Hair PRP for Hair Loss Without Surgery And Treatment

November 30, 2021 | By admin

Hair PRP for Hair Loss Without Surgery And Treatment

Hair PRP is also known as platelet-rich plasma. It is derived from the bloodstream and has been used for several years as a treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Recently, it has also been found that PRP can also help in treating skin conditions.

You might find it interesting to note that PRP is also termed as ‘vampire treatment.’ PRP is injected into the skin or used after microneedling, which is a technique in which small needles are used to microscopic skin wounds as it may help in improving skin texture and appearance.

In the last few years, PRP has also gained attention for treating one of the most challenging and common problems in dermatology, which is hair loss. Today we’ll examine closely how and if PRP can help reverse baldness without surgical treatment.


The Possible Connection Between Platelets and Hair Growth

It is a widely known fact that platelets are on the four primary components of blood. The other three important components of blood are blood cells, white blood cells, and plasma. It is also commonly known that platelets promote cell growth and regeneration.

And as the term ‘platelet rich plasma’ suggests, platelets are about five times more concentrated in PRP than in regular blood. This concentration of platelets is supposed to play a useful role by acting as a secrete growth factor that would assist in wound healing and tissue regrowth.

When it comes to the problem of excessive hair loss, then the theory behind using hair PRP as a treatment is that platelets are injected deep into the scalp to reach the bottom of the hair follicles. This would stimulate a specialized population of cells, which are known as dermal papilla cells and they play a critical role in hair growth.

But is this how everything exactly works? Would following this procedure really solve hair loss? We’ll examine that claim closely today. However, before we pass a verdict, it is important to understand the process of PRP treatment for hair loss.


Obtaining and Injecting Platelet-Rich Plasma

The process of obtaining PRP involves a blood draw and a centrifuge. To get hair PRP, blood is usually drawn from the arm of the patient and is then spun down in a centrifuge, which is a machine that spins at high speeds to help separate blood components.

After centrifuging, the plasma rises to the top and the lower part of the plasma is the PRP. It should be noted that sometimes a second spin is performed to increase the platelet concentration of the plasma.

After the PRP is collected, it is injected into multiple areas of hair loss across the scalp. This treatment usually involved three sessions with approximately a month between every session. After that, there are maintenance sessions every three to six months to keep up the results.



The Evidence

Most studies were done on PRP for hair loss focus on the use of this treatment to treat androgenetic alopecia (AGA). It is also known as hormone-related baldness. This is a condition that affects both men and women.

In men, AGA hair loss usually occurs on the top and front of the head. In the case of women, thinning occurs on the top and crown of the head. It usually begins with the center hair part growing wider.

According to the evidence depicted in those studies, PRP works best when combined with other treatments for AGA hair loss, including topical minoxidil or oral finasteride. It should be noted that there is still not enough evidence to make any conclusive remarks about the effectiveness of PRP.

The Expense of PRP

Apart from the lack of proper evidence, PRP injections are also not suitable for everyone. These injections can be painful for the individual and the wallet. One session can end up costing you a lot and you will require a series of treatments before you would even be able to see any improvement.

These treatment costs are not covered by insurance. There are also certain risks associated with PRP injections, including:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Headaches
  • Temporary hair shedding

PRP is not the right treatment for people who are suffering from bleeding disorders or autoimmune diseases.

Beyond all this, there are also some side effects that one can experience after getting PRP treatment. These side effects are:

  • Injury to blood vessels or nerves
  • Infection
  • Scar tissue
  • Calcification at the injection points
  • Negative reaction to the anesthetic used during the PRP therapy

PRP also poses a greater risk for people who fall into the following categories.

  • Are on blood thinners
  • Are heavy smokers
  • Have a history of alcohol or drug misuse
  • Diagnosed with acute or chronic infections
  • Suffers from cancer
  • Suffers from chronic liver disease
  • Suffers from chronic skin disease
  • Has hemodynamic instability
  • Diagnosed with hypofibrinogenemia
  • Diagnosed with metabolic disease
  • Suffers from platelet dysfunction syndromes
  • Has systemic disorder
  • Suffering from sepsis
  • Has low platelet count
  • Has thyroid disease

After considering all this, it is quite easy to conclude that PRP is not a treatment that can reverse baldness. You will need surgical treatment like hair transplants for correcting baldness and excessive hair loss.

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