As we get older, it is natural that our bodies start to show signs of ageing. Our skin loses elasticity and may develop wrinkles or age-spots, and our hair begins to thin and become less resilient. There is a huge array of skin-care products available to help reduce the effects of the passing years but until recently, there were fewer options to restore more youthful hair. Fortunately, scientific advances and improved understanding of hair growth have allowed for the development of an innovative new treatment – Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy.
The low-down on PRP for hair restoration
PRP Therapy is an increasingly popular choice for men and women who want to achieve thicker, younger-looking hair. The treatment begins with blood samples being taken from the patient. The samples are prepared by spinning in a centrifuge. This process separates the plasma from the other components of the blood. The resulting PRP solution is then injected into the areas of hair loss. The injections activate the body’s healing processes and stimulate the hair follicles to produce healthy growth.
Each PRP therapy session takes around 30 minutes to complete and you can return to your usual activities immediately after treatment. People having the treatment generally experience only mild discomfort, however, it is possible to use an anaesthetic gel to numb the scalp if preferred.
What results can I expect from PRP therapy?
PRP therapy is very helpful for men and women who have experienced recent hair thinning or slower growth. It may not work for people whose hair loss happened long ago or who have gone completely bald.
The number and frequency of PRP treatments needed will depend on your individual hair loss concerns and goals for hair restoration. For most people, a course of monthly treatments over three to six months will provide noticeable results, with improvements in hair density and stronger, healthier looking hair overall.
Can PRP be used with other hair restoration treatments?
PRP therapy can be used as a stand-alone treatment to help reduce the effects of age on your hair follicles. For those with more extensive hair loss, it can be combined with other hair restoration solutions such as dietary supplements, LLLT, hair regrowth medications or hair transplant surgery.