PRP for Hair Growth
A non-invasive solution for hair stimulation
Another beneficial use for PRP is the treatment of thinning hair. Anyone experiencing hair loss is essentially a good candidate for PRP treatments, but treating the problem in the early stages is optimal and carries a greater chance of seeing a beneficial result.
Not unlike PRP to improve skin by using its growth factors to boost and regenerate collagen, PRP will help stimulate the activity of the hair follicles and promote new hair growth. The injected PRP will increasing hair count, hair thickness, and the growth phase of the hair cycle.
Blood is extracted and the PRP is separated using the same process as
previously described. The plasma, rich in platelets, is then injected directly
into the scalp at the level of the hair follicle. Many small injections are
made beginning across the scalp, approximately at every centimetre over
the area of thinning hair. Although the process is detailed, the entire
procedure takes about a half hour.
Though the thought of being poked with so many needles may be
daunting, there’s no real risk associated with PRP and most patients get
injections without any numbing, as there is minimal discomfort. Ice packs
may be used to minimize pain and in the event there is any discomfort
after the procedure Tylenol may be taken. Bruising can occur but usually
resolves within a week or two.
For best results, consistency is key. Typically treatments are performed once a month for the first three to four months, and then every three to six months thereafter, depending on your individual results and needs .The first thing people tend to notice is decreased hair shedding, followed by early regrowth and increased length of hair. Its important to note that PRP is best used as part of a treatment plan for hair loss and will show better results when coupled with other treatments.
There is no activity restriction after a PRP treatment. Patients may shower, shampoo, condition their hair normally just several hours after the treatment and resume normal daily and athletic activities. Some brief mild inflammation such as redness or pinkness and numbness of the scalp may be present for several hours. You should not perform any harsh chemical colouring or perming treatments for at least 72 hours after treatment. Use of topical hair growth treatments can resume the next day. Laser therapy treatments can also be resumed the next day.
Who can’t be Treated?
Different areas of the scalp may respond differently to PRP depending on the amount of weak hair follicles present in each area. Generally areas where severe depletion of follicles has occurred should not be treated. Most healthy individuals can easily undergo PRP treatments. Certain conditions like blood and platelet disorders, chronic liver disease, presence of an active severe infection, cardiovascular or hemodynamic instability and/or blood thinning medication would make PRP unsuitable. Recent steroid treatments and smoking are not recommended for PRP candidates and should be discussed prior to treatment.