Here Is How Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Improves Hair Loss
Hair loss affects people of different genders, ages, and hair types. This may be a temporary issue that results from illness, medication, extreme stress, hormonal fluctuations, or other causes. Or it can be a permanent condition that leaves the scalp partially or fully bald.
For example, according to the Canadian Dermatology Association, male pattern baldness, a genetic condition inherited from relatives, affects around half of men. And about 40% of females experience some level of hair thinning by the time they turn 50, typically due to a combination of genetics and hormones.
Regardless of the factors contributing to hair loss, it can be an incredibly difficult process to experience. Fortunately, more treatments are available than ever today — including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.
But what is PRP therapy, how does it work, and how can it improve hair loss? We’ll answer these questions and more below.
What is Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy?
PRP therapy is an increasingly popular treatment for hair loss, though it’s also used to treat:
One of the most well-known types of PRP treatments is the “vampire facelift”, which can create smoother, more youthful-looking skin.
PRP therapy revolves around platelets, a critical component of your blood alongside red and white blood cells. Platelets are essential for promoting healing, stopping bleeding after an injury, and repairing damaged cells. If you cut yourself anywhere on your body, platelets will arrive at the site and start repairing the tissue right away, though the healing process could still take days.
The platelet-rich plasma contains more platelets than naturally found in blood, as well as essential growth factors and proteins to increase the speed of healing.
The PRP process begins with a medical professional drawing a sample of your blood with a needle. Next, they will place the blood into a machine known as a centrifuge: this will rotate the sample at high speed to separate the platelets and plasma from the rest of the blood’s components. The medical professional will then take the platelets and prepare them for injection back into the patient’s body.
With regards to PRP therapy for hair loss, the platelets are injected into areas of the scalp where hair has begun to fall out. A medical professional will examine your scalp thoroughly before your treatment to identify the area, or areas, most in need of attention.
How Does Platelet-rich Plasma Improve Hair Loss?
As PRP therapy boosts the number of cells undertaking repairs in the skin, it’s believed that it can cultivate stronger, healthier hair growth following a course of injections.
PRP treatments can also be highly beneficial following a hair transplant procedure. Transplantations involve harvesting hair follicles from the back and sides of the head, which are typically unaffected by pattern baldness and other types of hair loss. These donor follicles are implanted into areas with thinning hair on the scalp, such as the hairline or crown.
The two most popular types of hair transplant available are Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE). During FUT, surgeons cut a sample of tissue from the back of the head to harvest follicles, while FUE uses follicles sourced from multiple areas instead.
Injecting platelet-rich plasma into the scalp after a hair transplant can contribute to effective results by:
It’s believed that PRP therapy can improve circulation at the injection sites, ensuring that follicles receive healthier blood flow and the nutrients they need to function properly. It may also reduce inflammation surrounding follicles.
If you plan to try transplantation to restore hair on one or more areas of your scalp, PRP therapy may be the ideal complement to your surgery. Not only can it encourage faster recovery, it could also leave you with better hair growth down the line.
Are There Any PRP Side Effects I Need to Know About?
One of the biggest advantages of using PRP therapy for hair loss is that only your own blood is injected into your scalp, so there’s no risk of contracting a communicable disease from the treatment. It’s a safe procedure with the potential to promote healthier, denser hair growth.
However, potential side effects are a key consideration with any procedure involving needles. Possible effects include:
It’s crucial that you make the medical professional performing your PRP therapy aware of any bad reactions you may have had to past injections, and if you’re currently taking any medications that could cause blood thinning.
Furthermore, tell them if you’re nervous about having an injection — they should talk you through the procedure and help set you at ease for a more relaxing experience. Astra Medicare’s PRP therapy is a painless procedure performed by registered nurses in a comfortable, relaxing environment.
How Much Will I Pay for My PRP Therapy for Hair Loss?
Prices vary depending on the number of areas treated, the size of those areas, and other key factors. However, Astra Medicare is committed to delivering the highest standard of service at competitive prices. This applies to all of our treatments, including PRP therapy for hair loss.
Prices will be discussed with you during your consultation to ensure you make a fully informed decision and feel satisfied with the cost of your treatment.
How Can I Book a Consultation to Discuss My PRP Therapy for Hair Loss?
Astra Medicare provides PRP therapy, and an extensive range of other treatments, at our Brampton clinic. All PRP treatments are performed by registered nurses for your peace of mind.
Our team is happy to discuss your treatment and answer any questions you may have about PRP therapy. We offer 10% off on select PRP treatments for new patients, so book your free consultation now!
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