Platelet Rich Plasma for Hair Loss
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy Injections are a proven hair loss treatment that can regenerate and promote hair growth for men and women by using your own plasma and growth factors to target areas of hair loss.
Doctors use PRP to encourage the growth of thinning hair and promote the growth of transplanted hair.
Hair follicles survive on the nutrition they get from the blood supply. PRP injections work by introducing platelets so by administering PRP in the area of damaged hair follicles healthy hair growth will be promoted.
Is PRP hair loss treatment right for me?
If you feel that your hair is lacking radiance and density and the signs of ageing are beginning to take its toll, you may find that your hair loss will dramatically reduce with this simple, convenient treatment. If you are suffering with androgenetic alopecia (commonly known as male patterned balding or female patterned hair loss), alopecia areata or have recently had a hair transplant PRP therapy could help you.
PRP is selectively and carefully delivered in to specific areas with a series of injections. Before the treatment you will be assessed to see if PRP is the right treatment for you.
What are the benefits of PRP hair loss treatment?
What is Platelet Rich Plasma and how does it work?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is concentrated blood plasma (composition of blood) that contains approximately five times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. Apart from red blood cells and white blood cells, our blood also contains cells known as platelets.
Human blood mainly contains red blood cells (93%), white blood cells (1%) and platelets (6%) and all of them are suspended in plasma. However, during platelet rich plasma skin therapy, the red blood cell count is reduced to 5%, that of platelets is raised to 94% while the white blood cells counts remain constant.
The function of platelets is to promote healing and aid in the clotting of blood at the site of a wound. Platelets contain growth factors that promote regeneration of the cells in the body, including the area of damaged hair follicles. It is understood that PRP increases blood flow and reduces inflammation around the follicle.
You’ll see our expert consultant, Dr. Stuart Daly who is an Aesethetic Medicine Doctor, with a special interested in managing hair loss. The consultation will be an opportunity for you to learn about of the different options available from oral medication, laser caps and PRP therapy. It could be that a combination of these treatments would be highly effective for you. Dr Daly can design a personal treatment plan for you, depending on your own individual hair loss and hair loss pattern.
The Procedure and Recovery
PRP Therapy is a very simple and safe procedure where blood is taken from the patient just like in a regular blood test. Then the blood is put into a centrifugal machine for 8 to 10 minutes and spun. This facilitates the separation of blood and then the platelet rich plasma is collected and injected into the desired area.
PRP treatment for hair rejuvenation involves the injection of a patient’s own plasma and growth factors in to the to improve hair density and the acceleration of hair growth in order to improve the appearance of hair thickness and condition.
The treatment takes as little as 30 minutes and patients usually start with a course of three treatments, 2-4 weeks apart. Most patients start to see early stage improvement from 3-6 months and the full effect from 6-12 months. However, it is important to know that top-up treatments are required for maintenance of thicker, fuller hair.
You can immediately return to your normal daily routine although strenuous activity and alcohol consumption should be avoided for 24 hours post procedure. Patients may experience a little shedding of hair within the first 1-2 months – this is normal and means the treatment is working.