PRP for Hair Loss: Is It Worth It?

If brushing and washing and the hair fall they cause are troubling you, you are one of many people dealing with androgenetic alopecia and pattern baldness. Going wholly bald or experiencing bald patches can be a frightful situation, especially from a social interaction standpoint and a person’s self-confidence. Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is an injectable cosmetic procedure that treats ongoing baldness and helps restore a person’s self-confidence and physical attractiveness. This hair induction therapy is a new advancement in the aesthetic world that effectively solves hair-related issues of many people around the globe. Hair fall is a common concern among men and women and usually starts as we age and can be triggered by different factors, such as hormonal changes, stress, and chronic diseases. 

This therapy uses a patient’s own blood to extract the platelet-rich plasma, a type of growth cell that reverses hair loss and baldness and induces hair growth. Although this procedure is fairly a new advancement, it is still better than traditional and surgical hair transplant treatments. Although often associated with aging and genetics, hair loss can happen at any time throughout adulthood and due to various factors. Balding occurs when the hair follicles, the small sacs that anchor individual hairs to the scalp, begin to shrink, allowing the hair to fall out. The shrinking of hair follicles makes it hard for the hair strands to stay intact, and after falling out, the follicles are unable to continue growing hair. 

Hair PRP: How Does It Repair Hair Follicles?

We just mentioned that hair follicles shrink and become incapable of growing hair when balding occurs. Although this happens because of a variety of reasons, the main reason is poor blood circulation and lack of oxygen in the scalp. PRP or platelet-rich plasma works by promoting blood circulation to the bald area of the scalp. So what exactly is PRP? Our blood consists of four components; red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. We require two things from the blood to improve hair growth, i.e., platelets and plasma. To extract these, a patient’s blood is drawn out of his arm and put in a machine called a centrifuge. The centrifuge separates blood components and platelet-rich plasma. This collected PRP is injected directly into the scalp where baldness is occurring. 

The PRP contains growth factors and can improve the blood circulation to the treated area, which in turn helps with hair regrowth. The results appear gradually with visibly less hair fall, and you can see some regrowth as well. However, results are variable depending upon the individual and how he responds to a certain treatment. PRP is not just a treatment for baldness and hair loss. It also treats various body issues, such as muscle and tendon injuries. Moreover, PRP is also a skin rejuvenation factor that improves blood supply to any body part and helps with healing. With hair loss, research suggests injecting the platelets found in a patient’s blood and activating growth factors can improve the blood supply to their hair follicles and increase the thickness of their hair shafts, resulting in less hair fall and strong hair strands and follicles. 

What Is The Procedure Like? Is It Painful?

Platelet-rich Plasma or Hair PRP is a non-surgical procedure but surely is minimally invasive as it involves injecting PRP into the scalp. After drawing out the blood and separating the PRP, it is collected into a syringe and injected carefully into the scalp at a certain depth into the dermis to increase the treatment’s efficacy. The treatment is mildly uncomfortable but not too painful. Each session of Hair PRP takes less than 30 minutes. With any PRP treatment, drawing blood from the patient is consistent. Since this treatment supports the idea that our body holds the solutions for every skin and body issue, it is becoming very popular.  Most patients report minimal discomfort, if any, and return to work the next day. So there is no requirement for extensive recovery times either. 

Patients will return once a month for three months for another injection, then once every three to six months to maintain the desired results. This is not a permanent hair induction therapy, but it can ensure long-term and visible results without painful surgical procedures. 

The procedure uses your blood, and risks are minimal. Patients who take anticoagulants and those with an active scalp infection, chronic liver disease, or a low platelet count should not have PRP as they are not ideal candidates. Cutrera Aesthetics is an acclaimed and reputable medical clinic offering excellent Hair PRP services. Ensuring treatments from licensed estheticians, we offer a free consultation to our clients so they may discuss all their concerns with our professionals prior to the actual treatment.