PRP stands for platelet rich plasma therapy. It is a relatively new modality in dermatology and is currently being used in facial rejuvination, hairfall, vitiligo etc. the Platlet rich plasma was initially conceptulised by Dr. Greco in USA.
Do I require a PRP therapy?
If you are suffering from female pattern hairloss or grade 1,2,3 male pattern baldness then you are the candidate for the platlet rich plasma therapy. People who are suffering from anagen effluvium or telogen effluvium are also going to get good results but patients of alopecia areata are not the candidates for this procedure.
In this therapy, patient’s own blood is taken – approx 20 ml of the blood is withdrawn under aseptic conditions and is processed in our specialised lab for the platlet enrichment.
Growth factors and activators are added to the platlet pellet and the platlet rich plasma is immidietly injected in the affected area.
There are clinics who on pretext of PRP just and sent to lab to prepare a layer of plasma,
Once formulated It is then injected into the scalp with hair thinning/loss. The process is done in 2 manners. In case the area affected is large then injection in the affected area should be performed or else Scalp roller with 1mm fine needles is subsequently used over the treated area to stimulate the stem cells as well as to increase the blood supply leading to better hair growth. Topical antibiotics are then applied on the scalp before sending a patient home. Patient can shampoo next day morning as usual.
Where is this modality effective?
PRP seems to work better in patients with diffuse hair thinning caused by any cause including alopecia androgenetica (common baldness). Females suffering from female pattern hairloss or telogen effluvium also get great results. people who are looking for hairfall treatment in delhi and want more volume and thickness of their hair can also be benifitted.
It is not that much effective in patients with complete baldness and scarring alopecia. It can be used in conjunction with minoxidil, finasteride & hair replacement surgery (hair transplant).
How does it work?
It is a biological therapy. Prepared plasma contains platelets which are numerous than in normal blood. It has different growth factors especially PDGF and VEGF. Both these factors have significant positive effects on hair growth. PRP may actually wake up dormant stem cells in the follicles giving new hair growth. So this therapy gives strength to the existing hair, reduce hair fall and likely to increase the actual number of hair by stimulating the stem cells.
When to see the progress?
Generally hair shaft become thicker and looks more lustrous with reduction in hair fall within 4-6 weeks while new growth is likely in about 4 months. Repetitions of the procedure of Platlet rich plasma in Delhi is repeated every 3-5 weeks for 4-6 sessions.
As patients own plasma is used, it is unlikely to risk in anyway. few patients might complain of slight pain during the procedure but most of them are ready to leave the dermatologists office as asson as the procedure gets over.
No untoward side effects have been reported so far except some patients might feel burning/soreness sensation which last for a day or so.
What is the frequency of PRP?
We perform the procedure of platlet rich plasma at an interval of approx one month for 4-6 times depending on the severity of the hairloss and once the desired results are obtained then a booster dose can be given every year to maintain the results.