Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy
Harley Street Dermatology Clinic is now taking appointments for Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, which is an innovative and revolutionary treatment that repairs and rejuvenates the skin and can also reverse the effects of hair loss. Dr Badvey is offering this treatment, following extensive research of PRP therapies in Europe and training in the US and UK.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy and how does it work?
PRP therapy involves harvesting platelets from the patient’s own blood in order to inject them into problem skin areas. Before the procedure, a small amount of blood is taken from the patient and put into a centrifuge, where the blood is spun in order to separate the red blood cells from the platelet plasma. The platelet plasma, which is the component of the blood that is known for being highly effective in treating burns and skin injuries, is then activated and injected into the chosen area, where it provides a boost to the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and stimulating rejuvenation and repair.
When the platelet plasma is injected into the skin, the platelets release their growth factors. The growth factors stimulate other cells surrounding the injection site, plumping them up and causing them to increase in volume. The platelet plasma sends out signals to other cells in the body when it is injected, telling them to rush forward to the injection site.
One cell that is stimulated during the process is the fibroblast cell, which is the cell type that creates collagen. Collagen is what gives skin a youthful appearance. As we age, collagen is produced less and less, causing wrinkles and fine lines in the skin. PRP therapy - which stimulates collagen production - can counteract this. Another cell stimulated during the process is the pre-adipocyte cell, which is a cell type that can convert into a fat cell, which is especially important in the face to fill out lines and to contour the face.
Which areas can be treated?
PRP therapy can be used on the face, particularly around the eyes, mouth and nose, the backs of the hands, scars and all over the body, to give skin a more youthful and radiant appearance.
What does the procedure involve?
After an initial consultation, Dr Badvey will draw a small amount of blood. This is done in a similar way to when you have blood taken for testing at the doctor’s office. The blood will then be spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelet plasma from the red blood cells.
Any makeup on the skin will be removed using a wipe, and antiseptic will be applied to the injection site. A topical local anaesthetic will then be applied to the skin of the injection site for 20-30 minutes.
The PRP will then be injected into the skin, using a very fine needle. Injections may be given multiple times in multiple locations in order to give an overall improvement to the area.
The whole procedure usually takes about 1 hour.
When will I see results?
It may take a few weeks for the results of the PRP therapy to become visible, but with two to three top-up treatments, you can expect the results of PRP therapy to last for up to two years.
How long will it take to recover from a PRP treatment?
Recovery time is minimal with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy, much like a visit to the doctor for a blood test. The actual procedure of reinjection of the PRP usually involves the use of topical anaesthetic (rather than local or general anaesthetic). Most patients feel comfortable returning to their normal activities straight after the treatment or within a short while.
What are the risks and potential complications from PRP treatments?
There are few side effects associated with Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. Immediately after the procedure, you can expect some bruising, swelling and redness at the injection sites. You may also experience some tenderness and pain at the injection sites. However, any side effects should dissipate within a few days following the procedure.
What should you do after a Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy treatment?
It is very important that you follow Dr Badvey’s advice following the treatment. Post-treatment advice could include:
The use of cold compresses to treat swelling in the treated area, as recommended
Avoid touching and applying any cream or make up for 6 hrs after the treatment to prevent risk of infection. Most patients will be able to go straight back to their normal regime following treatment, but if you experience any tenderness or pain at the treatment site, you should take extra care when washing and caring for your skin in the days following the PRP therapy.
Who should not have a Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy treatment?
To undergo PRP therapy, you should be in general good health and you should have realistic expectations of the outcome. Most people are suitable candidates for PRP therapy, and it is recommended as a safe treatment for individuals who prefer an alternative to more invasive procedures.
Individuals with platelet dysfunction syndrome, critical thrombocytopenia, hypofibrinogenaemia, haemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute & chronic infections and chronic liver pathology are not suitable candidates for PRP therapy. Those undergoing anti-coagulant therapy are also not suitable candidates.
What are the costs of the treatment?
- A session of PRP therapy costs £800
- A course of two treatments costs £1,300
- A course of three treatments costs £1,750