What To Know Before You Start Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment For Hair Loss
Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment (PRP) is making waves in the industry, bringing virtually pain-free and noticeable results to those suffering from hair loss. Hair loss affects almost all men and some females as they age. Hair loss sufferers often experience a lack of self-confidence and feel self-conscious when they notice their hair is falling out or they have bald spots. Many end up resorting to invasive treatments that require a lengthy and painful recovery period. These treatments can leave patients with visible scars and sub-optimal results which is why PRP is becoming so attractive. PRP is virtually pain-free and appears to provide lasting results.
How it works
Your blood is made of two things: blood cells and plasma. The plasma is rich in platelets and contain ‘growth factors’ with the ability to speed up growth when applied to the hair/scalp region. These growth factors signal skin cells to function properly. Blood is taken from the patient’s arm and put into a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the blood cells. The plasma is then injected into the scalp and around the hair follicles of the patient. The entire process can take up to an hour and requires meticulous attention to detail to ensure injections are spread across the scalp evenly for optimal results.
Although the procedure requires blood to be drawn and needles to be injected around the scalp of the patient, the procedure is usually noted as ‘pain-free’. Since the blood is taken from your own body and injected into your scalp, you are not at risk of any communicable disease. For some patients, bruising may occur, but this normally only lasts a couple of weeks at most. Pain medication can manage any pain post-procedure. You will be screened before the procedure and treatment to make sure that the treatment is suitable for you and minimize any potential risks.
Why it works
PRP can work for almost anyone experiencing hair loss and especially those experiencing hair loss at an early age. However, it can also work for individuals (male or female) who experience hair thinning such as androgenic alopecia – hair thinning which is passed on genetically.
Like any hair loss treatment, best results are seen if the procedure is performed by an experienced professional and follow up visits are completed. Most patients receive treatment every few months, ranging from 3-6 months on average. This is important to ensure that hair regrowth continues and to avoid hair fallout.
However, PRP should not be a standalone treatment for hair loss done once, or by itself. PRP needs to be incorporated as part of your overall hair regrowth plan. To prevent hair loss and hair thinning, PRP can be combined with medication or other treatments.
Learn more about ARTAS hair loss treatments and find out if you are a candidate by calling our practice today!