What is PRP and what are the Benefits for Hair Loss?
What is PRP?
PRP or Platelet-Rich Plasma, is an important function of the blood. In our body, plasma makes up almost 55% of the blood. This plasma contains many of the components of the blood that allow it to nourish, repair, and maintain the health of the body.
These include red and white blood cells, proteins, platelets, vitamins, electrolytes and growth factors. For many years, doctors have harnessed the healing potential of plasma to correct both hair loss and aesthetic treatments.
This treatment can be used to correct:
- Alopecia areata
- Patterned Baldness (Male and Female)
- Genetic hair loss
- Hair loss related to Menopause
- Thinning hair
How Does PRP for Hair Loss Work?
Blood is an important part of the body, it transports oxygen and nutrients to all of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs, allowing them to function healthily, while also healing them when they are damaged.
Plasma is one of the most important components of the blood because it contains many of the growth factors and nutrients that make this maintenance and repair process possible.
During a PRP session a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient (11ml at Regrow Hair Centre) and then processed in a centrifuge machine. This centrifuge separates the Platelet-Rich Plasma portion of the blood from the rest of its components. Once this has been accomplished, the PRP is reinjected subcutaneously into the patient’s scalp.
What is the success rate of PRP Hair Treatment?
The success rate of PRP treatment is respectably very high. Over the past few years, the PRP treatment has become extremely popular as an effective hair loss treatment. One of the major reasons for this is that it is a non-surgical and therapeutic stimulating treatment. The high success rate of this treatment has further increased its popularity and has made it one of the most sought-after hair loss treatments.
Over the years numerous studies have been conducted by Scientists and Dermatologists alike that have indicated that a PRP procedure is one of the most successful non-surgical treatments for hair loss. In most cases, the treatment has shown visible results in 3-4 months.
In an October 2017 research study published in the European journal of medical research, doctors confirmed earlier research that suggests one of the ways PRP promotes hair growth and increase the number of hair follicles is by inducing angiogenesis. The formation of new blood vessels that brings growth factors to the scalp.
In the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Elghblawi Ebtisam MD, a researcher, published her findings in support of PRP for reversing skin aging and hair restoration. (September 2017)
“The clinical application of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is based on the increase in the concentration of growth factors that are released from alpha-granule of the concentrated platelets (the small particles that house a lot of healing growth factors include those that stimulate hair growth), and in the secretion of proteins which make the healing process go and the cellular level. (So in general, you have growth factors released from the platelet particles and directed by protein messages.)
(PRP treatments) restores natural beauty by starting the natural rejuvenation process of the skin and aiming to make it function as a younger one and to keep the skin youthful and maintain it.
Besides that, it is also emerged to include hairs as a new injectable procedure to enable stimulating hair growth locally and topically; preventing its fall; improving hair shaft, hair stem, and its caliber; increasing its shine, vitality, and pliability; and declining hair splitting and breakage.”
Doctors and researchers from the Department of Dermatology, Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, published their clinical findings of six years’ experience utilising PRP for androgenetic alopecia.
Utilising a standard treatment protocol that they had developed, the University of Barcelona doctors reported that after six PRP sessions, they were able to achieve these following results:
- In MEN with androgenetic alopecia
- successful outcome in 71.4%
- stayed the same 21.4%
- worsening hair loss problems 7.1%
- In WOMEN with androgenetic alopecia
- successful outcome in 73.4%
- stayed the same 16.3%
- worsening hair loss problems 10.2%
The Regrow Hair Centre is utilising the healing and regenerating power of PRP for hair loss treatments, as well as facial aesthetics.
- We have invested heavily in the quality of the PRP that we administer to our patients.
- We have the largest amount of volume per test tube giving you 3 times more PRP than any other system in the UK (based on 11ml tube).
- We also use the finest Needles to reduce discomfort and have an amazing new treatment room offering the best comfort and service in Essex.
PRP is still relatively new to the general public and non-clinical personnel despite it being used for over 10 years by doctors and surgeons for various healing processes.
More recently it has been shown to produce very positive results for Hair restoration, Facial aesthetic appearance and now even in sports related injuries where there is research suggesting that PRP can even speed up the recovery time for athletes and other sport players.
It seems that there are endless usages for PRP and the fact that this miracle cure is made by you and your blood, can only mean one thing – Your body can generate restoration without any side effects.
Written by Khuram Abbas Raja for The Regrow Hair Centre
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Elghblawi E. Plasma‐rich plasma, the ultimate secret for youthful skin elixir and hair growth triggering. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.
Gupta AK, Carviel J. A Mechanistic Model of Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment for Androgenetic Alopecia. Dermatol Surg.
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