PRP Treatment

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections are gaining popularity for a variety of conditions, from sports injuries to hair loss. The treatment uses a patient’s own blood cells to accelerate healing in a specific area.

What you need to know

PRP treatment can help support wound healing in trauma and joint injury. The technique can address male pattern baldness, stimulate the growth of hair transplants and enhance other cosmetic procedures

What is a PRP injection ?

After creating platelet-rich plasma from a patient’s blood sample, that solution is injected into the target area, such as an injured knee or a tendon. In some cases, the clinician may use ultrasound to guide the injection. The idea is to increase the concentration of specific bioproteins or hormones, called growth factors, in a specific area to accelerate the healing process.

 

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The mechanism behind PRP injections is not completely understood.

Studies show that the increased concentration of growth factors in platelet-rich plasma may stimulate or speed up the healing process, shortening healing time for injuries, decreasing pain and even encouraging hair growth.

What is PRP treatment used for?

PRP injections are used for a range of conditions, from musculoskeletal pain and injuries to cosmetic procedures.

Side Effects of PRP Treatment

  • Mild swelling of the forehead following local anesthesia. This usually resolves spontaneously one day after the treatment.
  • Headache if occurs usually resolves after one day after the treatment.
  • Possible scalp tenderness following injections of PRP.

PRP - Platelet-rich plasma FAQs

  • PRP consists of a large number of proteins and growth factor mediums in it. It is believed that due to its rich content of tissue repairing components, PRP can be successfully administered to select cases of hair loss
  • PRP is typically administered into the scalp where the hair loss has occurred monthly for three months. Repeat sessions are then needed about every 3 to 4 months for up to two years.
  • While there is no consensus on the exact success rate of PRP injections for hair restoration, it sits between 70-90% for the average patient. It tends to work better in younger patients beginning to experience the effects of genetic hair loss and thinning.
  • The best candidates for PRP hair restoration treatments are patients with areas of “weak quality” hair growth on the scalp, where functioning hair follicles can still be observed, and patients with small areas of hair loss.
  • After your treatment, avoid touching the treated areas for at least 8 hours. Do not wash or wet your hair or scalp for at least 4 hours after your procedure. A special shampoo and conditioner kit will be provided to you. Use of this kit commences the next day (minimum 8 hours) after treatment.

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