Platelet Rich Plasma

Asterie Clinic offers platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatments for hair loss and facial rejuvenation.

Basics:

PRP treatments offer a great non-surgical option for hair growth or skin rejuvenation. After collecting a patient’s blood, it is processed in a way that isolates the part of blood with important messengers for growth. These messengers are either injected or infused into a person’s skin to tell the skin to heal or grow.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP?

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• Platelet rich plasma is a treatment that depends on the release of growth factors, or messengers of growth, from a patient’s own blood. Typically, around 30ml of blood is collected from a patient’s vein and spun down in a special centrifuge to isolate the platelet rich plasma or the part of blood with many platelets. While platelets are normally found in blood, special centrifuges that are especially made for PRP allow a sample that contains several times the concentration of platelets normally found in blood. It is important to find a practitioner that uses an appropriate centrifuge as many centrifuges marketed as for PRP do not actually produce a sample with appropriate concentrations of platelets. At Asterie Clinic, we use the Harvest Smartprep centrifuge which has been used in studies of hair growth and showed a benefit. After isolation, the PRP is injected or infused (through tiny microneedling holes) into the skin. The platelets then release growth factors which among other things are capable of stimulating blood vessel formation or stimulate collagen formation. Additional oxygen supply provided through new blood vessels is thought to help in hair loss while collagen formation helps in skin rejuvenation.

What is a vampire facial? Does Asterie Clinic offer it?

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The vampire facial is one term for microneedling with PRP. Microneedling with PRP is an effective combination because microneedling makes thousands of microchannels in the skin, allowing the PRP to spread effectively over the whole skin. It is very hard to do this if the PRP is injected as it would require many injections. PRP and microneedling combinations are especially good for skin rejuvenation, including the face, neck and chest area. For hair loss, PRP is better injected, as microneedling itself may cause damage to hair follicles.

What are the side effects of PRP?

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The side effects of PRP with microneedling are very similar to those of microneedling itself. This is because PRP uses the patient’s own blood. Injection related side effects of PRP injections include bruising, swelling, redness and injection-related pain. At Asterie Clinic we offer ring blocks for PRP for hair. Injecting into this area can be painful because of how tight the skin is. A ring block is a form of anaesthesia which involves injecting the forehead below the hairline to completely numb the area for PRP.

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