When it comes to combatting hair loss, you’re faced with numerous options – from surgical treatment to medication, scalp micropigmentation and more. But what about the new kid on the block, PRP?
An innovative treatment for injuries, knee osteoarthritis and postsurgical repair, PRP is also showing promising results in the treatment of early stage androgenetic alopecia. As happens with any new treatment, PRP was also quickly harnessed as a rejuvenation method by the beauty industry – you may have heard of it being referred to as the ‘vampire facial’.
With all this frenzy, it’s easy to feel a bit confused about whether PRP is an avenue of treatment that you should consider or not. Is it actually medically proven to work, or is it all just really clever marketing? That’s the question we’re tackling in this article.
What is PRP?
PRP, which stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma, is a treatment that some patients are turning to in the hopes of regrowing lost hair. Platelet-rich plasma is a substance drawn from your own blood, which is then injected into your scalp to stimulate it and endorse hair growth. The idea behind PRP is to harness your body’s own cells to set a natural healing process in motion.
How does the PRP procedure work?
PRP hair loss treatment includes three simple steps.
Step 1 – A small amount of blood (less than 50ml) is drawn.
Step 2 – The blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from other cells and components of blood.
Step 3 – The filtered plasma serum is then injected into areas of the scalp where the person is experiencing hair loss to stimulate growth by providing increased nutrients.
Who should consider doing PRP?
PRP treatment is ideal for men and women with the goal of keeping their hair follicles healthy. It can prolong and stimulate hair growth in patients who want to look after areas of concern, but it has its limits. PRP won’t grow back hair that’s already been lost. So, if you have already lost hair in the desired treatment area, the best hair loss treatment is a hair transplant.
Are there any risks involved with PRP, such as side effects or complications?
Now all this blood spinning and injecting may sound a bit scary, especially when needles will be going into your scalp. With any injection, there is always a small risk of infection or minor tissue damage, however, PRP is a very low-risk procedure. Here at Gro, PRP is done by registered nurses who receive continuous specialist training to minimise any risks.
PRP is also autologous, meaning the component being injected is entirely from your own body, which reduces the risk of an allergic reaction that may be present with medications, for example.
So, should you try PRP?
It depends. PRP is a great treatment in the early stages of hair loss or post-transplant to support the healthy growth of the implanted hair follicles. It can also be a great booster treatment on top of hair loss medication. However, if your hair loss is advanced, a hair transplant will get you better results.
Another factor to consider is the price of it. PRP is a recently developed treatment involving high-grade medical equipment, so it doesn’t come cheap. For those on a strict budget, hair loss medication might provide a more effective solution at a lower price.
At Gro, we’re all about honest communication and transparency. When you come in for your free consultation, one of our Hair Growth Specialists will give you individualised advice on your treatment options and what results to expect based on your stage of hair loss. What’s more, all our hair transplant procedures come with PRP sessions included in the price to give our clients the best possible outcomes.
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