If you are experiencing hair loss that is making you anxious, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment may be the solution for you. Hair restoration has traditionally been done using surgical techniques, but PRP is quickly emerging as a popular alternative for men and women wanting to avoid surgery. But what’s the procedure like, and is PRP treatment for hair loss painful.
What is PRP treatment for hair loss?
PRP treatment for hair loss uses the patient’s own blood to facilitate hair restoration, so it’s all natural. Plasma is a key component of the blood, and it contains platelets that are rich in growth factors. PRP has been used in medicine for many years in wound healing, and when used for hair loss, PRP harnesses the power of the growth factors to stimulate the hair follicles, and promote hair growth when follicles are present. PRP also thickens existing hair.
How does PRP treatment work?
Blood is first drawn from the patient’s vein, in much the same way that a routine blood test is performed. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge that spins the blood to separate the plasma from the red blood cells. The plasma which contains the growth factors is injected directly into the scalp, in the thinning or balding areas.
The PRP injections trigger growth in dormant hair follicles, resulting in strong, thick hair.
PRP therapy for hair loss takes less than an hour to perform, which makes it the ideal procedure for those with a busy lifestyle. There may be a little redness and swelling after PRP, but there is minimal downtime, so patients can resume normal activities the following day. The hair growth achieved with PRP is gradual, so results look very natural. Most patients need 3 treatments to achieve optimal results. Sessions are spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
Is PRP treatment for hair loss painful?
For the most part, patients that undergo PRP treatment experience only minimal discomfort. However, pain varies from patient to patient, and different practices have different methods to reduce discomfort. The specific technique used by the surgeon can also determine whether or not patients experience any pain.
Some practices use topical anesthetic, while others offer numbing cream to numb the scalp before the area is injected. Once the scalp is numbed the procedure should be nearly painless, as the PRP is injected using very tiny needles. Therefore as a general rule, PRP treatment for hair loss should be a virtually painless experience.
Benefits of PRP for hair loss
PRP represents the future of hair restoration because it is a simple, effective treatment that does not take a lot of time. This makes it a convenient option for men and women interested in a non-surgical solution for hair loss or thinning.
There is virtually no risk of infection with PRP, because is a natural substance that comes from the patient’s own body.
PRP is an exciting option for hair restoration, because the growth factors are able to revitalize aging hair follicles by providing a fresh source of nutrients to the thinning areas. This leads to a significant improvement in hair density, as new hair cells are produced.
In addition, PRP is a very effective treatment as most people notice results within 3 months. Once the hair begins to grow back in, patients not only look better, they also feel less self-conscious experience an increase in confidence and.
Who is a good candidate?
PRP for hair loss is a good option for men and women in the early stages of hair loss that still have functioning hair follicles. It is also beneficial for people with androgenetic alopecia. The condition is known as male pattern baldness when it affects males.
Although the results of PRP hair restoration are variable, most patients experience positive outcomes. The procedure has a demonstrated track record of safety and efficacy, but it’s important to consult with a surgeon that performs the procedure regularly.
Would you like to learn more about PRP treatment for hair loss? Contact Sthetix based in Liverpool, Merseyside UK for a consultation. Sthetix also serves Chester and Ormskirk.
Call 0151 669 1114 today to set up a consultation.