PRP Therapy for Hair Loss (platelet-rich plasma)
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) for hair loss is a treatment that involves extracting a small amount of blood from a patient, isolating out the bioactive molecules and bioactive proteins in the blood (which initiate and speed up tissue repair and regeneration), and injecting this platelet-rich plasma into the scalp to promote hair growth. This therapy, also defined as autologous platelet-rich plasma, there is enough data to suggest that PRP can help certain individuals with hair loss, especially androgenic alopecia in men or women.
What exactly is Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) treatment is used as a therapy to promote tissue development for a different reason. PRP treatment for hair loss involves injecting platelet-rich plasma into the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles. The individual units on the scalp from which hair develops are known as hair follicles.
Stem cells can be found in hair follicles. Stem cells are a type of cell that can grow into new cells. Platelet-rich plasma treatment stimulates these stem cells to begin the process of generating new cells that will develop into follicular units.
How is PRP Treatment conducted?
The steps below are an example of a typical approach to PRP injections for hair loss:
● A medical practitioner takes blood from an arm vein.
● They put the blood sample in a centrifuge.
● The blood is spun in the centrifuge, extracting its components.
● A syringe is used by a medical practitioner to remove the platelets.
● Platelets are injected into specific regions of the scalp by a doctor.
The total procedure might take approximately an hour, and multiple sessions may be required.
Following PRP therapy, a person is typically able to resume their normal activities with no restrictions.
What are the advantages of PRP for hair loss?
The fact that it is non-invasive and does not require surgery distinguishes it from transplant procedures. This ensures there will be no lengthy preparations for the operation and no disruption afterward. A busy individual would enjoy the short period required to solve their hair problems!
Platelet-rich plasma is also derived from the patient's blood, which means the injection will not be rejected by the body as a foreign body. This substantially decreases the possibility of adverse responses to the operation.
Platelet-rich plasma is an efficient and safe therapy for mild to severe hair loss. Although it can be used alone as a monotherapy, it produces the best results when coupled with FDA-approved therapies as an adjunctive treatment.
It should be noted, however, that, as with any other treatment for androgenetic alopecia, early initiation and maintenance are both essential.