What is Hair Loss?
Hair loss from the scalp can range from mild thinning of the hair to total baldness. It can be temporary or permanent, and mostly affects men than women. It may occur as a gradual loss of hair that begins from the forehead or as patchy bald spots anywhere in the scalp.
Some of the common causes of hair loss include:
- Hereditary factors
- Lack of nutrients
- Hormonal imbalance
- Certain medications
- Fungal infections
- Chemotherapy for cancer
- Health conditions such as thyroid problems or PCOSv
- Autoimmune diseases such as Alopecia areata
What is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)?
Our blood consists of a liquid component known as plasma. It also consists of three types of cells, red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), and platelets. Platelets play an important role in forming blood clots. They also consist of special proteins, known as growth factors, which help with our body’s healing process. Platelet-rich plasma or PRP is a high concentration of platelets and plasma. PRP contains 5 to 10 times the concentration of growth factors found in normal blood, therefore it has greater healing properties.
PRP for Hair Loss
At Cosmesurge, our hair experts use PRP to treat hair loss. The growth factors in the PRP stimulate the hair follicles and help promote hair growth. PRP also thickens the existing hairs. It is a cost-effective treatment option that has the potential to provide improved results.
Am I a Good Candidate for PRP Treatment?
PRP is an excellent option for treatment of hair loss and stimulation of transplanted hair if done post hair transplant. It is perfectly safe as it is ‘autologous’ from one’s own body, hence there are limited risks involved. There is no chance of allergic reaction compared to other ‘synthetic’ components which are not from our own body. It is a great means of follicular stimulation and has a wonderful safety and efficacy record since it is not new in the market.
Procedure of PRP Treatment
The procedure involves 2 steps:
Your technician draws a specific amount of blood required for the PRP treatment. A centrifuge is used to spin the blood to separate the platelets and plasma from the remaining blood cells and to increase the concentration of the platelets.
Injection of PRP into the Scalp
Injection of PRP is performed by an experienced hair expert under local anaesthesia when required. A small needle is used to inject the PRP preparation into the skin of the scalp near the hair roots requiring hair growth. Multiple sessions may be required based on your needs.
Post-Procedure Care and Hair Growth
Avoid washing your hair immediately after the procedure. Do not use chemical and styling products on the day of your procedure to avoid any irritation.
Complications are rare but some people can experience redness and temporary pain, but the effects are normally transient and temporary in nature.
Advantages of PRP Therapy
The advantages of PRP therapy for hair loss include:
- Minimal complications
- Proven safety record