Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP, is an innovative, non-invasive and non-surgical hair rejuvenation procedure for treating men and women who suffer from thinning hair, androgenetic alopecia or male pattern baldness. Dr Dhruva Ramachandran, a GP with a dermatology focus provides this service in addition to traditional cosmetic treatments at DermCosmesis in Perth.
PRP therapy, also known as Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy involves drawing out one’s own blood and centrifuging it so that the plasma with platelets collects in the tube. Once injected into the scalp, the PRP acts as a powerful treatment to stimulate growth hormones using natural platelets and nutrient rich plasma from your own body.
PRP for Hair Rejuvenation offers many benefits to the patient:
- It is a simple, non surgical procedure involving
- Multiple Injections: procedure lasting approximately 60 to 90 minutes
- Safe and reliable results
- Very quick recovery period.
- Beautiful and above all extremely natural looking end results
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The next step is to separate and concentrate the PRP from the rest of the blood products (e.g red blood cells). This is done by placing the blood taken into special vials and spinning the vials in a centrifuge. The heavier cells, such as red blood cells, drop to the bottom of the vial, and the plasma that is ‘rich in platelets’ is left at the top of the vial. Once PRP is separated, it is extracted, into a syringe.
Just prior to injection, calcium chloride is mixed with PRP, and this activates the clotting cascade, and subsequently this activates the platelets, and causes them to secrete growth factors when injected into the treatment area.
After numbing the area being treated, the PRP is injected or reapplied to the scalp using a micro-needling device.
What is PRP?
PRP therapy, also known as Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy involves drawing out one’s own blood and centrifuging it so that the plasma with platelets collects in the tube. This plasma rich in platelets and growth factors are very useful in tissue regeneration and healing. It is then injected into the scalp in the areas which suffer from hair loss.
Who is suitable for PRP?
Men and women who have thinning hair, and those with androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness – hair loss at the top of the scalp and a receding hairline particularly along the temples), women with male pattern alopecia can all benefit from it.
The treatment requires about eight sittings, each two weeks apart for best results. Along with it, one may have to take some prescribed medications to complement the procedure.
How long will it take before I see results?
Patients will soon see a fuzz of hair after the fourth sitting. The treatment not only promotes hair growth but also strengthens hair follicles. It is quite a safe procedure without any side-effects. Since it involves drawing out blood and multiple needle pricks, it may seem uncomfortable and scary but a numbing cream is used prior to the procedure to reduce the discomfort.
Who is not suitable for PRP?
Though PRP treatment yields great results for people suffering from hair loss, it’s not for everyone. People who have lost all hair cannot undergo this treatment as it does not help grow new hair on a bald patch. It can only make the existing thinning hair thicker by strengthening the hair follicles.