Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection is a novel procedure that uses your own blood platelets – a type of cell that helps with healing throughout the body – to potentially reverse hair loss.
Another stroke of the hairbrush, another handful of strands, and another visible patch of the scalp. If you are one of the many adults dealing with male and female pattern baldness – this scenario probably sounds familiar.
Going bald can be brutal, especially from a self-confidence and social interaction standpoint. In fact, one study suggests that 29% of women with hair loss experience depression symptoms. Another reports that hair loss can create an “enormous emotional burden” for men.
But a new, natural therapy may offer more patients hope for hair restoration without surgery, pills, or topical ointments. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection is a novel procedure that uses your own blood platelets – a type of cell that helps with healing throughout the body – to potentially reverse hair loss and grow new hair.
How does PRP work?
Though often associated with aging and genetics, hair loss can happen any time throughout adulthood. Balding occurs when the hair follicles, the small sacs that anchor individual hairs to the scalp, begin to shrink, allowing the hair to fall out.
Platelets are a rich source of various growth factors that stimulate the hair follicles leading to new hair growth
With hair loss, research suggests injecting the platelets found in a patient’s blood and activating growth factors can improve the blood supply to their hair follicles and increase the thickness of their hair shafts.
The full procedure takes less than 30 minutes. We will draw a sample of your blood, then spin it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets. Then, it will be extracted and injected into the balding areas of your scalp. Most patients report minimal discomfort, if any, and return to work the next day.
The procedure is done once a month for 3 to 5 sessions depending on the response
At AKJN, every client is assessed carefully and then treatment is planned.
There are two types of PRP programs available in our center
– activated PRP: certain activators of platelets like calcium are added to enhance the release of growth factors from the platelets
– PRP with growth factor kit: in addition to PRP extract from your own blood, certain Pre-prepared growth factors are added to increase the outcome of the treatment
The procedure uses your own blood, and so risks are minimal. Patients who take anticoagulants and those with an active scalp infection, chronic liver disease or a low platelet count should not have PRP.