Hair loss PRP
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
PRP has been around since the 1980’s but it has become quite trendy recently. In 2006 couple scientists discovered that injecting Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) in troubled area. PRP contains Growth factors and proteins that are important for promoting tissue healing. PRP therapy can help regrow hair by reversing the process that occurs in Androgenetic Alopecia.
PRP for hair restoration
The main purpose of PRP injections for hair restoration is to stimulate inactive hair follicles into active growth. Platelet cells promote healing and accelerate tissue regeneration and new cellular growth. They stimulate Stem cells in the environment of the hair follicle, which is believed to contribute to hair growth.
PRP Therapy is a 3 step process.
Most patients require three treatments that are spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Hair regrowth PRP is drawn up into a syringe and injected into areas of the scalp that need increased hair growth. The injections are given over about three minutes and there are about 13 of them. The process can be quite painful because the scalp is very sensitive to injections because it has a lot of blood vessels and nerves.
Does PRP Stop Hair loss
There hasn’t been large randomized controlled trials to determine the effectiveness, in 2019 a group of researchers carried out a systematic review of the research and their findings are published in the Journal. The finding of the research showed that PRP therapy reduced hair loss, increased diameter of hair follicles, and increased the hair growth density.
How long does PRP last?
PRP is not a one time cure for hair loss conditions as continuous visits is required to keep seeing the results. It is similar to medications like Finasteride or Minoxidil that needs to be taken continuously to see the effects. In terms of how long it takes to see the results, it’s usually after 2-3 months after having the procedure.
How much does PRP cost ?
The cost ranges from $1500 single injection to $3500 for three injections. The price varies from who’s doing the procedure, the quality of the equipment being used, and if additives used.
What are the typical treatments for hair loss.
Common treatments to start off for hair loss is Minoxidil. Dutasteride or Finasteride. Natural products like Saw Palmetto, moving on to PRP therapy or even hair transplant.
Evidence to prove worthwhile
PRP probably falls in the realm that this is a promising treatment but there isn’t enough evidence to prove worthwhile. First to do when pursuing treatment, ask yourself what is your budget, and try to hit up realistic expectation of the outcome from PRP therapies. It is still not a proven therapy just yet.
Benefits of PRP
PRP therapy has a number of advantages for patients with hair loss or thinning hair:
- Autologous treatment (using a substance obtained from your own body)
- Simple, non-surgical procedure
- Multiple injections in one treatment
- Procedure typically takes less than an hour
- No downtime after treatment
- Safe, reliable, natural-looking results
The risks of PRP
Although no risk from blood bourn disease from someone else since PRP involves the injection of your own blood. There are some things you might experience after the treatment; Specifically Scalp Tenderness, Pain, Swelling, Headache, Itching or bleeding.
Immediately the procedure it is important that you don’t wash your hair for about a day. Avoid scalp massage for the next two days. Be on the alert of any sign of infection such as fever, redness, speeding rash, contact the doctor immediately. Some people do develop some Calcification and scar tissue that forms on the injection sites. Although minimal, It is important to know the risks with cosmetic PRP treatments.