PRP Hair Treatment by ElithairTransplant

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Thinning hair, hair loss, and eventually baldness affect millions of men and women around the world, and it should come as no surprise that new treatments are continually arriving on the market to combat the phenomenon. One of these innovative treatments is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) which is being used with great success worldwide in different fields of medicine.

 

What is PRP, platelet rich plasma?

We actually have to make an initial difference between PRP in general and its application for treatment of baldness.

 

First, what is meant by PRP?

By platelet-rich plasma, we refer to a “component” derived from the patient’s own blood. It is a platelet-rich plasma protein concentrate where the plasma is separated from other blood components, such as red blood cells, through a centrifuge.

Ultimately, plasma is nothing more than a substance found inside the human body, and more specifically in blood cells. It is the most common component in human blood, consider that it has a percentage of about 55% and contains water, salts, enzymes, antibodies and other proteins.

 

What is the relationship between hair growth and PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma has several uses in the medical field and with great success also against hair loss.

The PRP is a non-surgical treatment that uses your own blood to strengthen your hair. This can be achieved through small injections into the scalp where brittle hair that tends to fall out is present. This type of treatment can be done alone or can be combined with other types of treatment such as hair transplantation.

 

How is PRP for hair performed?

This treatment follows two steps. First of all, blood is taken from the patient and, thanks to the use of a centrifuge, the different components are separated. The separation takes place between the plasma and the blood cells and proteins.

Next, the plasma is extracted from the centrifuge, collected and injected into the patient’s scalp where needed. The injections are multiple to effectively cover the area(s), and are performed in a single session, which typically lasts about an hour.

 

How does PRP treatment work?

The secret to the effectiveness of the PRP treatment lies in the proteins contained by the plasma and, more importantly, the growth factors or growth hormones. The most important of these are:

  • Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)
  • Vascular Growth Factor beta (TGF-β)
  • Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)
  • Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF)

 

Although each growth hormone functions differently, they have a common goal, which is to promote cell proliferation and differentiation. It is believed that this occurs through the stimulation of stem cells present in the follicles that give rise to new hair.

Stem cells actually play a significant role in hair growth. These are located in the area where new follicular units are created, and when these are activated, they can promote both the formation and growth of new follicles and therefore hair.

 

PRP scientific evidence of its effectiveness

The team at the ElithairTransplant in Turkey says that PRP treatment is still cause for extensive scientific study, as there is still much that is not known about platelet-rich plasma and its application for the treatment of baldness.

In a recent study from the International University of Catalunya in 2015, each patient received PRP treatment on one side of the scalp for a total of 3 treatments, each one month apart.

Three months and six months after the initial treatment, hair growth and density was assessed on the patients. It was seen that the side of the scalp that received PRP experienced an increase in anagen phase hair.

With very positive results, the researchers stated that PRP is an effective treatment to combat androgenetic alopecia.

A similar study was conducted by the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in male patients between the ages of 19 and 63.

All received PRP treatment, in different areas of the scalp according to the baldness of each individual. The evolution was monitored in six different phases, from the first treatment until 2 years later. In addition, several assessment methods were used, including global photography and standardized phototrichograms.

Both researchers and patients observed impressive hair growth results in both hair number and density, as early as the 14th week after treatment.

 

In conclusion, is platelet-rich plasma an effective treatment against hair loss?

Looking at the latest scientific results, it seems to be so. Moreover, it is a treatment with amazing results that does not involve taking drugs, is not invasive at all and is absolutely safe.

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