PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)
Hair Loss Therapy
What is prp therapy?
The 21st century has been an exciting century filled with innovation, development, and breakthrough solutions for women's hair loss. Platelet-Rich Plasma is a regenerative procedure that's gaining traction as a hair loss remedy. PRP is a minimally invasive process in which blood platelets are injected into hair loss areas. Platelets contain bioactive growth proteins that help to stimulate hair growth in women with Androgenetic Alopecia.
Plasma is a liquid property of whole blood cells that happens to be filled with healing properties. Platelets are blood cells within plasma that naturally help the body heal. Platelet injections help treat injuries to the body's muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments. Due to the rich healing properties of platelets, they also help repair and restore damaged hair follicles. Patients who've undergone platelet injections have experienced regrowth between 3-6 months, with maximum results after 12 months of injections.
HISTORY OF PRP
Platelet-rich plasma first made its entrance into the medical field in the 1970s. However, it didn't generate widespread notoriety until the turn of the century, when in early 2000, a California orthopedic surgeon incorporated PRP into the treatment plan for professional sports athlete Steve Bono.
Despite the positive results, a scientific study to survey PRP treatment for hair loss wasn't conducted until 2006. Injured athletes experienced a nearly 100% recovery rate after two years. In the successive years, droves of athletes used PRP injections to heal from sports injuries. Over time, PRP became an effective healing treatment for orthopedic injuries and eventually made its way into the hair loss sphere.
DOES PRP THERAPY REALLY WORK?
Platelets are the body's "first responders" on the front lines to heal injuries, prevent bleeding and help the body recover from trauma. The development of Platelet-Rich Plasma treatment spawned from a theory that injections of these healing components to concentrated areas of the body could accelerate healing.
A 2019 study sought to prove that PRP injections could reduce hair loss, improve hair density and stimulate growth. While the treatment remains controversial, the study successfully demonstrated that PRP is a viable solution to hair loss from Androgenetic Alopecia. Further supporting these findings, another 2019 study not only minimized hair loss but promoted hair growth. Despite mixed coverage on this innovative solution to women's hair loss, the future is promising.
PRP THERAPY process
Plasma injections for hair loss are minimally invasive and only take about an hour to conduct.
Here's a brief overview of the process:
- A blood sample is drawn from the arm vein.
- The blood sample goes into a centrifuge (a rotating medical machine that separates platelets from the blood).
- A syringe extracts the platelets from the blood sample.
- A doctor will then inject the extracted platelets into concentrated sections of the scalp.
In general, PRP is a quick procedure, but multiple sessions and injections may be required over time to sustain hair growth. Your doctor will determine the frequency of injections needed to maintain growth. Most commonly, doctors suggest maintenance sessions every 3-6 months. You may experience light scalp tenderness, swelling, itching, headaches or pain. Overall, PRP is a revolutionary solution to women's hair loss. If you are interested in hair loss injections, consult with your medical doctor about your options.