There has been extensive research into hair loss treatments, especially Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). Conclusive research results have demonstrated PRP treatments’ efficacy for thickening and restoration of hair. The promise of high potential for hair growth has prompted patients experiencing hair loss to opt for PRP treatments. Although the decision to take such a treatment is the right one in our opinion, gathering clinical trial information about the process can affirm the compatibility of the treatment for each patient.
PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) are small plasma protein concentrate procured from whole blood, centrifuged at high speed to separate red blood cells. PRP can also be termed as autologous conditioned plasma. The concentration of unique and powerful platelets is then topically applied using a micro needling device to the patients scalp. The platelets are unique because they carry various significant growth characteristics. Also, it has been shown that PRP carries five to ten times’ higher concentration of platelets than untreated blood. Currently, methods used for preparing PRP to carry 300 to 700 percent enrichment reportedly. Also, platelet concentrations have been reported to be more than 1,000,000 platelets/L.
Efficacy and Effectiveness of PRP Hair Loss Treatment
The modern PRP hair loss treatment method is the most viable option with the least side effects in the current global market. In contrast, traditional methods used for reverse alopecia via surgery or medications have certain side effects such as a lengthy recovery time, extreme irritation, and sexual dysfunction in some patients. Loss of hair is a stressful issue among young and older adults worldwide. Significant conclusive research demonstrates PRP hair loss treatment or, more appropriately, PRP hair restoration as a viable solution to hair loss. There is an increasing ratio of people who are now opting more and more for PRP due to ongoing complimentary academic research and insignificant side effects.
There have been multiple tested medical uses of Platelet Rich Plasma in the recent past. It was observed that inflammation is a prime cause of hair loss. Medical specialists have successfully injected the scalp with PRP to counter the loss of hair. Moreover, A research study was carried out in 2015 and published in a journal named Stem Cells Translational Medicine. A positive association between hair growth with significant density and PRP treatment was established.
PRP can also be used productively for tissue healing via plastic surgery. The basis for this effective use is that ligaments take time and are difficult to heal. Furthermore, Osteoarthritis leads to inflammation, which in turn causes pain and stiffness in the joints. Doctors have been able to use PRP therapy to counter inflammation.
Nowadays, the medical community accepts PRP as a feasible treatment approach considering that millions of adults have successfully undergone the treatment. Dermatology considers PRP as one of the most in-demand treatments for facial rejuvenation and anti-ageing. In the past, athletes were treated with PRP therapy for injuries. However, recently, medical researchers started to explore PRP as a hair restoration medical treatment. The FDA views the treatment in orthopedics with cost-benefit analysis. They consider the benefits to be far more than the risks involved. Thus, dermatologists encounter no inconvenience while using PRP treatments to treat alopecia.
The Platelet Rich Plasma treatment entails a varied range of costs. Most of the time, the process involves more than one application over 2 to 3 months. Factors like facilities and location determine costs associated with PRP treatment. It is reported that the costs vary from $500 to $2,000, depending on the factors stated above. Clients should note the benefits concerning the costs and safety as compared to traditional treatment methods. Currently, installment plans are available at our clinics, and PRP for hair loss costs $599 per treatment. But with our current special at $2497 for six treatments (spaced over 2-weeks apart) the cost comes down to only $416 per treatment for our 16-week (4 months) hair loss treatment plan.
Medical research studies have supported the effectiveness of the PRP method on a large scale. European Scientific Journal has provided conclusive positive remarks regarding platelet-rich plasma and deemed it quite effective in treating alopecia. A regenerative study conducted by Brown University reviewed medical industry literature extensively. It concluded that 85% of the research literature was unanimous on PRP’s effectiveness as a treatment for alopecia.
Straightforward PRP Hair Treatment Process
Naturally, a client may walk into a medical clinic with many curious questions about the treatment process. It can take the stress off if one acquaints with the process well enough before walking into the clinic. Sometimes it may be overwhelming, but no need to worry. There are simple and straightforward answers to all those questions. Let us walk through the easy PRP process step by step. The whole process takes approximately 45 minutes from blood work, centrifugation, to micro-needling.
After the sign-in routine, a technician will take a blood sample and centrifuge it at high speed. The purpose of the centrifuge is to obtain an enriched concentrate of platelets from the blood that is composed of multiple components. Once the spinning stage completes, the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) sample is safely stored for later stages. The next stage involves the application of the PRP concentrate via micro-needling into the scalp areas. There might be some minor side effects in the aftermath of the micro-needling. No need to panic as these effects like a little scalp soreness or slight tightness are quite familiar in the PRP procedure.
Why is Choosing PRP Preferable to Other Medical Hair Restoration Methods?
PRP medical hair treatment is the most convenient to traditional methods simply because it is a non-invasive procedure and there are minimal side effects involved in the restoration process. The data points to multiple side effects in most people who opt for other hair loss procedures. Currently, there are only two non-surgical alternatives to PRP hair loss treatment i.e., minoxidil and finasteride. These methods are very costly and necessitate taking the drug continuously for hair restoration. Also, research conclusively shows that the chemical drugs involved in those methods are highly inconsistent in delivering expected results.
In contrast to hair transplants and the two drug treatment methods, PRP hair restoration is quite simple and free of various side effects. It offers a treatment process without medications that might lead to sexual dysfunction, or any other significant side effects. A hair transplant is another hair loss solution that requires surgical procedures on the scalp and requires a long recovery time. Hair transplants are not for everyone, as you need enough donor hair from the back of your head. It is also a costly procedure, as compared to PRP hair loss therapy. For those who are not comfortable with hair transplants may choose finasteride and minoxidil, however, finasteride may cause certain side affects such as decreased sex drive and problem getting an erection. Minoxidil may cause increased facial hair, swelling of the face or burning of scalp.
PRP Hair Restoration Treatment Results based Expectations
The positive results can typically be expected within 3 to 6 months. Like any other medical treatment, a client will need to have patience and wait for the effect to take place. With regular sessions, the patient should start seeing the results. It is observed that clients can experience up to 20 to 40% regrowth. Sustaining the positive results requires regular PRP treatments because the treatment only acts as a catalyst for hair growth rather than countering hair loss causes. Our hair loss clinic recommends a 16-week plan with two week intervals as most the best option for their patients.
PRP Hair Loss Treatment Compatibility
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