PRP Hair Restoration
In order to experience the best results possible, the PRP treatment process is usually repeated more than once, with some patients choosing to repeat the procedure every six months. This is recommended to maintain the results achieved by the procedure. If you are considering undergoing PRP for hair restoration, then we would suggest you read our comprehensive guide first. Within it, we will discuss everything you need to know prior, during and after the procedure.
PRP for hair restoration is the cosmetic process aimed at re-triggering hair growth. The procedure is normally conducted in three stages. Firstly, the patient has their own blood drawn in the same manner as having a routine blood test. Next, the drawn blood is processed in a special machine called a centrifuge. This process separates the blood into its components, allowing the doctor to easily aspirate the PRP. In the third and final step, the PRP is then injected in the patient’s scalp. The underlying proteins contained within the PRP cells, stimulate natural growth of the hair follicle.
Although results vary depending on the individual patient, the benefits of PRP hair restoration can be seen through the strengthening of the hair follicles, visually healthier hair and increase in the thickness and density of the hair.
PRP hair restoration therapy is all about stimulating the quality of existing hair
Although PRP therapy is a somewhat common procedure, there may be certain instances where you are not suitable. This will be discussed in more detail when you meet the surgeon for your consultation, however we have listed some of the most pertinent points below.
- You do not take any medication that thins the blood.
- You do not have a history of Scarring Alopecia or Telogen Effuvium.
- You are not entirely bald
- You do not drink alcohol regularly or smoke heavily
- You do not have hemodynamic instability.
What to consider prior to PRP Therapy
If you are looking to undergo the PRP for hair restoration process, then you will first need to visit the practice to engage in a consultation with the surgeon. The surgeon will initially need to ask some questions about what you are looking to achieve, alongside your individual expectations.
Once this has been established, the surgeon will need to be made aware of any medications you are currently taking. Furthermore, they will also need to know of any past or current medical conditions, to ensure that you are suitable for the procedure.
The surgeon will also need to perform a basic physical examination. This will help the surgeon ascertain what sort of results you are likely to encounter. Upon having the full procedure explained to you, alongside any associated risks, you will then have the opportunity to ask any questions or concerns that you may have.
The PRP for Hair Restoration Procedure
The first part of the PRP therapy procedure will see the surgeon draw blood. This is most commonly taken from the arm. The blood in then put in to a machine known as a Centrifuge, which performs an ultra-fast spinning motion of the tubes containing the blood. This process separates the blood components according to the different densities.
Upon completing the spinning motion, which usually takes between 6 and 8minutes, your previously drawn blood should now be separated in to three individual layers: red blood cells, platelet-poor-plasma and platelet-rich-plasma.
The layer that the surgeon will then proceed to extract is the platelet-rich-plasma, as this is the part of the blood that will stimulate hair growth. In order to extract it, the surgeon will use a syringe. The aspirated fluid which is required to increase the growth of your hair is then injected in to your scalp.
Once the procedure is complete, you will be able to leave the practice. There should be no issues driving back home as you would not have been sedated for the procedure and neither should you have experienced any major discomfort.
Common Concerns (Risks) associated with PRP Hair Restoration
Although PRP therapy for hair restoration is suitable for most men and women of all ages, there are some potential risks that we need to make you aware of. This will be explained in greater detail during your consultation period, however we have listed some of the most common below.
- Bleeding or redness from the injection made to your scalp
It is also important to note that, whilst many patients report that their expectations have been met, PRP therapy is still in its infancy. Despite ever-increasing applications in the medical field, in terms of clinical evidence, studies are still minute. Nevertheless, the availability of this service in major clinics abroad prove the efficacy of the therapy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from potential candidates. If we have failed to answer a specific question or concern that you might have, please feel free to contact the practice.
How much does PRP hair restoration cost?
Depending on the individual requirements of the patient and taking in to account the potentialities of a repeat visit, costs can vary. A full breakdown of the underlying costs will be presented to you when you meet with the surgeon during your consultation.
How long will it take to start seeing some results?
Whilst every patient differs, it can take between 2-3 months before changes in the hair composition are noticed. This can range from slowing down of the hair loss process to thicker, stronger existing hair.
How many times will I need to repeat the PRP hair restoration process?
Once again, this ultimately depends on the patient, and can vary considerably. However, most PRP therapy procedures are repeated two to three times a year. Nevertheless, in order to maintain the results experienced post-therapy, it is best if you stick to the recommendations of the surgeon given to you during the follow-up sessions.
When is the best time to consider PRP hair restoration?
Although the PRP therapy process is suitable for most men and women of all ages, the best results are generally experienced by those that undertake the procedure at an early stage of hair loss.
Are there any notable studies that have explored the potentialities of PRP treatment?
Although the use of PRP treatment with respect to hair loss is still a rather new phenomenon, a 2014 study published in the peer review journal of the U.S. National Library of Medicine yielded some very interesting results. You can check out the study here.
How long does it take to recover from PRP treatment for hair loss?
As a cosmetic procedure that is very simple in nature, you will be able to return home as soon as the process is complete. It is advisable to avoid strenuous activity for at least 24 hours after.
Is the PRP hair treatment process a painful experience?
All clients that underwent the procedure described the process as “easily bearable” and preferred to use the word “uncomfortable” rather than painful. Other than feeling a very slick pricking sensation when the blood is drawn and re-injected, you should not feel any discomfort.