PRP Hair Treatment

Hair fall problem has been affecting a very huge number of people over the years. In fact, considering the present lifestyle and prevalent food habits, more people are prone to suffer from hair fall and baldness. The most common causes of hair fall is lifestyle determined. It is due to this reason that surgeons have developed numerous treatments to cure hair fall and restore lost hair back. One such treatment is the PRP hair loss treatment, which includes triggering hair growth with blood platelets.

What is PRP therapy?

PRP or Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy sounds like a miracle sure in the hair regrowth industry of late. It is a very simple 3-step method on paper and includes drawing blood, preparing a platelet rich extract and injecting it back in the scalp following activation of the platelets. Platelets release growth factors which kick start tardy hair growth.The PRP hair loss therapy might seem a little too simple, but a lot of science goes behind it. The treatment is continuous and after the initial cycle of weekly injections, maintenance is every 3 months. Here are the steps to this hair loss treatment:
Step 1: The surgeon, performing the PRP treatment takes ample amount of blood (60-120 ml) from the patient’s body, preferably from the arms.
Step 2: After taking the blood the surgeon sends it to an authorised lab (every clinic cannot deal with blod products since it is against the law) which labels it and puts it in a centrifuge, which is a machine that spins rapidly at high speed in order to separate different densities in a fluid. The centrifuge operates for around 10 minutes with the blood in it and platelet layer is separated into:

  • Platelet-Rich Plasma
  • Platelet-Poor Plasma
  • Red Blood Cells

Step 3: The laboratory technician then draws the Platelet-rich plasma into a syringe and after labeling sends it to the Hair Transplant Clinic where the doctor injects it into various parts of the scalp that need hair regrowth. This process continues for quite some time until the results are visibly clear.

Are all PRP treatments equal?

No. Most clinics make their own PRP in the way they know best. At Darling Buds Clinic we do the PRP separation at our own laboratory pictures of which are attached. This prevents disease due to cross contamination since proper government guidelines are followed and all this is done in the proper PRP systems as detailed in the pictures. Hence all PRPs are not equal . Therefore the results of PRP treatment vary from one place to another rather markedly.

Are there any risks involved in PRP hair loss treatment?

The method does not involve any risks as such. But the patient still needs to care for certain things, generally rooted in the medical history of the individuals. He should reveal these facts to the surgeon during the initial consultation period.
Apparently, you might not be a good candidate for the PRP hair loss treatment if:

  • You are a chain smoker
  • You are on blood thinners
  • You have a history of drug misuse or a heavy alcohol drinker

When should you not consider PRP treatment?

Besides closely assessing medical history, few other things are worth considering. The surgeon can reject the treatment if you have any of the following health ailments:

  • Cancer
  • Low platelet count
  • Metabolic disorder
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Chronic disease
  • Systemic disorder
  • Hemodynamic instability

How many sessions does it take for PRP treatment?

PRP hair loss treatment is a way to temporarily regain fullness in thinning hair and delay onset of extensive baldness. However no detailed scientific study has yet corroborated this fact. However what is known is that most patients are happy with the treatment. However, the results aren’t visible before at least three months of regular sessions.
To start with weekly injections are administered for 3 months followed by a maintenance dose every 3-6 months for one year. Thereafter booster yearly does are recommended tailoring it with the patient’s response and needs all the while. All said, PRP is not effective in 35-50% of patients. Hence after 203 injections, if there is no increase in hair diameter, it should not be continued.

Just like any major treatment or medical process, PRP hair loss treatment has some restrictions. However, these post-treatment instructions aren’t very restrictive. Here are the prominent ones:

Things to keep in mind after a PRP treatment

Just like any major treatment or medical process, PRP hair loss treatment has some restrictions. However, these post-treatment instructions aren’t very restrictive. Here are the prominent ones:

  • Some mild red patches with inflammation might be visible. But these would be present for a few hours only.
  • There should not be any chemical application to the scalp in the first 48 hours after PRP.
  • You may shampoo your hair normally after a few hours from the treatment. However, make sure you use a mild shampoo.
  • If you have been on hair growth tonics or treatments, like Minoxidil, you should resume from the day after.

How to get the best results?

Unlike hair transplant surgery, PRP hair loss treatment is more like recurring therapy. Having consistency in treatment and sticking to a protocol is the key. The treatment sessions would be regular and scheduled right on the first day. Hence, keeping a consistent pace with the surgeon is very important to see great results.

The first major visible result is the lessening of hair loss, which is possible by pushing a faster hair growing cycle. Following this, there will be a drop in hair fall pattern, which is a sign of good hair growth.

Wrapping up!

PRP for hair loss is an effective treatment but not a replacement for a hair transplant since it has no use in treating baldness. It only thickens thinning areas by boosting the anagen phase of the life cycle. More hair follicles are in the anagen phase.

In the right candidate it has immense utility and mostly patients have been noted to be happy after 3 months. Moreover it is a lunch-time procedure. To know more about this treatment or to get a trial. Let us see if PRP works for you or not.