Genetic predisposition for hair loss is a condition that has kept many people baffled for years. Known as androgenetic alopecia, this condition affects both men and women around the age of forty. For men (male pattern baldness) the area on the top of the head starts loosing hair and new hair don’t grow back. For women (female pattern baldness) is the area around the centre partition that starts getting wider. For years, the solution to hair loss has been medication and surgical hair transplant.
Both methods are riddled with side effects such as the itchy scalp, sexual dysfunction, infection on the scalp etc. Minimal side effects and non-invasive treatment are the two important factors that patients are looking for in hair fall treatments.
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. Platelets are a component of the blood and are the EMTs of the blood that reach the injured site of the body first to stop the bleeding. The idea behind PRP treatment for treatment of cuts and wounds is to extract the concentrated platelets from the blood and inject them at the damage sites in order to hasten the healing process. The plasma contains many growth factors and proteins that many practitioners claim might stimulate the damaged hair follicles in the form of white blood cells and platelets.
These growth factors signal the skin cells to function. PRP therapy has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of arthritis, signs of aging and injuries to tendons, muscles, and ligaments. The efficacy of PRP therapy for treatment of hair loss is and in increasing the hair count, thickness and growth phase is still under research and there is no official conclusive evidence about the effectiveness of PRP.
Androgenetic alopecia is one the main causes of hair fall in the world and more than 40% of the population suffers from it. PRP is used for the treatment of hair fall
PRP is not effective if
PRP therapy for Hair regrowth: The process
PRP therapy for hair regrowth is a three-step process. The dermatologist will examine your hair and scalp before deciding on the term and intensity of the treatment. On an average, the treatment is given in the interval of over four to six week (three times). Maintenance treatments come four to six month apart.
Step 1: The doctor will remove the requisite amount of blood from your arm. The blood is then spun through a centrifuge.
Step 2: Centrifuge separates the blood component in three parts: red blood cells, platelet rich plasma, and platelet poor plasma. The doctor will then extract the platelet rich plasma in a syringe
Step 3: The PRP is then injected in the scalp at the follicle level. The process is a very precise method and the injection are placed approximately half an inch apart covering the area of hair loss. The entire process takes about an hour.
Results and Risks
PRP is considered as an ‘off label’ treatment method for hair regrowth. FDA is still to put its stamp on its benefits over weighing the risks. This means that the practitioner can only recommend it if he or she feels that it is going to be useful for you.
QR678 on the other hand is approved by FDA as a minimally invasive hair regrowth treatment. As compared to PRP treatments, QR678
Esthetic Clinics uses QR678 treatments along medicinal treatments to treat the root cause of hair fall and promote hair regrowth for natural looking results.
Dr. Debraj Shome is Director and Co founder of The Esthetic Clinics. He has been rated amongst the top surgeons in India by multiple agencies. The Esthetic Clinics patients include many international and national celebrities who prefer to opt for facial cosmetic surgery and facial plastic surgery in Mumbai because The Esthetic Clinics has its headquarters there.