What is PRP Treatment?
From the patients own blood we extract the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). This consists essentially of platelets and other blood components. Platelets are responsible for healing and contain active molecules called growth factors. This allows for the natural healing of damaged tissues. PRP involves concentrating the platelets found in the blood sample. A normal concentration of platelets circulating in your blood is 200,000 per micro-litre. The platelet count in PRP can exceed 1 million platelets per micro-litre.
PRP is the only available product that contains elevated levels of naturally occurring growth factors that help stimulate hair follicles. This makes it extremely useful for men and women’s hair restoration. The purpose of using PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase.
PRP preliminary studies indicate patients respond to PRP therapy well. Recent medical literature contains numerous optimistic results. PRP as a non-surgical option offers patients with miniaturisation and hair thinning improvement in hair calibre and thickness.
Advantages of PRP
Naturally stimulates hair growth and increases hair volume, density and its fullness. Increases survival and strengthening of existing hair. Improves hair quality and slows hair loss.
Note, 68% of patients have providing us with ‘high satisfaction’ feedback.
It is the only non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical treatment that has proven its efficacy above 84%.
The Science of PRP
The concentrated platelets cause growth of the hair follicles by stimulating the stem cells and other cells in the microenvironment of the hair follicle.
Inside the platelets is glycogen, lysosomes and alpha granules. Granules within the PRP contain clotting and growth factors.
What Does the Treatment Entail?
PRP treatment takes about 60 minutes and performed on an outpatient basis.
A small blood sample is collected. Next the sample is subject to centrifugation and separation of blood constituents. In a syringe we recover your ready-to-use PRP. Ready-to-use PRP can now be re-injected into the scalp (subdermal of 1.5-2.5mm).
What type of Alopecia can be treated?
Androgenic Alopecia is a major form of hair loss, mainly caused by hormonal disturbances and Diffuse Alopecia is caused by a physiological changes such as stress and nutrient deficiencies. Whereas Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune disease where some areas of the scalp, experience hair loss.
What to expect.
Hair Centre International has studied current research for optimal treatment regimes for hair restoration. Between the 3rd and 6th months you should start to observe significant increases in the rate of hair growth. Hair density followed a rising trend with a remarkable peak at 3 months.
- Initial PRP at weeks 0, 3, 6 and 12
- Booster PRP at 6 and 12 months from the start of treatment
- Maintenance treatments bi-annually (dependent on the outcome)
- To enhance platelet activation we recommend concurrent low-level laser treatment.
The PRP Treatment
First we analyse and determine the specific areas of hair loss and take a series of photographs. Microscopic analysis is helpful for all. Here we explain a few pre-procedure instructions and tips.
An antiseptic solution is first applied to the scalp followed by some analgesic cream to numb the scalp. We take blood from the patient which is centrifuged in preparation for injection. Small injections of the PRP deliver the platelet-derived growth factors into the skin at the level of the weak follicles.
Finally, a session of Low-Level Laser Therapy is performed before the patient leaves the office. This aids the healing.
Is there a Recovery Period or Downtime after PRP Treatments?
There is no activity restriction after a PRP treatment. Patients may shower/shampoo/condition their hair normally just several hours after the treatment and resume normal daily and athletic activities. Some brief mild inflammation noticeable as redness/pinkness and numbness of the scalp may be present for several hours.
Are there any factors that would make someone ineligible for PRP?
The vast majority of healthy individuals can undergo PRP treatments. Except for those with certain conditions like blood and platelet disorders and for those with chronic liver disease, or any with the presence of an active severe infection.
Different areas of the scalp may respond differently to PRP depending on the number of weak hair follicles present in each zone.
To find out more about the cause of your hair loss and the available treatments, contact Hair Centre International today for a complementary Haircheck hair analysis.