What is PRP?
PRP is a biological product; it is a portion of the plasma fraction of the blood with a relatively high platelet concentration. In order to treat hair loss from an arguably natural standpoint, many patients turn to Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) therapy. The importance of this product with regards to combating hair loss lies in its components, specifically the presence of growth factors.
Did you know…
There are over 20 growth factors present within PRP, which activate cell signaling pathways and ultimately stimulate growth of the hair.
PRP therapy involves a three step process:
- Your blood gets drawn from your arm. The blood then gets placed in a centrifuge, a device capable of separating your blood based on the different densities of its components.
- After some time in the centrifuge, your blood is separated into three layers:
- Platelet-poor plasma
- Platelet-rich plasma
- Red blood cells
- The Platelet-rich plasma is injected via syringe into areas of the scalp where increased hair growth is necessary.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of PRP therapy?
PRP therapy is an additional mechanism by which patients can stimulate hair growth, specifically for those who either aren’t comfortable with or cannot use other hair loss treatments. Further, it is considered a rather convenient treatment option because it is neither overly complicated or painful.
How long will it take to achieve the desired results?
As per most treatments, result times vary from patient to patient. As a general rule, patients may notice an improvement in their hair texture and the growth of some new hairs in the target area within two weeks after treatment. However, most patients tend to see significant results in anywhere from 3 to 6 months.
Does PRP therapy regrow hair permanently?
The short answer is no, PRP is not a permanent solution to hair loss. Nonetheless, it is a very long lasting option for hair loss issues. The results of PRP may be maintained with a follow up, which is usually performed annually.
Are PRP treatments safe?
Arguably one of the greatest benefits with regards to PRP treatment would be that it utilizes a patient’s own blood, thereby mitigating the risk of any dangerous adverse reactions to the procedure. Side effects merely consist of a headache, mild pain at the injection site, and scalp tenderness.
Is there any downtime associated with PRP treatment?
There isn’t any downtime- patients can continue on with their normal daily activities following treatment. It is important, however, to avoid particular chemical treatments on your scalp, which could halt the progress of the treatment.