Platelet rich plasma or PRP has become a relatively popular new treatment for hair loss that is administered in the clinic of a hair restoration physician and their staff. But what exactly his PRP and how does it work? Is platelet rich plasma a viable hair loss treatment.
According to the latest studies, it has been found somewhat helpful in restoring some lost hair. Read more below.
What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Blood plasma containing platelets is referred to as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Through concentrating platelets, this part of the blood is extracted. But how can the respective platelets help you?
Platelets have various growth facets and cytokines associated with them to assist with hair growth.
It’s well known that PRP can assist in the repairing or regeneration of tissue. It can also assist during an injury or with new growth in the cells. Thus PRP may not only be a viable treatment for hair loss but also provides exceptional attributes that can assist with anti-aging. This is one of the reasons why PRP is often used as a graft holding solution during surgical hair restoration.
Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment Process
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment involves going to a qualified hair restoration physician and having them do the treatment. The process has been described below.
•The first step of PRP treatment is attaining a blood sample.
•Secondly, the blood sample is centrifuged to retrieve the plasma and it is done in such a way that only enriched cells are left of all the platelets.
•The platelets extracted are exclusively injected in the balding areas of the patient’s scalp,
How PRP Works
As soon as the platelets are injected in the balding area, the stem cells and other cells are stimulated which provides a boost to the growth factors within each hair follicle. This includes those cells and follicles that have stopped producing new hair.
Platelet Rich Plasma may be marginally effective in increasing the density of existing thinning hair and may possibly restore some previously lost hair however, most individuals only experience nominal benefit and PRP is most effective in patients with minimal hair loss.