Over the years at Clinic Dr Dray London we’ve seen an array of new treatments come to market, fueled by the exploding popularity of non-surgical aesthetic treatments. Two treatments we’ve noticed take centre stage when optimising skin and hair are Mesotherapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Whilst both are injectable therapies that take advantage of the body’s natural healing processes to improve skin and hair health, they function differently, and there are specific reasons for doing so. So read on if you’re wondering, Mesotherapy vs PRP, which treatment is best for you and your desired aesthetic goals.
Mesotherapy is a non-invasive technique that uses microneedles to inject a bespoke cocktail of vitamins, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid into the mesoderm, the middle layer of skin, to promote skin health. Our very own Dr Dray pioneered the Mesolift, and the treatment has since gained worldwide recognition for its ability to treat many skin conditions and promote hair growth.
On the other hand, PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) is an innovative treatment that takes samples of your body’s plasma (the fluid that carries blood cells around your body) and injects them into the skin. The reason for doing this is that the platelets and growth factors naturally found in your plasma are potent stimulants for skin healing and hair growth. It’s obvious, then, why PRP is gaining popularity amongst those looking to rejuvenate their skin and reverse hair loss.
Mesotherapy vs PRP
While both treatments aim to improve the skin’s appearance and stimulate hair growth, the procedure, ingredients used, and results can vary significantly.
Mesotherapy vs PRP: The Procedure
Mesotherapy involves injecting a bespoke cocktail of nutrients, vitamins, and hyaluronic acid into the mesoderm. The mesotherapy injections improve skin quality by replacing lost nutrients and increasing blood circulation to the area. The result is refreshed skin, reduced pores, and a healthy glow.
In contrast, PRP involves:
- Extracting a small blood sample from the patient’s arm.
- Spinning it in a centrifuge to isolate the platelet-rich plasma (PRP).
- Injecting the PRP into the affected area.
The concentrated growth factors in the PRP will trigger cell repair and replacement of old skin, leaving you with new, radiant skin.
Mesotherapy vs PRP: Efficacy
When it comes to combating the signs of ageing, you have the choice of mesotherapy and PRP, as both are excellent choices. Mesotherapy’s nutrient-rich injections can help improve the skin’s elasticity, reduce wrinkles and hydrate the skin, providing a youthful glow. In comparison, PRP therapy promotes collagen production and effectively tightens skin to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
For hair loss, we recommend PRP over mesotherapy. This isn’t because mesotherapy doesn’t work; it does. The reason we recommend PRP over mesotherapy is to do with how PRP works. As mentioned, PRP is full of your body’s natural growth factors. These growth factors are potent at stimulating hair follicles to grow and improving hair density. With that said, if you prefer to do mesotherapy for hair, it’s a great option.
Mesotherapy vs PRP: Side Effects
Side effects for both treatments are generally minimal. The most common side effects are mild discomfort and swelling at the injection site. But do not worry; these are mild and reduce within a few hours for most people. You can expect to return to everyday life the same day, with little downtime after either procedure.
Mesotherapy vs PRP: Longevity
Both treatments require multiple sessions for the best results. We recommend:
- For PRP: a course of treatment spaced over a few weeks. Results are visible within six weeks of starting the treatment course.
- For mesotherapy: a course of treatments; the exact number will depend on your personal aesthetic needs. Results are visible after a few treatments, and we recommend maintenance treatments to ensure long-lasting results.
In general, the effects of PRP last longer than those from mesotherapy.
Both mesotherapy and PRP are excellent options for aesthetic concerns relating to skin quality and hair growth. However, the best treatment for you depends on your specific needs and preferences. As with any beauty treatment, a consultation is vital to discuss your concerns and goals and create a treatment plan best suited to you. At Clinic Dr Dray London, we take pride in our comprehensive consultations and bespoke treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. We welcome you to book a consultation to speak to one of our doctor aesthetic practitioners.