Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is the concentrated part of the blood that contains platelet derived growth factor that aid in wound healing and hair growth. PRP Therapy has become a highly sought-after non-surgical procedure for skin rejuvenation and hair restoration. It has a long history of being used in orthopedic medicine, dentistry and reconstructive surgery, and now its benefits are being applied to other fields of medicine such as dermatology, skin wound healing, hair restoration and facial rejuvenation.
At Elite Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Group, we have been performing PRP therapy as a proactive medical option for male and female patients experiencing hair loss. Whether it is genetic, due to stress, bad haircare or any medical condition – hair loss is a prime concern for many people these days. The treatment works by injecting PRP into the scalp to stimulate thin miniaturized hair to grow into thicker hairs.
The PRP procedure begins with the drawing of the patient’s own blood into special blood-test tubes. These test tubes are immediately centrifuged. The action of spinning the blood separates the red blood cells from the plasma, resulting in a golden yellow serum. This is the PRP. The PRP in its turn is placed in a syringe and then injected into the scalp by employing very fine needles. For patient’s comfort, local anesthetic will be applied prior to the PRP injections.
The procedure typically takes from 60 minutes to 2 hours depending upon the size of the treatment area. Amount of treatment sessions and the interval varies depending on the cause and severity of the hair loss. This will be discussed with you during your consultation. However, for hair restoration in general, an initial course of 4-5 treatment sessions at intervals of 2 to 6 weeks is advised.
Though PRP treatment yields great results for people suffering from hair loss, it’s NOT for everyone.
PRP Therapy is contra-indicated for:
- Cancer sufferers
- Those undergoing chemotherapy treatment
- Those with a skin disease (eg. SLE, porphyria or allergies)
- Those with severe metabolic or systemic disorders
- Heavy smokers, drug and heavy alcohol users
- Those with abnormal platelet function (ie. blood disorders)
- Those undergoing anticoagulant and antiplatelet therapy, such as those being treated with aspirin, Warfarin, Dipyridamole or Clopidogril
- Those with Sepsis (acute or chronic infection)
Furthermore, the treatment is ineffective for people who have already lost all hair as PRP Therapy does not help grow new hair on a bald patch. It can only make the existing thinning hair thicker by strengthening the hair follicles.
It is important to start PRP hair restoration treatment early on and whether you are a suitable candidate will be determined during your consultation.