PRP plasmas treatment (Cellenis®)

What is PRP treatment?

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatment has become a buzzword in the aesthetic industry, yet is something that may not be properly understood by many patients. Perhaps that’s because it’s often, confusingly, known as the ‘vampire’ or ‘Dracula’ treatment. PRP harnesses the power of your own body to rejuvenate and revitalise your skin. It does involve using your blood, but only a very small amount. That tiny amount (about 11ml) is removed and processed to separate out the part containing the platelet-rich plasma (the PRP), which is injected into the skin of the treatment area. There is no other treatment like PRP. It is natural, effective, and affordable, and it gives amazing, long-lasting results.

How does PRP work?

Your blood consists of red blood cells, platelets and plasma. The plasma is rich in antibodies, enzymes and proteins. These proteins contain the growth factors responsible for healing wounds and regenerating new tissue. PRP makes use of the proteins’ growth factors to repair and rejuvenate your skin, helping to reverse the thinning of the skin that happens as we get older. The quality of the plasma being injected largely depends on the way it is harvested – in other words, the device or system used to extract it from the blood.

What happens during the PRP procedure?

For your PRP treatment, the treatment areas and the precise quantity of PRP needed will be defined by your treatment plan (which we prepare with you in your consultation for the procedure). We start by drawing a small amount of blood (11ml) from your arm, in the same way that a blood sample is taken at the doctors, which we put into a specially-prepared test tube. The test tube is placed in a centrifuge that spins at a precise speed for 10 minutes to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. We then inject the plasma, with its concentration of platelets, into the defined treatment areas. This usually takes 10 to 15 minutes and involves a series of tiny injections under the skin with a very fine needle to minimise any discomfort. We also use an anaesthetic cream or injections to further minimise the possibility of pain or discomfort during the procedure.

Hair restoration treatment

PRP’s effectiveness as a hair rejuvenation treatment has been proven in clinical studies. As long as you still have active follicles that can re-grow into stronger thicker hair, PRP may be an effective solution.

How many sessions of PRP will I need?

The full number of treatment sessions you need depends on your response to the procedure. We may recommend further sessions based on the initial results. These will be at intervals of 1 to 2 months for a minimum of 6 months, to rescue all viable follicles. We may also recommend a follow-up appointment after 2 months. This is for evaluation and to plan further management, with subsequent maintenance treatments to prevent relapse. With PRP for hair rejuvenation, you should see the full results from 6 months to a year after starting your treatment.