Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy has been used since the mid-1990s in many fields of medicine, including dentistry and plastic surgery. Professional football clubs have adopted the treatment to assist in healing high profile athletes injuries. In the field of hair restoration, PRP therapy is used to help both men and women with a variety of hair loss conditions.
PRP is a solution of platelet rich plasma which is injected into the area being treated. This is obtained by taking a blood sample from you which is then placed into a centrifuge. The Centrifuge machine spins and separates the platelet rich plasma from other factors in your blood, achieving a solution of concentrated plasma which contains approximately three times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood in your body.
Platelets are made of intracellular structures including glycogen, lysosomes and alpha granules. These promote healing and accelerate the rate and degree of tissue regeneration and the formation of new cell growth. PRP therapy also play a role in attracting stem cells which also assist in the healing process.
How it Works
Human blood contains stem cells which are important growth factors which assist in tissue regeneration, general healing and new cell regrowth. The solution is obtained by taking a blood sample from you which is then placed in a centrifuge. This then spins to separate the platelet rich plasma from the other factors in the blood. The solution we are left with will then be injected into your scalp.
The intense application of growth cells help to give the immediate area a boost to either enhance the healing and weaker cells in the area, or to stimulate improved regrowth of the hairs.
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 also be combined with medical hair loss treatments such as Minoxidil and other DHT inhibitors.
We generally recommend that you start with one session of PRP therapy every 3-4 months, decreasing the frequency of the sessions as you progress and the results start to become visible.
Studies into PRP therapy have found it to be an effective, safe and side-effect free treatment for hair loss. Even individuals who did not respond to 6 months of Minoxidil or Finasteride treatment experienced improvements with PRP treatment.
The results can include restored hair growth with improved quality and thickness in thinning and miniaturised hairs.