There is a saying that “Our hair is our ultimate glory” and this is true for both men and women. Having ahead that is full of hair is equally important to men and women. For women, it may be akeyadd-on of beauty, and for men, it is a sense of manliness, which augments their looks and makes them more pleasing and attractive to women. Balding to men is linked with aging because it is assumed that only older men are expected to lose hair and therefore, having a head with complete hair is a sign of virility and manliness.
Alopecia also is known as Spot Baldness is a communal autoimmune condition that habitually results in impulsive hair loss. In this condition, hair normally falls out in small patches. The condition progresses when the immune system attacks the hair follicles, causing hair loss.
Unexpected hair loss may arise on the scalp and in some cases the eyebrows, eyelashes, and face, as well as other parts of the body. The condition which can result in total hair loss is called ‘alopecia’, which can prevent hair from growing back.
This condition can affect anyone irrespective of age and gender, however, most cases occur before the age of 30.
Treatment of Alopecia by Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP):
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment that is used to speed up the healing in various areas of the body. It is also helpful to restore hair growth as well.
Doctors usually use this treatment when hair loss is a result of ‘Androgenetic Alopecia’, a condition that causes the hair follicles to shrink. In males, this situation is called male pattern baldness.
While PRP for Hair Loss is a comparatively new methodology, but there is some scientific evidence to recommend that it can promote hair growth. In this blog post, we will throw some light on how doctors use PRP to treat hair loss.
What is PRP and how does it work?
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is an ingredient that is believed to promote healing when injected. Plasma is a component of the blood that contains special elements, or proteins, that help the blood to clot. It also contains proteins that are supportive of cell growth. Researchers have created PRP by segregating plasma from blood and concentrating it.
The idea behind injecting PRP into damaged tissues is that it will stimulate your body to grow new healthy cells and encourage healing. Because the tissue growth factors are more intense in the prepared growth injections.
Following steps are involved PRP injections procedure for hair loss:
- Your doctor draws blood from a vein in the arm.
- Then he places the blood sample in a centrifuge.
- The centrifuge spins the blood to segregate its components.
- The doctor extracts the platelets by using a syringe.
- In the end the doctor injects the platelets into targeted areas of the scalp.
The entire process might take about 1 hour, and several sessions may be required. After receiving PRP treatment, a person can usually return to their daily routine activities without any restrictions.
How long does it last?
A person might require multiple PRP treatments over time to sustain hair growth results. The doctor’s suggestion for how often a person should have a PRP treatment will vary depending on a person’s condition and the results of their initial PRP treatment. The doctor may suggest having maintenance injections after every 3 to 6 months once hair loss is under control.
Side effects of PRP:
As the PRP solution consists of the patient’s own blood, there are few risks of a reaction associated with this treatment. However, individuals experiencing PRP treatments for hair loss may have the following side effects:
- slight pain at the injection site
- scalp tenderness
- provisional bleeding at the injection site