Whilst hair loss is often associated with male pattern baldness, there are a number of causes associated with thinning and balding that can affect both men and women. Loss of hair can be gradual or sudden and is often caused by factors such as genetic predisposition, age, hormonal changes, conditions such as alopecia areata, and overall health and wellness. A variety of treatments are available to increase the volume of hair on the scalp and give patients a boost in confidence.
Palet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a biological hair rejuvenation therapy that provides a more natural approach to hair restoration. The procedure is a multi-step treatment whereby blood is extracted from the body and injected into the scalp to promote hair growth.
At Flawless Hair Restoration, we are committed to providing customised care and information to help you make a decision that is right for you. Book an obligation-free consultation at $150, which is fully redeemable if you proceed with treatment. At your consult, we will:
- Discuss your concerns and stage of hair loss
- Explain your surgical and non-surgical hair restoration options
- Provide expert-level advice and a personalised treatment plan
How it works
Treating hair loss in its early stages often means supporting follicles that are underactive, and this can be achieved with PRP treatments. Platelet-rich plasma contains two elements: the liquid component of the blood, called plasma, and the blood cells responsible for producing healing effects in the body, called platelets. The growth factors contained in platelet-rich blood work to stimulate cell reproduction and healing in the area.
PRP treatments follow a three-step process:
- A blood sample is taken, usually from the patient’s arm.
- The clinician uses a specialised device to rapidly spin the sample, separating the components and creating a concentration of platelets within the plasma.
- The concentrated sample is then injected into the patient’s scalp to produce the desired follicular stimulation.
The injections act as a growth stimulant in the skin. When blood platelets and bioactive proteins are transferred into the scalp, this promotes tissue regeneration and activation of follicles. Along with increased blood flow to the area, this causes the hair shafts to increase in width, leading the hair to grow in fuller and thicker.
The popularity of PRP has increased in recent decades, helping many individuals achieve improved hair volume. By extracting the patient’s own blood, processing the sample, and injecting it into the scalp, the treatment works to activate a multitude of healthy systems under the skin. This process can dramatically improve the size, strength, and activity of your hair follicles to counteract the effects of hair loss. The benefits of using PRP for hair loss are as follows:
- Helps combat the early stages of male pattern baldness
- Increases the number of active hair follicles
- Strengthens the hair to prevent hair loss
- Promotes new hair growth after transplants
- Nature-based remedy to hair loss
- Minimal discomfort and downtime
- Proven results
Ideal candidates for PRP
Using PRP for hair loss can be beneficial for a wide range of people. It is often an ideal treatment for men and women with androgenetic alopecia, which causes balding at the hairline in men and thinning at the top of the head in women. If you have experienced noticeable hair loss, particularly within the past five years, PRP may help restore some of your hair’s lost volume.
When developing an approach to treatment, each patient’s individual health must be taken into account. For this reason, an initial consultation with one of our expert clinicians will be necessary to establish whether you are a suitable candidate. During your consultation, your hair condition and concerns will be discussed, along with any history of medical conditions or current medications.
What to expect
Once an ideal approach to treatment has been established for your condition, you will be able to schedule your first PRP treatment session.
A PRP treatment is a quick and straightforward procedure that typically will not take more than an hour. It will begin with the extraction of a blood sample, likely from your arm. Your technician will use a specialised medical device to separate the components within the blood and create platelet-rich plasma to be injected into the scalp. A series of 15 to 20 injections will be made in a grid pattern to create an even distribution. The process transmits health-promoting substances beneath the scalp and stimulates healthy blood flow to the area.
Stimulation of hair follicles and cellular renewal from PRP injections encourages healthier, thicker, and faster hair growth in areas lacking volume. Most patients will see a noticeable difference in their hair growth after two or three months.
Things to consider
No downtime is required after a PRP hair restoration treatment, however, some mild swelling and sensitivity may be experienced. Any residual discomfort or inflammation will normally fade as your scalp heals. During the healing process, care should be taken to not irritate the skin, as this can cause damage to the follicles and negatively impact your results. It is advisable to stick to irritant-free haircare products. In addition, it is best to avoid sunlight, heat exposure, and vigorous exercise for 48 hours to give your scalp adequate time to recover.
Frequently Asked Questions
What results can I expect?
Patients should expect their hair growth to gradually improve over the course of a few months. It should be noted that PRP therapy is not a cure for hair loss, but it can provide a noticeable improvement in hair fullness to reverse the effects of hair loss.
How many treatments will I need?
Typically, three or four sessions spaced four to eight weeks apart will be necessary to achieve the best results. However, this is subject to change, as each patient has different requirements.
Are there any risks?
Since PRP uses plasma from the patient’s own body, the risk of allergic reaction is very low. However, there are still some risks associated, and it is important to consider them before deciding to undergo treatment. Risks and complications associated with PRP injections include:
- Injury to underlying nerves or blood vessels
- Scar tissue
Do scalp injections hurt?
We have many pain reduction strategies to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible.