Hair loss is no less than a nightmare for many. Some people are at a higher risk of facing baldness and hair thinning, especially, if it runs in the family. It is important to identify signs of hair loss at the very beginning and take necessary treatment. The cosmetic industry has advanced when it comes to restoring lost hair. We have successful world class treatment options that can guarantee good results. Apart from hair transplants and topical medications, Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is an evolving technique. PRP hair treatment helps with hair re-growth without the need for going through a surgical procedure. No longer should anyone stay indoors or under confident due to their hair loss concerns. It can be effectively treated and the person can restore his normal life with better self-esteem.
PRP is a technique that is used for both aesthetic and medical concerns in the patients. It was commonly used among athletes to fix issues such as injured ligaments, muscles and joints. Apart from musculoskeletal issues, today it is used for skin and hair problems. PRP treatment for hair works on the principle of deriving platelet rich plasma from the person’s own blood and injecting it to the required area to promote healing. Blood drawn from the individual is passed through a centrifuge to spin the blood and separate the main components such as plasma. This blood is injected into the scalp of the patients to promote hair regrowth and improve the scalp health to facilitate hair growth. This procedure works best for patients who have begun to show signs of hair loss. Multiple sessions of PRP injections would be needed to get good results. The procedure is not too painful and requires very minimal recovery period because of which patients find the treatment comfortable.
PRP hair treatment has a success rate of close to 75% among patients who have undertaken the treatment. Some of the key factors that determine the success of the treatment are:
The results of a PRP treatment are dependent on how consistent the patient has been with the suggested number of sessions. There must be a gap between each session which the doctor will determine depending upon the person’s response to the procedure. Patients with higher volume of hair might require fewer sessions.
A dermatologist would be able to assess the current state of hair thinning or baldness and devise a treatment plan. This will take into account the patients response to the injection, medical history, reaction to medications and other factors. Based on the assessment, a treatment plan that could combine PRP along with other hair restoration treatments can be planned for better results. The doctor and patient must have a thorough consultation to understand the patient’s current hair condition and required results.
On an average PRP treatment costs between INR 4k to 15k in India for a single session. In Chennai, PRP treatment costs between INR 4800 to 12,500. Factors such as the city and clinic where the procedure is done, the doctor’s experience level, the technology used and the number of sessions decide the exact cost of PRP treatments. It is important for patients to choose a board-certified doctor who specializes in PRP treatments. Depending on the degree of hair thinning and baldness, the dermatologist would decide the number of sessions that a patient would need.
Patients have received satisfying results with PRP treatments. At Tamira, we have been successfully able to reverse hair thinning and baldness for a good number of patients. Below is the review of a 24-year-old patient who shares his positive experience with PRP treatment.
The results of a PRP treatment also depends on the extent of baldness and hair thinning that the patient has. In some cases, PRP treatment is combined with topical medications for getting the best results. Since PRP is not a permanent solution, patients would have to visit the doctor for touch-ups at least once in two years or as advised by the doctor.
PRP treatment being a non-surgical technique ensures that surgical complications are avoided. And since the plasma is derived from the person’s own blood there is higher chance of preventing any reactions or infections. However, some patients might experience the below side-effects.
PRP treatments have great healing properties because of its rich composition of proteins and growth elements. PRP can improve the health of the scalp and reverse hair thinning and hair loss.
PRP does not give immediate results. It requires at least 3 to 4 months before a person gets to see considerable hair growth. The sessions are usually done after an interval of a month and once good results are obtained, it could be repeated in an interval of 9 to 12 months.
Two to three sessions of PRP treatment is needed for ensuring hair growth. The exact number of sessions for each patient depends on the extent of hair loss.
Both men and women who suffer from hair thinning and has just begun to show signs of baldness can get great results from PRP hair treatment.
Individuals who have the below health conditions must avoid PRP treatments:
Individuals who are pregnant must also avoid PRP treatments.
PRP hair treatment is not very painful. Local anesthesia is at time administered to minimize the pain and discomfort for patients.
PRP enhances hair growth and the health of the scalp. However, patients might experience a period of hair shedding before getting to see new hair growth.
PRP does stop hair loss and promotes new hair growth.
PRP is considered a safe procedure and most patients do not suffer from side effects. However, rarely there can be tissue or nerve damage, infection and pain in the site of PRP injections.
Some of the important measures to prepare for PRP hair treatments are
After the procedure, patients must follow the below steps:
It is advised to stay away from washing the hair for 12-24 hours after the procedure. This is done to ensure that you do not irritate the site of the PRP treatment. Mild exercises and normal self-care routine can be resumed after 48 hours of the treatment.
Hair transplant works best on individuals who have evident bald spots or who suffer from hair loss conditions such as hereditary hair loss, male or female pattern hair loss and more. PRP therapies work better for people with hair thinning issues.
The results of a PRP hair treatment can work last for 18-24 months after the first PRP treatment that may include 2-3 sessions. Follow up is required after this period to maintain the results.