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Top Cosmetic Treatments Using PRP Therapy

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) has long been recognised for its healing properties used in surgery and sports injury recovery. Today, PRP therapy is becoming an increasingly popular treatment within the realm of cosmetic therapy, as well.

Below, we explore the top rejuvenating cosmetic PRP treatments available at The Skin department. Read on to learn about how PRP treatments can benefit you.

What is PRP Therapy?

Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a substance that naturally occurs in the body. It contains special proteins that help the blood to clot and supports cell growth. When used as an injectable in PRP therapy, the idea is that injecting PRP into damaged tissues will boost the body’s ability to rejuvenate and grow healthy new cells, thus speeding up the healing process.

Due to PRP naturally occurring in our body, it is a minimally invasive process and it is often used to boost the healing of wounds.

PRP in Cosmetic Therapy

Through combining the use of cutting-edge technology with the body’s natural ability to heal, platelet rich plasma can be used to treat a wide variety of cosmetic concerns:

  • Skin rejuvenation / regeneration
  • Increases skin thickness
  • Scar reduction
  • Rosacea and Acne treatment
  • Hair loss / Androgenetic and Alopecia Areata
  • Increases collagen production

PRP Treatments for Skin Rejuvenation

PRP has become an increasingly popular treatment for skin regeneration and rejuvenation these days. PRP facial treatments (also referred to as the “vampire facial”), use a small sample of the patient’s blood—taken similarly to a blood test—which is stored in a patented RegenLab PRP tube.

Using a special gel, the blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the platelet rich plasma. These platelets play an instrumental role in PRP skin rejuvenation. By injecting platelet rich plasma into the skin, the target area then creates an environment in which collagen and elastin production is stimulated. This helps accelerate the process of skin regeneration and tissue repair, rejuvenating the skin, hydrating it, and making it smoother and brighter than before.

In this way, PRP can be used to smooth and tighten the skin, rejuvenating the skin while softening wrinkles and reducing the appearance of scar tissue.   

PRP Treatments for Hair Loss

While thinning hair and hair loss is particularly common in men, it is a concern for women as well, particularly during times of heightened stress and for those over the age of 50.

While many hair loss treatments exist, few offer as effective and visible results as PRP therapy. Just as PRP injections can be used to stimulate collagen production and cell renewal in skin tissue, they can also be used to stimulate actively dormant hair follicles and reverse hair thinning.

During PRP treatments for hair loss, platelet rich plasma is injected into the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles and help prevent further hair loss. PRP injections can be particularly effective in treating androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness.

Through continued treatments, PRP can effectively strengthen the roots of the hair, promote hair thickness, and generate an increased number of hair follicles.

Please keep in mind

It is important to note that the effectiveness of PRP for hair loss will vary from person to person. Because the number of platelets in our blood can vary, a lower level of platelets may decrease the effectiveness of PRP for hair loss. In general, results will depend on the overall wellbeing, hair health, and blood platelet levels of the patient.

PRP therapy may also not be an effective treatment if there is an absence of healthy hair follicles necessary for PRP to stimulate new hair growth.

When will I see results?

As PRP therapy relies on the use of the patient’s own blood, results will vary depending on their overall health and platelet levels. Treatment results continue to improve over time, but it generally takes a few treatments before the effects start to become visible. For the best results, we recommend three initial treatments, followed by 6-12 monthly maintenance touch-ups.

For further information, book an appointment with The Skin Department today! Come in for a free consultation in our Auckland skin clinic, have a chat with our friendly and professional specialists, and find out if PRP therapy is right for you.