The most common cause of hair loss results from androgenetic alopecia, a common condition that causes hair follicles to shrink. In males, this is called male pattern baldness. At Aesthetica Skin Centre, we offer PRP therapy for hair restoration because it successfully promotes hair growth. PRP contains a range of growth factors and proteins that speed tissue repair. As some hair loss types result from damage to hair follicles, researchers suggest that PRP assists with hair regrow by reversing the process of androgenetic alopecia. The vital role of PRP therapy is the role that platelets play in healing. Platelets are a component of blood, along with red and white blood cells. A qualified phlebotomist at Aesthetica Skin Centre will take a blood sample and put it into a centrifuge machine that spins rapidly while separating the components of the blood. The professional then extracts the platelets for injection.
PRP contains a range of growth factors and proteins that speed tissue repair. As some hair loss types result from damage to hair follicles, our studies have shown that PRP helps hair regrow by reversing the process that occurs in androgenetic alopecia.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Research on PRP therapy has shown that PRP injections reduce hair loss and increase the diameter of hairs and hair growth density. These studies reported that PRP treatments led to hair regrowth, particularly in those with androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata.
Firstly, the treatment area on the scalp will be numbed with a local anaesthetic. A qualified phlebotomist draws blood from a vein in the arm. The blood sample is then placed in a centrifuge. The centrifuge spins the blood, separating its components. The platelets are extracted using a syringe. At Aesthetica Skin Centre, we use the Vital Injector 2 for injecting the platelets into targeted areas of the scalp. The entire process may take about 1 hour, and several sessions may be necessary. After receiving PRP treatment, a person can usually return to their regular activities without any limitations.
A person would need to receive 2 to 4 sessions spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Also, to maintain hair growth results, follow-up treatments will be necessary every 6-12 months. PRP therapy results may vary and depend on a person’s condition and their initial treatment results. It is important to remember that PRP is not a cure for conditions that initially caused hair loss. Thus, a consultation with our medical professional might be necessary to address the initial cause of hair loss.
Possible side effects include a headache, mild soreness and swelling at the injection site, and scalp tenderness.
Anyone with mild-to-moderate hair loss is likely to benefit most from PRP therapy.
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