around 7-8 hours a night, is usually sufficient to reduce dark circles somewhat for most people. Again, this will not reverse the problem completely.
As described in this article, the use of PRP for anti aging is actually relatively new. Dermatologists worldwide however are finding the treatment is experiencing a surge in popularity due to it being much less invasive than other treatments such as surgery. Cosmetic surgery is also known to have very variable results, despite the skill of the surgeon involved.
PRP has another advantage for eyes versus surgery and that is cost. PRP can often be half or even a third of the price of cosmetic surgery. Platelet rich plasma treatment is of course made using the patient’s own body, whilst surgery if it goes wrong can leave permanent changes that are undesirable. Combined with the recovery time from surgery and it is no wonder that many view PRP as the eye treatment of choice.
After PRP treatment for your eyes there may be some puffiness and tenderness but this goes away after a couple of hours, not days.
Platelet Rich Plasma – A hospital grade treatment
Platelet rich plasma has enough history and research behind it that it is being used in hospitals worldwide to not only improve aesthetics and beauty but to help patients with a variety of musculoskeletal disorders gain back their quality of life, pain free.
A recent review of PRP research concluded that the treatment is effective in treating osteoarthritis, synovitis, epicondylitis, skeletal muscle injuries, and tendinopathy.
PRP for Arthritis
PRP injections release several different growth factors after activation. There is now a good body of research which showcases the strength of PRP treatment on one of the banes of medicine: osteoarthritis. Many people suffer with this debilitating condition, even from their 30s or 40s. Although the exact mechanism is not known, research confirms that injection of a high concentration of platelets is effective in treating this condition, allowing patients to take less pain medication and regain their normal daily function.
The findings have been so positive that the Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine now states that “PRP Should Be Your First Choice for Injection Therapy in Treating Osteoarthritis of the Knee”. Not only is the treatment less invasive than surgery, it is also highly efficient and safe.
Advantages of PRP
PRP has much sound research and evidence that has built up over the years. Initially animal studies showed great results with muscle and tendon repair. Now research has revealed that it stimulates collagen and elastin production.
A special injector is used to introduce the PRP into your skin. This needle technique itself encourages new, fresh layers of skin to develop as well as resurfacing skin. The increased collagen and elastin production works with this to improve overall skin appearance, turgor and tone.
How do I prepare for my PRP appointment?
PRP is a great treatment as it is less invasive and less risky than most other cosmetic or aesthetic procedures. However to get the best results there are a few things you will want to keep in mind before attending your appointment.
- Stay Hydrated Your skin loves water and keeping hydrated is generally good advice for your skin’s health and beauty. This is also true in the days leading up to your PRP appointment as it will encourage fast healing and uptake.
- No Makeup You can use a cleanser in the morning but it is best to arrive at your appointment with no makeup or moisturiser applied – you don’t want it pushed into your skin during treatment
- UV Light Avoid excessive sun exposure or tanning bed use in the weeks leading up to your PRP day. High levels of UV exposure are damaging to your skin and could inhibit all the benefit you would derive from the treatment.
What to expect during your PRP appointment
Make sure to turn up to your appointment to give you a chance to change into a gown if necessary.
The doctor will then cleanse your skin fully to ensure everything is as clean as possible. After the cleanse a numbing solution known as a topical anaesthetic will be applied. Approximately 15-30 minutes is then needed to allow the anaesthetic to do its job.
Although some clinics still use microneedles, at The London Skin Care clinic we utilise the cutting edge ‘U225 PRP gun’. Although the name may sound odd, this technology allows for an almost painless injection which is revolutionising PRP treatments.
Many patients find they do not need any numbing cream and that PRP treatments are now much faster as well. Some find that once they have had a PRP treatment they much prefer the process and results when compared to Botox or dermal fillers. This may be in part due to the knowledge that PRP comes from your own body and is therefore completely natural.
Once the PRP treatment is completed the doctor may want to apply a soothing balm to help cool the skin and reduce any irritation or redness. It is usually fine to drive home after PRP but some people prefer to arrange transport for their trip home.