PRP therapy has been used in many fields of medicine, and even adopted by professional football clubs to help in the healing of injuries to their players. Other high profile athletes include Tiger Woods who received four treatments following knee surgery. Although thought to be new treatment it has been used since the mid-1990’s in dental and oral surgery and to aid in tissue recovery following plastic surgery.
A blood sample is taken and placed in a centrifuge, this spins at a predetermined speed to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other factors in the blood. Human blood contains stem cells, these are important growth factors and assist in tissue regeneration and general healing. PRP is concentrated blood plasma that contains approximately three times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood in our body.
These platelets promote healing and accelerate the rate and degree of tissue regeneration and the formation of new cell growth. In respect of hair loss and hair transplantation PRP can be used for the purpose to stimulate inactive or dormant hair follicles in a variety of hair loss conditions and to stimulate grafted follicles into the growth phase. PRP is a natural medical procedure performed in our Clinics for hair stimulation, helping thinning or miniaturised hairs to improve the hair calibre and thickness.
What is PRP Platelets?
Platelets are made up of intracellular structures such as glycogen, lysosomes and alpha granules. These particles within the PRP contain clotting and growth factors that are released during the healing and repair process, such as a cut. Published medical literature from Europe and the United States confirms the safety and use of PRP therapy.
Once the platelets have been separated from the blood the concentration of platelets is inject into the area to be treated, generally in multiple sites. This high concentration of growth factors in a relatively small area also stimulates blood flow.
Is PRP Suitable for Everyone?
PRP therapy is not suitable for everyone and caution should be taken; patients with history of heavy smoking, drug and alcohol use. Medical diagnosis such as platelet dysfunction syndromes, anti-coagulation therapy, chronic skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders. If considering PRP therapy always fully disclose your medical history to the Doctor. For those suitable for PRP results will vary from person to person and as with any medical treatment no specific result can be promised.
PRP can be used as a stand-alone treatment for those that are prone to side effects from other hair loss treatments. As a non-surgical treatment PRP can be combined with alternate treatments, we recommend PRP therapy along with Minoxidil and DHT inhibiters. When used in conjunction with a surgical procedure it can be employed preoperatively, intraoperatively, or post operatively. PRP sessions can be performed every three to four months as patient numbers suggests regular sessions promote healthier hair growth, and over time the time frame between sessions can be increased.
In conclusion, PRP therapy offers the opportunity for hair growth for individuals, men and women, who are not hair transplant candidates and hair transplant patients, aiding healing and hair growth.