Is PRP Therapy Really Effective in Hair Fall?
Hair loss is a symptom of any disease. The common causes of hair loss are stress, deficiency, illness or hormones. PRP therapy is an emerging therapy for hair loss. Here I am collecting all the questions related to PRP therapy.
What is PRP Therapy?
Well, “PRP” means Platelet Rich Plasma, and it’s a new and novel way to treat skin and hair problems. Platelets are rich in growth factors that can induce the growth of any cell, which can be hair root cells (papilla cells) or collagen cells (fibroblasts) or joint cells (synovial membrane cells) .
How it is prepared?
PRP is prepared from your blood. About 20-25 ml of blood are drawn into the PRP kit or into small vials and centrifuged in a centrifuge machine. This rotation separates the blood in its various constituents; like the red blood cells at the bottom, the plasma at the top (platelet-poor plasma called) and the platelets in the middle at the top of the layer of red blood cells known as the “lustrous layer”. The buffy coat is taken and further concentrated by rapid turns, which are then activated with calcium and kept in small syringes to be injected into the skin of the scalp.
Who can take PRP Therapy?
PRP is like an induction therapy that induces hair growth. In theory, it should be effective in all types of hair loss. But commonly, it is administered in male and female pattern baldness, after hair transplant and alopecia areata.
How is this therapy given?
It takes about 1.5 hours to complete the therapy. A numbing cream is applied to the scalp for half an hour to reduce pain and discomfort. The scalp is cleaned with antiseptic solutions. Just before therapy, local anesthesia can be administered to compete without pain. Than PRP is injected into the deep skin of the roots of the hair by multiple punctures. This therapy is administered every month for 4-6 months. You can take maintenance therapy every 3-6 months.
How much pain or discomfort during therapy?
It causes a mild pain that is tolerable. We have few innovative things to do that are almost painless.
Will PRP therapy effective where I lost complete hair?
No, PRP therapy will improve the growth of existing hairs, increase hair growth phase, reduce hair loss and reverse thinning, which finally gives density.
When can I expect hair growth?
Initially you will see an improvement in hair loss, visible changes can be seen after 4-6 months.
What are the side effects of PRP therapy?
Since your own blood is used in PRP, as such, there are no serious side effects. Mild pain and bleeding at the points is common. An allergic test with local anesthesia should be performed before therapy to avoid the reaction. At some point it may be slightly inflamed on the eyelids, which resolve in 3 to 4 days.
What precautions I should take after PRP Therapy?
It is a procedure based in the office. The injections are administered only in the deep skin so that there are no major complications. You can join the office even the next day. He prefers to do it on Fridays so that he can rest on Saturdays and Sundays. Avoid sweating, exercise and pressure for 2 to 5 days.
What are other uses of this PRP?
PRP therapy also helps in the rejuvenation of the skin. The famous vampire therapy is basically a PRP therapy.
Doc, What is your experience with PRP Therapy?
Well, it is true that there is no “IDEAL MEDICINE” for hair growth. So my purpose is to give combined therapies that have the best evidence in favor of hair growth. I like it – once a month PRP therapy + medication. To date, medications are at the top of the list, but PRP has shown a good effect when administered in combination with medications. I recommend treatment with PRP in hair loss with male and female pattern and after hair transplantation. I found a decent result with PRP therapy, although the result may vary from person to person. Still, I want to say it’s a new therapy, so a lot of research needs to be done to establish its overall effect.
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