Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is an effective regenerative treatment that harnesses the power of your body’s healing agents. It is useful in both pain management and for aesthetic purposes as it is natural, effective, and safe. PRP injections can be combined with other hair loss procedures or medications.
Researchers believe that PRP injections:
- Stimulate and maintain hair growth
- Increase blood supply to the hair follicles
- Control the hair growth cycle
Benefits of PRP Hair Treatment
- Minimal discomfort during the procedure
- The treatment itself takes about 3-5 minutes
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Promotes hair growth
- Prevents and treats hair thinning
- Can have transformative effects on patients with alopecia or an immune disorder that attacks the hair follicles
What is plasma, and how does it treat hair loss?
Blood consists of red cells, white cells, platelets, and plasma. Plasma is a white-yellowish liquid that plays a fundamental role in blood flow and facilitates its movement and transporting nutrients to cells. Plasma fluid consists of water, inorganic ions, organic matter, dissolved gases, and proteins.
When injected into the scalp, the plasma works to regenerate cells and stimulate the production of collagen and protein, which helps to rejuvenate and strengthen the scalp, increase the production of new and healthy hair, and prevent hair loss.
Am I a suitable candidate for PRP treatment?
PRP provides a suitable treatment option for men and women who suffer from hair loss or baldness, whether it is due to genetic causes, some skin diseases, or alopecia areata.
However, people with the following conditions are not allowed to undergo this treatment:
- Chronic heart disease
- Unregulated diabetes
- Low platelet count
- Thyroid disease
- Metabolic disorder
- Chronic skin disease
- Liver disease
What are the side effects of PRP hair treatment?
- Mild redness
- Itching at the sites of injection
- Mild pain and discomfort in the injection sites
These side effects usually improve shortly after the procedure, especially when following the doctor’s instructions and taking the prescribed medications.
How is PRP hair treatment performed?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss is a three-step medical treatment in which a person’s blood is drawn, treated, and injected into the scalp.
Step 1: Blood is drawn from the arm and placed in a centrifuge, which is a machine that rotates rapidly to separate liquids of different densities.
Step 2: After about 10 minutes in the centrifuge, the blood will be separated into three layers:
- Platelet-poor plasma.
- Platelet-rich plasma.
- Red blood cells.
Step 3: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is placed into a syringe and then injected into specific areas of the scalp that need more hair growth.
When can I see the results of PRP treatment?
You should know that the results differ from one person to another according to the health condition, age of the patient, and the cause of hair loss. Moreover, you should not expect immediate results after the injection, as the regeneration of hair cells takes no less than a month or two, and the final results are not noticed until after six months.
The initial results may appear after the third and fourth sessions in the form of slight hair growth at the injection sites, then the hair growth and thickness improves, and you will notice that the new hair grows is healthy and has a good appearance, which shows the benefits of plasma for hair.
What is the number of PRP sessions required to get the best result?
PRP hair treatment often requires three sessions with an interval of 4 to 6 weeks between each session, and it is recommended to repeat the sessions every 4 to 6 months to maintain the result.