What is PRP Treatment?
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is considered a potential treatment for hair transplantation and medically treating or restoring hair loss. We know platelets are a wholesome component of blood containing red and white blood cells and plasma that works as the “first responders” to heal the wounds or damage body parts to promote fast healing. So, in some research, it is studied that if the surgeons could extract concentrated platelets from the patient’s body and inject them into the required damaged area, it would accelerate healing in the fastest way possible.
PRP gives the best results in tissue repair as it contains several proteins and other growth factors. If the hair follicles get damaged, then PRP Treatment could help to curb the hair loss with the regrowing process reversing the cycle of conditions like androgenetic alopecia.
Today, PRP medical treatment has brought dynamic changes in restoring hair growth, making it a popular method to treat external injuries related to muscles, ligaments, and tendons for sports players.
PRP for treating Hair Loss
PRP is an effective non-surgical practice to combat massive hair loss, which can be benefited by increasing hair density and restoring the fallen structure of hair follicle. The treatment promotes the growth of new hairs rapidly by activating the dormant follicles.
In this process, the surgeon will take out the patient’s blood to prepare PRP and inject it into the required areas. The treatment will require some sessions that are planned by the concerned doctor. Mostly the positive results are seen after 2-4 sessions effectively. The PRP procedure even helps to prevent hair disease dandruff or blockage of sebaceous ducts.
PRP for Hair Transplantation
Introducing PRP in Hair Transplantation surgery has brought more chances for patients to recover with the increased success rate. It is compatible with the FUE hair transplant and FUT method by improving the quality of transplanted and real hairs.
Newly transplanted hair follicles sustain the presence or absorption of oxygen present in surrounding tissues. It is proven that through the involvement of platelets and white blood cells, the healing mechanism is amplified and heals the wound preventing external infections. Also, PRP stimulates dermal papilla (stem cells) to recently transplanted hair follicles.
In hair transplantation surgery, PRP is either injected or sprayed on the recipient site that naturally stimulates the healing of the grafts applied to the donor area.
Benefits of PRP Treatment for hair
- Unnatural baldness or thinning hair due to underlying disease
- Stress Hair fall
- Prevents hair scalp infections and dandruff.
- Fragile and Dry Hairs
- Treating androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata, and other forms of alopecia
Procedure Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
PRP will not take a long time for the patient; it’s just a three-step process that will be performed within 4 to 6 weeks. However, it will require to get checked after every 4 to 6 months for maintenance.
The surgeon will draw blood from the specific area of the body (usually arms) and put it into a particular machine (Centrifuge) that works while spinning rapidly into separate fluids in blood in different densities.
As a result, the blood will be segregated into three layers; platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells.
So, in the last round, the platelet-rich plasma is taken into the syringe and injected into the scalp’s required areas that will benefit the growth of hairs.
How long does it last?
PRP is known as the least risky and beneficial method to treat massive hair loss. Well, we cannot say PRP is a permanent treatment to curb the intense hair fall as it requires regular maintenance to seek benefits of hair growth. Not all patients have to follow the same pattern; according to conditions, the concerned doctor will suggest the duration of sessions.
Success Rate of PRP Treatment
It will take a few months to seek results from PRP treatment; even the hair loss will not stop immediately. Meanwhile, PRP promotes hair growth increasing hair volume strengthening the cells. Severe baldness may not show positive results in some cases as hair follicle gets dead in those cases. Only damaged or weak hair follicles can get repaired through PRP therapy.
Side Effects of PRP Treatment
Till now, there are no side effects detected as a result of PRP treatment. However, injecting anesthesia could react to some patients, so discuss with doctors well-before.
There is no remote possibility of an allergic reaction, as well.