Alopecia, a common cause of hair loss, is a condition that is not painful nor does it interfere with regular daily activities. Nevertheless it is an emotionally challenging condition, particularly when hair loss affects the entire scalp. Fortunately, advances in medical research mean that today, men and women need not suffer the results of hair loss. PRP treatment is now a wide spread and well established procedure in all cases of alopecia. Published studies are providing increasingly stronger evidence of the beneficial effect of PRP treatment on hair re-growth.
What is PRP?
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is blood plasma containing a high concentration of platelets. Although platelets are best known for their part in the blood clotting process, these cells are also considered a biochemical storehouse of growth factors that participate in recovery and healing of tissues by enhancing physiologic processes. Anti-apoptotic effects of activated PRP have been suggested as one of the major contributing factors stimulating hair growth as it prolongs the survival of dermal papilla cells during the hair cycle. Follicular stem cell differentiation is induced, as well as prolonging the phase of the hair growth cycle.