Since hair loss, recession and balding affect millions of men and women worldwide, it is no wonder that new treatment methods are always coming on the market. One such method is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and is used with great success worldwide.
In this message I will present PRP hair treatment in lahore and what this can mean for patients with hair loss. This includes a look at how PRP is performed, how it works, as well as the scientific evidence behind it. I will also emphasize a few alternatives.
What is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)?
There are two definitions of PRP that I will study today. The first is the literal definition and the second is the definition as it refers to the hair loss treatment method.
First, the literal definition
Platelet-rich plasma is a ‘product’ that is derived from whole blood. It is a platelet-rich plasma protein concentrate where the plasma is separated from other blood products (including red blood cells) with a centrifuge.
Basically, plasma is the substance in your body that holds up the blood cells. However, apart from the suspension, it also acts as a protein reserve (storing proteins until needed elsewhere) and plays a role in electrolyte balancing.
What does all this have to do with hair growth?
Well, there is a second definition of platelet-rich plasma, and that definition refers to a use as a treatment method for hairline recession and thinning.
PRP is a non-surgical method that uses your own blood to generate growth. This is done with small injections in the affected parts of the scalp and it can be used in combination with other treatment methods (such as hair transplantation) or alone.
How is PRP performed?
There are two stages to PRP hair loss treatment.
Blood is first taken from the patient and that blood is separated using a centrifuge. The separation takes place between the plasma and the red blood cells.
This study is one of the larger-scale PRP studies with 25 volunteers. The study was double-blind and each volunteer received treatment on one side of the scalp and placebo treatment on the other.
A total of 3 PRP treatments were performed, each with an interval of 1 month.
Three months and six months after the first treatment, volunteers were assessed for hair density and growth compared to baseline. As discovered, the side of the scalp that received PRP saw an increase in anagen hair and hair density compared to the control side.
With such positive results, the researchers concluded that PRP could certainly be a suitable treatment for androgenetic Alopecia.
Who is a PRP candidate?
Although there are no explicit recommendations, there are some people who will experience the best results. Such people include:
- Men and women who have experienced natural dilution and sedation
- Men and women with location-based hair loss (such as the temples and crown)
- Men and women who are generally healthy.
Patients with early signs of balding patients are likely to see the most favorable results, but patients can see positive effects at any time during the journey.
If you are currently ill or receiving treatment that is known to cause hair loss and rejection (such as chemotherapy), you are advised to wait until the disease / treatment is complete.
Are there any side effects or considerations?
While the studies are still ongoing, there is no definitive answer regarding side effects. However, recent studies show that the risk of side effects is minimal.
As the treatment involves the use of a patient’s own blood products, it is logical that side effects commonly seen with hair loss treatments (such as hair transplants and Rogaine / Propecia) are not present.
No foreign substances are injected into the body, and yet it still appears to be powerful enough to re-grow the hair.
You may experience slight irritation at the injection sites such as itching, tingling and redness. However, these irritations should disappear from the treatment within a day or so.
Although this is not a side effect, you should also keep in mind that the results may vary. Your surgeon may be able to give you a general overview of the results, but even these are estimates. In general, I recommend dealing with conservative expectations.
How much does platelet-rich plasma therapy cost?
The treatment costs will vary depending on the location, the severity of the hair fall and the surgeon. However, we can give you some estimates based on ratings from real users.
Before proceeding, it is best to consult with at least three surgeons who specialize in PRP in your area. This consultation gives you a better idea of the costs, how many sessions you need and what results you can expect.
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