PRP for Hair Loss
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment is made up of two components: plasma, the liquid portion of whole blood, and platelets, which are blood cells responsible for causing blood clots and other necessary healing and growth functions. PRP injection therapy at Define Clinic uses injections of a concentration of your own platelets to help treat hair loss. PRP injections can be used to stimulate hair growth, which makes it an excellent option for anyone suffering from conditions like female or male pattern baldness, thinning hair, or androgenic alopecia. It can also be used as a preventative measure, to slow or halt hair loss before it becomes a significant issue, and can help maintain hair transplant results.
Hair loss is generally caused by a lack of cell renewal in the scalp, so PRP therapy is the perfect treatment, as it stimulates the production of new and healthy cells. It’s an ideal treatment for those struggling with hair loss that don’t want to undergo surgery or treatments that involve daily applications of drugs or chemicals, or for those who have had transplant surgery and want to maximise the results.
How it Works
PRP is made up of your own organic material, so the treatment begins with drawing blood from your arm. Next, this tube of blood is put into a machine called a centrifuge, which spins the tube rapidly to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma, which is rich in the platelets, is then injected directly into the scalp via microinjections at the level of the hair follicles.
The growth factors contained in the PRP concentration, in a sense, play the role of messenger, signalling cells to function and promoting wound healing. Thus, these growth factors can help stimulate the activity of hair follicles and promote new hair growth.
It’s not a long-lived procedure – the entire procedure can be done within an hour, and the best part is there’s no downtime. It’s not just minimally invasive – the added benefit of PRP is that because it uses only material taken from your own body, the risk of allergic reactions or an otherwise poor response from your body to the treatment is eliminated. We do recommend that alcohol is avoided for 24 hours post-procedure, but otherwise you can return to your routine immediately
And don’t worry, it’s not painful. We use local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort, and most people tolerate it very well.
Now, the unfortunate truth is that PRP is not a be-all and end-all cure for hair loss, and not necessarily a replacement for a hair transplant. This said, it has proven, positive results in promoting hair growth, and some patients have seen radical change. Hair grows faster, hair thickness improves, and new hair grows in areas where it was previously thinning.
For best results, consistency is key. Most patients will get 3-4 treatments initially, and thereafter have occasional maintenance treatments, depending on response and results. You’re likely to really begin to notice results around the two or three month mark.
Platelet-Rich Plasma at Define
At Define, we have a team of world-leading experts dedicated to getting you the best results possible. If you’re wondering if PRP might be right for you, they’re on hand to meet you for a free, no obligation consultation, to discuss all the ways in which you can benefit from treatment.
PRP for Hair Loss FAQs
It might sound scary, what with the needles and the taking of blood, but there’s no real discomfort involved. No more blood is taken than would be taken for a standard blood test, and numbing is applied to make the injections as comfortable as possible. Over the counter painkillers can be taken after the procedure as and when needed to help manage any soreness.
At Define, your initial course of 3 PRP treatment sessions will cost you £900. If more or less sessions are needed, this can be discussed with your practitioner.
One of the biggest benefits of PRP as a hair loss treatment is that the solution is made up entirely of your own white blood cells and plasma, so unlike with other hair loss treatments, there’s no risk of allergy or reaction. Because it’s done via very small injections, it’s minimally invasive. It’s also got a very limited side effect profile, which – again – can be a concern with other types of hair loss treatment. Because of all this, there is really no downtime at all, and patients can get straight back to their usual routine.
Anyone who’s experiencing hair loss may find that PRP is a good treatment for them, but there are a few things that may disqualify you from being suitable for PRP treatment. Platelet disorders might make you unsuitable, and you might also fail to qualify if you have severe anaemia, an active scalp infection, liver dysfunction or poorly controlled diabetes. As with any treatment, if you’re not sure if it’s what’s best for you, it’s always a good idea to come along for a consultation and speak with one of our experts.
Most patients will find they need a first round of regular treatments, usually three or four treatments, each of which should be four to six weeks apart. After this, results vary from person to person, but can last as long as 18 months. At this point, you will require a touch-up appointment to maintain the new hair regrowth.
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