Hair loss is very common for both men and women, and it can occur for a number of different reasons, such as genetics, lifestyle or medical conditions. In recent years, there have been great strides made in terms of treatment options for those experiencing hair loss. One area of particular progress is the realm of hair transplants, but an alternative non-surgical option is called Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is growing in popularity and can also be an effective solution.
What Is PRP?
PRP Therapy for hair loss involves taking blood from the patient which is then placed into a centrifugal machine to separate the red blood cells from the plasma (which contains platelets). The PRP contains a high concentration of platelets which are then injected into the affected area of the scalp. This procedure is designed to encourage the rejuvenation of hair follicles and extend the growth cycle of the hair, increasing natural hair growth. PRP therapy is a good starting point before considering surgery or as a pre or post-surgery maintenance option.
How It Works
PRP is based on the idea that plasma is full of growth-factors that provide major benefits when concentrated. Injecting PRP into the scalp aims to stimulate the stem cells in the hair root – essentially to ‘wake up’ the follicles that have stopped working – in order to grow new hairs and strengthen existing ones. This makes it an effective form of treatment for a whole range of hair loss issues.
Although PRP is relatively new as a hair loss treatment, the science of separating red blood cells from the plasma has been around for many years and is common in other fields of medicine. Most notably, PRP has been used in maxillofacial surgery as PRF (platelet-rich fibrin), as well as in the musculoskeletal field of sports injuries. It is now also used in dermatology for tissue regeneration, scar revision and wound healing.
As a relatively new form of treatment for hair loss, there are limited scientific results for PRP Therapy. Some clinicians have had excellent results through this form of treatment, even while research into its effectiveness is ongoing. But while the industry examines and reviews the treatment from a scientific basis, PRP Therapy is a viable option for the treatment of hair loss and a potential solution for a range of issues.
PRP vs Hair Transplant
PRP therapy is a non-invasive alternative to a hair transplant procedure. It may also have the additional benefit of preventing further hair loss and maintaining hair. While hair transplant procedures are undoubtedly highly effective, they are a premium option that might not be appropriate for all budgets. Another advantage of PRP Therapy is that results can be seen quite quickly – improvement within a 90 day period can be expected, with growth continuing for over six months. It can usually be performed in three sessions at 4-week intervals, with ongoing maintenance recommended. Additionally, PRP can be combined with other treatment options like Minoxidil and Vitamin Infusion Therapy.
Even though PRP Therapy is a new approach to hair loss treatment, it has proven to be an effective option for many patients and its future is promising. Technology and scientific discoveries for treating hair loss are developing at a rapid rate, and PRP Therapy is part of a whole range of modern options available to sufferers of hair loss.