Who remembers looking at a balding elder person and thinking I hope that never happens to me?
A new therapy hopefully will make baldness a thing of the past. As a treatment for hair-loss, platelet rich plasma (PRP) is quite new, but in reality it has been around for a long time.
What is Platelet rich plasma (PRP)?
PRP is a plasma concentrate reaped from the patient's whole blood that is comprised predominantly of platelets. Numerous growth factors are present within platelet granules. These growth factors stimulate cell proliferation and differentiation leading to increased hair growth.
For over 10 years PRP has been recognized as beneficial in bone grafting with applications in oral and maxillofacial, orthopedic and cardiac surgery. More recently, increasing interest has seen the use of PRP in dermatology, for example, tissue regeneration, wound healing, and fat grafting. But it is the shown promotion of hair survival and growth, both in test and real life environments, we are interested in.
What is the procedure?
This treatment involves the collection of your blood in a specialized tube, which is then spun down using a centrifuge to separate the plasma and platelet portion to either side of a separating gel filter.
The PRP portion of your blood is then used to re-energize your cells into rejuvenating themselves. The product injected is 100% of your blood product (autologous).
Ice is often used to alleviate discomfort during the procedure but most people feel little more than pressure during the treatment, with little to no real pain.
Some important things to remember before going for PRP therapy
It is essential to drink plenty of fluids and water the day before and the day of your procedure.
If you are dehydrated, it is much harder to draw your blood and you will not have as much plasma.
It is also vital to AVOID NSAIDs (ibuprofen, Aleve, naproxen, aspirin) for seven days before your procedure.
It is OK to take acetaminophen also known as paracetamol (Tylenol, Panadol, Sara) before your procedure, as these do not thin your blood.
Everyone is unique and as such so are the results, the speed and amount of hair growth varies significant from one patient to the next but all see results.
To optimize these results it is recommended that patients receive monthly injections for the first three months followed by quarterly injections (every three months) for the rest of the year.
Why Choose Revival Clinic?
Revival Clinic can help you explore options to rejuvenate or refine your appearance - and your self-confidence. To get the best results from any cosmetic procedure, you need the highest quality medical care for a truly experienced International Team.
by Dr. Chontirot Srikasedsarakul
Dr. Chontirot Srikasedsarakul is a specialist in Genomics, Dermatology and Aesthetics. She has received qualifications from numerous educational institutions like Stanford University, U.S.A.; the University of Queensland, Australia; Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine.