Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
PRP is a new treatment being offered at Crown Clinic for hair restoration. It is a simple, non-surgical procedure where a patient’s own Platelet Rich Plasma from their blood is injected into the scalp to stimulate hair growth and provide fuller and healthier looking hair. The procedure takes approximately 60 minutes and provides reliable results with a very quick recovery period. It is perfect for patients looking for a cheaper alternative to a full hair transplant but is also used to supplement a hair transplant procedure.
How does it work?
With a thin needle, a patient’s own Platelet Rich Plasma is injected into their scalp. The growth factors in the blood do their job and hair growth is naturally stimulated.
PRP is suitable for both men and women and has produced excellent results for patients. A human’s blood plasma (PRP) contains active growth factors which can promote hair growth. Dr Shahmalak takes a 8cc sample of blood from the patient which is then placed in a centrifuge and spun at high speeds to separate the enriched stems cells or platelets (PRP) from the other blood components.
The PRP is injected into the scalp using a special micro needle to enhance hair growth by stimulating dormant follicles. Each injection leaves a small amount of plasma close to the hair follicles that are stimulated by the growth factors and stem cells – producing higher quality hair and hair growth. At Crown Clinic, we offer PRP as a treatment in its own right to promote hair growth. It can also be used in combination with a hair transplant or restoration surgery.
What is PRP?
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma. As well red and white blood cells, your blood also contain platelets which are rich in growth factors. These platelets are the most potent healers of the body. Platelets promote healing by restoring the normal architecture and strength of the tissue They increase local blood flow and stimulate hair follicles to grow healthier.
Is PRP new?
Yes, for the treatment of hair loss. The technology has been used for years in surgical applications and wound care, initially as a healing adjunct to open heart surgery. The use of PRP for the scalp is fairly new and evolving into a promising treatment – both as a single treatment to reverse hair loss and also to be used in conjunction with a hair transplant. It is generally accepted that there is a significant response rate to PRP of approximately 70-80% in certain regions of the body, although this data mainly involves multiple studies with small population groups.
Does it hurt?
There is some minor discomfort when the injections into the scalp are made but these are done with a very fine needle to minimise any pain.
What does a patient have to do prior to and after having the procedure?
The patient should avoid all anti-inflammatory medications for seven days prior and three days after the procedure. This includes prescription anti-inflammatory medications as well as over the counter paracetamol (cardiac patients should continue taking aspirin). Patients on blood thinners (Coumadin/Warfarin/Plavix/Pradaxa) are not candidates for PRP injections. Right after the PRP procedure, the patient is fine to continue normal everyday life.
How many sessions will a patient need?
Most patients start noticing the benefits around a month after the first treatment. We recommend three sessions for the best results with a gap of four weeks between each session.
Are there any risks?
This a 100% natural procedure which does not use any foreign material or animal derivative. Research shows that PRP obtained from a patient’s blood is safe, with a very minimal risk of complications and allergic reaction. As the platelets are obtained from the patient’s own blood, there is no risk of disease transmission through transfusion or the risk of rejection.
Possible side effects of PRP
Minimal swelling, bruising and redness can occur for 12-24 hours. Mild bruising can occur at the needle site which may be visible for two-three days. There is no risk of infection as the treatment is antimicrobial.
How much will it cost?
Subject to a consult with Dr Shahmalak – the price is £500 per session.