Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is one of the latest and highly promising treatments for hair restoration. The treatment is non-surgical and promotes hair re-growth in a natural and sustainable manner.
What is PRP therapy?
PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma is a revolutionary treatment designed to address hair loss in men and women without invasive surgery. The treatment is based on the principles of advanced cell therapy, cell multiplication, and growth factors.
As the name suggests, the therapy involves exposing the targeted areas of the scalp to platelet-rich plasma, which can stimulate natural growth of hair. The treatment may be performed as a stand-alone procedure or as a part of hair transplant surgery to achieve more effective hair re-growth results.
What are the Benefits of PRP?
PRP therapy can benefit in multiple ways. When the patient is receiving a hair transplant treatment, the separated PRP is injected into the donor area to support healing and minimize scarring. Each individual graft is treated with PRP before its transplantation to promote more significant hair re-growth.
PRP is also injected directly into the recipient areas of the scalp where the grafts are placed. This speeds up healing and supports re-growth of grafts. The treatment also supports re-growth in the crown area where the tendency of re-growth is typically lower.
How many treatments are needed?
In many cases, a single PRP treatment may be sufficient to achieve the desired goals. The complete process may take about 90 minutes in a single treatment session. Drawing and processing of the patient’s blood for the injectable treatment will take the bulk of time.
Reviews will be conducted typically at the end of the second and sixth weeks to assess the healing and monitor early results. Multiple treatments may be recommended for patients, depending on the requirements of a particular case.
How much downtime is involved?
When PRP therapy is performed as a stand-alone procedure, it may involve a minimal downtime of one to two days because of the non-surgical treatment. However, in case it is combined with hair transplant surgery, no extra downtime is involved, and it will be a part of the regular transplantation process.
Will the procedure hurt?
PRP therapy is an injection-based procedure, which will not involve any significant pain or discomfort when it is performed individually. Pain medication or topical numbing agents may be used to keep the patient comfortable during the treatment.
What kind of results can be expected?
The PRP treatment experts will customize the treatment according to the hair loss pattern and severity of hair loss. Patients with progressive hair loss can expect positive results. Those who are receiving hair transplant surgery can achieve more sustainable hair re-growth. Hair loss will slow down or even stoppage of hair loss in progressive cases may occur with PRP.
How is PRP therapy procedure performed?
The PRP therapy involves the use of patient’s own blood. The blood is collected through injections and passed through a centrifugal process. This enables the separation of platelet rich plasma from the blood, which contains natural hair growth factors. This component is employed actively in the targeted areas of the scalp as a stand-alone procedure or in combination with hair transplant surgery.
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