Is PRP Hair Treatment A Permanent Solution For Hair Growth?
You might be familiar with the word PRP – Platelet-rich plasma, an excellent treatment preferred by many doctors to accelerate healing of various areas in the body. It even helps you with your hair growth.
Typically, doctors suggest this treatment for people suffering from hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia, a condition causing hair follicles to shrink. This is called male pattern baldness. Even though PRP is a new approach, some scientific evidence shows that it can promote hair growth.
What Is PRP?
Our blood contains two main components, red blood cells, and plasma. This plasma comprises of white blood cells and platelets. PRP is prepared from these platelets taken from your own blood sample. For this, a medical professional will draw blood typically from your arm and placed it into a centrifuge machine. This machine spins the blood sample at a rapid rate, and after some time, it separates the blood components in to:
- Platelet-poor plasma
- Platelet-rich plasma
- Red blood cells
Then the Platelet-rich plasma is taken into injection. This PRP contains rich in growth factors and proteins which speeds your tissue repair. These growth factors play the role of messengers, i.e. signalling the cells to function. This growth factor is used to treat a range of health issues like arthritis, signs of ageing, etc. In the same way, these growth factors can stimulate the activity of the hair follicles and helps to promote new hair growth.
How Effective PRP works?
When a person has a cut, these platelets respond immediately and helps to stop bleeding and promotes healing. Researchers observed this, worked on it and extracted the concentrated platelets. They are injected into damaged areas in your body so that they could accelerate healing.
As some hair loss types like androgenetic alopecia are involved in damage to hair follicles, researchers found that PRP might help regrow the lost hair by reversing the process.
The plasma that extracted is injected into the scalp affected areas suffered by hair loss. Usually, 15 to 20 PRP injections are given per session. There are negligible side effects you need to worry about. You may feel some mild soreness at the injection site. Anaesthesia is also not required because you may feel a little tightness and discomfort and is all done within 30 minutes.
PRP treatment doesn’t show the results immediately. You need to attend monthly sessions suggested by the doctor. You can observe notable results between four to six months, and later yearly maintenance sessions. The exact treatment plan is associated with a few factors like the amount of hair loss, your age, hormones, and genetic etc.
How Long Does It Last?
PRP doesn’t cure the conditions causing hair loss. It stimulates hair growth of a person, and over time the person needs to take multiple PRP treatments to sustain the results of hair growth. You might have heard about topical minoxidil (Regaine) and oral finasteride (Propecia) treatments used to treat androgenetic alopecia. PRP is identical to these treatment procedures.
The longevity of the treatment is based on the factors which include hair loss area, your age, hormonal factors, and genetic etc. It is recommended to have maintenance injections for every 3–6 months depending on the person’s conditions.
Who Is Ideal Candidate For Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy?
Expert says that PRP helps for both men and women, mainly, people suffering from androgenetic alopecia, popularly known as male-pattern baldness among men and for thin hair all over the head among women.
Here are some of the conditions who may benefit from PRP:
- Balding men
- Women experiencing hair loss or thinning of hair due to menopause
- People suffering from sudden hair fall for a few years
The popularity of PRP therapy is increasing day by day to treat hair loss. It stimulates hair growth effectively and naturally. The procedure is also simple, painless and even requires no recovery time. However, it takes some months to see effective results after the treatment. At Cosmetic360 Clinic, we have seen positive results among the patients we have treated. Even though there is limited clinical proof that PRP works for hair loss. There are enough results, and many people believe that PRP is a safe and effective procedure for stimulating and hair growth reversing hair loss.