HOW DOES PRP WORK?
Blood plasma containing platelets is referred to as platelet rich plasma (PRP). This plasma contains approximately three to five times the number of platelets in normal circulating blood. As well as these bioactive proteins, it contains platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), and other molecules that are helpful for wound healing and may promote hair growth.
CAN PRP BE USED TO TREAT HAIR LOSS?
Both women and men can benefit from PRP hair restoration. Hair loss due to androgenic alopecia affects both males and females equally. PRP refers to platelet-rich plasma that has been prepared by concentrating platelets in plasma. Even though the optimal PRP platelet concentration is still unclear, current methods report an enrichment of 300-700%, with platelet concentrations rising to more than 1,000,000 platelets/L as a result. Because of its ability to promote wound healing, PRP has gained attention in several medical fields. Activation of alpha granules of platelets releases numerous proteins, including platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), transforming growth factor (TGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), insulin-like growth factor (IGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF) and interleukin (IL). According to this hypothesis, platelet-derived growth factors stimulate the development of new follicles and promote neovascularization by affecting stem cells in the bulge area of the follicles.
IS PRP THERAPY A SAFE PROCEDURE TO USE?
The PRP procedure carries no risk of allergies, hypersensitivity, or foreign-body reactions. Many patients find it to be an excellent choice. Several other disciplines, including medicine and surgery, have successfully utilized PRP for years. However, it is important to consider carefully the decision to use PRP and to consult with a physician before making this decision. The procedure uses a concentrate of the good cells from your scalp which will be injected directly into the area where it is needed. Thus, PRP is safe and natural. Humans cannot contract blood infections from each other. Your own cells are used in PRP, and they are not altered or modified, so they will not be rejected by your immune system. Extensive clinical trials are not complete and medical data is not yet published to establish the absolute effectiveness of PRP therapy in hair restoration. PRP should not be considered a “cure” for hair loss and no guarantee can be made about its individual effectiveness. No claim of PRP efficacy in promoting hair growth can be made because there is no FDA approval that would allow such claims to be made.