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PRP INJECTION TREATMENT

Our Revolutionary anti-ageing and facial rejuvenation treatment

Whether you know of it as a 'Vampire Facial' or 'Angel Therapy' Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (or PRP) is rapidly becoming one of the most popular, and revolutionary, rejuvenation treatments in Dermatology. However PRP therapy has a long history and has been used for medicinal purposes for over 30 years, primarily in wound care, sports medicine and dentistry, where it heals damaged tissue. 

Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy uses the client's own blood for:

  • Facial Skin Rejuvenation and anti-ageing
  • Reducing the appearance of acne scars
  • Aiding hair growth and reducing male and female pattern hair loss
  • Under-eye rejuvenation
  • Reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars

Available in our Harley StreetLiverpool Street and Wimbledon clinics. 


THe PRP Treatment Process

PRP Treatments (Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy) use the healing properties of your own blood to rejuvenate your skin's appearance, aid hair growth and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars.

Blood is drawn from your arm, approximately 20-30ml, which is then combined with a separating gel and placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge is a medical device that rapidly spins the blood for 15 mins to separate the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Platelet Present Plasma (PPP). Once complete, the PRP sits on top of the test tube with the rest of the blood remains at the bottom due to the technology used and unique separating gel. Only PRP is injected into the face, the remaining blood cells and gel components remain separate.

While your platelets are being separated a topical numbing cream will have been applied to the skin, when the area is numb the PRP is injections are administered. The platelets from the blood are primarily used and are the natural component that is essential to the healing and growth of the new skin tissue. Once injected into the pores, this stimulates collagen and elastin and begins the healing process, helping the skin to repair any damage. On the scalp, this encourages the blood flow around the dormant hair follicles in order for new hair to grow and to maintain hair density.

At the end of your treatment your Dermatologist may apply the remaining PPP topically; while PPP is not as regenerative as PRP therapy it still provides rejuvenation benefits. Our dermatologist will create a bespoke treatment plan which will outline how many treatments are required and how often.

At The Harley Medical Group we use Cellenis PRP, a proprietary medical-grade separation device that yields the highest harvest of PRP of around 90%, which is significantly more than similar treatments and technologies available.

 

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PRP Treatment Benefits

PRP Injection Treatments can be used to treat

  • PRP Treatment | Harley Medical GroupForehead
  • Cheeks and mid-face
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Around the eyes 
  • Jaw Line (jowls)
  • Neck
  • Back of the hands
  • Decolletage
  • Scars
  • Scalp (for hair loss)
  • Other body areas

 

The benefits of PRP Injection Treatments

  • Significantly improves skin texture and tone
  • Refines and minimises early signs of ageing such as reducing fine lines and wrinkles. 
  • Reduces of dark circles around the eyes
  • Re-hydrates the skin giving it a rejuvenated glow
  • Reduces scars (incluing acne and stretch marks)
  • Gradually increases in skin natural plumpness and vitality
  • Tightens sagging skin on the jowls and necks
  • Reduced the appearance of sun damage
  • Delays pattern baldness and promotes new hair growth on the scalp
  • Fine line and signs of ageing on the decolletage and hands
  • Rejuvenates and delays of the ageing process by stimulating:
    • Fibroblast proliferation
    • Stem cell proliferation and differentiation
    • Collagenesis and ECM formation
    • Vascularization

 

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PRP Treatment for Rejuvenation

PRP Treatment for Rejuvenation (Vampire Facial)

When learning about rejuvenation and anti-ageing options available you will frequently be informed that ‘as we age our skin’s collagen and elastin depletes’. The statement is true, but what does it mean? Collagen is a group of proteins that provides the skin with an underlying strength forming the foundation which the outer layers of the skin is anchored to. Elastin, also a protein, has an ‘elastic’ property which allows the skin to ‘snap back’ into place after being stretched or contacted following movement. As we age our body’s natural production of collagen and elastin naturally slows, in addition external factors – including UV rays and pollution – further damage our collagen and elastin. Our collagen begins to provide a weaker foundation, caving and bending, forming wrinkles. And our elastin loses the ability to return to its original shape, becoming more permanently stretched and resulting in sagging skin. The only way to re-invigorate collagen and elastin production is to activate fibroblast cells that promote the protein production.

Fibroblasts play a critical role in wound healing, which is why treatments that cause very limited, and superficial, skin damage activate the fibroblasts and encourage collagen and elastin production. Platelet rich plasma injection treatments cause enough irritation to the skin to activate the fibroblasts, but not enough to effect the appearance of the skin following your treatment, which means you can return to your daily routine after your treatment. The result is tighter skin with improved texture and a more healthy glowing appearance. 

For a tailored anti-ageing treatment the dermatologist will not only assess your overall skin health and explain how PRP therapy can help the skin, but also propose a combination approach to help loss of volume such as fillers, or improve skin texture with skin peels. These are often performed in stages to ensure optimum results.

Derma FNS, also known as Microneedling, is a popular treatment to combine with PRP therapy. When administered directly before the PRP facial it opens channels in the skin which helps the Platelet Rich Plasma to be absorbed. Alternatively it can be performed straight after the PRP therapy allowing your dermatologist to use any remaining plasma not used. Any remaining solution can then be applied after the microneedling to get the the very best results for you. 


Before your PRP Injection Treatment

  • We highly recommend that you eat well and drink plenty of water to remain hydrated before the treatment as it ensures easier blood withdrawal.
  • To ensure the blood quality clients are advised not to drink alcohol for at least 48 hours before the treatment.
  • We advise that Vitamin C intake is increased over the two weeks building up to the treatment.  
  • We request that you do not smoke or take any paracetamol before the treatment as this can all affect the bloods condition on the day.

 

During your PRP Injection treatment

Following the consultation, the face is numbed by applying a topical numbing cream before the injections. Then each square cube is injected with 0.2ml – 0.5ml of the PRP using a superficial injecting technique as this provides a smoother and healthier looking result.  To cover the entire face, typically it required 70 evenly distributed injected.  This is generally not painful due to the use of the numbing cream however there can be some discomfort when injecting the chin area as that is more sensitive.  There can also be a light burning sensation as the PRP settles into the face but this only lasts for a few minutes.

 

After your PRP Injection treatment

Following your treatment you may feel some redness and discomfort for up to 48 hours this is perfectly normal, but if you have any questions are highly experienced team will be happy to help.

For 24 hours following your treatment we strongly advise that you avoid exercising and refrain from using creams and make-up products on the treated area.

Our clients often see results from PRP therapy after just one session. However, the number of treatments required will be determined in the initial consultation to gain optimum results.

 

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PRP Treatment for Scars

PRP Treatment for Acne Scars, Scars and Stretch Marks

Scarring occurs as a result of the skin healing itself following a trauma. For acne scars than can be the result of picking of squeezing blemishes; acne scarring is more common with severe acne as nodules and cysts burst and damage the skin. Whether acne scarring is caused by teenage or adult acne the  appearance and texture of the skin can be seriously affected. Whereas scars on the body are often the result of an operation or accident that caused a deep trauma to the skin, making the body work harder and produce more collagen fibres to heal the damage.  

There are different types of scarring including:

  • Ice-Pick - deep, narrow, pitted
  • Rolling - broad depressions with sloping edge
  • Boxcar - broad depressions with sharp defined edges
  • Atrophic - flat, thin scars

Stretch marks are caused when the lower levels of the skin, the dermis, are torn. They are most frequently caused by a rapid stretching of the skin and are associated with weight gain, puberty, pregnancy or bodybuilding. They initially appear red or purple, as the blood can be seen beneath the dermis, but will gradually heal to a silvery colour. While stretch marks can appear unsightly, they are harmless. 

PRP Therapy is a clinically proven way to treat acne scarring, scarring and stretch marks.  The growth factors within PRP from the clients own blood has amazing healing properties to renew the damaged skin. Once injected the healing process begins and the damaged tissue begins to repair; your PRP treatment continues to work during the following weeks. 


Before your PRP Injection Treatment

  • We highly recommend that you eat well and drink plenty of water to remain hydrated before the treatment as it ensures easier blood withdrawal.
  • To ensure the blood quality clients are advised not to drink alcohol for at least 48 hours before the treatment.
  • We advise that Vitamin C intake is increased over the two weeks building up to the treatment.  
  • We request that you do not smoke or take any paracetamol before the treatment as this can all affect the bloods condition on the day.

 

During your PRP Injection treatment

Following the consultation, the face is numbed by applying a topical numbing cream before the injections. As this has been applied the treatment is not painful although a light burning sensation can be felt for a few minutes as the PRP settles into the skin.

The scars are injected depending on their type. For deeper or narrow pitted scars a more targeting approach is taken when injecting; with the broader depressions the application can be more evenly spread using the superficial technique approach.

Stretch marks are treated with evenly spread and superficial injections. 

 

After your PRP Injection treatment

Following your treatment you may feel some redness and discomfort for up to 48 hours this is perfectly normal, but if you have any questions are highly experienced team will be happy to help.

For 24 hours following your treatment we strongly advise that you avoid exercising and refrain from using creams and make-up products on the treated area.

Our clients often see results from PRP Therapy after just one session. However, the number of treatments required will be determined in the initial consultation to gain optimum results.

 

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PRP Treatment for Hair Loss

PRP Injections for male and female pattern Hair loss

Pattern hair loss is known medically as Androgenetic Alopecia, and affects both men and women.  The cause Androgenetic Alopecia is genetic and is related to higher levels of the Dihydrotestosterone hormone being found in the body. The increase in hormone level causes the hair follicles to shrink and eventually shrivel up which, in turn, affects the rate of hair growth. While bot sexes can experience pattern hair loss they are affected differently.  

PRP injections for hair loss | Harley Medical GroupMale Pattern Hair Loss: the initial signs are a receding hairline and thinning of hair around the crown. The sides and back of the head are less affected and hair often remains here. When left untreated, the hair follicles will eventually die, resulting in baldness.

Female Pattern Hair Loss: is identified through the thinning of the hair across the central area of the scalp, some women also lose hair across the front of the scalp.  When left untreated, the thinning will spread to the sides, above the ears and across the temples and while complete baldness is not common it can occur.

Dealing with hair loss can be one of the hardest conditions that both men and women can experience as it can deeply affect self-esteem and confidence.  PRP injections for hair loss is the effective, non-surgical solution to treating pattern baldness and receding hairlines and is available for both men and women. This works as the platelet rich plasma (with the essential growth and regeneration factors) is injected into the scalp and this naturally stimulates the dormant hair follicles.


Before your PRP Injection Treatment

  • We highly recommend that you eat well and drink plenty of water to remain hydrated before the treatment as it ensures easier blood withdrawal.
  • To ensure the blood quality clients are advised not to drink alcohol for at least 48 hours before the treatment.
  • We advise that Vitamin C intake is increased over the two weeks building up to the treatment.  
  • We request that you do not smoke or take any paracetamol before the treatment as this can all affect the bloods condition on the day.

 

During your PRP Injection treatment

Following the consultation, the scalp is numbed by injecting a local anaesthetic as it is one of the most sensitive areas to treat.  Then each square cube, as measured by your dermatologist, of the affected area is injected with 0.2ml to 0.5ml.

This procedure promotes hair growth by effectively increasing hair count and the growth phase of the hair cycle, which in turns gives healthier and thicker hair. The recommended course by our Dermatologist must be adhered too as consistency of treatments is key for both the skin and hair loss.

 

After your PRP Injection treatment

Following your treatment you may feel some redness and discomfort for up to 48 hours this is perfectly normal, but if you have any questions are highly experienced team will be happy to help. For 24 hours following your treatment we strongly advise that you avoid exercising and refrain from using creams and hair products on the treated area.

To get the best results from PRP Rejuvenation Therapy, the recommended course of treatments is usually 3 - 5 monthly, followed by a 6 month maintenance interval. 

 

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PRP Treatment Cost

PRP Treatment Cost

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Full Face£810
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Localised Areas-£1,800
Full Scalp£700£2,520

A Dermatologist consultation fee is £140 is applicable.

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do PRP injections work for Hair Loss?

Dealing with hair loss can be one of the hardest conditions that both men and women can experience as it can deeply affect self-esteem and confidence as your appearance can change.  PRP injections for Hair Loss are an effective, non-surgical solution to treating pattern baldness and receding hairlines and is available for both men and women.

This works as the platelet rich plasma (with the essential growth factors) is injected into the scalp and this naturally stimulates the dormant hair follicles.  PRP Injection treatments promote hair growth by effectively increasing hair count and the growth phase of the hair cycle, which in turns gives healthier and thicker hair.

To get the best results from PRP Rejuvenation Therapy, the recommended course of treatments by our Dermatologist must be adhered too as consistency of treatments is key for both the skin and hair loss.

Who is unable to have PRP injections?

As this treatment is using your own blood, the state of the blood cells is integral to achieving the desired result. Therefore, those who have the below conditions would unable to have this treatment:

  • Septicaemia
  • Unstabe blood pressure
  • Thrombocytopenia: the condition of having a low platelet count
  • Infected treatment area
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding mothers

What are Platelets and PRP?

Platelets are a type of blood cell fragment which hold 'growth' factors, which have regenerative properties.

Platelets naturally split and release their growth elements when the body has been damaged, e.g. it incurs a bruise or a cut, to heal the affected tissue. The platelets stimulate new cell growth and oil glands which, in turn, improves the skin's health, ensuring it is nourished and restored.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is the product of blood processing; blood is extracted and spun in a centrifuge where the platelet rich plasma can be separated from the other blood content. This is a highly concentrated from of plasma is more effecting in aiding cell regeneration than untreated plasma. 

The PRP treatment is a regenerative therapy that uses the body's own concentrated plasma, through many small injections, to promote the natural healing process while also encouraging more long-term cell regeneration in the treated area. Areas most commonly treated are the face, hands and scalp for hair regeneration. 

Why is it called a Vampire Facial?

Vampire Facial is the pop-culture name for Platelet-Rich-Plasma Therapy. Most people have seen the images of famous people and social media influencers with a face covered in blood and looking like they have just had a fight, they are actually having a PRP facial.

Vampire facials get their name from the treatment process which uses the client's own blood (and - we think - the revival of vampire stories).

20 - 30ml of blood is taken from the arm, then placed in centrifuge which separates the blood's platelets from the other components; this increases the concentration of platelets and growth factors up to 600%. Your blood is then injected into the treated area. These platelets release special growth factors that lead to tissue healing; PRP injection treatments actually the area over a period of time, which can be anywhere from one to three months.

And while we do think the name 'Vampire Facial' is brilliant it does make the treatment sound scarier that it actually is!

How quickly will I see results?

This depends on the condition of your skin and what results are are looking for from your Vampire Facial.

For skin rejuvenation and anti-ageing clients will see results in the first week after treatment as the collagen growth takes place. In the 6-8 weeks following the skin's condition will improve as it becomes plumper with improved texture and tone. 

For acne scarring, depending on the severity, results can be quick but may require a few sessions for a drastic change in skin complexion.

For hair loss, this will take longer as it ou will have to wait for hair follicles to grow new hair; changes in hair density can be seen from 6-8 months from initial treatment plan.

Are PRP injections painful?

For the face, hands and body, numbing cream is applied and so here the pain is fairly minimal, although some discomfort can be felt in the more sensitive areas such as around the lips and chin, but it is very bearable.

The scalp is one of the most sensitive areas of the body and even though it is injected with local anaesthetic, certain areas can still feel some pain when injecting with the PRP. There can also be a light burning sensation when the PRP is first settling into the skin, however this only lasts a few minutes.

How many PRP injections will I need?

For the full face: 70 injections are administered to cover the whole face. Although this sounds like a high number, to conduct the treatment is fairly quick due to the technique and experience of the doctor - taking approximately an hour, including the blood extraction and processing. In addition a numbing cream will have been applied to you will experience minimal discomfort. 

For the scalp: this is dependent on the area that is being covered but it can take up to a 100 injections. Although this sounds like a high number, to conduct the treatment is fairly quick due to the technique and experience of the doctor - taking approximately an hour, however this does not include blood extraction and processing. In addition a local anaesthetic is used during your treatment to reduce discomfort.

How long does a PRP treatment take?

Your Dermatologist will advise how many PRP treatments are required, and the areas to be injected, for optimum results.

To treat just the face will take 60 minutes (including taking the blood and spinning it). 

For the scalp alone it will approximately take 60 minutes depending on how large the area of concern is, however this does not include time to extract the blood and spin it which takes approximately 15-20 minutes. .

Does PRP Injection Treatment have any downtime?

There is no downtime but clients will experience some redness, minor bumps from the injections and skin sensitivity which will subside within 24 hours.

Exercising and applying make-up or creams is prohibited for the next 24 hours as the skin should be kept clear.

Your Dermatologist will advise you what to expect immediately after and of how to get the most out of your treatment.