PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. Your blood contain platelets which are rich in growth factors and are known as the most potent healers within the human body. These growth factors are naturally occurring substances within the body which are capable of stimulating cell growth which in turn helps to promote healing by helping to restore the normal architecture and strength within the tissue. During a PRP injection, the clients own blood is processed at high speed within a centrifuge to remove the red blood cells, which results in a higher concentration of the client owns platelets than whole blood, and is then injected into the scalp to promote local healing, increase blood flow and aid in stimulating hair follicles to grow stronger and healthier.
PRP treatments and the technology involved with them has been used for years for both surgical reason and caring for wounds, initially it was used to aid with healing following open heart surgery in Italy in the 1970’s. During the 1990’s the treatment gained popularity and started to be used within other medical and surgical areas such as cosmetic surgery, dentistry and pain management. However, the use of PRP for the scalp and hair loss treatments is a fairly new process and is evolving into a very promising treatment to aid with the healing following a hair transplantation and also as a way to aid in reversing hair loss. It is generally accepted that there is a significant response of approximately 75% to PRP treatments within certain areas of the body, though this data is based on multiple studies using small target groups.
Whenever we administer this kind of treatment, we observe responses from 3-5 years following one dose of the treatment. In advance hair loss cases, we have also found that performing an additional follow-up treatment around 12-15 months after the first has increased value and builds upon the first treatment. PRP treatments are backed by clinical data from hundreds of patients worldwide which shows that it aids with stopping hair loss, thickens existing hair and also aids in further hair growth.
Individual results and treatments vary with each patient, however based on the anecdotal reports of our colleagues and from our own work, we inject the PRP into the scalp following anaesthetisation in areas that are experiencing thinning or in some worse cases, the falling out of hair. We then recommend a follow up repeat therapy after approximately five weeks and then again once a year if it is still required. It can be used to treat hair loss as a non-surgical application and also during surgery to ensure and maximise the follicle health, strength and viability of the transplanted follicles.