PRP Treatment for Hair loss
Javaani Aesthetic Clinic Hazlemere, High Wycombe
What is it?
PRP therapy stands for platelet-rich plasma therapy. It’s a treatment which utilises platelets, one of the cell components of the blood. Platelets are the first responders following a cut on the skin and the activation of these platelets leads to the body’s natural healing process.
What are the types of hair loss (Alopecia) improved with PRP
- Androgenic Alopecia (Pattern Hair Loss)
Androgenic alopecia is a chronic and progressive genetic condition which causes hair loss and affects both men and women. In men this condition is commonly known as male-pattern baldness and it is an extremely common disorder which affects around 50% of men. In men the hairs recede in a specific pattern, moving the hairline backwards. In women there is a generalised thinning of hair (hair loss) all over the head.
- Alopecia Areata
- This is an autoimmune condition in which hairs fall out in patches of various sizes. This condition can affect any part of the scalp, beard or eyebrows.
- Telogen Effluvium
This condition is caused by various physical or psychological stresses. Hair growth takes place in various phases and in this condition more than usual number of hairs move into resting phase and fall.
- Traction Alopecia
In this condition hair fall due to physical pulling and traction due to different hair styles.
- Hair loss due to illness or chemotherapy
PRP after recovery from the main condition can stabilise and reverse hair loss.
There is increasing clinical evidence that PRP therapy can stimulate hair follicles, strengthen them, reduce follicle destruction and stimulate natural hair re-growth. It promotes and regenerates hair growth. Moreover, it is also effective for the treatment of hair thinning.
Stages of hair growth
There are 3 stages of hair growth
Stage 1: The anagen phase
This is when there is rapid division of the cells in the hair bulb resulting in the growth of new hair.
Stage 2: The catagen phase
This is a short phase lasting between 2-3 weeks. In this phase, the hair detaches itself from its blood supply and stops growing.
Stage 3: The telogen phase
In this phase the hair dies and falls our and new hair begins to grow beneath it. This lasts 3 months.
How does it work?
PRP works through stimulating the hair cells (hair follicles) by the action of natural growth factors. These growth factors are released by the specialised cells called platelets which are concentrated in PRP. This PRP is injected into the scalp which in turn increases blood flow to the treated area, strengthens hair and stimulate growth of new hairs.
- Enhances hair follicles
- Retains existing hair follicles
- Revitalises the dormant hair follicles
- Stimulates new hair growth
- Improves condition of the scalp
- Decreases itching and burning sensation
PRP uses your own blood therefore there is no risk of acquiring a blood borne infection or hypersensitivity reaction.
However, you could experience the following side effects which are transient:
- Temporary bleeding at the injection site
- Scalp tenderness
- A headache
Before the treatment session, you will have a consultation with the therapist in order to determine if this therapy will be beneficial to you.
PRP is not recommended in patients with:
- Anti-coagulation therapy (warfarin, heparin)
- Acute or chronic infection
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic skin disease
- Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)
- Haemodynamic instability
Step by step
PRP therapy is 3 step process
Step 1: Collection of blood
A sample of blood will be drawn (most commonly from the arm)
Step 2: Processing the blood
The blood sample is placed inside a centrifuge which is a machine that spins rapidly causing the separation of the blood into its different components. This takes 8 minutes and 3 layers will form: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma and a layer of red blood cells.
Step 3: Injecting the plasma
An activating agent (e.g. calcium chloride) is added to the platelet-rich plasma. This activates the platelets.
Using a syringe and needle the platelet-rich plasma is injected into the desired areas of the scalp.
You can return to daily activities immediately.
- You cannot wash your hair for 24 hors after the treatment
- Can’t get a head massage for 48 hours after the treatment
Changes to diet including increase in protein and iron intake are recommended alongside this treatment to achieve the best effects.
PRP is not a cure for androgenic alopecia therefore multiple PRP therapy sessions will be needed to maintain the results.
All PRP treatments for hair loss at Javaani Aesthetic Clinic are performed by Dr Ahmad.
- Start to see and feel an improvement within a few weeks
- Reduced in hair shedding
- Natural adjunct to hair transplant surgery
Duration of results
People suffering from androgenetic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness or hair thinning.
Slight irritation can experienced by a few patients.
Yes. It can be combined successfully with Mesotherapy for hair, LED light therapy, oral and topical hair suppliments.