PRP (platelet rich plasma) is a non-surgical technique designed to stimulate regeneration and speed up healing. It works by using a patient’s own blood to extract platelets. These platelets contain the growth factors that lead to the desired results.
PRP was first commonly used as a therapy for sports injuries. Its use has now expanded to an array of other fields which include surgical specialties like neurosurgery, urology, ophthalmology, cardiac and thoracic surgery, maxillofacial and cosmetic surgery. Most recently, PRP has been indicated for the use of hair loss and hair restoration.
The Safety of PRP for Hair Restoration
The safety of PRP is one of its primary benefits. Because the PRP process is “autologous” (comes from the patient’s own body), there is no risk of any immunological problem, a result of which comes from the introduction of a foreign body. The amount of blood needed for the PRP procedure is not extensive; it is actually no more than that of a routine blood test. In addition, the process of administering the resulting platelets is non-surgical and involves local anesthesia to mitigate any discomfort.
Potential side effects from PRP are uncommon. Any possible issues involve the injection itself, and may include following:
- Pain at injection site
- Nerve injury
- Tissue damage
However, an experienced hair transplant surgeon will take steps to minimize any of these potential risks.
Recovery Time for PRP with Hair Restoration
Recovery from hair transplant surgery occurs in stages. That is, showering can take place the following day, and return to work can take anywhere from the following day to a week, depending on the extent of the procedure and the individual.
PRP does not extend or complicate any of the recovery measures indicated for hair restoration surgery, nor does it result in any particular restrictions, such as showering or returning to normal daily activities. While a mild inflammation, scalp redness and numbness may be present for several hours following the PRP procedure, this quickly resolves itself. Soreness of the scalp is a normal result of any recovery process for such a treatment but should improve after a week or two.
Results of PRP for Hair Restoration
PRP can either be used alone or in conjunction with hair transplant surgery. The strength of this treatment is based on the fact that platelets are part of the body’s natural healing process. Therefore, sending more platelets to an area via PRP, whether on its own or as part of a hair transplant, will improve the process of healing and regeneration of tissue.
There are a number of studies confirming the positive connection between PRP and hair growth. In one randomized controlled trial, individuals were followed for two years after receiving PRP treatments. They were observed to experience an increase in the number of hairs as well as hair density in the targeted area. There were no side effects as a result of the treatments.
Data published by various authors since 2011 concluded that PRP injections have positive effects on male pattern baldness, again with no major side effects.
These studies are important because of the increasing demand for effective therapies for hair loss. As the popularity of hair loss treatments grows, people seek out techniques to improve results, such as PRP, which has become an important consideration to supplement hair restoration.
You can explore PRP and other state-of-the-art products and services with Look Natural Hair Restoration. Our hair restoration experts include highly-trained surgeons who are experienced in the most advanced hair loss solutions, including PRP. Your complimentary consultation includes a discussion of all the various methods to determine the best options for your individualized case. Contact us today to book your appointment, or for further information.