What is PRP?
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma, blood plasma rich in platelets) has existed as a form of treatment for over 20 years. The principal is that growth factors that exist naturally in the blood can help heal or improve the growth of hair and skin. Nordic Hair has over six years of experience and has done the most PRP injections in Europe when it comes to cosmetic treatments.
PRP-injections are pain free and relatively easy to perform, and the result is very good in over 80% – regardless of the issues.
• Stem Cells
• New Research
Who can undergo a PRP-treatment?
We all have different conditions
All people that are healthy can have a PRP-treatment with a good outcome.
Exactly how many treatments you require depends on your starting point, which is discussed during the consultation. We typically recommended 3-4 treatments to best activate the positive processes in the body that PRP generates.
All people are different and have different conditions in life – that is also true when it comes to the result of a medical PRP-treatment. However, we know after 15 000 injections that approximately 80 percent obtains a good result that the patient is very satisfied with.
Men and Women
Both men and women can have a PRP-treatment, and both can have equally good results. It often matters to start with the treatment in time and not lose too much hair as it then takes longer for the hair to grow back.
When growth factors are injected in the tired hair follicles a large amount of reactions are started in the skin where the stem cells receive signals that the production of hair cells should increase, which means more building blocks to each hair. PRP also create new production of small blood vessels in connection to the area, which contributes with additional nutrition.
How does it work?
We offer all patient to use an anesthetic cream for their PRP-injections although the majority decline the ointment as they find the difference to be small.
Anesthetic cream (Lidocaine – Emla/Tapin) should be applied 45 minutes prior to the treatment.
Collection of blood sample
To extract the growth factors for our PRP-treatment we require a small blood sample. You barely feel this and only take a few minutes. We usually take 3-4 small tubes (8ml per tube) and no patients have difficulties with this part. In rare cases patients might get a small bruise in the arm where the sample was taken.
When the blood sample is collected the tubes are placed in a centrifuge. Here the tubes are spinning at a high speed for almost 10 minutes, so the blood will divide into different parts. The red blood cells, the white blood cells and the yellow plasma are divided into different layers. It is a complicated process to know exactly how fast and for how long the samples should spin for best result.
Extracting growth factors
In the centrifuged tube there are now the different parts of the blood. Now you need to with a fine needle get the exact amount of fluid that consist of all the growth factors (platelets). If this is done correctly we get highly concentrated plasma that will have a great impact on the hair or the skin when later injected. After having done 15 000 injections we know very well how the growth factors should be handled for best result.
Now all of the growth factors are collected in small syringes, and are ready to inject. We use small 1ml syringes and the world’s thinnest needles to make it feel as small as possible. Everyone can handle the treatment without any problems and most people go straight to work afterwards. Slight redness in the skin may appear a few hours but nothing more.
This is how PRP works for hair
How do we prepare PRP prior to a treatment?
After the blood sample (three tubes) has been processed in the centrifuge all components have been layered in the tube and the red blood cells has ended up at the bottom. Above the red blood cells is the yellow plasma that contains the active growth factors that make the hair grown better.
Thereafter we fill a number of syringes with the plasma that contains maximum of growth factors.
How is PRP injected into the scalp?
PRP is injected very superficially to the scalp. The hair follicles grow four to six millimeters down the skin but the part of the follicles that benefits from PRP is approximately three millimeters down the skin.
As the injections are relatively superficial you feel not feel a lot. Sometimes patients may experience a tension in the skin or a stinging sensation – this is from the fluid that needs to take place underneath the skin and the existing tissue needs to make place for the PRP-drops.
Results from PRP-treatment for hair
Before the PRP treatment the hair follicles are stunted – they grow slowly, are thin and risks complete discontinuation of growth.
After one of two PRP-injections the hair follicles will have started to grow. The hair follicle has become stronger and can produce stronger hair.
After a few months following the first PRP-treatment the follicles have regained most of its original growth power. They grow faster and stronger and are often more pigmented compared to when they were small and weak.
This is how PRP works for skin
What happens with the skin when PRP is injected?
The skin is affected to some extent by both genetic and environmental factors; however, with time it decreases its own production of collagen and cell growth. PRP stimulates the production of new collagen. The treatment involves collecting plasma with growth factors from your own blood to then inject it into areas that require healing and stimuli. The growth factors stimulate the production of collagen and speeds up to cell regeneration.
PRP-treatments are done for both men and women to improve their skin. Face, neck, hands and décolletage, are the 4 large treatment areas. The Plasma works evenly throughout the skin and the result is never asymmetrical or cloddish.
How will the result be for the face?
The treatment of the skin in the face is the most common PRP treatment. This is the area where the skin in the most exposed to outer conditions and constant UV-light from the sun. The plasma that consists of growth factors is often of a clear yellow colour and is injected evenly throughout the skin. The result is never asymmetrical or cloddish as it can be after treatment with fillers. The skin will after few days following the treatment have significantly better shin and has often tightened to a point that small wrinkles disappear.
Results from PRP-treatment for skin
The body produces more collagen
Wrinkles are due to the fact that collagen and elastin has disappeared, and dimples or grooves might develop in the skin. If the dimples or grooves are smaller PRP can get the skin to produce more collagen and therefore lift and fill the imperfection will be smaller. If the wrinkle is too deep can PRP improve but not completely remove the wrinkle.
Lines in the face
The line becomes softer and the skin gets better shin. It will take a few months before the body has been able to produce more collagen however a nicer shin happens relatively quickly and is something that everyone experiences.