Growth factors are also known as PRP or plasma rich platelets. They are proven to be beneficial for the strengthening of the roots and growth of the hair. They are now mainstay of treatment for those complaining of hair fall or hair thinning, which is a major concern nowadays and post hair transplant.
No wonder, it is often referred to as liquid gold and is the fastest popular treatment modality with proven boon for hair and skin, apart from many other organs. The results are quite promising and impressive.
However, it should be understood that PRP therapy is not an answer to already bald area where hair transplant should be suggested but areas of thinning or hair fall will definitely help with this therapy.
Plasma rich platelet contains many buffers and growth factors which stimulate the growth of hair directly and help in hair fall or hair thickness restoration.
PRP therapy is an OPD, in-clinic procedure, usually can be done as lunch break procedure. No fasting is required as done under local anaesthesia.
PRP is prepared from your own blood. Blood sample is taken in a specialised vial and then this is subjected to high speed centrifugation for about half an hour. This separates the blood sample into three distinct layers, we fill our syringes with the required concentrated layer of PRP whereas rest is discarded.
Usually, if the patient is too apprehensive, local anaesthesia is given and PRP injected with the help of microneedles into the scalp.
Post procedure, you may feel mild pain and swelling of face. Both of these subside gradually.
Usually 3-4 weeks gap is recommended between 2 PRP sessions and 6 to 8 sessions are recommended depending on requirement by the patient.
Usually, 6-8 months will be taken before significant good results are visible.
There are few contraindications to PRP therapy which are as follows:
a) Clinic is being sanitized daily.
b) Screening of medical staff and patients at the entrance.
c) Social distancing being strictly followed.