Go to a hair treatment center and they will bombard you with information about what all are the procedures on offer, which could help with your hair growth. These will vary from laser therapies that can stimulate hair growth to full surgical hair transplant procedures, which will ensure a full head of hair, even for someone who is going bald.
However, before you jump the bandwagon and decide to get the same treatment that your favorite celebrity has gotten, you need to make sure that you have all the facts in hand.
For starters, if your hair loss has just started or is really mild, then you need not start considering a hair transplant. Chances are that home remedies might be more than enough for you, and a good salon stylist should be able to tell you all that you need to know.
However, if you are feeling that your hair loss is a little more profound, then you can talk to a hair specialist and ask for therapies that can help improve the condition of your hair.
One such treatment that is fast gaining popularity and is showing incredible results happens to be PRP or platelet-rich plasma therapy.
The vampire facial, which is a popular treatment with all the celebs, can be considered the face version of the PRP treatment. This is so because the basic tenet of both procedures is the same – blood that is taken from your body will be enriched and then injected back into your body.
Let’s take a closer look at what the PRP therapy is all about:
The human blood is made of two main components – one is the red blood cells and the other is plasma. Now the plasma is further composed of platelets and white blood cells, the former of which is rich in growth factors. It is the growth factor in the platelets that send the messages to the skin cells that they need to function.
Platelets have found constant usage in medicine and have been used to treat a range of conditions, one of the most effective beings in the stimulation of hair growth. Not only can the procedure ensure better hair growth, it can also ensure hair that is thicker and denser.
This is how the PRP procedure works:
The procedure starts in a routine manner – blood will be drawn from the arm and stored in a tube. That tube will then be put inside a centrifuge machine, which will make the blood spin really fast, and the red blood cells will separate from the plasma.
This plasma, which is extremely rich in platelets, will then be injected into the scalp, at the same level as the hair follicles. Even though the procedure requires a high level of precision, it generally does not take more than half an hour to cover ahead.
Who all does the procedure work for:
In theory, this procedure works for everyone, but people for whom the hair loss has just started will respond to it the best. All over the world, doctors are using this procedure for people who have androgenetic alopecia and it has shown extremely promising results.
What is great about this procedure is that it can be used for both men and women. The procedure is also known to show great results for people who have weak hair or an overall general weak hair quality.
Ideally, the moment you start noticing excessive hair loss, you can talk to your doctor and find out whether you are an ideal candidate for PRP.
Here are the kind of results you can expect from PRP:
If the PRP hair treatment has been done properly and consistently, there is little chance for anything to go wrong. Generally, the treatments are spaced about a month apart initially and then depending on how well the person is responding to the treatment, the consequent sessions will be determined.
If all has gone well, then the results should start becoming visible within two months or so. The first signs of the procedure working will be a decrease in hair fall. You will also notice that your hair is growing back faster, there is a general density increase as well as an increase in the hair length.
When the treatment protocol is followed properly, you can expect proper stimulation of the growth factors, which in turn will ensure better hair growth for you. Chances are that you might be prescribed certain complementary medications to assist the protocol.
There can be some risks:
Although most people feel that because there are needles involved, this will be a scary procedure, but the fact of the matter is that there is minimal pain or discomfort in PRP.
In most cases, there is not even anaesthesia being administered, but if there is a genuine fear of needles, the doctor might consider local anaesthesia. In the rarest of cases, there could be a little swelling, which can be handled with an ice pack. Even the downtime is minimal and you should be able to return to work, the very next day.
Here are some interesting facts about PRP therapy:
- PRP has growth factors as well as cytokines, both of which are known to enhance as well as stimulate the functioning of the hair follicles.
- For stronger and longer hair, PRP is often combined with an extracellular matrix. The addition of the matrix also ensures that your hair remains stable for a much longer time.
- The efficacy of the treatment protocol is measured via the HairScore or Hair Mass Index – it allows the doctor to measure the amount of hair in a specific area of the scalp. When the index starts to drop, the next set of treatment sessions are planned.