One of the most interesting things related to hair shedding and hair restoration is having the new discoveries almost every day. There are many developments faced in order to make hair transplantation results better by starting from new surgical technics and devices up to advanced nonsurgical hair care treatments in order to assist for the prevention of patient’s hair loss at the first stage. PRP treatment is one of the nonsurgical treatments which can heal the issue of hair shedding and it is considerably popular recently.
Blood taking place in the body consists of red blood cells, white blood cells and thrombocytes. There are the small, disc shaped cell particles which ease coagulation, promote tissue regeneration and start cell reproduction and excrete the growth factors. Thrombocyte rich plasma (PRP) is formed by turning patient’s own blood in a centrifuge in order to separate a concentrated platelet and plasma compound solution. Thrombocyte rich plasma consists or bio-active proteins assisting the healing of wound and it is about five to seven times of the thrombocyte number taking place in the blood and it frequently helps for the acceleration of the recovery of sports injuries and for the patients who are suffering from other forms of traumas.
PRP treatment can be used as an excellent and nutrition-rich transplantation material for the harvested donor follicles during follicular unit extraction (FUE) surgical hair transplantation. At the same time, it is known that injecting concentrated PRP directly to patient’s scalp can increase the dimension and health of shrinking hair follicles in the result of androgenetic alopecia or common genetic baldnesses. For this reason, PRP treatment can be used in order to prevent hair shedding in both ways.
WHO MUST NOT HAVE PRP TREATMENTS?
Alongside of the patients who have heavy smoking, drug and alcohol usage history, the persons who have the treatment of thrombocyte function disorder syndromes, thrombocytopenia, hypofibrinogenesia, hemodynamic instability, sepsis, acute and chronic infections, chronic liver disease, anti-coagulation, persons having medical diagnosis of chronic skin diseases or cancer, metabolic and systemic diseases are not suitable for PRP treatment.
PRP is successfully used in the other medical and surgical methods for many years. Using PRP is a personal decision and this decision must be given after careful research, negotiating and having consultation with the doctor. PRP is safe and natural because treatment intensifies the good cells in your scalp and injects them directly to the needed area. There is no possibility to get blood infection from another person. PRP contains the using of patient’s own and unchained cells and it shall not be refused by your immune system.
Comprehensive clinical studies are not complete in order to provide absolute efficiency of PRP treatment in the issue of hair shedding and medical data was not published yet. PRP must not be considered as a treatment for hair shedding and no guarantee can be given in the subject of its individual efficiency. There is no PRP activity to be claimed in supporting the hair growth; because, there is no FDA approval to give permission for such a claim.
PRP treatment is preferred as a nonsurgical approach for the patients who are not suitable for the surgical operation or the patients who want to delay hair restoration operation.
In summary, PRP therapy provides opportunity in the subject of hair shedding for the patients who are not candidate of surgical operation or for the patients who want more an aggressive nonsurgical approach to treatment. For surgical patients, PRP treatment is done on the same day with hair transplantation.