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PRP for hair loss treatment

Does PRP for hair loss treatment has any side effects?

PRP or platelet-rich plasma is a procedure in which blood is drawn and the platelets from the blood are extracted through the use of injections and injected into your scalp to accelerate the healing of injured tendons. 

A centrifuge is used to separate blood from the plasma. The bad stuff is taken out from it and PRP is only left. PRP is an intriguing direction that medicine has gotten in the last five or six years. Your skin cells are being harnessed in our growth of hair so people can get the best result. It’s a form of regenerative medicine. It’s our own body’s healing mechanism. 

This method is generally used when hair loss is very severe and the individual is suffering from alopecia. 

Process of PRP for hair loss treatment

  1. Blood sample is drawn out of your arm or any other part. The amount of blood taken depends on where the PRP will be injected.
  2. The blood sample is placed in a centrifuge. It is a machine that spins the sample at a high speed and it separates the blood from the plasma.
  3. The doctor takes the separated plasma and injects the plasma into the affected area.

But the big question is does PRP work for everyone? 

PRP injections did work for patients as they reduced their hair loss and increased the diameter of their hair and in some cases the density. Hair regrowth happened with people suffering from alopecia areata or androgenetic alopecia. 

This method is also used to treat chronic tendon problems such as tennis elbow, Achilles tendonitis at the ankle, and jumpers knee. 

The result may vary from person to person as it depends upon the blood health of the individual. It depends upon the healing power of the blood.

How to prepare yourself for PRP injections? 

There is nothing that you can do except washing your hair thoroughly so that you get rid of dirt and other gunk. Your scalp should be clean on the day of the surgery.

The doctors can call you a few hours before the surgery to apply numbing cream or sometimes they just use a local anesthetic mixed with the PRP. Other times the doctor can apply or inject the PRP during  surgery. After being injected you need to rest the affected area. You should not wash your hair at least 48 hours after the injection.

Side effects of PRP 

PRP includes injecting substances into our scalp so there are chances of some side effects as the substances are from your skin the chances of any allergy or side effects are less but there is some risk. Some of these are: 

  1. Infection on your scalp or any other area due to the injections.
  2. You might feel minor pain or discomfort in the treatment area for a day or two after the procedure. 
  3. Blood vessel damage on the injected site. 
  4. Side effects from the anesthesia such as muscle aches, confusion, or bladder control issues.
  5. You may feel tightness on the scalp and can also have minor headaches after the injections.
  6. Temporary bleeding at the injected site
  7. You might notice some amount of bruising and skin discolorations around the skin where doctors harvest the blood sample for the serum.
  8. The treatment site may also show some redness and swelling.

Some alternative treatments of PRP

If you don’t want to go through all the pain and the surgery procedure then you can go for some alternatives medications which are clinically proven for hair regrowth: 

1) Minoxidil topical solution

Minoxidil Topical solution is one of the products to help you with Genetic induced Hair loss, it is one of the most potent medications for Male Pattern Baldness. 

2) Finasteride tablets  

Finasteride has shown commendable results when it comes to Hair fall and hair regrowth, it also prevents further hair fall and keeps the scalp nourished.

 3) Biotin tablets

The biotin tablets are enriched with multivitamins which help in hair growth and improve metabolism. Biotin tablets include a total of 10 vitamins in it. The tablets reduce hair fall, improves scalp health, promotes hair growth and makes your hair stronger & healthier than before. 

You can check out these products at Mars by GHC website with many more products that can help you in taking care of your hair.