Hair loss can hit you extremely hard, especially in jolting the self-confidence and social interactions. Many studies have shown that a significant portion of men and women undergo depression as it creates an enormous emotional burden on their mind. The situation can be much worse if the individual is completely bald. Hence people opt for advanced hair restoration treatments for getting back their lost confidence. An advanced, more natural therapy termed PRP has the potential to offer enhanced hope for hair restoration without surgery, drugs, or topical creams.
What is PRP?
- The platelets in the blood are the main elements in clotting and healing response helping in rejuvenating the body tissues. These platelets are carried throughout the body by plasma, along with White blood cells and Red blood cells. PRP (Plasma Rich Platelets) therapy is a proven treatment that was employed in improving joint issues and facial skin improvement. Later, scientists found its benefit to encourage hair growth in the follicles. Due to this, PRP has become an extremely popular and effective non-invasive treatment for hair loss on the head.
- PRP begins with the doctor removing the patient’s blood from the veins and place them in a centrifugal machine. It is done to separate the growth factors from the rest of the blood. This concentrated plasma is injected into the scalp region drawing rich growth factors to the hair follicles. This process stimulates the growth and enhances the life of hair follicles to increase growth. Sometimes this approach is blended will other hair loss treatments and medications to achieve better results. Though the procedure is not FDA recommended for hair loss, it has given significant evidence to be treated for hair loss issues. Patients will see improvement in regrowth of hair along with the reduction of active hair loss issues.
PRP Injections Are Done In Three Steps:
- This process starts with the drawing of blood from the arm of the same patient.
- This blood is kept in the centrifuge to spin and separate the 3 major ingredients: Platelet-rich plasma, red blood cells, platelet-poor plasma. Only Platelet-rich plasma will be used for the procedure.
- The PRP is injected into the scalp with a syringe after the injection of local anesthetic.
Who Are Good Candidates for PRP?
Are Your Hair Follicles Visible?
You may be thinking, can you get the treatment if you are completely bald? The answer is no, generally, PRP hair treatment is highly effective if it is performed during the early stages of hair loss. This is because PRP cannot regrow hair in completely bald regions. They will provide positive results and regrow hair only in the places where hair follicles are visible. PRP is effective in situations where hair follicles are weak and hair is thinner than the other health regions.
Is There the Existence of Small Patches of Alopecia Areata?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease that leads to hair loss in the scalp. It has affected a significant portion of the population in the USA. But candidates suffering from severe conditions are not eligible for PRP. If the affected areas are smaller, then PRP can be used to address the issue. Small patchy regions can see regrowth of hair when aided by the growth factors present in PRP.
If Your General Health is Optimal:
An important reason for continuing this PRP therapy is to have generally good health for the procedure. As PRP is given with the help of injection, patients must ensure to not have any bleeding issues or taking blood-thinning medications. They may be asked to stop these medications for some days after the consent of the doctor to ensure safety during the procedure.
How Long Does It Last?
- PRP is not the cure for underlying conditions of hair loss. Hence, a person may require several PRP treatments over time to ensure optimal hair growth results. This implies similarly for medications given by doctors for treating androgenetic alopecia conditions including oral finasteride (Propecia) or topical minoxidil (Regaine). Therefore, it is key to follow the expert advice from the doctor who will suggest the recommended number of sessions depending on results and specific scalp conditions.
- Usually, maintenance injections are recommended every 3 to 6 months if the results are effective. Some individuals with underlying issues such as thyroid may not see the results over time. This is because cosmetic surgery will not fix the issue completely. Hair loss may continue irrespective of the treatment regime. This requires the proper intervention of doctors to treat the underlying ailments with suitable medications.
Are All PRP Treatments the Same?
All persons will not receive an effect from the same amount of PRP injections as it is reliant on many other factors. The concentration of platelets and other blood components in the PRP sample needs to be administered properly and altered according to the needs of the patient. An experienced doctor will choose the accurate settings for the centrifugal machine to get an adequate amount of concentrated PRP. Hence, it is important to research properly and chose your medical practitioner or doctor who performs this treatment. They will play a major role in deciding the success factor for the treatment.
Other Options for Completely Bald Individuals:
There are surgical hair transplant options but they come with more risks and side effects without the guarantee of covering complete baldness. Some people are of the assumption that hair transplant surgeries will easily treat the complete bald scalp issues completely. But, getting back the complete density of hair is not possible even with a full head transplant. However, expert doctors can create significant density by choosing an appropriate type of treatment depending on the bald areas.
Not all hair restoration treatments are ideal for everyone dealing with hair loss or hair thinning issues. However, an experienced hair restoration expert at Bella Rose Medical Aesthetics can perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you may benefit from PRP hair restoration.