PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP) TREATMENT FOR HAIR LOSS
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is an injection treatment that uses the components of a person’s own blood to stimulate hair growth. Platelets are very small cells in your blood that are involved in the clotting process. When PRP is injected into the damaged area it causes a mild inflammation that triggers the healing cascade. As the platelets organize in the tissue they release a number of enzymes to promote healing and restoration of tissue. They have also been shown anecdotally to promote hair growth.
A small quantity of blood is drawn from the patient into a syringe. The blood is spun in a special centrifuge to separate its components (Red Blood Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma, and Plasma). A second spin is usually required to achieve optimal concentration. The platelet rich plasma is separated from the rest of the blood and then activated with a small amount of calcium to allow the release of growth factors from the platelets which in turn amplifies the healing process. Following the administration of local anaesthesia, PRP is then injected directly into thinning areas of the scalp
- Androgenetic hair loss (male and female pattern alopecia)
- 2. Age ≥ 21 years
- Acute and chronic infections
- Certain skin diseases (i.e. SLE, Porphyria)
- Allergies to anesthetics
- Blood or bleeding disorders, Anti‐coagulation therapy
- Chronic liver disease.
- Systemic use of corticosteroids within two weeks of the procedure.
- Chronic infectious blood borne disease, such as HIV / AIDS or hepatitis.
- Pain or itching at the injection site
- Bleeding, bruising, swelling and/or infection
- Temporary pinkness/redness (flushing) of the skin.
- Allergic reactions to the solution
- Injury to a nerve from the injection