The good news is technology can save you from the necessity of having surgery to thicken your hair, and the treatment leading the charge in hair restoration is Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) injections. The therapy is simple and works in a high percentage of cases of male and female pattern hair loss when the activated platelets armed with hair producing factors trigger the cells in your follicles, which then produce hair.
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But what about any side effects?
There’s no need to be scared. For a start, PRP has been used as a therapy for various kinds of problems since the 1980s, including the activation of wound healing and enhancing the skin. But according to the information resource website for PRP in Australia, side effects are relatively rare. However, there always exists in any therapy where injections are concerned, a minor risk of injury to blood vessels or the nerves, or even infection. Also, there can be some calcification at the injection points and possibly some scar tissue. Clients have sometimes reported a feeling of tightness of the scalp and some have minor headaches after the injections. You might also feel slight pain as the injections are delivered, and some redness and pinprick bleeding at the injection sites.
So, the minor and relatively rare side effects of PRP injections can include:
- Injury to blood vessels
- Injury to nerves
- Calcification at injection site
- Tightness of the scalp
- Minor headache
As for any major side effects there are none with the actual PRP injections, but if your hair restoration specialist uses bupivacaine or lignocaine as an anaesthetic, you could have a reaction to that, so if you know you don’t tolerate such anaesthetics or any chemicals you must let your therapist know in advance. You will no doubt be asked at any rate whether or not you have any allergies or intolerances.
The possibility of developing cancer or a tumour at the injection sites is nil since what is injected into your scalp is your own blood, taken from a vein in your arm and treated with centrifuge to separate the red blood cells from the plasma. Plasma is the part of your own blood that contains a relatively high amount of platelets and platelets are what stops bleeding by clotting.
You should not have PRP if you have any of these conditions:
PRP therapy is not for everyone. Anyone with a history of major alcohol or drug use, or if you have been a heavy smoker you should not have PRP therapy injections. It’s possible you will be rejected for treatment if you have any of the following diagnoses:
- Metabolic disorder
- Systemic disorder
- Acute and/or chronic infections
- Chronic skin disease
- Platelet dysfunction syndromes
- Chronic liver disease
- Hemodynamic instability
If you are a sports person considering PRP injections
You should take note that even though the World Anti-Doping Authority Code known as WADA decided in 2011 that all musculoskeletal PRP injections were legal and participants in sport did not need to notify them of their treatments – a wise athlete should always check that the WADA rules haven’t changed before opting for PRP therapy.
PRP Hair Treatment with Bioscor
At Bioscor, we understand how it feels to lose your hair. Losing your hair can be a crushing blow to your self-esteem. It can affect your social life, work performance and overall view of yourself. Hair is important to our well-being. Because it is so visible, it becomes part of our identity.
We have been treating hair loss since 1992. Apart from true and tried methods, we embrace innovative techniques and have incorporated PRP treatment into our Natural Hair Regrowth Program to give even better, faster results.
Great results (just see our photos!)
Long track record of success (25+ years in the business)
No surgery, no long recovery periods
Always a pleasure to walk in. All the staff are wonderful and helpful. They have been for almost 20 years.
Been on the program for 5 years and it continues to work and keep growing more and more.
Hair treatment that works! In the first 3 months I saw a huge difference with my hair growth.
What Does PRP Involve?
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Firstly, what is PRP? PRP stands for Platelet-Rich Plasma. Our blood contains platelets, which are a type of blood cell that are responsible for the natural healing process in the body. Their main role is to perform damage-control where they race to the site of injury (cuts in the blood vessels) and form a clot to seal the damage and prevent excessive blood loss. In addition to this, they begin to secrete large quantities of proteins (growth factors) to initiate the tissue healing process to repair the damage.
Platelets will be extracted from your blood, concentrated and isolated before they are reintroduced into the body. The platelets which contain a variety of growth factors which have been shown to reduce the miniaturisation of hair follicles and prolong the anagen phase (the growth phase) of the hair cycle. By doing so, thin hairs become thicker and the rate of hair fall is reduced.
The number of treatments for PRP therapy will vary depending on how severe your hair loss is, and the number of tubes (to process blood) required to cover the areas. The initial series of PRP treatments is performed monthly. With this frequency, visible results will usually show within 3-6 months*. However, it is highly advised that you come in for an assessment so we can quote you the recommended amount of tubes and sessions needed for your hair loss condition, and whether or not you require other forms of treatment.
For optimal results, we advise that the PRP treatments are performed in conjunction with our Natural Hair Regrowth Program, in which results are visible in as little as 3 months*.
*results may vary amongst individuals