Hair loss therapy
Our blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Plasma is the fluid part of the blood which suspends and carries blood cells and nutrients throughout the body. Platelets are tiny cells in the blood which rush to any site of injury, when bleeding occurs, to plug and form a clot and repair the damage.
Platelets are also known to be a reservoir of growth factors that stimulate tissue recovery by increasing blood flow and cytokines. They are known to be responsible for stimulating and enhancing hair follicle function.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is processed blood plasma, a concentration of plasma with platelets from which red blood cells and white blood cells are removed. This concentration of PRP taken from the patient’s own blood is injected into the scalp to promote hair growth.
Prior to each session of the therapy, approximately 30 ml or 60 ml of blood will be drawn from you depending on the size of the area to be treated.
Extraction of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) from the blood
Our blood contains:
– White Blood Corpuscles (WBCs) – involved in protecting the body against infectious diseases and foreign invaders
– Red Blood Cells (RBCs) – which carry oxygen to different parts of the body
– Platelets – involved in clotting and repairing injuries
– Plasma – fluid which carries nutrients and vitamins throughout the body.
The blood drawn from your system, before each session, is spun in a centrifuge, a machine used by scientists to isolate the solids from the liquids in any solution.
Due to the centrifugal force, the blood spins very rapidly in the centrifuge causing the heaviest particles in the blood, i.e., the red blood cells to fall to the bottom of the vial.
Sitting just above the layer of red blood cells are the white blood cells and platelets with plasma. Atop this layer, rests a clear solution of blood plasma.
The platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is what is used for the therapy. Typically, 8 ml – 12 ml of injectable PRP is considered as the optimum volume for injecting into the scalp.
PRP hair loss process
1. The practitioner marks out the area on your scalp where hair needs to be restored.
2. The marked area on your head is anesthetized using a topical anesthesia.
3. A disinfectant is applied on the area which is to be treated.
4. The PRP is injected into the deeper layers of your scalp.
5. The site is then cleaned thoroughly.