What are platelets and why are they helpful in hair-loss?
Platelets are the cells that circulate within our blood and bind together when they recognize damaged blood vessels, these Platelets contain Growth Factors which are natural substances capable of stimulating cellular growth, proliferation, healing, and cellular differentiation. Growth Factors are important for regulating a variety of cellular processes including hair growth.
How is it done?
The PRP hair-loss therapy begins with a medical evaluation to assess the patients’ health condition, once this is done, the medical team will extract blood from the patient which is then centrifuged to separate the platelets which contain the nutrients, finally the platelets are applied into the scalp to help nourish and restore follicular damage. This procedure takes 30-45 minutes per session. The full treatment is usually 3-5 sessions, one month apart from each other, for maximum benefit. Many times, patients decide to continue doing this regularly as a preventive treatment and will continue applying once every other month after their initial treatment, which will help maintain the hair in the best possible condition and prevent future hair-loss.
Is it guaranteed to work?
The success rates for this procedure is very high when proper concentrations are applied, and the right health conditions are present. The level of success will ultimately depend on various factors including eating habits, health condition and regular maintenance, however, this procedure continues to be one of the preferred and internationally recognized due to its high effectiveness and low risks.
Does it work for both men and women?
Yes, this works great for both men and women
How long does it take to see results?
Once the initial transplanted hair sheds in a few weeks after the procedure, typically between 6-10 weeks to shed, the new permanent hair will grow back stronger and healthier with maximum benefits obtain in 6-8 months after the procedure. This process can vary by patient based on their own natural hair growth cycles.
Is PRP therapy the same as stem cell therapy for hair loss?
No, from a hair restoration perspective, PRP therapy gets often confused with stem cell therapy for hair loss because the Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains growth factors and other nutrients that are often marketed as stem cells creating some confusion. We often hear PRP injections and stem cell treatment grouped together in regenerative medicine to treat orthopedic injuries but the process for each therapy is different.