If you're worried about hair loss, you may want to look into PRP treatments. This hair restoration therapy uses your own blood to help grow your hair. Your doctor can determine if your type of hair loss is a good candidate for these treatments. If so, you can receive the injections anywhere on your head where you have thinning hair. Here's a look at how PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, therapy works for treating hair loss.
Where Platelet-Rich Plasma Comes From
The platelet-rich plasma used in the injections comes from your own blood. When you visit the doctor for a treatment, a sample of your blood is drawn first. The blood is then spun in a centrifuge to separate out the plasma which contains the platelets. The plasma is spun again to further concentrate the platelets. The result is plasma rich with growth factors that stimulate your hair follicles. Since the plasma comes from your own blood, the injections are well tolerated and have a low risk of side effects.
How You Receive The PRP Injections
Once the plasma has been prepared, it's drawn into a syringe and injected into an area of your scalp that has thinning hair. Your doctor may offer a local anesthetic so the injections aren't painful. You'll need multiple injections of PRP depending on the size of the area being treated. Your doctor will talk to you initially about the number of injection sessions you'll need. You may have them once a month until you see results and then once every few months after that for maintenance.
When You See Results
You might notice some results right away. There may be fewer hairs in your comb or shower, but when it comes to your hair becoming thicker and fuller, you have to allow time for new hairs to grow in. The combination of fewer hairs falling out and new hairs growing in could make a big difference in the appearance of your hair. It could take a few months to get the best results, however, the results aren't permanent. You'll need maintenance treatments to keep your hair follicles stimulated. Your doctor might even want to combine PRP injections with other forms of hair loss treatments for quicker and better results.
This hair restoration therapy isn't a surgical procedure, so there isn't any recovery period. You can resume your usual activities right away. Your doctor will let you know when it's okay to shampoo or color your hair. The injection sites could be a little sore, so giving them several hours to heal before using hair products on your scalp could be necessary.