What is PRP Therapy?
PRPis an abbreviation of platelet-rich plasma, and effectively uses a patient's blood to help restore hair in areas where baldness has occurred.
The blood is drawn from the arm of the patient, before going through a process that helps separate the red blood cells from the plasma. The separated plasma, which is full of platelets is the injection into the area where baldness isoccurring.
For example, those are interested in PRP therapy for a thicker head of hair will have series of injections made to the scalp.
Although this may sound painful, the majority of those who receive PRP therapy are often in no pain and very little pain, so much so that it's very rare for any form of numbing to be applied.
How Will I know if the PRP Therapy is working?
Despite PRP therapy being one of the most effective hair restoration methods available, it is understandable that some may still be sceptical when it comes to treatment being effective.
PRP therapy won't perform an overnight miracle, but it will be effective overtime. The first sign that the treatment is working will be less hair loss. It's also common for hair to regrow quickly and be increased in its length.
According to Dr Imran from Sheffield based SAL Clinic - "Once the treatment is gains momentum, the specialist will work with you to establish whether any future treatments need to be carried out".
Although some people will have different schedules, much of the success of PRP is attributed to the consistency of the treatment. As such, PRP therapy is usually carried out once a month for the initial three to four months, with further treatments being scheduled every three to four months.
Depending on your need, you may also find that a prescription is given for those how may have experienced hair loss due to the menopause. This isn't to say that PRP therapy won't work, but in some instances, it has to be part of a multi-facetedsystem to ensure that you're getting the best results.
Will I Feel Any Discomfort Afterwards?
The PRP therapy carried out is painless, although the use of needles can mean there is some slight discomfort and swelling, especially during the first application. However, the discomfort associated with PRP therapy is very minimal, and even if there should be any bruising or swelling, this normally settles down within the week.
Are There Any Risks Associated with PRP Therapy?
For the most part, the application of PRP therapy is one of the safest treatments available when it comes to restoring lost hair, but it is a treatment that should only be carried out by a true professional.
Because the procedure does involve needles, it stands to reason that the entire procedure must be carried out within an environment that's sanitary. Although this is a stipulation of the practice, some may not offer the best hygiene standards, so it's always worth double checking the credentials of the profession you will be using for the PRP therapy.
The Advantages of PRP Therapy
Those who have investigated hair restoration may have seen procedures that may be a bit too severe for their liking. For example, a hair transplant can mean hair being relocated from an area of the body and attached to the bald area.
Although this may not suit some, others may be looking at a more natural solution. PRP therapy offers the following advantages:
Is PRP Therapy a Permanent Solution?
It would be unfair to label PRP therapy as a permanent solution, because there will be instances where some patients do require future treatments. That said, PRP therapy does offer a long-lasting solution that also ensures that any hair restoration is aided by the body as opposed to transplants and more conventional solutions like wigs.
The fact that the use of PRP therapy encourages the growth of natural hair means patients never have to feel uneasy when out in public, as there will be nothing that stands out about you, other than having restored natural hair.
This means patients feel more confident and free. Although many can assume hair restoration to only be for the vain, there are many reasons as to why hair loss can occur, and if there is a solution available, then why shouldn't it be taken advantage of?
Hair restoration contributes to our mental wellbeing as well as vanity, which can help us feel more enriched as a result.