Like a smooth, silky, lustrous mane? Who doesn’t? No wonder it can be quite distressing to witness excessive hair loss at any point in our life. First and foremost, visit a doctor to ascertain the real reason for hair loss. Hair loss could happen due to a variety of reasons such as chronic stress, an underlying disease, and/or hormonal imbalances. However, if you have identified the cause but are just living with it because there is no potential resolution, it’s time to take some action. With the advancements in dermatology and cosmetology. We don’t have to live with a balding look. A new but effective treatment, PRP is available to our rescue.
What is PRP Treatment/Therapy? –
PRP means Platelet Rich Plasma is a preferred hair loss treatment across the world for both men and women. It uses one’s own platelets to heal and help regrow the hair. The science of using platelets for healing and recovery has been around for decades. But it’s used in treating excessive hair loss is relatively new and effective.
How does it work? –
To understand how the PRP treatment works, we need to understand the role of platelets in the human body. Platelets are rich in growth factors and can, therefore, promote growth in any cell. When we get hurt or injure ourselves, platelets play an integral role in stopping the bleeding and healing. PRP works by triggering hair growth and maintaining it by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle, thereby promoting hair growth.
The platelets are extracted from our bodies and injected into our scalp. Once the injections are given, the activated platelets secrete growth factors that stimulate the production of new blood vessels. It also activates the wound healing mechanism, which enables new cells to develop. Very soon, the platelets synchronize and secrete additional growth factors. This cycle continues to facilitate hair growth.
PRP Treatment Procedure:
During the treatment, the dermatologist will follow the following steps:
A small amount of blood roughly 15-20 ml of blood is collected and put into a centrifuge.
In ten minutes, the centrifuge separates the blood into platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells.
The platelet-poor plasma is discarded, and the platelet-rich plasma is drawn into a syringe and injected into the scalp.
Since the platelets help healing and recovery, this treatment works by stimulating the production of newer cells, heals the wounds, and promote new hair cells to develop. But you have to remember that this is not magic. It takes roughly 6-8 sessions for this treatment to work entirely for anyone.
Is PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Effective?
Recent research published in the journal “Aesthetic Plastic Surgery” focussing on 11 research papers, including about 260 participants, found that PRP injections were safe and effective for reducing hair loss, increasing the diameter of hair and the density of hair growth. Another study that featured in the Dermatologic Survey reported an analysis of about 460 participants that PRP treatment led to hair regrowth for people with androgenetic alopecia.
Frequently Asked Questions: (Explain different questions answer related to PRP Treatment) Read on to find answers to some frequently asked question.
How long will it take?
Each individual and situation is different. The dermatologist will examine your scalp after each session to assess how many more sessions will be needed. It takes roughly 6-8 sessions for the treatment to work fully.
When can I expect my hair to grow?
You can begin to experience some growth after four to six months. PRP results are entirely satisfactory and encouraging.
Is it painful?
PRP is virtually painless. You only feel the prick of the needle. However, if you are sensitive to pain, the doctor can always advise some pain medication to make it a completely comfortable procedure.
Is it Safe?
Since it uses your plasma, it reduces the risk of any infection and is considered entirely safe.
What is the cost of PRP Treatment?
Treatment costs can vary from city to city because of the experience of the doctors and the infrastructure of the clinic. But roughly it will cost you Rs. 10,000 – Rs. 15,000 per session.
Are there any side effects?
There are no severe side effects. One may experience mild pain at the time of injecting the plasma. You might see minor redness or possibly heavy headedness, which can be quickly relieved by taking a pain killer.
What precautions should I take after PRP Treatment?
It’s a quick procedure, and you can resume your daily life activity the next day. The only thing you should be careful about is to avoid excessive sweating and exercise for the first one week or so.
If you have been dealing with hair loss and balding and have tried every other treatment in the market, it’s time to go the PRP route. It is a safe, painless, and effective treatment that can help regain that thick, shiny hair of the head. Be sure to consult a dermatologist and start this beautiful journey.
Riya Desmukh has a degree in Life Sciences, Riya Deshmukh, from Hyderabad, Telangana, India, has a diverse experience in writing for beauty and health care domain; with topics like skincare, hair problems, tips and advice. She aspires to bring change in the lives of people through her earnest and research-based articles. She is looking out for opportunities to work with value driven organizations and to associate with their content producers and generate meaningful and valuable content towards mutual benefit.