‘Old’ and ‘bald’ can go together, but losing hair when you are young or middle aged is a matter of concern. Few people with thinning hair or bald head may like to wear wigs or hats to hide their ‘shame’. However, several might opt to live with it, embarrassment tugging at their hearts.
You could try restoring hair growth using medications, but side effects are not far behind. Relax; losing hair is not the end of the world. If there is one procedure that could serve safely to promote hair regrowth, it is PRP therapy. The upside is that it is a natural approach that makes use of your own blood – no need for going under the knife or taking any prescription drugs, the very thought of which might give you goosebumps.
The Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy is a non-surgical procedure to get thicker locks of hair naturally. Blood is extracted from your vein, and processed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the red blood cells. The growth factors in the platelet serum are activated and re-administered into your scalp using topical anesthesia. This is why it is also known as ‘Vampire’ or ‘Dracula’ therapy. Let not these names scare you; nothing to be alarmed about the therapy for sure!
Who should consider it?
Those with thinning hair or a receding hairline or experiencing hair loss at the top of the scalp may consider it. It is an effective procedure for those treated with topical drugs for at least six months with no marked improvement.
How is it administered?
As a very simple, in-office procedure, it takes just about 60-90 minutes. You may resume work immediately after the procedure.
Spaced two weeks apart, you may have to sit for eight sessions, spread over four months. Some patients may need a maintenance therapy once a year or more repeatedly, based on the severity of hair loss.
How does it help in restoring hair growth?
The blood plasma laden with several growth factors essential for hair growth stimulates inactive or new hair follicles into an active growth phase.
The therapy is not entirely new. It has been extensively used in treating sports injuries, pre- and post surgical specialties for the last two decades with promising outcomes. Current evidence shows PRP therapy as a risk-free option for hair restoration.
What you can expect
You may expect to see faster and better growth of hair after four weeks. Although considered a safe option for most patients with no risks of foreign body reaction or hypersensitivity, results may vary from person to person.
Those going in for it are advised not to take any anti-inflammatory drugs that could interfere with the natural healing process.
Negligible pain, redness at the time of injections and pinpoint bleeding are to be expected. Some might get a tight feeling in their scalp soon after the injections that might wear off after a day. In rare cases, some might complain of a mild headache the next day. Make sure you keep your skin specialist informed of any alarming discomfort or unusual events.
Not everyone can be a suitable candidate for PRP therapy. You may not qualify for it if you had been diagnosed with certain chronic skin conditions, liver disease, platelet dysfunction syndrome or metabolic disorders. Heavy smokers, alcohol and drug users may not benefit from this therapy.
It is best to make an appointment with a certified aesthetic medical specialist, ask your questions and share your concerns to know if the PRP therapy can work wonders for you.