PRP Treatment for Hair Loss
PRP – which stands for Platelet Rich Plasma – has long been utilised in facial treatments for skin rejuvenation purposes, but the non-surgical procedure has emerged as an effective treatment for hair loss too.
Evolving evidence shows that PRP treatments encourage hair growth in existing hair follicles, helping restore hair that is thinning in both men and women.
What is PRP treatment?
Known to kickstart cell growth and accelerate healing, PRP injections introduce your own blood cells back into your skin, or scalp. Ideal for hair restoration, this simple procedure begins with a small amount of your blood being drawn, which is then put through a machine to extract the platelet rich plasma. The area being treated is then numbed with local anaesthesia before a small needle is used to inject the plasma. This then breaks down and releases growth factors – compounds that help cells repair and renew – triggering your body’s healing process.
The procedure is safe, simple, and natural. Indeed, by using your body’s own cells, the treatments will never induce adverse reactions, limiting the chance of side-effects and downtime.
The method takes around 30 minutes, depending on your treatment area. Typically, PRP hair restoration involves 3 sessions, spaced around 4-6 weeks apart, along with maintenance treatments twice a year.
Hair loss and thinning explained
Telogen effluvium is a form of temporary hair loss that typically happens several months after a person experiences a period of stress or a traumatic event. While it does affect men, it’s more common in females and is often triggered by events such as childbirth and the menopause. Telogen effluvium is typically temporary, but professional treatment – such as PRP – can help manage the shedding and enhance hair thickness.
Promising research also suggests that PRP injections can help treat alopecia areata – a common autoimmune disorder that can cause hair to fall out in patches, and androgenic alopecia which is also known as male pattern hair loss (MPHL) and female pattern hair loss (FPHL). This genetically linked condition develops as a receding hairline progressing to balding on the top of the head.
If you are experiencing excess shedding, or noticing thinning, an expert examination is recommended to rule out other causes of hair loss, such as nutritional deficiencies, thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions and diabetes. At Santi London our specialist team can make a clinical diagnosis and prescribe a treatment programme to support your hair health.
To discover the best professional scalp treatment for you, book in for a consultation with one of our specialists who have extensive experience in treating hair loss conditions and performing PRP treatments in an expert environment like our dermatology clinic.