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PRP for Hair Loss - What Should You Know?

Dr. Neeti Kumari 94% (57 ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Dehradun  •  9 years experience
PRP for Hair Loss - What Should You Know?

Hair loss is a prime concern for many men and women these days – whether it is genetic, due to stress, bad haircare or any medical condition. But with advances in the field and adequate research, various new techniques have cropped up in the market which can combat the condition with ease. Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP, is showing impressive results in reversing hair loss. 

PRP is a non-surgical therapeutic hair restoration option. It is suitable for both men and women. It is a state-of-the-art, totally natural, alternative medical procedure used for the treatment of hair loss or hair thinning. It is an injectable treatment which uses the patient’s own blood.  

PRP has been in use in the medical field for two decades, and offers some promising potential for stimulating hair growth. However, no definitive studies yet exist that confirms its efficacy.

Advantages of PRP Therapy-

PRP can be helpful in:

  1. slowing the rate of hair loss
  2. regrowing thinning hair to be thicker and full
  3. boosting the health and condition of the scalp
  4. stimulating collagen levels
  5. preparing the scalp for hair transplantation & post hair transplantation

PRP can also assist in the treatment of skin and scalp conditions such as:

  1. dry, itchy and inflamed scalp
  2. genetic hair loss
  3. alopecia areata
  4. telogen effluvium (commonly caused by stress)

 How PRP Works?

The scalp is cleansed and numbing cream applied. While the scalp is prepared, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient. This blood is then centrifuged to produce the Platelet Rich Plasma. The PRP component is taken from the blood and injected or infused into the scalp or areas of hair loss.  Patients are able to resume normal activities after this procedure.  

PRP harnesses the growth factors carried in the blood supply and then delivers a concentrated dose back to the affected scalp and hair follicles. The growth factors in the platelets stimulate the follicles to grow hair. The hair follicles in the resting phase (telogen) may be pushed into growth, and this will appear as new hair growth.

Who is a candidate for PRP?
Men or women who have early stages male or female pattern baldness are suitable candidates for PRP.  It is also suitable for men or women who are currently using hair loss medications; or those who are experiencing or expect to experience post-partum hair loss. It is also suitable for those who have had or plan to have hair transplant surgery

However, you are not a candidate for PRP if you:

  • Have medical conditions such as chronic liver disease, skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic disorders
  • Have undergone anti-coagulation therapy
  • If you have any type of platelet dysfunction syndromes

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

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