What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?
Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood plasma with concentrated platelets and other growth factors. The concentrated platelets found in PRP contain huge reservoirs of bioactive proteins, including growth factors and signaling proteins that are vital to initiate and accelerate tissue repair and regeneration.
What are the uses of PRP?
PRP therapy is a versatile tool in the treatment of hair loss for a number of causes including:
- Male Pattern Hair Loss – especially in the early stages of balding
- Female Pattern Hair Loss – at all stages of hair loss
- Hypotrichosis (fine/reduced hairs) of the eyebrows or beard
- Alopecia Areata
- Metabolic causes of Hair Loss – iron deficiency and medication-induced hair loss
How is the procedure performed?
PRP is prepared from the patient’s own blood. We extract blood from the vein and centrifuge it to prepare PRP. With a thin needle, your own Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is injected into the scalp. Then the growth factors in your blood cells do their job and hair growth is naturally stimulated. The same procedure is repeated every 30 days of at a gap for at least 3 sittings.
How does PRP work?
PRP gets absorbed into the hair follicular bed and in turn nourishes the hair follicles and makes them lively and gives them fuller look. The application of PRP causes miniaturized hair follicles to become healthier and larger, producing more robust hair growth. It activates the hair roots which are in the dormant stage. And the growth factors present in it and induce newer hair growth within months. PRP also increases the blood vessels surrounding the hair follicular bed and in turn increases the blood supply to the hair follicles so that they get proper supply of essential nutrients. PRP also stimulates the stem cells of the hair follicles which help in hair multiplication.
New hair growth can be seen as early as 2 months, but is typically evident between 4-5 months and will continue to improve up to a year after treatment.