What is PRP?
PRP or “platelet-rich plasma” is a component of the blood that significantly enhances the healing process and has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s the liquid, plasma portion of the blood and is often used in regenerative medicine.
Platelets are sometimes known as thrombocytes and are blood cells that perform essential functions in the human body. Without platelets, the body would seldom recover properly from even simple things like paper cuts.
Platelet-rich plasma is also fast becoming a popular option for patients who are experiencing hair loss and are looking for more natural solutions to stop and even reverse the problem.
Can PRP be Used to Treat Hair Loss?
PRP therapy is one of the top options chosen by patients who seek viable hair restoration solutions. PRP therapy uses platelet-rich plasma from a patient’s own blood to help reverse the effects of hair loss.
Hair restoration with PRP therapy is a three-step process. First, some blood is drawn from the patient — typically from their arm.
Secondly, the blood (in a test tube) goes into a centrifuge device that rapidly spins the blood to separate the platelet-rich plasma from red blood cells and platelet-poor plasma. Finally, the platelet-rich plasma gets drawn into a syringe and injected into specific scalp areas.
Benefits of PRP Hair Restoration
When compared to other hair restoration treatments, PRP therapy is minimally-invasive. There is no major surgery to worry about, and downtime is minimal. Each PRP therapy session with Dr. Langdon only takes around 90 minutes.
Most patients that choose PRP for hair loss will see significant results within three months of their treatment. Top-up treatments will ensure long-lasting results and can even stop future hair loss.
Last but not least, there are no side effects with PRP hair restoration as each treatment uses the patient’s own blood, leading to virtually no chance of adverse effects.