What is PRP and how is it used to treat hair loss?
Hair loss is something that affects 50% of men and women by the age of 50, and quite frankly, it can leave you feeling helpless. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are proving to be a very popular alternative to options such as Prescription drugs and Vitamins, which have only moderate success, but in most cases, they don’t work at all!
Our blood is made from two components, Red blood cells and Plasma. The Plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, these platelets contain growth factors and proteins which stimulate the regeneration of tissue and promote new hair growth. A PRP treatment procedure begins with a standard blood draw from the patient’s arm, this is then spun in a centrifuge to separate the Red blood cells from the Platelet-rich Plasma. Once this process is completed, the injections are ready to be administered directly into the scalp to the depth of the hair follicles. The process is meticulous – with injections beginning across the scalp, approximately at every half inch over the area of thinning hair – but typically, the entire procedure takes less than an hour.
After the initial treatment, injections are repeated once a month for the next three months, and then once every three to six months after that. Within the first few months of treatment, patients may notice they are losing less or minimal amounts of hair, and soon after, they may begin to see an increase in thickness or eventual regrowth.
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