PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy for hair loss is a three-step medical treatment in which a person’s blood is drawn, processed, and then injected into the scalp.
Arogyam Hair Transplant Clinic is a pioneer in PRP for hair growth in the NE region. We use all the latest techniques in our procedure. The PRP vials imported from the US. High speed centrifuges are used for a double rotation technique.
Cost per procedure is Rs 3500. Cost is fixed and we do not offer packages. It is the same for all clients.
PRP procedure takes about 45 minutes for the whole procedure. We use local anesthesia with Prilocaine creams which are left on for about 40 minutes. We do not use dermarollers, the PRP solution is injected with insulin syringe.
PRP injections trigger natural hair growth and maintain it by increasing blood supply to the hair follicle and increasing the thickness of the hair shaft. Sometimes this approach is combined with other hair loss procedures or medications. PRP therapy has been in use since the 1980s. It’s also been used for problems such as healing injured tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
PRP therapy process: PRP therapy is a three-step process. Most PRP therapy requires three treatments 4–6 weeks apart. Maintenance treatments are required every 4–6 months.
• Step 1- Your blood is drawn — typically from your arm — and put into a centrifuge (a machine that spins rapidly to separate fluids of different densities).
• Step 2- After 10 minutes in the centrifuge in two stages, your blood will have separated into in three layers:
red blood cells
• Step 3- The platelet-rich plasma is drawn up into a syringe and then injected into areas of the scalp that need increased hair growth.
Results of PRP can be variable. In some the results are almost miraculous and very fast, in some results are not so clear. But most people are in between and will benefit to a great extent with PRP.
According to a recent study in Trusted Source, “Although PRP has sufficient theoretical scientific basis to support its use in hair restoration, hair restoration using PRP is still at its infancy.
PRP for hair loss side effects:- Because PRP therapy involves injecting your own blood into your scalp, you aren’t at risk for getting a communicable disease. Still, any therapy that involves injections always carries a risk of side effects such as:
•injury to blood vessels or nerves
•calcification at the injection points
There’s also the chance that you could have a negative reaction to the anesthetic used in the therapy. If you decide to pursue PRP therapy for hair loss, let your doctor know in advance about your tolerance to anesthetics.
Risks of PRP for hair loss:-
Be sure to report all medications you’re on before the procedure including supplements and herbs.
You should also tell your doctor if you:
• are on blood thinners
• are a heavy smoker
• have a history of alcohol or drug misuse
Purposes of PRP injections:-
Researchers are trying out PRP injections across a number of applications. Examples of these include:
1. Hair loss:- Doctors have injected PRP into the scalp to promote hair growth and prevent hair loss. According to research Trusted Source from 2014, PRP injections are effective in treating androgenic alopecia, also known as male pattern baldness.
2. Tendon injuries:- Tendons are tough, thick bands of tissue that connect muscle to bone. They are usually slow to heal after injury. Doctors have used PRP injections to treat chronic tendon problems, such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis at the ankle, and jumper’s knee, which causes pain in the patellar tendon in the knee.
3. Acute injuries:- Doctors have used PRP injections to treat acute sports injuries, such as pulled hamstring muscles or knee sprains.
4. Postsurgical repair:- Sometimes doctors use PRP injections after surgery to repair a torn tendon (such as a rotator cuff tendon in the shoulder) or ligaments (such as the anterior cruciate ligament).
4. Osteoarthritis:- PRP injections in the knee may help people with osteoarthritis. A 2015 studyTrusted Source found that PRP injections were more effective than hyaluronic acid injections (a traditional therapy) for treating osteoarthritis. However, the trial was a small group of 160 people, so larger trials are needed for this to be conclusive.
Preparation for Prp injections: There are few steps to preparing for PRP injections. These steps depend on how you receive PRP. PRP can be injected in different ways.
Other times, a local anesthetic is mixed with the PRP to reduce any discomfort. Sometimes, your doctor will inject or apply PRP during surgery. In this instance, preparation for PRP injections would involve following your surgeon’s recommendations before surgery.
What is the recovery time for PRP injections?
– When PRP is injected after an injury, your doctor may recommend that you rest the affected area. However, these recommendations are more related to the injury and less to the PRP injections. Most people can continue their daily activities following PRP injections. Because PRP injections are intended to promote healing or growth, you may not notice an immediate difference after receiving the injections. However, in several weeks or months, the area may begin healing faster or growing more hair than you would have expected if you hadn’t received PRP injections.
PRP hair restoration produces noticeable results after just four to six weeks. However, it may be approximately 3.5 months before you see the results you were looking for. Due to the hair growth cycle, ideal results can take up to three sessions spaced one month apart to become apparent.