Lack of hair got your head in the clouds? Do you dream of your hair coming back thicker than ever? You may want to check out PRP.
Hair loss happens differently in different people. For men, this can be from heredities or hormones. Hair follicles began to weaken causing balding areas and thinning. For women, heredity can cause hair loss any time after puberty, depending on age, nutrition, hair care and more. However, PRP can aid in recovering hair for anyone.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (or PRP Therapy) is a treatment using a patient’s own blood to restore parts of their body. It is a very new and natural way to restore one’s hair. No chemicals or surgery is required, and can lead to very reliable results. It is perfect with those with weaker hair follicles or alopecia areata.
How does PRP work? A doctor takes a small amount of blood from a patient, which is then placed into a centrifuge. This shuffles the cells around leaving only platelets and enriched cells. This picks out the Platelet Rich Plasma, which are very strong growth proteins. These are then injected into the areas to be treated by a micro needle. It may be uncomfortable or painful to some, but the procedure can be done under general anesthetic or sleep sedation. All of this can be done in roughly one hour.
By using PRP, patients receive around five to 10 times more additional blood platelets than normal, drastically increasing hair growth speed. It takes roughly six to twelve months before PRP can be visually seen in the mirror. However, hair growth improvements can be measured by units of Hair Mass Index, or HMI, to see results faster at the smallest level. Measurements are usually taken every three months.
Generally, PRP benefits last about four to six weeks. To stack these hair growth benefits, it is recommended to receive multiple treatments as often as every other month. Most patients will require regular PRP treatment yearly to maintain constant hair growth.
There are a few risks PRP to note. Some mild inflammation may be noticeable for a few hours after treatment. On rare occasion it can lead to swelling, which can take a day or two to resolve. Since the process involves using the patient’s own blood, there is a small risk of disease or infection. Results may vary depending on the patient.