Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy may be able to help you if you're self-conscious about your look due to premature hair loss. Platelet-rich plasma treatment can help you develop new hair and thicken your hair. Long-term results are possible with this minimally invasive therapy, which targets the underlying cause of hair loss.
What's causing your hair loss?
A variety of factors can cause hair loss and thinness. Hair loss can occur everywhere on your body, including your scalp, and can be caused by genetics or the natural aging process. Hair health and growth can also be affected by the following factors:
- Hormone changes
- Underlying medical conditions
- Certain medications
In addition to wigs and accessories, there are more effective techniques to address the root cause of hair loss, such as PRP therapy, which can be used in combination with other therapies.
How does PRP treatment help with the development of new hair?
The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in your blood is already there. There are 17 different growth factors in this plasma, which encourage the growth of new, healthy cells to replace the damaged ones that have been there for some time.
When used to treat hair loss, PRP treatment reactivates dormant hair follicles and induces new hair growth. A board-certified dermatologist does inject PRP into particular regions of your scalp.
The process of extracting and injecting platelet-rich plasma
Your blood is used to extract the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) used in the hair restoration procedures you undergo. Your dermatologist will have a special tube containing a substance that will trigger these growth factors inserted into the specific tube that your blood will be taken into. Before the platelets are injected into your scalp, they are spun in a centrifuge to sort out the ones that are beneficial from the rest of the blood.
After that, injections of the platelet-rich plasma, which contains a significant amount of growth factors, are injected into specific regions of your scalp. A Zimmer chiller is used to blow cool air on the scalp to make the patient more comfortable during these injections.
Advantages of combining different therapies.
You may find that, in addition to the PRP injections, topical or oral medications that promote increased hair growth and thickness are beneficial to you as well. In some situations, you may improve your results by using the Theradome® laser hair restoration system, which is available for purchase and use in the comfort of your home.
The Theradome system stimulates the stem cells in your hair follicles with laser light. The laser light goes through your scalp to reach your stem cells without damaging the tissue around them.
Since the Theradome helmet and PRP injections work differently, doctors offer a package that combines the two to get the best results. They often use prescription pills, creams, and a Nutrafol supplement together to get the best results.
Most of the time, your progress is looked at after six months of treatment. Once you and your doctor are happy with the results, they will continue to check with professional photography equipment every three months to see if anything has changed and if you need more PRP injections.
When combined with PRP therapy, laser treatments and medications can give you thick, healthy, and long-lasting hair.