Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for Hair Loss

Hair loss, also called alopecia, can occur on any part of the body. Hair loss that occurs on the scalp is generally called baldness. Hair loss is often of great concern to people for cosmetic reasons, but it can also be a sign of a bodywide (systemic) disorder.

Hair loss  are common problems across all genders. About 50 million in men and 30 million in women  have lost at least some hair. It’s especially common after reaching age 50 or as a result of stress.

Each cycle of hair growth consists of

  • A long growing phase (anagen) lasting 2 to 6 years
  • A brief transitional phase (catagen) lasting 3 weeks
  • A short resting phase (telogen) lasting 2 to 3 months

At the end of the resting phase, the hair falls out (exogen), and the cycle begins again as a new hair starts growing in the follicle. Normally, about 50 to 100 scalp hairs reach the end of resting phase each day and fall out.

Losing Hair

In men, hair is usually first lost at the temples or on the top of the head toward the back. This pattern is called male-pattern hair loss.

In women, hair is usually first lost on the top of the head. Typically, the hair thins rather than is completely lost, and the hairline stays intact. This pattern is called female-pattern hair loss. PRP(. Platelet Rich Plasma) Treatment is a non-surgical method aimed at stimulating “new” and “denser” hair growth. There are over 30 growth factors in Platelet Rich Plasma that can repair blood vessel damage, skin damage and help “sleepy hair follicles” to wake up.

PRP therapy process

PRP therapy is a three-step process.

Step 1

Your blood is drawn — typically from your arm — and put into a centrifuge (a machine that spins rapidly to separate fluids of different densities).

Step 2

After about 10 minutes in the centrifuge, your blood will have separated into in three layers:

  • platelet-poor plasma
  • platelet-rich plasma
  • red blood cells
Step 3

The platelet-rich plasma is drawn up into a syringe and then injected into areas of the scalp that need increased hair growth.

Procedure performed with topical analgesia. Pain level 3-4 on scale out of 10.

Most PRP therapy requires three treatments 4–6 weeks apart. Then every three months for the first year ( 6 treatment sessions in first year at months 1,2,3,6,9 and 12). Maintenance treatments are required every 6 months.

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