Does PRP treatment work for hair loss?

Mit PRP-Behandlung gehen Haarausfall

You've probably heard of, or at least heard of, "PRP facials", a skin treatment that essentially uses your own blood to give you a glowing, youthful complexion. What you've probably also heard of is that there is a similar treatment for hair loss, and yes, it also requires your blood.

If you notice an increase in short, thin hairs at the temples, this could be a sign that your hair follicles are shrinking and weakening. As a result, the follicles can no longer produce strong strands that can grow to their expected length. This is when you notice hair loss or hair "miniaturisation" as the beauty industry calls it. And it is advisable to tackle the problem as early as possible.

PRP has natural healing elements

Our blood consists of two main components, red blood cells and a plasma. Plasma contains white blood cells and platelets, which are rich in growth factors.

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) contains growth factors, platelets, stem cells, cytokines and other elements that stimulate the growth of new blood vessels in the scalp. These vessels bring fresh oxygen and nutrients that nourish and strengthen the hair follicles. 

As a result, the hair strands are thicker. PRP not only nourishes existing follicles, but can stimulate the growth of new roots in the scalp. In this way, PRP has double approach against hair loss, reducing the rate of hair loss and the growth of new follicles. 

The use of PRP is a great treatment option for hair loss as it has a number of scientifically based articles that prove its effectiveness in increasing hair count, hair thickness and the growth phase of the hair cycle, This treatment has gained popularity worldwide in recent years.

How does a PRP hair treatment proceed?

As with most procedures, there is a careful process involved in using PRP for hair regrowth, which begins with a standard blood draw using special PRP tubes from the patient's arm.

Next, the PRP tubes are placed in a PRP centrifuge, centrifugation separates the red blood cells from the plasma. The plasma, which is rich in platelets, is then injected directly into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles.

The process is meticulous - with injections starting across the scalp about every five centimetres above the area of thinning hair - but typically the whole procedure takes less than half an hour.

Is PRP treatment effective for hair loss?

Doctors from the National Centre for Biotechnology Information conducted studies on a group of patients. They based their research on certain parameters such as:

  • Hair pulling test, where doctors grabbed 50 to 60 hairs with their index finger, middle finger and thumb and tugged firmly at the roots
  • Hair growth test, in which doctors examined the number of hairs per square centimetre of the scalp Hair photography tests, in which pictures of the scalp were taken before and after treatment Patient satisfaction test, in which each patient answered questions about their impression of the improvement

 

Before the treatment, the doctors found that up to 10 strands broke off during the hair pull test. But after treatment, the hair pull test revealed an average of 3 strands in 11 patients.

 

Before the treatment, the researchers counted about 71 hair follicles on one square centimetre of the scalp. But after the fourth session, the number of follicles increased to 93.09 units in the same test area.

Clinical photos taken before and after treatment clearly showed that hair growth appeared to be denser and less showed through from the scalp.

In terms of patient satisfaction, the subjects gave a rating of 7 on a scale of 1 to 10.

The doctors also noted that the texture of the hair appeared thicker after the treatment and had a darker, richer colouring. These are all signs of a healthy and well-nourished scalp.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4338465/

Are there any side effects with PRP hair treatment?

Since PRP involves injecting a substance into the skin, there are possible side effects. PRP is autologous, meaning it contains substances that come directly from your own body. This reduces the risk of an allergic reaction that can occur from injecting other medications such as cortisone or hyaluronic acid.

However, people who undergo PRP treatment for hair loss may experience the following side effects:

 

  • Mild pain at the injection site
  • Sensitivity of the scalp
  • swelling
  • a headache
  • itching
  • temporary bleeding at the injection site

Is PRP treatment a permanent solution to hair loss?

In a separate study conducted at the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, the doctors tested the patients at regular intervals. They performed the hair traction test 3, 6, 9 and 12 months after PRP hair treatment . The researchers found that improvement levels peaked after 3 months and remained constant after 6 months. After that, hair growth appeared to be stable or slightly reduced up to 12 months.

And to maintain the positive results, you may need booster sessions 6 months and 12 months later. However, the effectiveness of PRP may also depend on your body's healing abilities, and you may need fewer sessions than other patients. Your doctor will create an individual treatment plan according to your responses to therapy.

What does a PRP hair treatment cost?

PRP injection cost for hair loss can depend on various factors, such as:

  • Location
  • Number of sessions you need and cost of the total package
  • Cost of the PRP kits / PRP tubes
  • Individual fees of the practitioner

Typically, the first PRP session can cost between €350 and €1100. 

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