PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy for hair loss is a three-step medical treatment in which a person’s blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp.
PRP injections trigger natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle and increasing the thickness of the hair shaft. Most of the times this approach is combined with other hair loss procedures or medications.
PRP therapy has been in use since the 1980s. It’s been used for problems such as healing injured tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
At SriLaasya Hospital the PRP therapy for hair loss is being done from 2014 very successfully with an average success rate of >90% and being done with world class equipment and very well-trained technicians and done by our Dermatologist Dr Thrimurthulu Rayudu who has been certified by CDSI and IADVL academy and he is one among the very few certified doctors to do this procedure.
1. Male pattern baldness
2. Female pattern hair loss
3. Acute or chronic hair loss (Telogen effluvium)
4. Alopecia areata (few selected cases)
5. Facial scar rejuvenation
6. Chronic non healing ulcers
Most PRP therapy requires 4 treatments 4–6 weeks apart
Maintenance treatments are required every 2–3 months.
Topical anaesthesia is applied on the scalp and properly covered. Then your blood is drawn into prefilled vacutainers (test tubes)— typically from your arm — and put into a centrifuge (a machine that spins rapidly to separate fluids of different densities).
After about 10 minutes in the centrifuge, your blood will have separated into in three layers:
red blood cells
The platelet-rich plasma is drawn up into a syringe and then injected into areas of the scalp that need increased hair growth.
PRP for hair loss side effects
Because PRP therapy involves injecting your own blood into your scalp, you aren’t at risk for getting a communicable disease.
Still, any therapy that involves injections always carries a risk of side effects such as:
1. injury to blood vessels or nerves
2. infection (very rare)
3. calcification at the injection points (remote)
4. scar tissue (highly unlikely)
5. a negative reaction to the aesthetic used in the therapy. If you decide to pursue PRP therapy for hair loss, let your doctor know in advance about your tolerance / reaction to anaesthetics. (xylocaine)
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