Hair fall is a symptom of any disease. The common causes of hair fall are stress, deficiency, disease or hormones. PRP therapy is an emerging therapy for hair loss, Here I am compiling all questions regarding PRP therapy.
What is PRP Therapy?
Well, “PRP” stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, and is a new novel way of treating skin and hair problems. Platelets are rich in growth factors which can induce growth of any cell, that may be hair root cells (papilla cells), or collagen cells (fibroblast) or joint cells (synovial membrane cells).
How it is prepared?-
PRP is prepared from your blood. Around 20-25 ml blood is withdrawn in PRP kit or in small vials and spun in centrifuge machine. This spin separates blood into its various constituents; like red cells on the bottom, plasma on the top( Called Platelet Poor Plasma), and platelets in the middle on top of the red blood cell layer known as the “buffy coat”. The buffy coat is taken and further concentrated by fast spins, which later activated by calcium and keep in small syringes to inject into scalp skin.
Who can take PRP Therapy?
PRP is like an induction therapy meansit induces hair growth. Theoretically, it should be effective in all types of hair loss. But commonly, it given in male and female patterned baldness, after hair transplant and alopecia areata.
How is this therapy given?
It takes around 1.5 hours to complete the therapy. A numbing cream is applied over scalp for ½ hr to reduce pain and discomfort. Scalp is cleaned with antiseptic solutions. Just before therapy, a local anesthesia may be given to make it compete painless. Than PRP is injected into deep skin at hair roots by multiple pricks. This therapy is given every month for 4-6 months. A maintenance therapy can be taken every 3-6 months.
How much pain or discomfort during therapy?
It causes mild pain which is tolerable. We have few innovative things to make is almost painless.
Will PRP therapy effective where I lost complete hair?
No, PRP therapy will improve growth of existing hairs, it will increase the growing phase of hair, reduces hair fall, and reverses thinning which ultimately gives density.
When can I expect hair growth?
Initially you will see improvement in hair fall, the visible changes can be seen after 4-6 months.
What are the side effects of PRP therapy?
Since your own blood is used in PRP so as such there is no severe side effects. Mild pain and pin point bleeding is common. Allergic test with local anesthesia should be done before therapy to avoid reaction. Sometime mild swelling may over eyelids which resolve in 3-4 days.
What precautions I should take after PRP Therapy?
It’s a office based procedure. The injections are given just in deep skin so there is no major complications. You can join office even next day. Prefer to do on Fridays so you can have rest on Saturday and Sunday. Avoid sweating, exercise and pressure work for 2-5 days.
How much it costs?
The cost of complete procedure in Delhi NCR is Rs.10,000 to 15,000 per sitting.
What are other uses of this PRP?
PRP therapy is also help in skin rejuvenation. The famous Vampire therapy is basically a PRP therapy.
Doc, What is your experience with PRP Therapy?
Well, it’s true that there is no ‘IDEAL MEDICINE’ for hair growth. So my purpose is give combination therapies which have best evidence in favor of hair growth. like - monthly once PRP therapy+medicines. Till date, medicines are on top of the list but PRP has shown a good effect when given in combination with medicines.I recommend PRP therapy in male and female patterned hair loss and after hair transplant. I found decent result with PRP therapy, although result may vary from person to person. Still I want to say that it’s a new therapy so a lot of research is to be done to establish its overall effect.