Hair loss is one of most people’s concerns these days. It can be caused by stress, genetic, medical conditions, bad hair-care, or even age. Fortunately, the advances in the field have made it possible to treat hair loss in various ways, and one such method Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP). PRP has been showing impressive results in treating hair loss. Today, we’ll discuss further about PRP and hair loss, which conditions can it help and the advantages of it.
Let’s talk about how PRP works briefly. First of all, the procedure involves drawing out a person’s blood and then centrifuging it.
This is done so that the plasma with platelets can gather in the tube. The plasma is very useful in healing and tissue regeneration as it possesses growth factors. It will be separated into two components, one of which is injected into the areas of hair loss on the scalp and the other is applied topically to the scalp after a micro needling procedure. To get the optimal results, a series of several treatments is done over a 3 month period of time followed by 6 to 12 months of observation to see the results.
Which Conditions Can it Help?
Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP can help a wide variety of people including the following:
- Individuals who have thinning hair, especially aging females.
- Females with androgenetic or hereditary hormonal alopecia can also get benefit
- Males with pattern baldness or androgenetic alopecia
- Treatment resistant alopecia areata
- Traction hair loss due to hair styles with excess tension on the hair
- Select cases of cicatricial or scarring alopecia due to lichen Planopilaris or Central Centrifugal Alopecia (CCA)
- Discoid Lupus
Even though the PRP treatment has proven it’s effectively in treating hair loss, the results vary based upon the type of hair loss condition being treated, extent and duration of the baldness present.
After the treatment is done, you will start to notice the results within the first 6 to 12 weeks. It is also important to remember that the treatment will not only thicken your hair, it will also strengthen your hair follicles. Even though it seems a little bit scary and uncomfortable because it involves a needle prick and drawing out blood, Platelet-Rich Plasma is a safe procedure with a very low risk of side effects.