Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for Hair Loss
Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP for short, is a relatively new treatment – at least when it comes to hair loss. Despite being around since the 1980s, it’s only recently that doctors have began using it as a therapy for alopecia. However, its effectiveness is still disputed – with doctors and medical professionals on either side of the debate. So who’s right? Does PRP for hair loss actually work?
The first step is to draw blood from the body. This is done just like a doctor would if you were having a blood test.
Then, the blood is treated in a centrifuge. This separates the platelets – which are said to contain growth factors that promote hair growth – from the rest of the blood.
The end result is platelet-rich plasma. This is then injected back into the scalp using micro needles.
PRP is commonly used in hair transplant surgery to speed up post-operative recovery. But it can also be used as a standalone treatment to make hair thicker. Platelet-rich plasma contains around five times the number of platelets found in ordinary blood.
These platelets contain:
• Platelet-derived growth factor
• Transforming growth factor
• Growth factor 1
• Vascular endothelial growth factor
• Keratinocyte growth factor
All of which, conceivably, could have a positive impact on hair growth.