Everything You Need to Know About PRP Hair Loss Treatment
Hair loss can be a distressing experience for many, but with advancements in the field of trichology, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) treatment has emerged as a promising solution. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the details of PRP for hair loss – from understanding the science behind it to what you can expect during the procedure.
The Science Behind PRP Treatment
The fundamental role of platelets and growth factors in the PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) treatment process lies in their regenerative and healing properties. Here's an overview of their crucial functions:
Clotting and Wound Healing: Platelets are blood components responsible for clotting and wound healing. In response to tissue injury, platelets rush to the site to form a clot, preventing excessive bleeding.
Release of Growth Factors: Beyond clotting, platelets release a variety of growth factors that play a pivotal role in tissue repair, regeneration, and healing.
Cell Proliferation and Differentiation: Growth factors are proteins that regulate various cellular processes, including cell proliferation (increase in cell number) and differentiation (cell specialization).
Tissue Repair and Regeneration: Growth factors stimulate the repair and regeneration of tissues by promoting the growth of new cells and supporting the healing process.
The PRP Procedure
At Boss Clinic, a thorough consultation and hair evaluation before PRP treatment are paramount for personalized and effective results. Understanding individual needs, tailoring treatment plans, and addressing specific concerns ensure a customized approach aligned with each person's unique hair restoration goals. This commitment to a comprehensive assessment establishes the foundation for successful PRP treatment experiences, fostering trust, managing expectations, and optimizing outcomes.
Our doctor performs the procedure, which generally lasts 45-60 minutes.
What to expect in a session and how does it work?
Collection of PRP:
A small amount of the patient's blood is drawn. The blood is then processed to concentrate the platelets and growth factors, creating PRP.
Micro-Injuries and Healing Response:
PRP is injected into the targeted area, creating controlled micro-injuries in the scalp. This process mimics the body's natural response to injury.
Platelets and Growth Factors at Work:
Platelets release a spectrum of growth factors into the micro-injury sites. Growth factors initiate a cascade of biological events, stimulating cellular activity and promoting tissue repair.
Stimulation of Hair Follicles:
The concentrated growth factors in PRP stimulate dormant or weakened hair follicles. This stimulation rejuvenates the follicles, encouraging the growth of new, healthier hair.
Angiogenesis and Collagen Production:
Growth factors promote angiogenesis, and the formation of new blood vessels. Enhanced blood flow to the scalp improves nutrient and oxygen delivery to the hair follicles. Growth factors also boost collagen production, providing structural support to the follicles.
Activation of Hair Follicle Stem Cells:
Growth factors activate stem cells in the hair follicles. This activation contributes to the hair cycle's extended growth phase (anagen phase), preventing premature entry into the resting phase (telogen phase).
Overall Result: Enhanced Hair Growth and Thickness:
The combined action of platelets and growth factors revitalizes existing hair follicles. It encourages the growth of new, thicker hair, leading to increased hair density and improved overall hair health.
After undergoing PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) treatment at Boss Clinic, it's crucial to follow a dedicated aftercare routine to address any potential discomfort and optimize results. Here's a guide to post-PRP aftercare:
Avoid Touching or Washing:
Refrain from touching or washing the treated area for at least 24 hours post-treatment.
This allows the PRP to be fully absorbed into the scalp for optimal results.
Gentle Hair Care:
When resuming hair washing, use a gentle, sulphate-free shampoo. Avoid vigorous rubbing or massaging of the scalp to prevent irritation.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Hydration supports overall skin health and can enhance the effectiveness of PRP.
Avoid Sun Exposure:
Minimize sun exposure to the treated area for a few days. If sun exposure is unavoidable, use a hat or sunscreen to protect the scalp.
Skip Intense Activities:
Avoid strenuous physical activities, excessive sweating, or sauna use for the first 48 hours. This helps prevent additional stress on the treated area.
Hair Products and Styling:
Choose hair products carefully, opting for those without harsh chemicals. Avoid heat styling for a few days to prevent irritation.
It's normal to experience mild discomfort, redness, or swelling post-PRP. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used.
Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments at Boss Clinic. These appointments allow for the assessment of progress and any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet rich in nutrients. Regular exercise and stress management contribute to overall well-being, positively impacting hair health.
Patience and Expectations:
Understand that visible results may take time. Be patient and follow the aftercare routine diligently for the best outcome.
WHAT ISSUES ARE TARGETED BY PRP?
IS IT SAFE?
PRP treatment is a good option for patients who are looking for natural treatments, or those who are more prone to allergic reactions from other treatments. The high concentration of growth factors supports the body’s own healing process.
Although uncommon, risks include symptoms associated with regular injections, such as Pain or infection, no relief of worsening of symptoms, blood clots, skin discolouration, calcification, scarring, and allergic reaction.