Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Restoration Therapy: Myth or Reality?
By now, everyone is probably familiar with a hair treatment that uses your blood to promote hair growth. It is called platelet-rich plasma, a.k.a. PRP therapy, says Dr. Jagdish Sakhiya, the director and senior consultant of Sakhiya Skin Clinic. PRP hair restoration therapy for hair loss (also known as alopecia or baldness) is mainly three-step medical treatment, in which a person’s blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp. This process can purportedly help to heal bodily tissues, including follicles from which your hair grows. Here is how PRP works: “Platelets are one of the four main components of blood (the other three are red blood cells, white blood cells, and plasma).” he says. “Platelets are generally about five times more concentrated in PRP than regular blood. Growth factors released from platelets may act on stem cells in the bulge area of the hair follicles, stimulating the development of new follicles and promoting neovascularization.”
Let’s get into the truth about the PRP hair restoration rather than believing in old myths!
I am Too Young for Treatment Session of PRP Hair Restoration
False! A lot of individuals are misguided by the notion that only older people undergo PRP hair restoration treatment. However, anyone with hair fall problems can avail the benefits of this therapy, regardless of age specification. Albeit, well-reputed clinics only consider candidates with more than 18 years of age for PRP hair restoration therapy. Besides, individuals in the age bracket of 24-45 are fair candidates for genetic and patterned hair loss. If a person notices unusual hair loss, then one must consult an expert soon rather than blindly believing in myths.
PRP Hair Restoration Is Only Suitable For Men And Not For Women
FALSE! Blame the adverts on the web and hoardings that exhibit only men benefit from the PRP hair restoration treatment, which is actually not the case. This therapy is a safe and effective modality for both the genders, although the pattern of hair loss somehow differs in women from men. It is very important to consult a board qualified dermato-trichologist for the same.
PRP Hair Restoration Treatment Is Very Expensive
FALSE! PRP hair restoration treatment is cheaper than the lifelong cost of home remedies, therapies, and OTC medications used to combat hair loss. These approaches show limited and temporary results or no results at all. Moreover, these remedies are associated with higher chances of recurrence. In fact, cost of the therapy varies depending on the required number of injections and kit used for preparing PRP. Platelets concentration of 5-7 times is vital for PRP to work. Although many commercial kits are available to extract platelets, such kits may not deliver what you may want in your PRP. Hence, identification of the difference between kits is of utmost importance. The amount you pay is worth, and results would be your witness.
PRP Hair Restoration Is Painful And It Hurts
False! This myth should not deter you from the benefits of PRP hair restoration therapy. This procedure has minimal discomfort as it heals the scalp faster than other treatment options by accelerating the regeneration process. Usually, minimum pain is experienced when the platelets are injected into the scalp during the procedure. This downhill ultimately outweighs the effectiveness of the therapy.
PRP Treatment Offers Immediate Results
“Good things take time, as they should. We shouldn’t expect good things to happen overnight. Indeed, to get something very soon can cheapen the outcome.”
— John Wooden
Do not worry regarding the duration of the therapy in order to achieve more satisfactory outcomes. Results are usually observed between 3-6 months of the therapy. This result duration varies based upon several factors, such as age, severity of hair loss, genetics, and many more.
Have you noticed hair loss over 3 to 5 months? Are you ready to give PRP hair restoration a try? Sakhiya Skin Clinic in India is a certified PRP hair restoration treatment provider with broad empirical experience. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!