Kate Monteith-Ross is the Director and Lead Aesthetic Nurse of one of the leading medical aesthetic clinics in Kent offering PRP Therapy. Kate and her 5 strong clinic team of registered nurses have built an enviable professional reputation and, at La Ross Aesthetics, they are always evolving!

At La Ross Aesthetics, the clinic team thrives on investing in new ways to support their patients and tailoring treatment plans to their individual clientele needs.

Kate has been offering PRP Therapy treatments for her patients for many months using the T-Lab System that consists of a high quality T-Lab Centrifuge, Plasma Tubes and Kits.

“The results have been incredible and there seems to be no end to the benefits to this relatively low risk treatment!”

Kate Monteith-Ross

We asked Kate to reflect on the treatment and what it means to the aesthetics industry.

 

So what is PRP Therapy Kate?

Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP for short, is the product of a 3-stage process. The patients’ blood is harvested and processed for the purpose of reinjection back into the patient.

As an Aesthetics treatment, it may be regarded as a fairly new (think PMP Vampire Facials or PRP For Hairloss). But in fact, it has been on the medical scene since the early 1960’s. Despite some media coverage of this treatment, most notably the iconic image of Kim Kardashian with a face adorned in blood.

PRP Therapy treatments can be misunderstood regarding the concept behind this procedure. It also has been in the spotlight for a variety of reasons, including its applications in plastic surgery, orthopaedic surgery, and cardiac surgery!

 

How does PRP fit into the ‘Aesthetic World’, and what are the most popular treatments?

PRP is the ultimate personalised injectable product in the Aesthetic World. Reflecting back to the Kim K representation…”the iconic vampire” facial is simply when Platelet Rich Plasma is injected back into the skin or used after micro needling: a technique that uses small needles to create microscopic skin wounds.

Autologous growth factor ingredients deliver a high degree of skin and scalp rejuvenation. Therefore facial, skin and scalp (anti-hairloss) treatments are the most popular PRP treatments on the market.

Despite becoming a well-known celebrity favourite for improving skin texture and restoring skin glow, PRP has recently gained significant attention as a promising solution for one of dermatology’s most difficult problems: hair loss and thinning – backed up by real research and verified, credible data.

 

Hair Loss and PRP Therapy

The world of Aesthetics doesn’t just revolve around fillers and skin peels. Hair loss is a common problem and mitigating treatments have been more prevalent in the last four years.

Hair loss can impact both men and women on a psychological level, leading to low self-esteem and depression.

Androgenetic Alopecia is a common form of hair loss for men and women caused by a wide variety of factors. Most common among men is Male Pattern Baldness. Male Pattern Baldness is related to male sex hormones called ‘Androgens’ which is responsible for regulating hair growth.

Academic research tells us that over half of the male population over fifty years of age will be impacted by baldness to some extent.

“In the last four years, I have seen an astronomical rise in male patients contacting the clinic for treatments associated to hair loss and thinning, and my own research suggests 58% rise over the last three years as opposed to the three years prior.”

Kate Monteith-Ross

 

What is the difference in hair loss between Men and Women?

Males tend to lose their hair in a pattern. This begins above both temples and leads into an ‘M’ shape hair line. For some, this may happen as early as in their twenties where they begin to notice their hair thinning at the crown.

Women, on the other hand, thin in a more consistent manner, losing the fullness they formerly had and resorting to extensions to compensate. Which often exacerbates the problem!

 

What benefits has PRP brought into your Practice?

PRP Therapy is a fantastic treatment with low risk of problems and side effects. It has many well-researched, tried-and-true practices from around the world, providing us clinics with tremendous confidence in our desired outcomes.

With a commitment to their treatment plan, PRP Therapy can cause new hairs to grow for your patients in their own organic pattern, as if they had never left!

 

How does PRP work for Hair Loss?

Plasma is an element of the blood which contains proteins to help clot and support cell growth. When adopting the harvesting and stabilisation process, we can extract and isolate the plasma from the blood sample. This plasma contains the growth factors that will help to induce healing and stimulate the body to grow new and healthy cells.

This will be the catalyst for new natural hair growth whilst helping to maintain the existing hair growth by increasing blood supply. PRP is therefore an integral part of the hair transplant post surgery process.

 

What can a patient expect when attending a PRP Therapy Session?

Treatments must meet with the patients’ expectations set out in their consultation pre-treatment. As for every medical treatment, consultation is a vital part where we agree on the possible outcomes with patients before the treatment date can be made. The process is fairly relaxing and not as scary as some often think.

The treatment process takes approximately 50 minutes and begins with taking a blood sample. This is good time to offer the clients a beverage and provide the clinic with enough time to harvest the blood sample through the T-Lab Centrifuge.

This process allows us to visually identify the following three layers for the first time before the treatment can be continued;

  • Platelet-poor plasma
  • Platelet-rich plasma
  • Red blood cells

 

Once these are identified, the extracted Platelet-Rich Plasma will be ready to be injected into the area of concern. In order to achieve maximum results, the clinic will advise all patients to commit to 4 treatments over the space of 4 months

 

Why does the T-Lab System work best for your clinic?

At the La-Ross Clinic we have multiple practitioners who are trained to offer PRP therapy.

A real challenge for most practitioners when offering PRP is finding the most suitable and cost-effective PRP kits and their optimal harvesting procedures. However, the T-Lab Starter Kits  contain an affordable, safe, injectable re-suspension kit achieving platelet concentrations of up to 1.7ml.

They are convenient for all to use and offer the necessary tubes, re-suspension tube, injectors, and needles for a start to finish treatment plan!

 

Kate Monteith-Ross

BA, MSC, PGCE, RGN

 

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