Whether it is genetic, due to stress, bad haircare, or any medical condition, hair loss is a prime concern for many men and women these days. But with advances in the field and adequate research, various new techniques have cropped up in the market (both expensive as well as affordable) which can combat the condition with ease. Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP, is the latest treatment to hit the hair loss market and is showing impressive results.
What is PRP?
PRP therapy, also known as Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is the same as vampire facelift which is done on the face to help reduce lines, wrinkles and acne scars and also helps build collagen.
The procedure involves drawing out one’s own blood and centrifuging it so that the plasma with platelets collects in the tube. This plasma rich in platelets and growth factors is very useful in tissue regeneration and healing. It is then injected on the scalp or rubbed on the scalp after performing a dermaroller treatment in the areas which suffer from hair loss.
Who should opt for PRP?
People who have thinning hair, and those with androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness – hair loss at the top of the scalp and a receding hairline particularly along the temples), women with male pattern alopecia can all benefit from it.
The treatment requires about eight sittings, each two weeks apart for best results. Along with it, one may have to take medications like minoxidil and propercia. Your doctor may also alternate between stem cell therapy and PRP as combination treatments have shown to provide good results.
Patients will soon see a fuzz of hair after the fourth sitting. The treatment not only promotes hair growth, but also strengthens hair follicles. It is quite a safe procedure without any side-effects. Since it involves drawing out blood and multiple needle pricks, it may seem uncomfortable and scary but a numbing cream is used prior to the procedure to reduce the discomfort.
Who can’t opt for PRP?
Though PRP treatment yields great results for people suffering from hair loss, it’s not for everyone. People who have lost all hair cannot undergo this treatment as it does not help grow new hair on a bald patch. It can only make the existing thinning hair thicker by strengthening the hair follicles.