Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is an effective non-invasive treatment for hair loss that has been proven to work for both men and women who are losing hair. This treatment involves drawing a small amount of plasma from the patient, and then after a centrifuge has processed and separated the elements, the plasma gets put back into syringes and injected into proper places on the patient’s scalp to help stimulate hair growth. The entire procedure is done by a physician. Whether your hair is thinning due to a medical reason, age, or genetics, PRP can help any patient restore growth all over their scalp and achieve thicker, healthier hair.
How Does PRP Treatment Help?
Plasma cells are adaptable and widely used in the medical community for a variety of treatments – in this case, hair and scalp health. Backed by research, scientists have shown that between two and four treatments several weeks apart has worked on a majority of patients. It is cost-effective, mostly painless, and an easy way to restore hair that has been lost. According to the Harvard Health Journal, “When it comes to hair loss, the theory is that platelets, injected deep into the scalp to reach the bottom of the hair follicle, may stimulate a specialized population of cells named dermal papilla cells, which play a critical role in hair growth.” This stimulation using the platelets will help you regrow your own hair naturally.
Candidates for PRP Treatment
The best way to find out if you should go for this treatment is to talk to a licensed and experienced professional who can examine your hair loss and go from there. Many people experience hair loss, especially after the age of 30, simply because your cells age and no longer reproduce the way they used to. Individuals tend to resort to a number of over-the-counter treatments including pills, chemical shampoos, homemade solutions, or even go for invasive hair implant surgeries. A 2019 study compared the results of patients using PRP treatment versus Rogaine and found that PRP treatments were far more effective.
Thanks to technology and the increased use of platelet therapy in a number of medical areas, including treating skin and muscle conditions, it is now possible to restore hair growth without cashing out on products that promise to work and then don’t. Whether you’ve already tried other methods or not, if you’re seriously concerned about your hair’s condition and loss, speak to a doctor about PRP treatment.
Additionally, if you have specific concerns, such as frontal hair loss, or a balding spot in the middle, talk to your doctor about addressing them. They will be able to help concentrate the platelets into areas of concern.
What Are the Side Effects of PRP Treatments?
There are a few risks with this treatment but they are minimal. Since the treatment uses blood and plasma, patients can expect some bruising, swelling, or itching at the injection site, however, this is rare. The entire process takes about an hour to complete and patients are encouraged to complete three or four sessions, once a month, until they see rejuvenation. Results are not instant, since hair takes time to grow, and you will likely see results within a few months. There is no recovery time after this treatment and patients can resume normal activities afterward. If you’re experiencing severe hair loss, don’t hesitate to talk it over with the doctors at the Hillelson-Whipple clinic. With over 40 years of medical expertise and experience between our doctors, you are in good hands for any of the treatments we offer. Call us at 804-290-0060.