Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has become a newer method for the treatment of various types of alopecia. Currently, PRP is a proactive non-surgical therapy for male patients who are experiencing hair loss.
Recent scientific research and technology has provided the medical community with new understandings of wound and tissue healing. As a result, PRP is recognized as an all-natural scalp, skin and hair procedure that is now performed in physicians’ offices.
When injected into specific areas of the scalp, PRP acts as a matrix that promotes your own collagen growth and tissue regeneration. In this way, PRP stimulates new hair growth.
PRP injection is a simple, cost effective and feasible treatment option for androgenic alopecia, with high overall patient satisfaction. Below is some additional information regarding PRP.
What is PRP and How does it work?
Patients who have used aspirin in the past week are not recommended to have injectables due to the blood-thinning properties of aspirin; they may easily bruise because of this. With regard to fillers, one the greatest benefits is that what you see is what you get. There is some minimal swelling and bruising, but for the most part, you will see the results immediately. After a week, most of the swelling should be resolved.
You could expect your doctor to correctly underfill the areas being treated, with the expectation that you may need further sessions. This is a way to ensure that you are not overtreated. Once the filler is put in place, it is very hard to remove it. So, it is better to come back for an additional injection rather than to suffer through months of overcorrection.
So how does PRP Injection for hair loss work?
Hair loss is due to the loss of hair follicles in the scalp. The remaining hair follicles are still present and able to grow new hair. Your PRP is rich with your natural growth factors and other proteins that can stimulate hair growth and repair of cell damage. The PRP injection for hair loss is believed to stimulate your remaining hair follicles to enter a growth phase.
How is the PRP for hair loss placed in the scalp?
- A topical anesthetic cream is first placed on the scalp to induce numbness.
How long before I see any results from PRP for Hair Growth treatments?
- Since hair growth occurs slowly, it could take 1-2 months before you see any results. The procedure should be repeated at the 2 month mark and then every 3-4 months as needed.
Is PRP for Hair Loss safe?
- Yes. PRP is from your own blood and carries no risk of any contagious disease. There is also no risk of allergic reaction
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