PRP for Hair: Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why Patients and Doctors Are Taking a Closer Look
With millions of men and women suffering from androgenetic alopecia around the world, it’s no wonder that hair loss cures are always at the forefront of the aesthetic medicine industry. A few hair transplant methods and a handful of non-surgical hair restoration options have taken centre stage for many years now. Recently, platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) has gained much buzz, and rightly so. In developing effective treatment options, medical researchers decided to seek answers in a location that had once been overlooked — inside the patient’s own body. Here we’ll outline the top 5 reasons why patients of all ages and backgrounds are taking a closer look at PRP.
So, is PRP hair treatment a permanent solution? Is it safe, and does it really help restore hair? The preliminary results are exciting, and trends indicate that this plasma solution will become only more successful with additional research and development. Already, reputable hair loss clinics are offering this simple yet powerful treatment, and their patients are reaping the results.
If you’re curious about platelet-rich plasma therapy, that’s a good thing! Our hair transplant specialists are too.
First, what is PRP?
The treatment solution is derived from a patient’s blood, making it autologous. A small sample of blood is drawn from the arm, then spun in a centrifuge to separate blood cell components. The clear plasma and healing platelets alone are drawn up into syringes and injected back to the body’s tissues where healing and cell development are desired. When treating the scalp to promote hair growth, this serum is injected in microdroplets superficially at the base of the follicles. This product is essentially part of your own blood, concentrated and delivered back to your body. PRP hair loss treatment in clinical research shows high effectiveness with minimal risk, and studies are ongoing.
At the Torgerson Clinic in Yorkville, Toronto, PRP is one of our favourite and most-requested treatments. The applications range from facial rejuvenation to hair growth. Today we’re sharing with you the leading reasons why you ought to take a closer look.
This product’s regenerative powers don’t come from any medications or synthetic ingredients. There are no added chemicals, no toxins, nothing formulated in a lab, and no animal by-products.
Our patients usually want the natural option, if there is one. When it comes to your diet, the products you apply to your skin, and even the materials you bring into your home, are you a person who tries to be toxin-free? It can be disheartening to learn that there is a medical treatment that holds promise for you, BUT that it comes with negative side effects, drug toxicity, and possible long-term systemic effects. Finding a product that is truly 100% natural AND that works is tricky today. PRP is one of those rare gems. It’s a hair loss treatment that works, and you don’t need to worry about side effects.
Platelets are blood elements containing more than 20 different growth factors that naturally stimulate blood vessels and healthy tissue to grow. You already have it in you; it just needs to be harnessed.
Platelet-rich plasma has been successfully utilized in various areas of medicine for decades now. First applied to ease inflammation and help generate new cells for healing in cardiac surgery, surgeons went on to use PRP in orthopedic and facial reconstructive surgery. Dental surgeons as well as sports medicine doctors have relied on this product’s ability to help speed up recovery and accelerate the growth of specific body tissues where applied. Certain celebrity athletes helped make PRP a household name in the 90s and early 2000s. Then the potent serum went on to fight the signs of aging in the medical aesthetic world.
Platelet-rich plasma’s regenerative properties have been shown to yield better results than many mainstay pharmacological options. We have an abundance of detailed scientific research on the benefits of PRP, yet its use specifically in hair restoration is relatively new. In this area, studies are ongoing, and so far, the success rates are high.
One of the top reasons that patients choose this method of hair treatment is that it involves no scalpels, stitches, scars, or downtime. Hair transplant surgery is still the leading option for people who want to permanently restore and redistribute their DHT-resistant hair follicles (DHT is the hormone that causes male pattern baldness). Where balding has progressed to leave no active follicles in an area, the transplantation of hair grafts is the gold standard, but not everyone wants surgery.
Additionally, not all men and women who are interested in hair transplants are the right age for surgery. The particular type of hair loss in question or a person’s budget may have them seeking alternatives.
But when you undergo the quick, surgery-free PRP procedure, you’ll be able to leave the office and return to your day right away. Aside from possible mild sensitivity in the scalp, there are no special recovery instructions or time off needed for healing. You can schedule a session over a lunch break, and your day won’t miss a beat.
A full hair transplant will cost upward of $10,000 on average. This is arguably well worth it for people who need surgical restoration and want to invest in long-term, dramatic results. The high price doesn’t suit everyone’s budget, however, and may not be necessary, depending on your situation.
When you are reviewing pricing, it is also important to consider expensive “hair growth” products such as supplements or topical lotions that aren’t always what they’ve cracked up to be. Some work moderately well but require monthly expenditures to maintain. Others, sadly, will give you nothing back for your hard-earned cash. The hair loss industry is a lucrative market, and most people want to know what the most cost-effective treatment is that they can expect real results from. A series of PRP treatments will cost a few thousand dollars, and only one or two maintenance appointments are recommended each year.
Treatment of the scalp using PRP injections typically shows increased hair growth, density, and strength. The results are usually reported within a few months as the natural hair growth cycles progress. The reason this is believed to work is the angiogenesis stimulated by platelets, which increase blood flow to follicles. Also, growth factors that signal hair cells to proliferate result in increased hair shaft thickness and speed up growth. When used in conjunction with a hair transplant, platelet-rich plasma is believed to reduce inflammation faster and speed up healing.
The mechanism of action for platelets as a part of the natural inflammatory cascade in our bodies is established biological science. These cells form a crucial part of your blood’s clotting and healing ability. When tissue is injured, the signals that are sent out instantly attract platelets to begin the clotting process. These first responders release chemicals that are responsible for clot formation. They lock together to stop bleeding and stimulate fibrin, collagen, and elastin to establish the scaffolding for new tissue development.
Platelets are concentrated 5 times or more in PRP formulations. They are biochemical storehouses of molecules that are responsible for signalling and regulating growth factors. Isolating these properties to be focused in PRP amplifies those properties. Though more extensive studies will be carried out to establish the measurable results of PRP for hair growth, the science behind it is well known. We don’t predict that this cosmetic trend will be a passing phase. We think it will be a key player in the future of hair restoration.
Are you a good candidate for platelet-rich plasma therapy?
PRP is well suited to both men and women of any age. To see results, there must be active hair follicles in the treatment location. When follicles shrink or go dormant, they can be effectively stimulated and increase production again, but areas that show permanent balding are best suited to other hair restoration methods.
The Toronto Hair Transplant Clinic offers platelet-rich plasma therapy treatments for hair, and we’ll be pleased to provide you with a no-obligation consultation so that you can learn more. We have plenty of PRP reviews and results to share with you, and your private meeting will include an analysis of your own hair loss situation so that we can begin making a personalized plan.
The treatment takes approximately 45 minutes and is done in-office. No anaesthetic is required, and you can return to your daily activities right away without showing signs of treatment.
Schedule a Consultation for PRP Hair
We’ll schedule a consultation and treatment appointment together for your convenience. If you’re interested in financing options, we work with reputable companies that help offset payments to make self-improvement more accessible for everyone. At the THTC, each valued client can be assured of custom-tailored assessment and care. PRP could be part of your comprehensive hair loss treatment plan or a stand-alone solution to get your hair growing again and help you keep what you have. If you have questions, we’re happy to answer. Contact us today.