PRP for Hair Loss and Local Anesthetic
At Great Directions, we have heard that some PRP clinics have been mentioning that our approach towards local anesthetic was negatively impacting the results that our PRP patients may receive. Therefore, we are publishing our rationale for using Topical Local Anesthetic Gel instead of administering Local Anesthetic via Injection.
Below is the reasons why we favour Topical Local Anesthetic Gel instead of Injected Local Anesthetic (specifically Lignocaine or Xylocaine)
PROs of Injecting Local Anesthetic
- Pain Relief: Injecting Local Anesthetic provides a deeper anesthetic effect.
- Less Time To Work: Topical Gels and Creams require time to be absorbed. Meaning the clinic needs to provide a room/resource/staff during that time. Injections start to work within seconds, Gels and Creams can require 10-40mins depending on the strength and how the skin is prepared.
CONs of Injecting Local Anesthetic
- Negative Effects on PRP: Lignocaine & Xylocaine have been shown to have negative effects when it comes in contact with PRP.
- More PRP Required: Because of the previous point, PRP clinics often combat this by preparing MORE PRP to combat reductions in PRP effectiveness.
- Post Treatment Swelling can occur if the local is injected in a “ring block” – meaning the local anesthetic is injected in a perimeter around the treatment area, therefore reducing contact between the PRP and the local anaesthetic. However, the local anesthetic injection can result in swelling and bruising that can last up to 5 days ( see image below). Therefore, clients need to consider allowing 1-5 days for recovery. This reduces the convenience of the downtime post-PRP treatment when the anaesthetic is injected.
- Reduces Blood Supply: All forms of Anesthetic suppress blood supply – it restricts vasodialation – that is the REVERSE of what we are trying to achieve. It is a balancing act between achieving enough local anesthesia and too much. An injection is always going to suppress blood supply MORE than topical local anesthetic.
- Very Painful: Local injections HURT! We have asked 198 people that have received PRP via local injection or using the Great Directions approach. 197 stated they preferred the topical anesthetic approach.
We have performed ~1500 PRP treatments via injecting local anaethetic and also ~4000 PRP treatments using topical local anesthetic. At Great Directions have found that PRP for hair loss treatments are more effective when using Topical Local Anesthetic instead of Local Anesthetic Injections. An example of this claim is by reviewing the below photo.
From November 2012 to November 2014, a total of 12 PRP treatments were performed using injectable local anesthetic in a “ring block approach” with manual injections. From November 2014 to August 2015, a total of 6 PRP treatments were performed using topical local anesthetic gel instead of injections of anesthetic. There was an excellent improvement from November 2012 to November 2014, however the improvements from November 2014 to August 2015 is even more impressive!
About LED Light Therapy
- LED Skin Machines use tiny LED Globes to emit colours of light at varying frequencies.
- Different coloured light at certain frequencies can offer different benefits to our skin and hair.
- NASA discovered the power of LED Right Light to assist with circulation and wound healing response rates. Further studies revealed varying colours provide a range of benefits for the skin
What is the difference between LED and IPL or Lasers?
- Unlike other lasers and intense pulse light machines that cause DAMAGE to the skin to promote circulation, LED is non-invasive and results in ZERO downtime.
- The light penetrates the skin and promotes circulation. Therefore promoting blood supply and nutrients to the area.
- LED Light can increase the release of cytokines.
- As cytokine levels rise, cells called fibroblasts begin to work. Fibroblasts produce collagen.
- If the skin is unhealthy or injured, the body can experience accelerated healing speeds. If the skin is already healthy, an increase in collagen will benefit the cellular health of your skin and hair.
What LED colours are available?
- Red Light – Anti-aging, accelerated wound healing and collagen producing
- Yellow Light – Anti-inflammatory, circulation boosting, promotes lymphatic circulation and collagen producing (only 25% as compared with red light)
- Green Light – Reduces hyperpigmentation, redness, freckles etc. Common to look “tanned” after a treatment using green light.
- Blue Light – Acne Treatment – targets the bacteria that occur in acne.
Why we recommend LED Light Therapy for PRP for Hair Loss Treatments BEFORE the actual treatment?
- LED Light Therapy promotes circulation
- Unfortunately local anesthetic in all forms will suppress blood supply (topical suppresses it the LEAST)
- After completing more than 5500 PRP Treatments, we have noticed patients:
- Absorb the local anaesthetic gel faster
- Blood supply to the area is enhanced when using LED Light Therapy, therefore less mechanic trauma is required to stimulate the wound cascade (which is IDEAL!)
- The increase in blood supply means there are more platelets in the area NATURALLY, therefore when the injection takes place with the PRP, the result is more plasma and platelets in the area.
- Scalp conditions are reduced by using this treatment.
Why we recommend LED Light Therapy for PRP for Face AFTER the PRP Treatment?
- LED Light Therapy enhances circulation and collagen production – therefore accelerates the healing response of the face/skin.
- Red Light is used to enhance the wound/healing response (or yellow if there is a large amount of inflammation following the treatment.)
- Green Light is also used to reduce the RED appearance of the face.
- To add LED Light Therapy to your PRP face treatment on the same day = $50
- To add LED Light Therapy to accelerate the results in the days AFTER your PRP face treatment = $80 which includes a cleanse, exfoliation and hyaluronic mask