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Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is derived from the bloodstream and has been used for years to treat musculoskeletal conditions, and more recently, skin conditions. Colloquially termed “vampire” treatments, PRP injected into the skin or used after microneedling may help to improve skin texture and appearance.
More recently, PRP has garnered attention as a promising solution for one of the most challenging problems in dermatology: hair loss.
Platelets are one of four primary components of blood (the other three are red blood cells, white blood cells, and plasma). Platelets promote cell growth and regeneration and are generally about five times more concentrated in PRP than in regular blood. This concentration of platelets is useful, because platelets secrete growth factors that are thought to assist in wound healing and tissue regrowth. From $500/tube.
When it comes to hair loss, the theory is that platelets, injected deep into the scalp to reach the bottom of the hair follicle, may stimulate a specialized population of cells that play a critical role in hair growth.
The process of obtaining PRP involves drawing your own blood, special tubes and a centrifuge. After centrifuging, the plasma rises to the top, and the lower part of the plasma is the PRP. Your own PRP is collected, then injected into multiple areas of hair loss across your scalp. The treatment plan involves three sessions, approximately one month apart, followed by maintenance sessions every three to six months to keep up the results.
Evidence for PRP is stronger for some types of hair loss than others, namely androgenetic alopecia or hormone-related baldness, which is a condition that can affect both men and women. In men with AGA, hair loss typically occurs on the top and front of the head. In women, thinning occurs on the top and crown of the head and often begins with the center hair part growing wider. The evidence suggests that PRP may work best when it is combined with other treatments for AGA, such as topical minoxidil (Rogaine) or oral finasteride (Propecia), which is an anti-androgenic drug. ccurate assessment of your skin it is usually necessary to have an in-person consultation and a quote for your personalised treatment plan.
At present, evidence is lacking for other types of balding, including and especially that related to autoimmune conditions, so an initial consultation is necessary to determine if you might be a good fit for PRP.
PRP injections are not suitable for everyone. These injections can be uncomfortable, for both your scalp and your wallet, with a series of three treatments needed before improvement may be seen. These treatments are generally not covered by Medicare/insurance.
PRP injections are considered safe when performed by a trained medical provider. Mild risks include pain, redness, headaches, and temporary hair shedding. PRP may not be appropriate for those with a history of bleeding disorders or autoimmune disease
Platelet-rich plasma treatments, also known as PRP, were first pioneered to help chronic pain sufferers deal with their pain. Over time, this technique has been perfected to help with both hair loss and skin care. Let's take a look at some of the history behind PRP and how it can potentially be beneficial for both […]
Last week my staff and I added Platelet Rich Plasma treatments to our list of offerings. It generated a fair bit of buzz on Facebook and Instagram, and with good reason, so read on if you’re curious! What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)? PRP is blood plasma, or the golden liquid left behind after blood […]
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