Autologous blood treatment for skin tightening and hair growth? Questions for PD Dr Mathias Tremp

In autologous blood treatment - or also called PRP (= Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy - certain components from the patient's own blood are specifically inserted into the skin. The plasma used is rich in growth factors.

These growth factors stimulate the skin's own regeneration and stimulate collagen production. This makes the skin look firmer and fresher. The autologous blood treatment also stimulates hair growth and can be used for hair loss.

What is PRP (= Platelet Rich Plasma)?

Platelet-rich plasma" is highly concentrated blood plasma. The patient's own blood is separated from its other components, mainly the red blood cells, by centrifugation. In addition to the total number and concentration of platelets, the type and amount of additives have an influence on the effectiveness of PRP. For example, autologous blood treatment can be combined with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, or Botox.

Where can PRP treatment be used?

The PRP treatment can basically be carried out for any age and any skin type. The skin appears firmer, fresher, and visually rejuvenated due to the autologous blood treatment and can be carried out on the face, back of the hand, neck area, or décolleté. PRP therapy is also suitable for the treatment of tear ducts and dark circles under the eyes. PRP treatment can also be used outside of aesthetic medicine, for example for orthopedic purposes in the case of diseases of the musculoskeletal system. PRP can be used for wound healing and scar treatment, for example, to improve surgical scars or acne scars. Here, the combination with radiofrequency microneedling therapy is suitable.

Increased hair growth with PRP?

Several studies have shown that PRP treatment stimulates hair growth. As a rule, we recommend 5 treatments spread over 2 months. Per treatment, approx. 8-12 ml is injected into the scalp. PRP treatment is often used in combination with hair transplantation.

Can the autologous blood treatment be combined with other treatment methods?

PRP therapy can be combined with Botox or radiofrequency micro-needling and is suitable for treating cellulite, stretch marks, pigmentation marks, acne scars, excessive sweating, and hair loss.

What do I have to consider before the treatment?

Avoid increased sun exposure one week before the treatment. In addition, a retinol treatment should be paused one week before. On the day of treatment, cleanse the face sufficiently and do not apply make-up, sunscreen, cosmetic products or lotion.

Before a hair growth treatment, we recommend not using shampoo for two days before the treatment and using a mild shampoo (for example, baby shampoo) for a fortnight after the treatment. In addition, the effect can be increased with a local treatment of Regaine® foam (minoxidil) or Prioirin® hair growth capsules.

How long does the treatment take and how long is the downtime?

Depending on the treatment area, the treatment lasts 15 to 45 minutes. After the treatment, there is slight redness and swelling which usually disappears after 24 - 36 hours. It can take up to a week for the swelling and redness to disappear completely.

How often does the treatment have to be carried out?

The treatment should be repeated 2 to 5 times at least 4 weeks apart. To maintain success, the treatment should be refreshed every 6 to 12 months.

Is the auto blood treatment painful?

Before the therapy, the area to be treated is prepared with an anesthetic cream for 30 to 45 minutes. Alternatively, a local anesthetic can be applied with a syringe. There is only a short downtime due to the therapy. After the treatment, there is slight redness and swelling which usually disappears after 24 - 36 hours. It can take up to a week for the swelling and redness to disappear completely.

When should PRP treatment not be performed?

The treatment must not be carried out during pregnancy or if your scalp is inflamed. There are also risks with autoimmune diseases (e.g. neurodermatitis or psoriasis), hepatitis, cancer, and liver diseases. PRP therapy should also not be carried out in the case of blood clotting disorders.

What do I have to pay attention to after the treatment?

After the treatment, you should refrain from using an alcohol-based tonic for a fortnight. We can give you a light cream containing cortisone and antibiotics to reduce swelling. You should avoid excessive physical activity, sauna, or sun exposure for one week. Use sunscreen SPF 50+. Any treatment with retinol can be resumed after one week.

What are the risks?

There is no risk of intolerance with autologous blood treatment. In case of pre-existing diseases, circulatory or blood coagulation disorders, the autologous blood therapy must be discussed individually with the doctor.

When will the results be visible?

A noticeable difference is typically visible 6-8 weeks after the last treatment, ideally, 3 - 5 treatments are recommended at 6-week intervals.

What are the costs for a PRP therapy (= Platelet Rich Plasma)?

The cost of treatment is agreed upon in advance depending on the region and severity. As a rule, packages of 3-5 treatments are agreed upon, sometimes an annual flat rate is also useful.

 

Do you have questions about the possibilities of PRP therapy?

to contact PD. Mathias Tremp, MD, for a consultation.