PRP therapy for hair loss has established itself to be effective as a medical treatment modality in the specialty fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, sports medicine and orthopedics. In the field of hair restoration, evidence supports PRP therapy as a promising treatment option to promote hair growth. So what is PRP?
This is non surgical hair restoration procedure is performed by drawing out a small sample of patients blood. This is then processed so that only the enriched cells remain in a concentrate and are injected into the scalp.
Science behind it
Activated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) stimulates growth and formation of stem cells around the hair follicles. These special Platelet cells promote healing, accelerates the rate and degree of tissue healing and regeneration, responds to injury, and formation of new cellular growth. The primary purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.
The treating doctor will do a complete medical analysis prior treatment to define your prognosis. Being an autologous preparation, PRP is devoid of any serious adverse effects, apart from local injection site reactions like pain or secondary infection, which can be avoided with proper precautions. PRP has no issues regarding transmission of infections such as hepatitis-B, C or HIV.
First around 8-10ml of blood is drawn in a similar manner as routine blood testing. It is then spun in a centrifuge to isolate the platelet rich plasma from the rest of the blood. The PRP is then transferred into 31g needles and multiple injections are given over the scalp. The entire procedure lasts between 30- 60 minutes. It is safe, simple, nonsurgical, with a quick recovery period and reliable results.
PRP is the perfect hair restoration therapy for those wanting a more aggressive nonsurgical solution to hair loss. It also works best as an adjuvant to other medical and surgical treatments like Minoxidil, peptides, oral finasteride and hair transplantation. Results vary among patients but it improves the hair caliber and thickness, restoring one’s confidence with a healthier and fuller looking head of hair.
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