Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is the latest in effective and safe hair loss and thinning hair treatments. Going bald isn’t as bad as it used to me for men thanks to stars like Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, and LL Cool J, that have made being bald acceptable. But not all men are ready to give up on their fading locks and women that are coping with hair loss find it can have a real emotional impact on them. Today experts are a step closer to success thanks to a treatment that’s all natural and easy to access; the patient’s own blood.
How can blood help regrow hair?
By using injections known as Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (PRP), researchers have recently seen the potential in hair regrowth. The treatments themselves involve drawing the patient’s blood and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from the red and white cells. Nutrients like protein are added then the platelets and growth factors are collected from the sample and injected into the patient’s scalp where the thinning hair is occurring. This procedure is non-surgical and it requires only local anesthesia.
The use of PRP has been done for years in sports medicine to treat injuries to the Achilles tendon, joints and muscles by stimulating stem cells. When it comes to hair loss, the injected platelets stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles to re-enter into the active growth phase which gets hair growing again.
How often are treatments needed?
The PRP therapy process takes about 90 minutes per session. One treatment per month is recommended for the first four months, then two maintenance treatments per year after that. There is no downtime after the PRP therapy session, so patients can go back to their routine right after.
If you are interested in the PRP therapy for hair loss you should check with your primary care provider or a hair loss specialist. They can offer you guidance and go over the benefits and risks of the process.