The PRP therapy
PRP is short for platelet-rich plasma. It is a three-step medical therapy in which blood is drawn from an individual’s body, processed, and injected into the scalp.
Some of the medical professionals tend to believe that PRP injections prompt natural growth of hair and maintain it by enhancing blood supply to the hair follicle and expanding thickness of hair shaft. Researches have not been able to prove if PRP for hair treatment is an effective hair loss solution. Nonetheless, it has been in use since the 80s for treating problems such as injured tendons, muscles, and ligaments. PRP for hair treatment is often combined with other hair procedures and medications.
PRP for hair treatment process
PRP for hair treatment is carried out in three steps, and most therapies require three procedures performed over four to six weeks. Again, maintenance treatments are needed to be carried out every four to six months.
At the start of PRP for hair treatment process, blood is drawn from your arm and put into a centrifuge to separate fluids of different densities from your drawn-out blood.
After being in centrifuge machine for ten minutes, your blood gets separated into three parts—platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells.
The platelet-rich plasma is then taken into a syringe and injected into areas of the scalp that require hair growth.
PRP for hair treatment side effects
As PRP therapy involves injecting your own blood into your body, there is no risk of getting a contagious disease. Even though, any treatment involving injections carry a chance of getting side effects like:
- injury to nerves or blood vessels
- scar tissue
- calcification at injection points
There is also a possibility of you getting an adverse reaction to anaesthetics used in the treatment process. To avoid such negative reaction, let your doctor know about your tolerance to analgesics before you decide to pursue PRP therapy for hair loss.
Also, note that there has not been enough research that proves that PRP for hair treatment is effective. Hence, we do not know under what circumstances and conditions it is the most effective. A recent study claims that PRP for hair treatment supports in hair restoration. Even when hair restoration through PRP is still at its infancy and clinical evidence is weak, it is supposed to have a promising future.