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Male Pattern Baldness - Know How PRP Therapy Can Help!

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Dr. Shaurya RohatgiDermatologist • 15 Years Exp.MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
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PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy is the process used for hair loss. This includes a three-step treatment in which a patient’s blood is withdrawn, treated, and then inoculated into the scalp.

Some of the medical communities think that PRP therapy affects natural growth and it is maintained by increasing the flow of blood to the hair follicle and thus increase in the thickness of the hair shaft.

Researchers have not yet found whether it is an effective treatment or not. However, PRP therapy is in use since the 1980s and has been used for various problems including healing ligaments, injured tendons, and muscles.

PRP Therapy Process-

PRP therapy process comprises of three steps and mostly requires three treatments with the gap of 4-6 weeks. Maintenance treatment is required every 4-6 months.

The steps are:

Step 1: The blood from the arm is withdrawn and put into a machine that separates fluids of different densities by spinning rapidly, known as centrifuge.

Step 2: After the blood is in the machine (centrifuge) for 10 minutes, it will get divided into three distinct layers:

  • Platelet-poor plasma

  • Red blood cells

  • Platelet-rich plasma

Step 3: After this, the platelet-rich plasma is moved into a syringe and inoculated into the areas of the scalp that needs to be treated for hair growth.

Risks of PRP Hair Loss-

Before the therapy starts, be very sure to inform about all the medications one is going through, whether it is any kind of supplements or herbs.

When a person is on the initial stage of the consultation, many consultants will recommend against the therapy if a person is:

  • On blood thinners

  • A chain smoker

  • Having a history of any drugs or alcohol misuse

A person can also be rejected from the treatment if he/she has been diagnosed with:

If one is concerned about the hair loss there are several other options such as medications like Rogaine (a liquid or foam to treat the hair loss) and Propecia (is an oral medicine that can be consumed for hair loss) and hair transplant surgery.

Before going through any treatment consult with the doctor so that he can advise you better according to the condition one is going through.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!

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