About Platelet rich plasma (PRP)
What is Platelet rich plasma (PRP)?
All you wanted to know about Platelet Rich Plasma-PRP- hair therapy
Hair loss is a prime concern for most people experiencing hair loss. Thanks to the advancements made in the field of medical science, today one can successfully combat the problem of hair loss. PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is the latest hair loss treatment. Increasingly large number of people are going for it as the treatment offers impressive results.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma hair therapy?
PRP is a non-surgical therapeutic option for treating hair loss conditions. Human blood contains certain stem cells and blood products that contain specific growth factors that aid in tissue regeneration and healing. PRP promotes hair growth by taking out the patient’s own blood and centrifuging it to enable the plasma with platelets collect in the tube. This platelet rich plasma is then injected into the scalp or is made to rub on the scalp in the areas which suffer from hair loss.
Studies reveal that patients experience a dramatic improvement in their hair growth after 3-4 sittings. As well as promoting hair growth, PRP strengthens the hair follicles. The process helps stimulate the stem cells located in the Dermal Papilla as well as other structures of the hair follicle, thereby promoting healing, accelerating the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration, body’s response to injury, and formation of new cellular growth. The major role of PRP in hair restoration is stimulating inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.
The treatment usually requires about eight sittings, each separated at about two weeks apart. In addition, one may need to take certain medications. Some doctors alternate between stem cell therapy and PRP as combination treatments have shown to yield better results.
Who is the best candidate?
People who are experiencing thinning hair, and those suffering from androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness can benefit from Platelet Rich Plasma hair loss treatment. Women with male pattern alopecia can also benefit from it. People who have lost all their hair can’t go for it as this treatment is ineffective in growing new hair on a bald patch. It can only help make the existing thinning hair thicker by strengthening the hair follicles. People who are heavy smokers, who abuse drugs or alcohol, and those who suffer from platelet dysfunction syndromes, chronic liver disease, chronic skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders are also not considered to be ideal candidates for this particular hair loss treatment.
The most common side effects associated with the PRP hair therapy are Pain Infection Allergic reaction Blood clotting Skin discolouration When performed by a trained, qualified and experienced surgeon, the risks and side-effects of PRP therapy can be greatly minimised and one can get the most out of this latest hair loss treatment.
What is the Cost?
The cost of the PRP therapy varies from clinic to clinic and also from one surgeon to the other. Normally, the treatment costs anywhere between $2500 and $5,000 .