PRP for Hair Loss

Platelet Rich Plasma for hair loss – PRP

 

Platelet rich plasma for hair growth has become very popular in the last few years.  This non-surgical procedure for hair regrowth, is best used for treating thinning hair and slowing or stopping the progression of hair loss.  I have been using PRP for hair loss for over five years making me the most experienced practitioner in Northern Ireland.

 

Which type of hair loss does PRP treat?

 

PRP hair treatment is ideal for men and women experiencing hair loss.  Patients with receding hairline, telogen effluvium or androgenic alopecia, also known as pattern baldness, are suitable candidates as they still have viable follicles. This treatment has become the gold standard following hair transplant surgery to improve the success of the grafts and maintenance of your implanted follicles.

 

Why choose PRP for hair loss?

 

PRP provides safe and reliable results with a quick recovery period. Hair loss is generally caused by a lack of hair cell renewal – which makes PRP the perfect treatment as it stimulates the production of new healthy hair cells.

 

The treatment is non-surgical; involves taking a small amount of blood, similar to a routine blood test. The treatment involves minimal discomfort and there is no down time. You can also continue with other hair loss treatments such as minoxidil and oral medication with minimal disruption.

 

The PRP for hair loss procedure

 

 The PRP I used is known as iPRF or injectable platelet rich fibrin and is thought to be the most advanced form of PRP.

 

A small amount of your blood is taken, in the same way as a blood test.  The platelets and fibrin are separated out from the rest of the sample by a centrifuge. 

PRP for hair loss

When the harvested platelets and fibrin are injected into the scalp, they release growth factors that increase blood supply to the hair and promote thicker healthier hair strands.

 

What can PRP hair treatment achieve?

 

  • Fuller and healthier natural looking hair
  • Significantly increase hair regrowth
  • Turn on new healthy cells and prevent further hair loss
  • Improved hair structure and burning or itching sensation

 

The PRP hair treatment process

 

The treatment is a course of three treatments four weeks apart. A single maintenance treatment is required at six months.  


PRP for hair Loss Frequently Asked Questions


 

 

PRP is a very safe and effective treatment for hair thinning to promote growth and prevent further hair loss.

 

Several studies have shown that PRP can be used effectively for treatment of hair loss.  The studies showed significant increase in hair count and hair diameter after PRP treatment. The treatment has been shown to produce high levels of satisfaction and improvement in the quality of life in patients affected by hair loss.

The results can be expected to last up to 12-18 months. However as PRP is not permanent it is best to boost results with regular maintenance treatments at six monthly intervals.

You may experience some mild discomfort at the injection site, but it is very well tolerated.  Very fine 4 mm needles are used to ensure discomfort and accuracy with each injection performed individually to avoid injury to any follicles.

There are some steps you can take to make the most of your PRP treatment;

 

  • Maintain a good diet with dark leafy green vegetables
  • Increase your Iron and vitamin B intake
  • Exercise
  • Refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Avoid foods that affect platelet function
  • Follow the aftercare
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More information on PRP and hair loss can be found Here

Following PRP for hair loss you should avoid sources of heat such as steam rooms and saunas for around 48 hours. Avoid minoxidil for 48 hours and any chemical hair treatments such as colouring or straightening.

You might not be a candidate for PRP if you do not have enough viable hair follicles. Certain medical conditions such as Pregnancy, breastfeeding, coagulation disorders, autoimmune conditions or malignancy.

Several sessions are required throughout the year and some might find this process lengthly, but it is certainly worth it for those who want to improve their hair health.

PRP is very safe, it’s very unlikely that your body will reject it.  iPRF contains no foreign substances unlike other PRP systems.  Sometimes slight bruising can occur, caused but the needle insertion.

You can continue with Minoxidil and other hair loss treatments following PRP.  In fact, they have been shown to be more effective when combined.

Platelet Rich Plasma for hair loss costs £300 per treatment.

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