Hair loss is a major concern for many men and women, whether it is genetic, caused by bad hair care or a medical condition. The good news is that with advances in the field and adequate research, various new techniques have cropped up in the market which can combat the condition with ease.Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)Therapy is a revolutionary procedure designed to utilise your own platelet blood cells to activate dormant hair follicles and improve thinning hair.The minimally invasive treatment that has been utilised in medical procedures, as well as in the field of cosmetic enhancement, for many years. The plasma inside human blood contains a number of growth factors that can stimulate stem cells. Isolation of platelet rich plasma has traditionally been used to help speed natural wound healing by repairing and regenerating cells, and now it can be applied to hair restoration as well. PRP Therapy can reverse thinning hair and re-activate hair follicles in the treatment area, which can ultimately result in a normal growth pattern and a fuller head of hair.A patient’s blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets to a specific concentration effective for hair growth.

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    The blood draw is very similar to the amount taken at a routine doctor’s appointment. The platelets are then activated and injected back into the scalp at the level of the hair follicles. This process stimulates the body’s own growth factors and stem cells to slow hair loss, reverse miniaturised hair to produce a strong, visible hair again, and if used at the time of a hair transplant, it encourages faster graft growth. This has been very effective for both men and women. The procedure organically stimulates newly implanted or inactive follicles into an active growth phase using growth factors from the blood supply, so PRP therapy not only stimulates implanted follicles but also strengthens existing follicles delaying and sometimes reversing the hair loss process. That is why it can either be used in conjunction with other hair transplant procedures to promote faster hair growth and recovery or it can be used individually on the scalp to protect current hair follicles.

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    Usually the treatment requires about eight sittings;for best results,each should be around two weeks apart. Along with it, one may have to take medications like properciaandminoxidil. PRP Therapy typically does not involve an extensive recovery process. A PRP hair regrowth treatment usually takes about one hour and may be performed as a “lunchtime” procedure, as there is no recovery or downtime, although some patients do experience a mild sunburn sensation in the treatment areas after the procedure. PRP Therapy works by magnifying the body’s own natural healing mechanisms, or growth factors, to stimulate hair growth and improve the density and manageability of existing hair, so therefore it will not be beneficial for those who have a complete absence of hair follicles in the affected area.However, the procedure is proving to be very popular for people with thinning hair, and those with androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness – hair loss at the top of the scalp and a receding hairline particularly along the temples).

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