Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is a relatively new technique in Dermatology which involves removing a patient’s own blood and extracting the plasma, which is rich in platelets and important growth factors. This plasma is re-injected to boost the skin with essential nutrients that allow it to renew itself, even after a single session. In addition to skin rejuvenation, PRP has been found to be effective in treating hair loss including common androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata.
A PRP session takes about 40 minutes, may leave a few bruises, though not much because of the platelets and other factors such as fibrinogen that are included and that help reduce bleeding. As a preparation, it is advised to avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatories and vitamins such as Vitamin E and Omega-3 for a week, and avoid alcohol and garlic for 3 days. It is also recommended to avoid smoking before and after the procedure.
PRP is a safe procedure with very rare complications when being performed under the right circumstances and in the right qualified hands. However, it is a procedure that requires prior dermatological knowledge and proper handling of blood products. Therefore, it should only be performed in a proper medical setting under sterile conditions, by specialized Dermatologists to avoid infections. At The Skin Clinic, we follow the American protocol of PRP, which shows results in a single session. Maintenance sessions are recommended twice a year.
Mesotherapy is a technique involving injections of medications directly into the skin. In dermatology, targeted vitamins and other nutrients are injected with a fine needle or a roller to rejuvenate the skin and restore its glow, and treat hair loss. It works by improving blood circulation, reducing inflammation, neutralizing excess male hormones, stimulating collagen, and increasing follicle size to stop hair loss and stimulate hair growth. It is a very safe procedure and patients continue their daily routine afterwards. Several sessions are required.