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PRP for Hair Loss

PRP for Hair Loss: Understanding the Procedure and Expected Results

Thinning hair or baldness is a real issue for millions of Canadians. But there is hope for those who are dealing with hair loss. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is a leading treatment for hair loss conditions. It is a simple and safe procedure that has been proven to provide effective results. It works by injecting the patient’s own blood into their scalp to stimulate the hair follicles and rejuvenate the scalp, promoting the regrowth of thicker, healthier hair.

Causes and Types of Hair Loss

Hair loss can occur at any age due to genetic predispositions, stress, hormonal imbalances, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and excessive prescription and recreational drug use. Health conditions that require the use of radiation therapy can also cause partial or full hair loss.

There are various types of hair loss, depending on the underlying cause. Androgenetic Alopecia is the most common. Other types of hair loss include Telogen Effluvium, Anagen Effluvium, Alopecia Areata, Tinea Capitis, and Cicatricial Alopecia. 

The PRP Treatment Explained

The science behind PRP therapy is simple: it uses the patient’s platelets to stimulate the healing process and rejuvenate the skin cells. Platelets have several natural growth factors attached, including the proteins cytokines, that initiate the division of hair follicles to form new cells.

A PRP hair treatment in Brampton can be done in three steps with each session lasting only 30 to 60 minutes. During PRP therapy, approximately 10 to 60 millilitres of the patient’s blood is drawn and then placed into tubes with an anticoagulant solution. This prevents the blood from clotting prematurely before it is injected into the scalp.

Since blood is made of red blood cells, white blood cells, plasma, and platelets, the tubes are placed in a centrifuge to separate each layer of blood for the treatment. The centrifuge spins the tubes of blood to separate the platelet-rich plasma, platelet-poor plasma, and red blood cells.

The platelet-rich plasma is then extracted from the tube with a syringe. A local anesthetic is administered to the scalp to prevent any discomfort from the procedure. For hair loss treatment, the concentrated platelets are injected into the scalp using fine needles to promote hair growth by preventing the hair follicles from shrinking.

Pre-Treatment Preparation

For optimal results, patients should avoid anti-inflammatory medications, blood thinning agents, and sun exposure one week before the treatment. It is also recommended to avoid alcohol consumption or tobacco use and refrain from using hair-style products three days prior.

On the day of the PRP hair loss session, patients are to wash their hair, drink at least 16 ounces of water, and have a healthy breakfast.

What to Expect After the Treatment

PRP is proven to be a safe therapy with no expected downtime for recovery. Common post-treatment care involves washing the hair after the session and avoiding styling products. Patients should not use hair colour or chemical treatments for at least 72 hours.

Any discomfort, mild pain, or swelling can be addressed with cold compresses and over-the-counter acetaminophen. Use of alcohol and tobacco and exposure to the sun and rigorous exercise should be avoided for the first three days.

Results and Timeline

Depending on the patient’s lifestyle and the condition of the hair and scalp, results may vary. Some people may need treatment twice a year for lasting results. With proper pre- and post-care, the results can be seen within three to four months after a few sessions.

Alternative Treatments and Comparisons

Through different medical and cosmetic clinics, there are a variety of hair loss treatments that may or may not offer similar results. Mesotherapy has been successful in assisting hair growth.

Unlike PRP which uses the patient’s blood and relies on the natural healing process, mesotherapy involves combining enzymes, amino acids, nutrients, and chemicals to stimulate growth. And while PRP therapy is a painless procedure with little to no discomfort, mesotherapy has been reported to cause minor pain and discomfort.

Mesotherapy sessions are required over a series of weeks or months wherein PRP can offer results in as little as three sessions. PRP offers quicker visible results at a reduced cost over time.  

Transform Your Hair at Heart Lake Aesthetics

If you are suffering from partial or full hair loss, schedule a consultation with the medical aestheticians at Heart Lake Aesthetics for your PRP hair loss therapy. Call us at (647) 324-9255 to book a no-obligation free consultation with our skincare and haircare specialists!

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