Balding men and women, listen up! If you’re looking for a hair loss solution that actually works, we’ve got it right here. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is an excellent option for those who are sick of spending money on useless treatments or medications. PRP injections using your own blood can stimulate the scalp to produce new hair follicles and/or grow healthy hairs in balding areas. This blog post will go over what PRP is and how it can help you get back your beautiful head of hair.
What is PRP?
Platelet-rich plasma, more commonly known as PRP, is a substance produced within your own blood. Blood is made up of four different components, including:
- red blood cells: red blood cells are the main component of blood, accounting for approximately 40-45% of the total volume. These donut-shaped cells contain hemoglobin, which gives blood its red color and assists in the transport of oxygen.
- white blood cells: white blood cells make up only about 1% of the total volume. They are responsible for protecting the body from infection.
- platelets: platelets are small fragments of cells that allow the blood to clot when an injury has occurred. When platelets collect, this is known as a fibrin clot. Fibrin helps to provide a foundation for new tissue growth.
- plasma: plasma is the liquid component of blood made up of water, sugar, fat, protein, and salts. Plasma helps transport blood cells, nutrients, antibodies, clotting proteins, and hormones throughout the body.
Now that you know the components of blood, you are probably wondering what is the difference between blood and PRP. The simple answer is that PRP is obtained through a specific process. First, blood is drawn then this blood sample is placed in a centrifuge. A centrifuge is a device that separates components of a liquid using centrifugal force.
This process separates the blood components into three layers: platelet-poor plasma, platelet-rich plasma, and red blood cells. Like the name suggests, platelet-rich plasma is composed of both platelets and plasma. This means that these concentrated platelets contain proteins associated with blood clotting, as well as new cell growth. However, the amount of platelets becomes concentrated meaning that there is about 2-6 times as much as there was in the original blood concentration.
How PRP Can Fight Hair Loss
Simply stated, PRP can fight hair loss by promoting the growth of new hair. This is because PRP contains growth factors that stimulate hair follicle neogenesis (the formation of new hair) in balding regions such as on your scalp or face.
The following growth factors are found within PRP:
- Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (PDGF): stimulates hair follicles to grow.
- Transforming Growth factor Beta Stimulating Protein (TGFSB): regulates the balance between anagen and telogen phases of a hair cycle, as well as producing new hairs during this time period. It also promotes melanocyte proliferation for darker colored hair.
- Insulin-like Growth Factor (IGF): stimulates the production of collagen and keratin for healthier, stronger hair strands. IGF also promotes tissue growth throughout the body, which can speed up wound healing after a surgery or injury has occurred.
- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF): this growth factor promotes blood vessel formation, which can enhance the delivery of nutrients to cells for healthier skin and hair.
- Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF): activates keratinocyte stem cells to produce new skin and hair.
- Interleukin-1: stimulates the body to produce new cells, which could potentially lead to hair regeneration.
The combination of these growth factors stimulates the scalp, which is where PRP injections work their magic. The stimulation initiated by these proteins helps to promote healthy hair follicle regeneration, decreases hair failing issues, and thickens the hair.
The PRP Process
At this point, PRP hair rejuvenation sounds pretty promising and you may be wondering just how the process works and how long it takes to see results. Here is some information about the PRP process:
1) Blood will be drawn from your arm like any other normal blood draw.
2) Your blood will be placed in a centrifuge and processed to obtain the PRP. The PRP will then be extracted from the blood sample to prepare PRP syringes. In some cases, additives may also be used.
3) The PRP syringes are injected into your scalp, especially around areas of thinning hair growth. Microneedling is also commonly used to help maximize the effectiveness of PRP. Microneedling consists of using a skin pen with tiny needles to create small microtraumas in the skin that boost hair growth and collagen production.
Once the PRP has been injected into your scalp, it will take an average of 4-5 weeks before you notice results. This is simply because it takes your body some time to stimulate the hair follicles and start growing new hair. In order to get the best results, it is also recommended to complete three treatments within a 4-6 week period. In some cases, you may also need to have maintenance treatments every 4-6 months.
After your PRP treatment, there will also be a few special guidelines that you will need to follow in order to obtain the best results and minimize the risk of side effects. These include:
- preventing the treatment are from getting wet for 48 hours
- not using gels or creams on the treatment area
Even when side effects occur, they are usually mild since PRP is taken from your own blood. When they do happen, side effects are generally caused by the injection process and can include infection, scar tissue, calcification at the injection points, and injury to the blood vessels or nerves. For these reasons, it is important to choose an experienced PRP hair rejuvenation provider.
To Sum it All Up:
Platelet-Rich Plasma is an effective way to rejuvenate your hair and stimulate new growth. This blog post has discussed what PRP is, how it works, and what the process entails. Without a doubt, you deserve to get thick and strong hairs and PRP Treatment Toronto specialists can effectively help you to get a full head of beautiful hair. If you want to know if PRP will work for you or not, speak with one of our PRP hair rejuvenation experts at our Toronto, Burlington, or Pickering locations.