25 Apr Platelet Rich Plasma for Hair Loss
Platelet rich plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma is a blend of blood and serum that is injected to the area of the body that requires healing. This medical procedure is called Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
Platelet Rich Plasma for Hair Loss
Platelet rich plasma is small blood components that is rich in growth factors. This is used in the medicine field to aid in quick healing of injuries. PRP is generally used in conditions that need a little help in stimulating and accelerating the healing process. Injuries treatable by PRP are sports injuries in the elbows or knees, or post surgery for accelerating the healing process. Platelet Rich Plasma serves as a promising treatment option for hair re-growth, as it contains the essential proteins. Thus, PRP is widely used for hair restoration.
In PRP therapy, patient’s own blood is extracted and utilized for centrifuge. The blood is then concentrated and platelets are separated that are rich in plasma. The highly concentrated PRP is then injected into the scalp. A mild anesthesia is injected into the treatment site to reduce the pain. PRP’s growth hormones promote hair follicle growth. This growth occurs by stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the micro-environment of the follicle.
PRP is used in hair restoration because it has the ability to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles and transition them to active growth phase.
PRP specific cells that cause hair growth include:
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF)—promotes blood vessel growth, cell replication, skin formation
- Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta (TGF-b)—promotes growth of matrix between cells, bone metabolism
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)—promotes blood vessel formation
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)—promotes cell growth and differentiation, blood vessel formation, collagen formation
- Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 (FGF-2)—promotes growth of specialized cells and blood vessel formation
- Insulin Like Growth Factor – (IGF)—a regulator of normal physiology in all types of cell in the body
The Main advantages of hair regeneration by Platelet Rich Plasma therapy are
PRP therapy is a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure way of generating hair growth in men and women. People with thin hair or with scanty hair growth, are ideal candidates to avail PRP therapy. This treatment can be repeated in a few month intervals, depending on the patient’s response to the treatment and if the recovery period is quick. The outcome is generally positive for hair loss treatments using PRP with minimal or no side effects. Unlike other treatment options that has not so effective hair restoration.
There is no chance of blood clot or any other complications as the body’s immune system accepts the PRP injection. PRP offers a treatment option to those who are willing to go for hair loss treatment without involvement of surgeries. The procedure takes, roughly, about an hour and the patient can continue with daily activities post treatment. The outcome of PRP therapy is enhanced crown hair due to natural hair growth and will boost one’s confidence. PRP can also be combined with micro-needling, hair transplant surgery or other medications.