PRP for Hair Restoration
There can be a number of reasons for hair loss, perhaps it runs in the family, or it’s caused by an illnesses, or maybe poor diet and stress. Whatever the reason, thinning hair can impact on your self-esteem. So, if you’re looking for a way to encourage the growth of thicker, healthier hair, without resorting to surgery, then PRP hair restoration is the most natural way to stimulate hair growth.
How does PRP for thinning hair work?
The use of stem cells and cellular medicine is leading the way for many pioneering treatments. The technique of taking a sample of a patient’s own cells and treating it so that a nutrient dense version can be injected back in, is something that’s been used for a number of years to help boost healing after surgery. And now this innovative method is being used to promote hair growth.
In one study of the effects of PRP on genetic hair loss, published by the medical journal Dermatologic Surgery, it was found that patients experienced at a least moderate to very good improvement in hair growth, while another study in the journal BioMed Research International, concluded that there was a significant increase in hair density and less thinning. These findings were deemed clinically important.
How is the PRP applied?
A small sample of the patient’s blood is taken and put into a centrifuge, where it’s spun to separate the red blood cells from the platelet plasma. This result is higher concentrations of platelet-rich plasma, which contains growth and healing factors. This is then injected into specific areas on the scalp to promote healing, increasing blood flow and hydration, which in turn triggers the hair follicles to grow stronger hair.
What does the procedure involve?
It is as simple as going for a routine blood test. Once the doctor had separated the sample – white blood cells from red, they will numb an area of your scalp. The PRP will then be injected into specific areas on the scalp where hair growth needs a boost. This will involve multiple injections using a very fine needle. The entire process takes about 90 minutes – 30 mins to prepare the blood and an hour for the treatment.
The area treated will feel sensitive for a day or so, but after the treatment you should feel fine to go about your usual activities.
What’s this treatment best for?
This treatment is best for thinning hair, as it stimulates the growth of existing hair follicles, making the hair you have got appear fuller and healthier.
What results can I expect from PRP?
Most people notice that their hair looks thicker after two to three months. The aim is to stimulate the natural growth of a fuller, healthier looking head of hair. Depending on your type of hair loss, and the extent of the loss, PRP for hair restoration is usually recommended as a course of 3 to 6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Then depending on your individual needs, a maintenance session once a year is usual.
Our Dermatology & Aesthetics Team
Dr Badvey brings her considerable expertise to the latest cosmetic skin technologies to enable women to have healthy, beautiful and natural looking skin at any age.
Professor Ash Mosahebi is a highly qualified surgeon and part of the UK's Specialist Advisory Committee on Plastic surgery. He brings his expert knowledge to the clinic.