Using Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
and Microneedling for hair loss
The most generic type hair loss – Androgenic alopecia has over 40% of women and 80% men developing it as they get older. Before now, the only effective remedies were mediations like finasteride, minoxidil or hair transplants. Scientific research carried out recently has indicated that injecting PRP has a great effect on stimulating regrowth.
Alopecia Areata is an ailment that brings about patchy baldness, and some research has indicated that such baldness can be treated with Platelet-Rich-Plasma. Our blood consists of cells called platelets, which contains several growth factors. The growth effects of the Platelet-Rich-Plasma are as a result of the platelet efficacy on the hair follicles.
How is PRP gotten?
It is gotten by drawing blood from the patient and then spinning the sample to separate the platelets. It is a procedure that entails withdrawing the blood of someone suffering from hair loss, treating it to get the (platelet-rich plasma) which is injected into the patient scalp. Platelet-Rich-Plasma contains vital proteins that enhance hair growth. The PRP therapy can be combined with other treatments (Microneedling, air transplant surgery) or medications like Minoxidil and Propecia.
Instead of injecting the Platelet-Rich-Plasma with a syringe, we make use of Microneedling (a painless technique) to inject the PRP into the scalp. Microneedling forms a lot of tiny holes in the scalp with a particular depth, allowing the PRP to get to the follicles.
Does a PRP treatment for preventing hair loss work?
Current research in Dermatologic Surgery recorded success in 61 out of 62 patients. It is the best treatment for early hair loss. PRP doesn’t prevent hair loss; it is a new therapy for treating hair loss, which enhances the hair’s growth phase and slows down cell death.
Even though the treatment has shown positive results, individual results may vary for every patient. Platelet induces hair growth by stimulating the functions of stem cells present in the hair follicle (Dermal Papilla). These special cells enhance healing, boost the degree of tissue regeneration and healing, formation of cellular growth, and how the body responds to injury. The main aim of using Plasma Rich Platelet for restoration hair is to stimulate inactive hair.
The specific PRP cells that make the hair grow include
- PDGF or Platelet-Derived Growth Factor – boost cell replication, blood vessel growth, and skin formation.
- Transforming Growth-Factor-Beta – promotes growth between bone metabolism and cells.
- VEGF or Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor—enhances the formation of blood vessel
- EGF or Epidermal Growth Factor—promotes collagen formation, cell growth, and blood vessel formation.
- FGF-2 or Fibroblast Growth Factor-2 – this factor enhances the growth of specialized blood cells.
How is the procedure performed?
We collect a sample of your blood in our office. We use a centrifuge to spin the blood in order to separate the plasma from the blood using patented technology.
Next, we use a medical micro-needling tool to stimulate the scalp. During stimulation using Microneedling, micropores are created so the Platelet Rich plasma can penetrate the scalp. The controlled injury caused by the microneedle stimulates the growth repair cells. For optimal results, we advice multiple treatments of 3 to 4 platelet-rich plasma injections spaced out every three months.
Am I a good candidate for PRP?
The use of Platelet-rich plasma in other surgical and medical disciplines has been on for many years. Before using PRP, we advise you carry out decision careful research and consult medical personnel skilled in the field. PRP is natural and safe because the treatments make use of your blood cells and place it back into the area experiencing hair loss.
Microneedling is a procedure that makes use of devices that has tiny needles. Microneedling a fast (usually done in the office) and has no downtime. The microneedle creates holes in the scalp thereby stimulating your body to begin the natural healing process. Research indicates when the body begins to heal, such process increases protein production which stimulates regrowth.
Microneedling is used to treat topical hair loss effectively. The Microneedles penetrates the scalp which allows for greater absorption of any topical products. Basically, Microneedling increases the absorption of topical treatments by at least 5 times. It also helps stimulate hair growth and hair growth.
How can PRP and Microneedling work together to treat hair loss?
Combining platelet-rich plasma and Microneedling forms a strong combination for testing hair loss. It is safe and depends on your body’s regenerative abilities. While Microneedling triggers how your body tissue repair and wound healing response, platelet-rich plasma serves as an internal stimulant that boosts this restoration process.
The restoration process involves stimulating dormant follicles which are present in individuals experiencing baldness. With the introduction of growth factors proteins and platelets, you will experience hair growth, while the hair shaft grows thicker.
Do Microneedling and PRP need maintenance treatments?
Hair loss is basically a continuous process. However, transplanted hairs are permanent; you will still loose hairs on your scalp due to androgenic hair loss. As a result, to continue having a healthy hair, ongoing treatments are highly recommended. There are several treatments and procedures available. Microneedling is a cost-effective treatment that can give long lasting results when done periodically.
What to expect after treatment?
After Microneedling and PRP treatment, you may experience scalp soreness. However, it will go away within 48 hours. Patients can go about their normal activity after the procedure.
Who can receive PRP with Microneedling treatment?
- Patients willing to go for the procedure
- People within eighteen to fifty years
- Anyone who has not received any treatment in the past five or six months.
Who cannot receive PRP with Microneedling treatment?
- People who have suffered from. Any form of bleeding disorders
- Patients on medications, especially anticoagulant like warfarin, aspirin, and heparin
- Patients with infection at the affected area
- Patients who have keloids
- People with a history of lichen planus or psoriasis
- People suffering from Hepatic, epilepsy, renal disease, and other medical illness
In summary, the use of platelet-rich plasma injections and Microneedling offers an effective option for hair growth for those people who prefer a minimally invasive procedure. PRP with Microneedling is a powerful non-surgical alternative for patients suffering from thinning and miniaturization.