Can Platelet Rich Therapy (PRP) Cure Hair Loss?

Originally it was developed and used to aid surgical recovery. Then it found its way into salons and being used to improve skin condition. Then a new question was being asked, can Platelet Rich Therapy (PRP) cure hair loss? The treatment has become extremely popular so we take a closer look.


Platelet Rich Therapy (PRP)

With the benefit of hindsight, it is easy to see why people were asking can Platelet Rich Therapy (PRP) cure hair loss. The technique had been developed to aid recovery in surgical patients. Where it had proved an ability to decrease recovery time and reduce post-operative complications because of that.

The treatment begins with a small amount of the patient’s own blood being taken. The blood is then separated into its constituent parts using a centrifuge. Among those isolated components are the platelets. We all have a lot of platelets, anywhere from 150K to 350K per microlitre of blood. They perform a vital job in the event of an injury. Responding to a signal platelets rush to the site of the injury where they bind together to form a clot. This both prevents further bleeding and seals the wound.

The separated platelets are then injected back into the same patient. The injections are made at the site of the injury. In the scalp it helps the release of natural growth factors. These, in turn, stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells.

The theory went that if the surgeon was able to provide additional platelets to the site, it could result in improved recovery time. The treatment has since established itself. As well as surgical recovery the technique was found to be beneficial for sufferers if a range of other ailments. Osteoarthritis is chief among them, but athletes were the first to embrace their use for tendons and ligaments.

Can PRP Cure Hair Loss?

PRP made its way into beauty salons. Instead of injecting it into wounds, they were now injecting it directly into sensitive areas of skin on the face. It had a remarkable effect and was dubbed, and subsequently trademarked by one enterprising doctor, as the ‘vampire facelift.’

Again with hindsight, the move towards helping with hair loss was a natural evolution. Using exactly the same technique clinics draw blood from their patients. The platelets, once separated, then have various growth factors added before being reinjected back into the patient’s own scalp.

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PRP has emphatically put itself on the map for hair loss. While there have been no definitive studies yet, this is more to do with the variations in treatments than any lack of confidence in the procedure. PRP has proved itself effective in every medical environment it has been used in. That includes environments where clinical testing has taken place. Hair loss is set to be no exception. The key, as with all hair loss cures, is the right advice. Expert assessment is a necessity to identify the precise problem causing the hair loss. From there, similarly expert advice on the solution or suite of solutions that are appropriate in your individual case. PRP is increasingly popular as part of that solution and shows no signs of slowing down.

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