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What Is Platelet Treatment For Hair Loss?

Posted by Ash Dutta on 8 July 2019

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a technique that uses the patient’s own blood in order to encourage the development of healthy hair follicles. Our blood contains two main components; the red blood cells and plasma. It is the latter which carries the white blood cells and platelets which contain these growth inducing chemicals that greatly contribute towards the development of new hair growth.

In the last few decades we have seen a great deal of research into the benefits of PRP techniques and their associated hair growth factors. This has come to highlight their suitability for treating a wide range of symptoms such as the signs of ageing and its associated hair thinning.

How Does It Work? 

The patient’s own blood is drawn and then spun in a centrifuge to separate out the plasma and the red blood cells. Following the separation of this PRP, it is then re-injected back into the affected scalp. The procedure is relatively quick and typically lasts under 30 minutes with no post recovery time needed.

Are There Any Risks? 

Any mild pain and bruising can be controlled by pain relieving drugs and ice packs with any visible traces of the PRP treatments usually fading within 1-2 days. Some aesthetic professionals may recommend the application of a warm shower to the scalp area, to allow the heat to stimulate the blood flow through the treated area.

Patients are advised to avoid hairdressing appointments and associated grooming such as colouring or heat styling treatments for 1 week. Ongoing research in this field has been conducted for several decades and although a full medical disclosure is always recommended at the pre-treatment stage, the procedure is considered to be very safe. 

What Results Will This Give? 

PRP treatments are required every month for the first 4-6 months, then every 3-6 months as part of a regular regime. Results can normally be seen after 2-3 months which can be quantified as visible hair re-growth with less hair loss, providing the treatments are maintained regularly. 

Suitable Heads For Treatment? 

Both women and men can benefit from PRP therapy, especially those suffering from Alopecia (hair loss). Severe hair loss should be fully investigated before undergoing a course of PRP, as such symptoms could have underlying causes that may only be aggravated by an incorrect treatment.

What Are The Typical Costs? 

Prices vary depending on the complexity of the treatments, but you can expect to pay around £250-£500 for each session.

How can I get more information? 

To find out any more information about hair replacement you can book a consultation with Dr Ash Dutta by contacting us.