If you’re experiencing early signs of androgenic alopecia, also known as male or female pattern baldness, you can try treating it with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection.
The treatment is completely non-invasive. However, it does not alter the genetic makeup of the cells in the hair follicles or make them resistant to the effects of the dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone.
That means that it will not permanently cure androgenetic alopecia, but it can help with hair growth.
Overview Of PRP Injection
This injection makes use of the patient’s own blood, meaning that it’s completely safe and has no side effects. PRP utilises the blood’s own growth factors, so there are no chemicals or additives in it.
Used to stimulate hair growth, generate natural-looking results and rejuvenate the scalp of those who are experiencing the early signs of hair loss, PRP therapy can work as a standalone treatment or supplement hair transplants.
A PRP injection can stimulate hair growth in different types of alopecia. However, if a person requires medical intervention for permanent hair loss, then PRP alone cannot work.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) can also be used for facial rejuvenation, knee, tendon injuries and post-surgical tissue repair because of its healing powers.
It works the same way as stem cells work, repairing the injuries around the injection site naturally.
What Is The Cost Of Platelet Rich Plasma Injections?
In Turkey, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection might cost you less than a couple of hundred pounds (sometimes, it’s even included in the price of a hair transplant).
However, the overall price can change depending on the number of sessions you require.
Many people hesitate about getting a PRP injection to treat hair loss because the cost per session can add up to a large amount of money.
However, you can get this treatment at still a much lower cost in Turkey. This is because of the lower cost of living and currency exchange rates.
Patients can book 4 treatment sessions at a discounted price. Their treatment plan will include the:
- Procedure cost
- Hospital/clinic fees
- Hotel accommodation
- Private transportation services
- Personal interpreter
- 12-month aftercare program.
Who Can Have A PRP Injection and Why?
Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is beneficial for those who are experiencing sudden and excessive hair loss.
A PRP injection increases the blood flow to the roots, making them thicker and less prone to shrinking.
It can stimulate hair growth by providing strength and improving the overall health of the follicles. This can slow down any hair loss you may experience and promote healthier hair.
You can get it if you’re losing hair due to:
- Telogen Effluvium
- Traction Alopecia
- Trauma (pregnancy, childbirth, weight fluctuation, high fever)
- Alopecia Areata
- Androgenetic alopecia (pattern baldness)
It is possible that PRP therapy might not work for you at all if you have pattern baldness.
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What to Think About Before You Have PRP Injections?
Prior to your treatment, there are a few things to take into consideration for a seamless process. First, you need to learn about the credentials and experience of the practitioner.
Ask them how many patients they have treated, how their results have been and for how long they have performed PRP.
You can request before and after pictures of their patients before you make your final decision.
Also, ask the practitioner why they are recommending PRP therapy, and if there are any alternative treatment options.
You should also not hesitate to ask about any complications. Knowing how the practitioner dealt with them will give you an idea of the follow-up you can expect after the treatment.
How Best to Prepare for PRP Therapy?
Before you arrive at the clinic for your appointment:
- Stop taking certain medicines that thin your blood.
- Stop the consumption of certain vitamins or supplements.
- Arrive at your appointment with a full stomach to prevent nausea and lightheadedness when your blood is being drawn.
- Make sure that your scalp is clean and washed.
What Is The Procedure For PRP Injections?
PRP or platelet-rich plasma is a non-surgical treatment that uses the patient’s blood to help with hair loss.
There are four primary components in our blood: red and white blood cells, plasma, and platelets.
This treatment makes use of the white part enriched with plasma and the platelets through a centrifuge process.
Preparing the Platelet-Rich Plasma
To prepare the PRP injection, your doctor will draw blood from you. This will be put in a centrifuge machine that spins around very quickly for about 15 minutes. This will separate the plasma from the other blood components.
After the centrifuge process, the red blood cells and the other components will separate into different layers, and the red part will be removed from the tube.
The white cells, which are then left in the blood sample, possess healing properties, such as growth factors and proteins.
Injecting the PRP
The platelet-rich plasma solution is re-injected into your scalp with a thin needle.
Your aesthetician will inject small amounts of liquid all around your problem areas to trigger your body’s healing response.
There are different techniques for injecting the plasma under the scalp.
Your practitioner can use an injection syringe or a special needled gun for this. Both types of PRP inject the solution into the dermis plane.
An injection under your scalp tissue may sound painful, but PRP therapy causes very minimal pain.
Most of the time, local anaesthetics are not needed. If you feel uncomfortable about this, your practitioner can apply a numbing cream.
The whole treatment takes around 30-60 minutes.
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Recovery & Results Of Platelet-Rich Plasma
Thanks to the non-invasive nature of PRP therapy, it has no downtime. You can resume your routine activities right after leaving the clinic.
You’ll recover fairly quickly. However, you may feel soreness and slight pain around the injection area a few days after the treatment.
If this is the case, standard painkillers can reduce discomfort.
Your hair transplant surgeon (if you’ve had this surgery) may advise 4 sessions in a year, each spaced 4-6 weeks apart.
After the first year, you may be recommended to have maintenance injections every 4–6 months.
Aftercare Of PRP Therapy
Like every medical treatment, the PRP aftercare process requires you to follow a couple of basic aftercare steps for faster recovery:
- On the day of your treatment, you should massage your scalp to ease the pain at the injection site. This will also allow the injected plasma to spread evenly under your skin.
- You should also avoid washing your hair for the first 24 hours after the injections to promote faster tissue healing.
- Don’t take a hot bath or go to the sauna for a few days afterwards.
- Limit your caffeine and tobacco intake, and avoid alcoholic beverages for a couple of days to ensure that you are recovering nicely.
Side Effects To Expect After PRP Therapy
With the PRP injection, your own cell tissue is injected back into your skin, so its risks and side effects are minimal. Still, you may experience the following:
- Mild pain and tenderness around the injection site
These side effects will go away on their own after 2-3 days.
What To Do If You Have Problems After PRP Therapy?
PRP therapy is very safe, and since it’s natural, the chances of experiencing any adverse side effects are minimal.
But in case something goes awry, or your side effects linger for longer than usual, you can contact our aftercare team online or by calling.
Alternatives To Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy
If you have a phobia of needles, you may dread the injections.
In that case, you can take oral or topical medications for hair loss after discussing it with your doctor.
And if you’re experiencing permanent hair loss because of your genetics, illness or trauma, only a hair transplant can permanently restore hair growth.
Other Treatments To Have With A PRP Therapy
You can combine this therapy with a hair transplant.
With this, you will get a series of injections to stimulate the scalp before the surgical procedure and to promote hair growth post-procedure.
Other than that, you can have a PRP injection as the only treatment to slow down hair loss.
Will I meet the practitioner to agree to the PRP treatment plan?
Yes. However, even before that, a practitioner can review your pictures and propose a treatment plan for you.
Who will be in charge of the procedure?
A medical doctor or a surgeon can perform PRP therapy.
Can you put me in touch with anyone else who had a PRP injection?
We can also put you in touch with our treated patients. You can also check out our website for before and after photos.
What happens if I change my mind at the last minute?
If you cancel your appointment at the London Clinic, we might keep your deposit for the PRP therapy as a reservation fee. However, you can omit the plasma injection from your treatment plan prior to your arrival in Turkey.
Is stem cell hair transplant same as PRP?
Some clinics market PRP as a stem cell hair transplant. While they can be combined, the two are very different hair loss treatments.
Reviewed and Approved by Trichologist Yaprak Yazan.