What is PRP therapy for hair loss?

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PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy for hair loss is a three-step medical treatment in which a person’s blood is drawn in specialized PRP or GFC tubes then processed, and then injected into the scalp.

PRP injections trigger natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle and increasing the thickness of the hair shaft. Sometimes this approach is combined with other hair loss procedures or medications.
PRP therapy process

PRP therapy is a three-step process. Most PRP therapy requires 4 to 6 treatments 4 to 6 weeks apart.
Maintenance treatments are required every 6 to 8 months.

Step 1

  • Your scalp needs to be anaesthetised with local Anaesthesia.
  • Your blood is drawn un specially designed PRP OR GFC ( Growth factor concentrate) tubes
  • Typically from your arm — and put into a centrifuge (a machine that spins rapidly to separate fluids of different densities).

Step 2

  • After about 10 minutes in the centrifuge, your blood will have separated into in three layers:
  • Platelet-poor plasma
  • Platelet-rich plasma
  • Red blood cells

Step 3

The platelet-rich plasma is drawn up into a syringe and then injected into areas of the scalp that need increased hair growth.

What is the recovery time for PRP injections?

Most people can continue their daily activities following PRP injections. Because PRP injections are intended to promote healing or growth, you may not notice an immediate difference after receiving the injections. However, in several weeks or months, the area may begin healing faster or growing more hair than you would have expected if you hadn’t received PRP injections.

Takeaway

PRP for hair loss has some promising research and results behind it. It’s hard to know if these results will work for everyone as results varies with every individual and your own blood may not have rich enough concentrations of platelets to be fully effective for restoring your hair through PRP injection therapy. Talk to a doctor about getting your blood tested for platelets and checking your hair health to see if you’re a good fit for PRP injection therapy.

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