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PRP Hair Treatment
The PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) technique utilizes the reconstructive and regenerative substances needed for our skin to flourish and for the healing process to be faster. PRP is used to help the body heal itself after various surgeries and has now become widely used in the field of cosmetic surgery. Not only does it work on scars, wounds, cracked or damaged skin, but it also helps in the regrowth of hair.
For this reason, PRP now also plays a big role in hair loss treatments. Once the transplant is completed, PRP is used in the areas that need regeneration and stimulation the most. PRP is used to help in the healing process of the affected areas, to stimulate growth in those areas, and to revitalize weakened hair.
Why is the PRP method used for hair treatments?
The PRP hair treatment is an innovative method to combat hair loss or thinning due to androgenetic alopecia. It helps prevent hair loss and strengthen weakened hair.
PRP is used in all hair transplant surgeries carried out by our surgeons in order to enhance the results of the hair transplant. The treatment helps the post-operative healing process and positively influences hair regrowth and thickness after transplant.
- A small amount of blood is obtained from the patient.
- Platelet-Rich Plasma is isolated following the centrifugation of blood.
- PRP is activated with DNA activators (thrombin) and enriched with calcium ions (e.g. calcium chloride).
- Activated PRP is injected into the area which is suffering from hair loss in order to stimulate hair growth.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), can be used as an individual treatment, primarily to fortify the hair follicle, thus ensuring it´s longevity and viability as well as maintenance and conservation of the existing hair, but also to reinvigorate dormant hair follicles and stimulate growth of newly transplanted hair.
Moreover, PRP can be coupled with any hair transplant procedure, helping partially transected follicles from the donor area; regenerate bristles and also helping the hair follicles in the recipient areas to enhance the development of new hair.
The PRP hair restoration process involves centrifugation of the blood from the patient, which is sampled prior to the hair implantation procedure. With a special kit our surgeons are then able to use the plasma enriched growth factors and cytokines (proteins growth) in order to strengthen and improve the longevity of the hair follicle.
There is a growing percentage of positive evidence from many researchers, who suggest that PRP provides significant advantages for treatment of hair loss and can be used in modern day hair restoration surgery. Numerous independent studies have shown promising results when PRP is combined with hair implantation such as:
- Reduces erythema (redness and irritation)
- Reduces the formation of crust or scabbing
- Reduces trauma and inflammation
- Reduces patients discomfort and speeds up the healing phase
- Accelerated growth of hairs when PRP is applied
- Increased size of follicles per unit
- Increased longevity of already existing hairs
Men and women who are experiencing hair loss or have thinned hair, mainly those with androgenetic alopecia are suitable candidates for this treatment. PRP treatment is not suitable if you have been diagnosed with cancer, thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet count), chronic liver disease or if you are on blood thinning medication.
This will depend on the patient but we recommend at least 3 to 8 sessions with a minimum of 15 days in between each session.