About Platelet rich plasma (PRP)
What is Platelet rich plasma (PRP)?
Combatting hair loss with Platelet Rich Plasma PRP
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is is a wonderful, non-surgical therapeutic option for men and women suffering from hair loss conditions.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma?
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP as it is commonly called is an all-natural, therapeutic, medical procedure for hair loss and conditions causing hair thinning. It is non-surgical, completely natural, and safe alternative to surgical hair restoration procedures.
Human blood plasma or PRP contains mesenchymal stem cells and autologous blood products that contain essential and specific growth factors that help in tissue regeneration and healing. PRP therapy is used extensively in the field of oral surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, sports medicine and orthopaedics and the results are positive and successful. In the field of hair restoration, PRP therapy helps promote hair growth and combats the problem of hair loss and hair thinning naturally. The PRP contains many growth factors that help stimulate the growth of hair follicles that are located in the Dermal Papilla, and other structures of the hair follicle. The primary role of PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.
Patients who are interested in PRP therapy need to give a sample of their blood. The blood is spun to a high concentration through centrifugation and the PRP and other vital growth proteins are then removed from the rest of the blood. This highly concentrated PRP is then injected into the scalp under a topical anaesthesia. A special micro needling device is also used for stimulating the dermis of the scalp. The stimulation allows healing and growth repair cells to get into the action.
While individual results vary, studies reveal that most patients respond well to the PRP therapy. Patients who choose to have PRP therapy performed every 3-4 months respond well to the treatment as studies have shown that regular or semi-annual PRP sessions help stimulate hair growth better.
Some of the major benefits of PRP therapy are
Non-surgical, simple procedure
Quick recovery period
Safe and reliable treatment option
Long-lasting and beautiful results
Who is the best candidate?
People who have thinning hair problem, and men with androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness can go for PRP. Women with male pattern alopecia can also benefit from it. The treatment requires about eight sittings, two weeks apart for the best results. Following people are however not considered to be appropriate for PRP: People who have lost all hair Patients with history of heavy smoking, drug and alcohol use People suffering from platelet dysfunction syndromes, thrombocytopenias, hypofibrinogenaemia, hemodynamic instability, and sepsis Those having acute and chronic Infections People with chronic liver disease, chronic skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is an extremely safe, reliable, and simple procedure for combatting hair loss problem. The procedure is extremely comfortable and patients do not experience any pain or physical discomfort of any sort. Some patients experience mild pain, swelling, redness, or bruising in the treatment area. But when performed by a trained and qualified surgeon specialising in PRP, the side effects are rare.
What is the Cost?
The cost of Platelet Rich Plasma therapy can vary from doctor to doctor and from one location to the other. It can cost around $650-$800 per session.