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
- For balding men in their 30s
- You have been losing hair in the last five years.
- Women whose hair is thinning because of menopause
PRP is not effective if
- Your hair loss is due to conditions such as lupus, and thyroid diseases.
- you have been losing hair for more than five years
- you have bleeding and clotting disorders
- you are on blood thinning medications
- you are suffering from skin cancer or have an infection on the scalp
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 therapy for hair regrowth is not a one-time session process multiple sessions are needed to see the full results. The results vary on the basis of the type of preparation, session intervals, and injection techniques.
- There are no standard protocols for PRP injections and it is not an FDA approved treatment for hair loss and therefore every clinic uses their own preparation. The results of PRP therapy have shown some effectiveness for people with low and medium hair loss.
- PRP is not a cure for hair loss; it stimulates hair regrowth but does not treat the underlying causes of hair fall. Therefore, multiple treatments are needed over time to maintain the hair growth.
- PRP uses only one growth factor, which does not completely heal the hair follicles.
- Side effects include headache, mild pain in the injection and withdrawal site and some scalp tenderness.
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
- Contains multiple growth factors that apply towards a holistic growth of hair and health of hair follicles
- Does not have any side effects
- Has long lasting results
- Can be used for hair regrowth in case of hair loss because of chemotherapy
- QR678 has received both Indian and USA patent and has reported over 5000 successful results in patients across various age groups.
Esthetic Clinics uses QR678 treatments along medicinal treatments to treat the root cause of hair fall and promote hair regrowth for natural looking results.