Platelet rich plasma therapy is one of the most common hair fall solutions being used all over the world. It provides the following growth factors to your hair and stop your hair loss:
- platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)
- transforming growth factor ? (TGF-?)
- vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)
- epidermal growth factor (EGF)
- insulin-like growth factor (IGF)
- fibroblast growth factor
- Joint pains (chronic arthritis)
- Chronic tendinopathies.
- Ligament sprains.
- Muscles strains.
- Intervertebral discs.
- Plantar fasciitis.
- Subacute and chronic sports injuries.
- Nerve injuries.
- Your blood sample is withdrawn and centrifuged in a pre-programmed machine for a specific amount of time and revolutions.
- PRP thus recieved is injected into your scalp in the central area of your scalp prone to male pattern baldness.
- The procedure is performed under Local anaesthesia and lasts for 15mins.
- You are given 4 sessions at monthly intervals in one go.
PRP therapy is a relatively simple process that can be performed in under two hours. It does not require hospitalization, and may be done as an outpatient procedure.
Unlike blood tests, where the patient is generally instructed not to eat or drink for up to 12 hours before, no preparations are required for PRP therapy. The patient is only recommended to hydrate well in advance, as higher levels of water in the body will make drawing blood easier for the doctor.
If you use corticosteroids or NSAID anti-inflammatory medicines, such as ibuprofen (Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve), you will be required to have stopped taking them up to a week before PRP therapy, and not to resume use of these types of medications immediately afterwards. They will interfere with PRP therapy and possibly nullify any results.
The steps involved in PRP therapy are:
Step 1: Collect the patient’s own blood.
Less than two ounces (between 15 to 50 milliliters) are required for the procedure. The collection is virtually identical toprp therapy process giving blood for a blood test, with a collection needle inserted into a vein in the arm and the blood captured in a small vial.
Step 2: Centrifuge the blood.
A centrifuge is a device that spins at high speeds. This action physically separates the solid and liquid parts of the blood: red blood cells (erythrocytes), white blood cells (leukocytes), platelets (thrombocytes), and plasma (liquid).
- Step 3: Process and collect the platelets.
Regular blood contains about 200,000 platelets per milliliter, while platelet-rich plasma contains as much as five times that amount. The resulting three to seven milliliters of platelet-rich plasma will be collected in a syringe, to be administered immediately.
- Step 4: Inject the PRP into the desired site.
The final syringe of platelet-rich plasma will contain approximately 1-2 teaspoons of fluid. With the guidance of an ultrasound probe, the PRP will be guided into the proper location, based on the nature of the injury being treated.
Q1 What is PRP treatment good for?
A1 PRP treatment has been used to support wound healing in trauma and joint injury. The technique can address male pattern baldness, stimulate the growth of hair transplants and enhance other cosmetic procedures.
Q2 Why is PRP so painful?
A2 You may feel more pain at first, since we are causing swelling in the area that was already sore. The swelling is needed for the blood cells to start helping you heal for the long term.
Q3 Does PRP really work?
A3 PRP consists of a large number of proteins and growth factor mediums in it. It is believed that due to its rich content of tissue repairing components, PRP can be successfully administered to select cases of hair loss. It is known that a certain type of hair loss results from damage to the hair follicles