Platelet rich plasma (PRP)
What is PRP ?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is an innovative treatment that can be utilised for a multitude of things, including hair loss for both men and women. Hair loss in itself can be a distressing ordeal and can negatively affect confidence and self image. Thankfully, PRP hair treatment can help in stimulating hair growth, improving hair density, and improving the overall quality of the scalp and individual hair strands from the inside out. Previously inactive, weak and/or miniaturised hair follicles are reactivated and restored, allowing them to produce stronger and thicker hair.
How it works ?
PRP for hair loss treatment begins with a trained medical professional awing blood from a vein in the arm. The blood is then placed in a centrifuge, effectively spinning and separating the blood components into three main constituents: red blood cells, white blood cells, and PRP.
The PRP is carefully extracted into a syringe and is then injected via micro-droplets into the scalp, typically in a 1cm squared grid across the top surface and crown of the head. PRP can also be injected into any other predominant spots of hair loss on the scalp or beard as it is not limited to a specific injecting pattern. The treatment and plan of these injections is custom to each client, depending directly on their hair loss concerns.
Result for PRP
When the injections are complete, the remaining PRP is used in conjunction with a micro-needling pen to go over the treated scalp area. The microneedling pen has 12 fine needle tips that vibrate up and down, penetrating the scalp with thousands of micro holes and enabling dermal entry for the PRP.
After the PRP is worked into the scalp using the microneedling pen, the scalp is gently but firmly massaged to stimulate blood flow and to encourage the healing process.
Altogether PRP treatment for hair loss can take anywhere from half an hour to an hour. The client is instructed to avoid touching or washing their scalp for a minimum of 4 hours in order to prevent infection and unhygienic spreading of blood products from the scalp to common surfaces.
Exercise, saunas, pools, and any other activity that may encourage excessive blood flow and increased heart rate are discouraged for the rest of the day.
Post treatment, a dermal roller is generally encouraged to be used daily. The derma roller is strongly recommended for use in between PRP treatments as it massages the scalp, increasing blood flow and thus nutrient delivery to the scalp and aiding in hair follicle growth.
These micro puncture wounds from the derma roller is yet another way to activate the healing process from the comfort of your own home.