Many Americans suffer from hair loss at during their life. Generally, after age 50, hair loss for men and women is incredibly common. There are a few different options available to help with hair loss, but one of the newest and more promising treatment options is PRP therapy or platelet-rich plasma therapy. If you’re considering it, but aren’t sure what do after treatment, here’s what you need to know.
During PRP therapy, a technician draws blood and separates the platelets and plasma. Then, the doctor injects the plasma into the scalp where the hair loss occurs. The idea behind this came about due to research of PRP in dermatology. Researchers discovered that high concentrations of platelets in plasma cells promote hair growth.
The injections to the scalp occur once a month for about three months. Then, after that, doctors spread out the treatment to one every three to four months for approximately two years. Your personal injection schedule depends on genetics, age, hormones and your hair loss pattern.
Potential PRP Side Effects
As with any treatment, there are potential side effects. One thing that you can rest easy knowing is that because PRP uses substances that come from your body, there is a very low risk of an allergic reaction. Now, the risks that you may face are tissue damage, pain at the injection site, nerve injuries and infection. Any serious side effect is rare and it always helps to discuss the side effects in advance with your doctor. Quality doctors have methods in place to lessen the chance of any side effects occurring. Most PRP treatments are done with minimal side effects.
Recovery from PRP therapy is simple. In fact, after an injection, most people can carry out their day exactly as they normally would. Unlike a hair transplant, there is little to no recovery time and you don’t have to worry about scars or any other injuries to the scalp. Instead, you’re able to get back to your normal life right away.
After treatment, you should not expect to see results right away. This type of treatment is supposed to promote hair growth. This means that it could take you weeks to see any results from the therapy. When the PRP treatment is complete, your best options are to wait to see how the treatment affects your hair loss.
After PRP, there is not a lot that you have to do. All you need to think about is how to maintain your treatment schedule and to reap the benefits of new hair growth. If you’re considering this treatment option, contact a doctor about PRP for hair loss, like Dr. Robin Unger, today for more information.