Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP is a therapy used for many purposes including hair restoration as well. The therapy for hair loss is the medical treatment of three steps. In this treatment, the blood of the patient is drawn, then the blood is processed and then injected back in the scalp.
Many medical communities believe that PRP triggers the growth of natural hair and maintains the hair by increasing the blood supply in the follicle of the scalp and increases hair shaft’s thickness. This process is sometimes carried out in conjunction with medications and hair loss procedures.
PRP therapy is used from the 1980s for the problems relating to healing injured tendons, muscles and ligaments. Researches are carried out to prove the effectiveness of PRP as a hair loss treatment.
Therapy Process of PRP
PRP therapy takes place in three steps, and every therapy is done 4-6 weeks apart. The maintenance treatments are made 4-6 months apart.
Blood is drawn from your arm typically, and the blood is put in the centrifuge. A centrifuge is a machine which rotates rapidly to separate the fluids mixed in the blood.
When the blood is put into a centrifuge for 10 minutes, it will be separated into three layers:
- red blood cells
- platelet-poor plasma
- platelet-rich plasma
The blood which contains platelet-rich plasma is taken off using a syringe and then injected in the scalp where there is less hair.
Side-effects of PRP
As in PRP, your blood is used and then injected in your skull so that you won’t be at any risk of communicable disease. But still the use of needle may carry some risks:
- blood vessels or nerves injury
- injection point calcification
- scar tissue
Risks of PRP
You should report of any medications you are taking beforehand to the therapist including OTC or any herbal supplements. If you have the following conditions or habits, you might be rejected to take PRP treatment:
- you are using blood thinners
- you are a chain smoker
- you have been on alcohol or drug abuse before