PRP Plasma Performance Therapy© for Hair Loss

Platelet-rich plasma (or PRP) scalp regeneration therapy is a regenerative medicine procedure that involves use of growth factors from your own blood to renew the hair follicles and scalp. PRP is prepared using a carefully researched protocol, and there is increasing evidence to demonstrate that the growth factors are able to signal the active components of the cells in the hair follicles, encouraging restoration of the follicles and leading to thicker hair growth.

Plasma Performance Therapy© for hair loss combines PRP treatments and Microneedling in a highly researched protocol.

Your questions answered

Growth factors are specialised proteins that are found in all active cells. They have multiple functions, with the most important being stimulation of cellular renewal through activation of regeneration and proliferation stem cells. They do this by switching “on” or “off” the messenger signals that synchronise cellular processes.

PRP is rich in growth factors that are administered directly into the scalp, sending messages to the stem cells in the follicle and setting in motion the process of regeneration. This helps to switch on the proliferative phase of the hair cycle, and the hairs that grow from improved hair follicles are thicker.

Yes. This treatment is suited to both men and women with thinning hair, including those with androgenic alopecia – which is male pattern hair loss with a receding hairline along the temples and/or hair loss at the top of the scalp.

During a treatment your doctor will prepare the PRP after drawing a sample of your blood. By using components of your own blood, there is very little chance of having a reaction to the treatment. Your doctor may apply a numbing cream before performing Microneedling, and the Plasma Performance Therapy© protocol. There is minimal discomfort associated with this procedure.

After the treatment your scalp will look a little flushed, and it may feel a little like sunburn. Some people will experience some swelling, but this normally subsides within 24 hours. It is normal to experience tenderness or to develop small bruises at mesotherapy sites.

For optimal results, is it usually recommended to have 3 to 4 treatments one month apart. Hair growth will only start to be seen after this time, with ongoing improvement over the following months. Some people will need more treatments than others, and maintenance treatments are done at 3 to 6-month intervals. Results will vary between individuals, and overall nutritional and hormonal health are important to address. This will be discussed with your doctor during your consultations.

PRP has been incorporated into dentistry, orthopaedics, cardiac surgery and aesthetic medicine for many years, but has remained subject to debate around the level of evidence to support its use. Due to the lack of standardisation of methodology and varied quality of the PRP extracted from the blood, it has been very difficult to assess the efficacy.

The good news is that there have recently been an increasing number of publications demonstrating benefit, particularly in the field of dermatology and hair loss. In March 2019, The American Academy of Dermatology published their agreement that there is evidence for use of PRP in conjunction with Microneedling to provide “a safe, effective hair loss treatment that has the potential to greatly improve the quality of life of millions of people.”

There are many different methods for the preparation and administration of PRP, and not all systems have been proven to be safe and effective. You need to be discerning about the techniques used by your practitioner, and you should take the time to discuss this with your doctor at your initial consultation.

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