WHAT IS PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is concentrated blood plasma that contains approximately 3 to 5 times the number of platelets found in normal circulating blood. Besides, it contains platelet-derived protein (PDGF), vascular endothelial protein (VEGF), transforming protein (TGF), and other bioactive proteins that aid in wound healing and possibly hair growth (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy is an advanced, non-surgical, therapeutic procedure to treat hair loss conditions amongst patients with requirements of hair growth stimulation. The medical community through recent scientific research and technology found new understandings of wound and tissue healing. Through these scientific studies, we define PRP as an all-natural autologous (derived from the patient’s blood) medical procedure performed in physicians’ offices for scalp, skin, and hair stimulation. Simultaneously, literature on the success of PRP is being published through multiple studies and research. The hair restoration community though remains cautious about making claims for hair restoration using PRP, exclusively.
HOW DOES PRP TREATMENT FOR HAIR LOSS WORK?
PRP Hair Restoration is suitable for both men and women. Androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness may be a quite common sort of hair loss observed in both males and females. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is an autologous preparation of platelets in concentrated plasma. Although the optimal PRP platelet concentration is unclear, the current methods by which PRP is prepared to report 300-700% enrichment, with platelet concentrations consequently increasing to more than 1,000,000 platelets/L. PRP has attracted attention in several medical fields due to its ability to market wound healing. Activation of alpha granules of platelets releases numerous proteins, including platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), insulin-like growth factor (IGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF), and interleukin (IL). It is hypothesized that growth factors released from platelets may act on stem cells within the bulge area of the follicles, stimulating the event of the latest follicles and promoting neovascularization. Published medical literature from Europe and therefore us confirms the security and use of PRP therapy. PRP has been used as a medial adjunct therapy for skin and wound healing. Over the past two decades, PRP has been a highly recognized and efficient medical treatment modality in the specialty fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, sports medicine, and orthopedics, registering positive and successful outcomes. Currently, no claims are often made about its efficacy as PRP is within the early stages of a research project in hair restoration. Currently, DHT blockers and Minoxidil are the only FDA-approved therapies. The cost of PRP treatment for hair loss is often considerable, as more sessions could also be needed to get the specified result. PRP is additionally getting used in conjunction with some hair transplant procedures.
HOW PRP HAIR TREATMENT IS PERFORMED?
Blood is drawn through a routine blood testing procedure. The procedure involves drawing out one’s blood and centrifuging it so that the plasma with platelets collects within the tube. This plasma rich in platelets and growth factors is extremely useful in tissue regeneration and healing. The system eliminates granulocytes which hurt tissue regeneration and wound healing. The rich concentration of platelets now has got to be applied to the scalp where hair loss has begun. Therefore, preparing the scalp to receive the PRP is important. For this, the scalp is stimulated to activate the wound healing process. Topical anesthesia is applied on the portion of the scalp where PRP is to be injected. The highly concentrated platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is then injected into the scalp. The patient’s hair is then washed and therefore the patient may drive home with no assistance. No sedation or any medication is given during the procedure to inhibit the power to drive or use machinery contains many growth factors that stimulate the hair follicle’s growth. PRP can be preoperative, intraoperative, or post-operative. Some patients chose to possess PRP performed every three (3) to four (4) months as early data suggests regular or semiannual PRP treatments which will stimulate hair growth. Most doctors schedule injections at intervals of 1 to 9 months. Some improvements are often expected within the first 2-6 months. The treatments must be continued periodically to take care of any improvement.
IS PRP THERAPY SAFE TO BE USED?
PRP does not pose any danger of allergy, hypersensitivity, or foreign-body reaction and it is a safe choice for many patients. PRP has been used successfully in other medical and surgical disciplines for several years. But, the choice to use PRP may be a personal decision and will be made after careful research, consideration, and consultation with a physician. PRP is safe and natural because the procedure concentrates the great cells from your scalp and injects them directly back to the world where it’s needed. There is no chance of getting a blood infection from another human being. PRP involves using your cells that aren’t modified or changed, and it’ll not be rejected by your system. Extensive clinical trials aren’t complete and medical data isn’t yet published to determine absolutely the effectiveness of PRP therapy in hair restoration. PRP shouldn’t be considered a “cure” for hair loss and no guarantees are often made about its effectiveness. No claim of PRP efficacy in promoting hair growth is often made because no FDA approval would allow such claims to be made.
HOW LONG do THE results of PRP TREATMENT LAST?
Typically, one can measure improvements in the Hair Mass Index months before the results are visible to the naked eye. Increases in Hair Mass Index predict what proportion of visual improvement the patient is probably going to ascertain within the months to return. It takes six to twelve months to judge the results of PRP “visually” in the mirror or with standardized photos. Measurements are taken every three months; therefore, the plateau phase of improvement is often tracked. When Hair Mass Index starts to decline, the patient’s next PRP is planned. Except for alopecia areata, the average hereditary hair loss patient can expect to need PRP with ECM is on an annual basis
HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?
Depending upon the area that needs to be treated the procedure takes about only 60-90 minutes.
DOES THE TREATMENT HAVE TO BE REPEATED?
The need for the treatment to be repeated depends on the requirement of the patient as well the treatment plans. The Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is often repeated till the specified result has been obtained. This means the treatment is often repeated every 3-6 for optimum results.
WHO ISN’T AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR PRP TREATMENT FOR HAIR LOSS?
Not everyone is an ideal candidate to undergo PRP therapy. Patients who have a lively infection within the scalp, a history of a virus infection like shingles, diabetes, any clotting disorder, or patients who are on blood-thinning medications like aspirin and immunosuppressive drugs like cyclosporine aren’t candidates for this procedure. Patients with a history of heavy smoking, drug intake, and alcohol use are not advisable. Patients with medical diagnoses like platelet dysfunction syndromes, thrombocytopenia, hypofibrinogenemia, hemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute and chronic infections, chronic disease, anti-coagulation therapy, chronic skin diseases, or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders are also not advisable.
DOES PRP THERAPY HURT?
The injected area may have mild swelling; it may even be tender to touch. Swelling may get away in few hours after the procedure while tenderness may get away during a few days. Some patients have experienced PRP Hair Loss Therapy to be an uncomfortable process and sometimes painful when carried out under topical anaesthetic. If you choose, the procedure can be carried out under intravenous sleep sedation or general anaesthetic, where you’ll be fully asleep and will not notice the injections.
BENEFITS/ADVANTAGES OF PRP HAIR TREATMENT
- Non-surgical procedure
This is a non-surgical and simple procedure.
- Multiple Injections
It is not time-consuming. The whole procedure with multiple injections lasts for about 60-90 minutes.
The results of PRP hair treatment are safe and reliable.
The recovery period of PRP therapy for hair loss is extremely quick
- Natural Results
The results of the PRP hair treatment looks completely natural.
Dr. JAYA’S EXULT AESTHETIC CLINIC’S PRP HAIR RESTORATION TREATMENT
This is one of the safest and non-invasive US FDA-approved services that use your blood plasma, rich in platelets. This plasma contains crucial growth factors that help miniaturized hair follicles to become healthier, producing more robust hair growth. It is natural, with no downtime, and performed by expert dermatologists