A significant amount of men and women encounter some form of hair loss over the course of their lifetime, and as anybody who has experienced it knows, it can be incredibly damaging to both your self-esteem and confidence. In fact it can be so detrimental to an individual’s mental health that they go as far as to hop aboard a plane to receive some form of cosmetic surgery in Turkey or other foreign country to rectify the issue.
However what if I told you that there was a non-invasive treatment that could be completed right here in the UK to stimulate hair regrowth? Well there is and it’s called PRP therapy. Let’s take a look at our comprehensive guide to the revolutionary procedure, below.
What Is PRP Therapy?
So what exactly is PRP Therapy? Well it’s a series of injections administered to a patient’s scalp in order to stimulate hair growth. PRP, derived from a protein which can be found in our blood stream stands for platelet rich plasma and is believed to possess some healing characteristics.
As a result of these properties, it is able to repair damaged hair follicles on the scalp and therefore encourage those same hairs to begin growing again, without any artificial intervention. The procedure tends to take around an hour to complete and patients can often return to other commitments immediately after they have received it.
What Does PRP Therapy Involve?
There are some things to consider before getting PRP treatment. A sample of blood will be drawn directly from your scalp and will subsequently be processed so that only the platelet rich cells remain.
Once your blood donation has been converted, it will then be re-injected into a similar area from where it was taken with a thin needle. After the procedure has been successfully completed, your hair should begin to regrow and your scalp will start to rejuvenate. It typically takes between three to six months from your initial treatment for measurable results to appear.
What Will The Final Results Look Like?
PRP therapy actually stimulates existing hair follicles which already appear on the scalp, opposed to removing and replacing them with grafts like other hair transplant procedures. For this reason, the results are actually remarkably natural.
By focusing on the damaged hairs that already grow at the correct angle, direction and depth on a patient’s scalp, PRP therapy enables each of the receding area’s natural thickness to return on its own.
How Long Will It Take To Recover?
As we’ve already mentioned, the lack of incisions or any meaningful invasive action needed to complete a PRP treatment, means that the patient requires very little downtime in order to fully recover from the therapy.
The only known side effects to PRP therapy is that you may experience some mild pain, the area which was injected may appear red for a few days after and there may be some pin point bleeding as well. However when you consider what you’re gaining from the treatment, some minor discomforts are well worth the final results.