Hair loss can be an embarrassing and prolonged experience for many people, both male and female, but it can be treated. Steps can also be taken to help prevent further hair loss. Losing your hair does not have to be the ‘natural’ way of life and you can even serve to increase the life of your hair.
There are many treatments to help with hair growth; these treatments can have a long term effect, increasing self esteem and helping to improve the perspective you may have of your overall appearance. One of these treatments is PRP therapy; you may never have heard of this so we here at DHI Manchester have prepared an in-depth look to help you make a decision about whether or not PRP is the right hair loss treatment for you.
What is PRP?
To put it simply: it is an exciting non-surgical therapeutic option for patients to stimulate hair growth in the case of hair loss. PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma therapy. Recent scientific research has provided the medical community with new understanding of wound and tissue healing, leading to the development of PRP as an all-natural autologous procedure performed in a physician’s office for scalp, skin, and hair stimulation.
How Does it Work?
PRP works as a result of the mesenchymal stem cells that occur in human blood. These autologous blood products contain essential growth factors that assist in tissue healing and regeneration, meaning that PRP has been an effective medical treatment in the fields of oral surgery, neurosurgery, plastic and cosmetic surgery, sports medicine and orthopaedics. It has been used extensively across these fields for about two decades with a number of successes.
In the field of hair restoration PRP has been agreed to be a promising option for promoting hair growth, especially for those looking for a non-surgical option.
Blood is drawn, as if it was a regular blood test, and is then spun in a centrifuge which separates the PRP and removes it from the blood. This is spun down to a very high concentration. Anaesthesia is then given to the nerves in the patients scalp so that no pain is felt during the procedure. The highly concentrated PRP is then injected directly into the scalp.
As a final step the patient’s hair is washed, but then they are free to leave without any assistance. No medication or sedation is given during the procedure, so it is perfectly safe for you to attend alone and drive yourself home at the end.
Is PRP For You?
There are instances where a patient may not be suitable for PRP treatment. Anyone with a history of heavy smoking, drug and alcohol use would not be advised to undertake the procedure for example. Or someone with a medical diagnosis may be unsuitable; conditions such as platelet dysfunction syndromes, sepsis, acute infections, chronic liver disease, cancer or metabolic disorders may affect PRP treatment.
The decision to use PRP as a hair replacement therapy is a personal decision and should be undertaken only after careful research and consideration. PRP is safe; there is no chance of a blood infection as you are using your own cells which have not been modified or changed whatsoever, so it will not be rejected by your immune system. It has been successfully used in other medical procedures for years and so, from a safety point of view, there is nothing to worry about.
However, there can be no guarantee that this procedure will be effective in every case and it is advisable to seek consultation with an expert to determine your particular case.
We know how much your hair means to you, so that is why at DHI Manchester we offer the services that you need to feel happy and confident with your hair. We offer the latest hair treatments for both men and women; working with over 45 years of experience we are able to tailor hair treatments for every type of hair loss. Contact us today to discuss your options with our friendly team! To keep up to date with all our news then follow us over on Facebook and Twitter.