Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) hair growth treatment is a non-surgical option for those looking to stimulate hair growth. PRP is a concentration of platelets and growth factors found in our own blood. The treatment involves drawing blood from the patient, separating the platelets and growth factors, and then injecting the PRP directly into the scalp.
Studies have shown that PRP can be effective in promoting hair growth in both men and women with androgenetic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness. The growth factors in the PRP can stimulate the hair follicles to promote new hair growth and thicken existing hair.
What is the process?
The application of PRP is a simple and relatively painless procedure. A small amount of blood is drawn from the patient and then placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelets and growth factors. The PRP is then injected into the scalp using a fine needle. The entire process usually takes about 30 minutes.
How does a centrifuge separate the platelets?
A centrifuge is a laboratory device that separates liquid samples into different components based on density. To separate platelets, blood samples are first collected and then placed into a centrifuge.
The centrifuge then spins the blood sample at high speeds, which causes the blood to separate into different layers based on their density. The heavier red blood cells are forced to the bottom of the tube, while the lighter platelets and plasma are forced to the top layer.
Once separated, the top layer containing the platelets and plasma is carefully removed from the tube, leaving the red blood cells behind. This process is called centrifugation and is an essential technique used in many medical procedures, including blood transfusions and the preparation of platelet-rich plasma therapy.
How does it enhance growth?
The platelets contain a variety of growth factors which can help stimulate the patient’s hair follicles, leading to a thicker and healthier head of hair.
When injected into the scalp, the concentrated PRP solution creates a microenvironment that is rich in growth factors. The growth factors stimulate the stem cells located in the hair follicles, which in turn triggers the growth of new hair. PRP also promotes the formation of blood vessels, which are necessary for the transport of nutrients to the hair follicles.
The benefits of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
One of the main benefits of PRP hair growth treatment is that it is a minimally invasive, safe and natural procedure. The PRP is derived from the patient’s own blood, reducing the risk of allergic reactions or other complications. It is also a non-surgical option, meaning there is no need for a lengthy recovery time or the risks associated with surgery. Depending on the extent of hair loss, patients may need multiple sessions for maximum effectiveness. While the treatment has shown promising results, it is not a guaranteed solution for hair loss or balding.
Another benefit of PRP hair growth treatment is its convenience. The procedure can be done in an aesthetics clinic and typically takes less than an hour. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment.
While PRP hair growth treatment has shown promising results in clinical studies, it may not be a suitable option for everyone. Patients with certain medical conditions or those taking certain medications may not be eligible for the treatment.
It is important for patients to consult with a practitioner such as Richard Rushforth here at Sanctuary Aesthetics, as part of a consultation which will allow us to advise on other treatments which can support hair growth. Richard is a national trainer for Cellenis PRP, one of the worlds leading PRP providers.
For more information and advice on Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) hair growth treatment please contact us at the clinic here.