A platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an injectable treatment which has the ability to promote new hair growth. It is made of your own blood, isolated by centrifugation and treated with calcium chloride – this results in PRP having naturally occurring growth factors including VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor), EGF (epidermal growth factor), PDGF (platelet derived growth factor) and TGF-β1 (transforming growth factor beta 1.
Once injected your body naturally absorbs this concentrated protein, which is converted to hair stimulating cells.
It can be used as a preventative measure, however most customers opt for it as a way to cure hair loss and rejuvenate their hair. A course of 3-6 months is usually recommended, with each appointment 2-4 weeks apart. Results should be apparent after the first treatment, however we wouldn’t recommend stopping completely unless advised otherwise by your doctor or clinician.
PRP can be used in men and women with thinning hair, baldness or alopecia, as well as those who have lost their eyebrows or eyelashes. It is a non-surgical procedure requiring no anesthetic – it can be administered in clinic with local anaesthesia to numb the skin.
In addition to its use for hair loss, PRP can be used to stimulate natural hair growth for eyebrow, eyelash and facial hair transplants. It can also soften scar tissue by strengthening the collagen, which makes it ideal for use in the treatment of acne scars.
There isn’t enough evidence to support whether or not vitamin C treats acne. Some studies have shown positive effects on reducing acne lesions and oil production when used orally. Topical use of vitamin C in acne has also shown positive results, but no studies have compared it to standard treatments yet.