Revolutionary Hair GrowthPlatelet Rich Plasma Therapy is a standard procedure amongst injured athletes. But researchers have found that it could also be beneficial to those suffering from hair loss. Premature Hair loss is a huge issue for men and women of all race, ages, and economic statuses. On average Alopecia Areata affects about two percent of the population, that’s approximately five million people in the United States. What is the solution when extensions, creams, and pills do not work? PRP could be the restorative procedure of the future.
What is PRP Therapy?Doctors first used PRP to help people heal after jaw and plastic surgeries. Examples of tissues that PRP has been used to include:
How Does It Cure Hair Loss?Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy is not necessarily a “cure." It is a hair loss treatment that has been around since the early 2000s but hasn’t been proven to reverse hair loss indefinitely. Our blood is made of two main components red blood cells and plasma. Plasma contains white blood cells and platelets which are rich in growth factors. If you've heard of The Vampire facial PRP is the same concept. Because the injection contains a high concentration of platelets, which can be from 5 to 10 times more than the untreated blood, doctors theorize that the platelets will speed up healing. The patient's blood is drawn from your arm and collected in a tube. The blood is put in the centrifuge, separated into red blood cells and plasma, then injected directly into the scalp at a depth of the hair follicle. Platelet Rich Plasma is then injected in the area of thinning hair, across the hairline at every half inch. Though there is very little pain involved in the procedure, an ice pack or cold air can be used to minimize discomfort. Doctors typically administer injections monthly for three months, then spread them out over about three or four months for up to two years. The injection schedule will depend on your genetics, pattern and amount of hair loss, age, and hormones.
Side EffectsHere are some side effects to watch out for:
PainSome people have soreness in the spot where we inject the PRP.
InfectionThere's always the risk of infection with any treatment that breaks the skin.
Allergic reactionIn a few patients, the body rejects its own PRP. This is very rare.
Blood clotThe needle we use to give the shot could hurt a blood vessel and cause a blood clot. Clot hardly ever happens because we use ultrasound to guide the needle. If it does happen, we will treat the blood clot.
BruisingSometimes the skin around a PRP shot looks bruised.