PRP(Platelet-Rich Plasma) Therapy for Hair Loss
PRP has recently become a popular method of restoring hair growth.
PRP contains a variety of growth factors and proteins that speed tissue repair. As some types of hair loss result from damage to hair follicles, PRP for hair has been found to help regrow hair by reversing the damage to the hair follicles and by stimulating the stem cells to produce more viable hair follicles. Most of the studies found that injections of PRP reduced hair loss and increased the diameter of hair and the density of its growth.
To produce PRP, a medical professional will take a blood sample and put it into a machine called the centrifuge. This machine spins at a rapid rate, which separates the components of the blood. The medical professional then extracts the platelets for injection. The PRP solution is then either injected into the scalp or induced by micro needling with a dermapen.
As the PRP solution consists of a person’s own blood components, there are few risks of a reaction to the solution itself.
What is plasma and what are platelets?
Plasma is the liquid portion of whole blood. It is composed largely of water and proteins, and it provides a medium for red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to circulate through the body. Platelets are blood cells that cause blood clots and other necessary growth healing functions.
What is platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and what are PRP injections?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of patient’s own platelets to accelerate the generation of new rejuvenated hair and skin. It stimulates the fibroblast resulting in new hair follicle generation and improving hair quality.
PRP injections are prepared by taking anywhere from one to a few tubes of your own blood and running it through a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets. These activated platelets are then injected directly into your face through fine needles or micro needling by derma pen. It also releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces.
How soon can I see the results of PRP?
Within a few weeks of treatment, an overall improvement in hair conditions are appreciated –hair fall is reduced and improvement in hair texture is appreciated. Multiple sessions are required for reduction in hair loss following which maintenance treatments needs to be administered.
What are the side effects of PRP for hair loss?
People undergoing PRP treatments for hair loss may experience the following side effects but these are injection related.
mild pain at the injection site