PRP means Platelet Rich Plasma. Find out how it can give you hair more volume!
What Is PRP Therapy?
Platelet-Rich Protein (PRP) therapy for hair restoration is based on the proven practice of utilising a patient’s own plasma to stimulate hair growth in the existing hair follicles. By extracting the platelet-rich protein from the patient’s plasma via a centrifuge, doctors are able to inject this plasma directly into the scalp of a patient as a way of combatting thinning hair or hair loss.
PRP therapy has several medical uses beyond the scope of hair transplantation and restoration. Platelet-rich protein injections are commonly used as a treatment for osteoarthritis – particularly of the knee – as well as soft tissue wound healing and sports injuries such as torn tendons, ligaments, or muscles. Since the material used is taken from the patient’s own body, there is virtually no risk of complications or allergies, making PRP therapy an effective candidate for most patients.
What Is PRP Therapy Used For?
As a treatment, PRP is typically used to combat thinning hair; particularly hair loss resulting from androgenetic alopecia (male/female pattern baldness). PRP treatment is used to both prevent further hair loss and to fortify existing hair, encouraging it to grow in thicker. As such, PRP injections are useful as both standalone hair restoration treatment and as a supplement to any hair transplant as a way to enhance the final results. PRP is chosen by many patients as it both improves postoperative health and further stimulates the growth of newly transplanted hair.
How Is PRP Therapy Performed?
PRP therapy in Turkey is a low-risk, straightforward procedure that can be completed in an afternoon. To begin, the doctor will draw an amount of blood from the patient – this is no different than any other blood-drawing procedure. Next, the blood is placed into a high-speed centrifuge to maximise the concentration of platelets. This serves to separate the red blood cells leaving behind a plasma rich in platelets, white blood cells (leukocytes), and even some of the patient’s own stem cells. After some time in the centrifuge, followed by a brief waiting period, the plasma is ready to be injected. The plasma is injected either as-is or with the addition of certain medications if this is needed.
The PRP injections are carried out immediately after the plasma is prepared and the entire process from blood drawing to completion takes around 45 minutes (most of which is spent waiting for the blood to be processed). In order to achieve the best possible outcome, it is often advised to receive up to three consecutive injections, for the fullest result.
PRP Therapy With Hair Transplants
Following any hair transplantation procedure, the doctor may perform PRP treatment in addition to, or in place of, low-level laser therapy. Hair transplants supported by platelet-rich plasma therapy result in faster healing, reduced scarring, and assists the transplanted grafts in taking a firm hold into the recipient area.
Is PRP Therapy Right For You?
One of the primary advantages of platelet-rich plasma injections is that it can be used on virtually any patient without comprehensive screening or preparation. The only important factor is that patients abstain from all medication, drugs, and alcohol before the procedure. Of particular concern are blood-thinning drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or pain-relief medications (paracetamol is an exception). If you are taking any medication, please consult with the doctor during your free consultation.
PRP therapy in Turkey is minimally invasive and typically requires no anaesthesia, however, if a patient wishes then local anaesthesia can be used. The health risks of PRP treatment are also minimal. Since the plasma is made of the patient’s own blood, the risk of allergic reactions is non-existent. Additionally, since plasma contains white blood cells (key in the body’s immune system), the chance of infection is also negligible.
Following the procedure, a small amount of redness, swelling, or bruising may appear at the injection site. This will subside over the next few days, presenting no further long-term side effects. The patient will be able to resume normal activities almost immediately following the procedure.
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