Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy for hair loss uses the body's own natural healing powers to stimulate hair growth.
Platelets harvested from the patients own blood are injected into the scalp, placing growth factors in the exact location where we want the scalp to repair, rejuvenating hair growth. The growth factors released by these platelets trigger natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle and increasing the thickness of the hair shaft.
PRP hair rejuvenation involves injecting platelets from the patient's own blood into the scalp. A small amount of blood is taken from the patient and put into a centrifuge, to separate the red blood cells from the platelet-rich plasma.
The platelet plasma, which is known for being highly effective in treating burns and skin injuries, is then injected into the scalp area, where it helps stimulate the activity of the hair follicles and promotes new hair growth.
The use of PRP has grown in popularity in the last couple of years, as a great treatment option for hair loss, because it has a number of scientifically based articles showing its efficacy increasing hair count, hair thickness, and the growth phase of the hair cycle.
Two weeks prior to treatment you must stop taking any blood thinner medication such as Ibuprofen.
Once we have discussed your treatment and you have signed the consent forms, we take photographs to enable a "before and after" comparison. We draw ~20ml of blood, in a similar way to a blood test at the doctors and your blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate the red cells from the platelet-rich plasma.
We cleanse the scalp thoroughly before applying antiseptic and a topical local anaesthetic to the injection sites. The PRP is injected into the scalp using a very fine needle. Multiple injections are given at approximately half inch intervals over the area of thinning hair.
The entire process is completed in approximately 60 minutes.
Immediately after the treatment, most people experience some minor bruising, swelling and redness at the injection sites. This reduces significantly within 48 hours. During this time we may recommend using Paracetamol to treat any pain and warm showers as the hot water enhances blood flow and circulation throughout the scalp.
Most patients who undergo PRP hair treatments enjoy a substantial increase in hair thickness, hair count, and hair density. For best results, consistency is key. Treatments are typically performed once a month for the first three months, then every three to six months thereafter, depending on your response and results.
If you are looking for a PRP hair treatment in Essex, my Chelmsford based clinic is central to Maldon, Witham, Braintree, Great Dunmow, Harlow, Brentwood, Billericay, Basildon and Wickford.