Why PRP is a popular treatment for hair loss?



The fact is that Hair is important for many people and even correlates with self-esteem. Henceforth, losing hair goes beyond a cosmetic appearance and can truly affect self-confidence, particularly in women. There are many solutions available and many patients are looking for more natural, non-surgical treatments. One of them is platelet-rich plasma also known as simply PRP.

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, is derived from your own bloodstream and has been used for years to treat a sports-related injury, and recently, for skin rejuvenation. Indeed, you probably heard about the “vampire” facial, PRP injected into the skin or used after micro-needling to help to improve skin texture and smooth appearance. In recent years, many people are opting to have platelet-rich plasma injections to tackle hair loss issues.

So, here is the thing, can PRP really help with hair loss issues? Is this the latest trend or an innovative solution? How effective is PRP in treating hair loss issues? Looking for PRP hair injections in London, UK?


Hair Loss affects Men & Women

Hair loss is one of the most widespread and distressing issues facing both males and females. This is not a serious medical condition per se but it certainly affects the quality of life of many patients I see. They are anxious to find a solution to their hair loss issues and they come to me for help.

Loss of hair can be quite stressful and there is not just one cause that leads to this problem. Actually, your hair may fall for many reasons such as stress, illness, poor diet, hormones, medications, traumatic events, and other factors. In many cases, we can easily identify the root cause of hair loss but in other cases, it can originate from various causes.

If you are experiencing heavy hair loss then chances are that you are looking for a treatment that can provide a positive outcome. If that is the case then you probably heard of PRP treatment for hair loss. Can PRP be the treatment you are actively searching for?


What is the process to obtain PRP?

Today, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injection is very popular in treating hair thinning and hair loss.

In fact, PRP treatment is being used for female & male -pattern hair loss to thicken up existing hair and to boost the growth of new hair follicles.

PRP treatment work as follows:

  •  First, we draw a small amount of blood from the patient
  • We then place the blood in a centrifuge and spin the PRP tube. The process allows all of its parts to be isolated from one another i.e. the cells, serum, and platelets.
  • The platelets contain valuable growth factors. We draw up and inject the platelets into the areas of the scalp.
  • As a consequence, PRP stimulates hair follicles and helps with new hair growth. As well as strengthening existing hair follicles.

However, PRP treatment should not be seen as a cure to hair loss (there is no miracle cure); rather PRP treatment works to stimulate existing and dormant follicles. In addition, this treatment helps to thicken the hair in affected areas and decreases the amount of hair that is lost over time.

Platelet-Rich Plasma: The “gold” in your blood

The human blood has four main components:

  • red blood cells,
  • white blood cells,
  • plasma,
  • and, platelets.

To simplify, the plasma is responsible for transport, and your platelets help in the clotting of blood. The platelets contain a rich portion of growth factors that are essential for regeneration and healing. Furthermore, they help stimulate hair follicles and encourage existing and new hair to grow. When it comes to hair loss, the science is that platelets injected into the scalp can help stimulate dermal papilla cells, which play a critical role in hair growth.

The introduction of platelet cells and other growth factors will promote healing within the scalp area. In turn, this will regenerate the hair follicles and particularly dormant hair follicles. Those dormant ones will enter into a new growth phase. Ultimately, the PRP procedure stimulates dormant hair follicles and encourages the regeneration of new hair follicles and existing hair can look thicker and healthier.

When Will I See Results from PRP?

It is important to state that results vary from person to person. As we create PRP from your own blood, it also depends on the quality of your own platelets and growth factors. Moreover, tackling hair loss issues is not easy and takes time.

This said, typically within three months of having PRP, one should begin to see positive outcomes. Many observe a decrease in the amount of hair that is shed in comparison to before receiving the PRP treatment. Gradually, within six months of PRP injections, the hair tends to look and feel thicker.

Therefore, for optimal results consistency is important. At Nar London, treatments are typically performed once a month for the first 3 to 4 months, and then every 3 to 6 months thereafter. Of course, it also depends on the patient’s response and results. Generally, by following this protocol, some positive results can be noticed within two to three months.

Ultimately, PRP treatment is a non-surgical way to help with thinning hair and promotes new hair growth. The beauty is that PRP is a unique natural treatment that comes from your own blood.

Now, since becoming more informed on the PRP treatment procedure, you might consider it an option closer to the top of your list.

How long do PRP injections take?

PRP injection therapy is usually around 45 minutes and is very safe. Such a procedure comes with no downtime. To get the best result, we recommend at least 3 sessions with our expert hair loss therapist. Most of our patients combine PRP with mesotherapy to enhance the positive outcome. Then, the procedure of PRP + Mesotherapy takes about one hour.

How Many PRP Sessions Should I have?

How many sessions to have will depend on each individual and the stage of the hair loss condition.

Generally speaking,  PRP for hair loss therapy is best to undertake at least three sessions for optimal results to be obtained. Particularly, PRP in combination with mesotherapy in order to achieve the best outcome. Each procedure is done four to six weeks apart from each other. Additionally, a follow-up maintenance treatment annually is beneficial.

Scientific research into the effectiveness of PRP for hair loss is still ongoing, however, most studies report positive results.

PRP hair loss treatment side effects

As with any procedure, there can be side effects but in the case of PRP hair loss treatments, this is very limited. The reason is that we obtain PRP from the patient’s own blood. Consequently, the risk of allergy, infection or bad reaction is extremely low and hence this is a safe procedure.

Though, some people may experience slight pain or discomfort in the treated areas post-injection. This can be treated with some painkiller if needed. In most cases, there is virtually no downtime and a comfortable experience. In particular, as we use the U225 “mesogun” that is quite painless.

To avoid any infection. This can be reduced by keeping the area clean, touching it as little as possible, and resting for the first few hours after the process is completed. See a doctor if any signs of infection appear, which can include the area feeling hot or sore, redness, fever, chills, or sweats. Also, seek emergency help if an allergic reaction is suspected. This mentioned no such case has ever been reported to us.

Where to have PRP hair loss in London?

PRP hair growth treatment is quite fast, requiring far less if no downtime contrary to other hair restoration procedures. The end results can be quite remarkable and can make a positive difference.

If you are looking for PRP injections in London, UK then NAR LONDON is the place to. We have been helping hundreds of patients with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) for hair loss. We offer  hair loss consultation (50 GBP that can be redeemed against the treatment) otherwise you can book directly online.