What it comes to hair loss there is a huge market for finding the next best hair restoration procedure. However, sometimes treatments will be ‘discovered’ that are not always as great as they might seem. One treatment that is thought to trigger natural hair growth is using PRP. Today, we’re going to tell you everything we know about using PRP to treat hair loss.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy is a three-step medical treatment which is thought to promote natural hair growth. The treatment requires a person’s blood to be drawn, processed and then injected into the scalp.
Some believe that PRP injections can trigger natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing the blood supply to the hair follicles. The treatment can also be combined with other hair loss procedures or hair loss medications.
PRP therapy is a three-step processed that is thought to require three treatments 4-6 weeks apart with maintenance treatments then required every 4-6 months.
Step 1: Blood is drawn, typically from the arm and put into a centrifuge.
Step 2: After around 10 minutes in the centrifuge the blood would have separated into three layers; platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, red blood cells.
Step 3: The platelet-rich plasma is drawn into a syringe and then injected into areas of the scalp where increased hair growth is wanted.
There are a number of side effects and risks that come with PRP for hair loss including; injury to blood vessels or nerves, infection and calcification at the injection points. Some might be rejected for the treatment if they are on blood thinners, are a heavy smoker or if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, chronic liver disease or acute or chronic infections.
Although it thought that PRP injections can help to boost natural hair growth there is not enough research behind the treatment to prove that is actually effective. The treatment has been used since the 1980s for problems such as healing injured tendons, ligaments and muscles. However, more research is needed to back up claims of boosting hair growth.
At current other hair restoration treatments such as FUE hair transplants are seen as one of the best treatment for those with hair loss. If you would like more information on hair loss or our hair restoration treatments, please contact us today for a no obligation consultation.