PRP for Hair Loss: Does It Work, and Is It Safe?

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PRP for Hair Loss: Does It Work, and Is It Safe?

PRP for Hair Loss: Does It Work, and Is It Safe?

Thick, healthy, and strong hair: anyone who wishes to have PRP wants those. Who wouldn’t like to have perfect hair? 

Everyone who does not have thick and strong hair dreams of having hair that will completely cover all areas of the scalp. Nobody likes white patches appearing on the head due to the unhealthy growth of hair strands.

Many people who want to have PRP experience symptoms of unhealthy growth of hair strands in one, multiple, or the entire area on the scalp. There are various reasons why hair could have poor hair growth, primarily genetics, hormones, or age. 

What is PRP?

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is a unique substance that is extracted from the components of the blood. It is a particular protein that helps the blood to clot. This component is one of the body’s first resources to stop the bleeding and promote self-healing in an affected area. Due to its fantastic effect in stimulating new and healthier cells in the body when injected on a specific site, PRP treatment can be used in different body areas to improve the quality of the skin and cells.

Specifically for hair growth, experts believe that this substance can enhance good hair growth on scalp areas with flawed or damaged tissues. By extracting a small amount of blood from the scalp area with healthy hair growth and injecting the isolated plasma to the site of the scalp with unhealthy hair growth, it can thicken and influence better hair growth on the affected area. 

Benefits of PRP in Hair Loss

The promising result of PRP in cell growth, specifically in the scalp and hair, has been a popular study for experts even today. According to a study from 2014 about the effectiveness of PRP treatment with Androgenic Alopecia condition and symptoms, it can decrease hair loss. 

Androgenic Alopecia is a hereditary and genetic condition that can cause baldness in as early as late teens and early ’20s for both men and women. With this condition, thinning of hair and rapid hair loss on the frontal scalp appear hard to cure. 

The particular research included 11 male patient participants with different degrees of baldness. Before PRP treatment started for the study, they all diagnosed positive during the hair pull test. After the treatment, they gradually showed an average mean of 22.09 follicular unit improvement on hair volume and coverage for each session. When all treatment sessions are completed, the patients reported a positive review and satisfaction on PRP regarding improving the thickness, growth of hair follicles and minimizing hair loss. 

Key Benefits of PRP:

  • Improves hair growth 
  • Thickens hair strand on the treated scalp areas
  • Decreases hair loss
  • Diminishes visible white patches in the scalp due to poor hair growth

Is it Effective?

Many patients who have had a PRP treatment claimed that the procedure gave them satisfaction results and a positive review of the said treatment. Likewise, many experts believe in the promising development and innovation of PRP treatment regarding treating hair loss. 

There has been a literary analysis of previous studies and research on the effectiveness of PRP in hair loss. The analysis was published in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in June 2019. The researcher finds the promising result of PRP treatment to patients who have participated in each research. However, the literary analysis also advised caution when interpreting those studies because of the small number of participants and insufficient variables present.  

PRP in treating hair loss has been a controversial solution. Despite multiple research and studies made to prove the effectiveness of PRP, due to different conditions of each research held by various organizations, PRP’s effect is still considered inconclusive. But if you acknowledge the hundred positive reviews from actual patients, PRP is a hair loss solution.

Who is it for?

Hair loss may occur from mild to extreme conditions from early ages to late teens but usually starts at 40 in most cases. PRP can be performed on both women and men at any ages as long as they do not meet the following conditions:

  • Heavy smokers
  • In medication for blood thinner
  • Previously have alcohol and drug abuse problems

Some conditions and symptoms can still allow you to participate in PRP treatment as long as you communicate and discuss the matter with your doctor. In the end, your doctor will decide if PRP is a safe option for you. It is important to let him know if you are experiencing or previously experienced any of the following conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Acute or chronic infections
  • Liver and skin disease
  • Low platelet count
  • Hemodynamic instability (abnormal or unstable blood pressure)
  • Hypofibrinogenemia (low level of fibrinogen)
  • Metabolic disorder (body has insufficient essential substances to stay healthy)
  • Platelet dysfunction syndromes (abnormal clot formation and bleeding)
  • Systemic disorder (a condition that affects the entire body)
  • Sepsis (severe response to infection)
  • Thyroid disease ( a condition that prevents the thyroid from making the right amount of hormone)

How Long Will It Last?

PRP treatment is not a permanent solution and cure for symptoms and conditions such as androgenetic alopecia to keep the record straight. However, it gives a promising improvement on the signs of hair loss and poor hair growth. To continually benefit from the treatment, the patient should receive a regular session for PRP. 

How Safe Is It?

In terms of safety, PRP does not pose a threat in infection of foreign substances since PRP is a particular protein in your blood. No foreign substance is injected into the body for this procedure. However, some are concerned about the contamination of the centrifuge or the machine used in extracting plasma from other blood components. Poor maintenance of the machine can make this concern valid. But otherwise, if cleanliness and maintenance of the centrifuge and other tools for the procedure are kept a priority, there should be no problem with contamination. 

PRP is a safe treatment. If you are concerned about any risks and side effects of the procedure but serious about having PRP treatment, you should only trust the experts. Biorestoration consists of passionate professionals in improving health and life. 

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