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What Is Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Treatment

Hair loss and hair thinning are common issues that everyone suffers from, especially starting from the age of 50. Causes might differ for both genders, but usually, it results from stress or aging. There are several treatments in Turkey for hair loss with different levels of efficiency and success rates, and some are more science-based than others. One of these treatments is Platelet Rich Plasma injections.

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections are a therapy meant for wound healing, sports injuries, like tennis elbow and rotator cuff injuries, also for skin and hair treatments. Platelet Rich Plasma therapy stimulates hair growth, healing bodily tissues, and pattern baldness via white blood cells and its other ingredients. 

Platelet Rich Plasma is a substance extracted from your blood and injected into your scalp to heal or stimulate hair follicles. An amount of blood is drawn and put in a centrifuge machine that will separate the substance from the rest of the blood, giving us a protein-concentrated substance that promotes healing with its growth factors.

How Does Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment Works

  • When doing a Platelet Rich Plasma session, the specialist takes a small amount of blood from the patient’s arm and then puts it inside the centrifuge. The machine will spin the blood at a certain speed until the blood splits into three layers: Red blood cells, platelet-rich plasma, and platelet-poor plasma. 
  • The platelet rich plasma is then taken and injected into the scalp areas that are affected by hair loss — the number of injections you need will depend on how large the area to be treated is. It can be from 10 to 20 injections per session.
  • The process of Platelet Rich Plasma injections takes between 30 and 45 minutes, and the number of sessions for optimal results is approximately 2 to 3 sessions per month, but it will depend on your hair loss level. Your doctor will determine how many sessions and how many injections you need.

Is Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment A Permanent Solution For Hair Loss

Platelet Rich Plasma treatment has no side effects; it can be an effective solution for men and women suffering from hair thinning and hair loss. However, the results will depend on a few elements.

  • Some studies conducted between 2014 and 2019 on a group of more than 20 individuals showed that Platelet Rich Plasma treatment performed better in hair loss cases than other chemical treatments. However, the study also concluded that the level of platelets present in your plasma significantly affects the results of hair regrowth.
  • Platelet Rich Plasma treatment can be a semi-permanent solution, as you must keep up with some sessions and touch-ups to maintain results at least once a year. 
  • The Platelet Rich Plasma treatment remains one of the safest and most natural options for hair regrowth. Although, it is essential to mention that Platelet Rich Plasma injections can’t completely cure hair loss. 

Best Candidates For Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Treatment

Platelet Rich Plasma treatment for hair loss is not always suitable for everyone. To know if you are a suitable candidate for this treatment, here are some conditions: 

  1. Candidates that are in generally good health. 
  2. Individuals who are in the beginning stage of hair thinning and who have their hair follicles active. This state is the ideal situation for Platelet Rich Plasma treatment.
  3. If you have enough platelets in your blood. That’s why it is recommended to get a blood test to see if you are a suitable candidate for Platelet Rich Plasma hair treatment. 
  4. Women who are experiencing thinning hair after the menopause stage.

It is also important to mention that heavy smokers, people with health conditions, blood infections, or some skin diseases are less likely to have good results for Platelet Rich Plasma treatment.

Pre-Procedure Tips For Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Treatment

After making your decision to undergo a Platelet Rich Plasma treatment for your hair loss issue, and after you have made sure that you are suitable for this procedure, here are some tips that you should follow before having your Platelet Rich Plasma treatment session:

Stop having any steroid medicines two to three weeks before the procedure.
For at least a week before the Platelet Rich Plasma procedure, avoid having any blood thinners such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or any anticoagulant medication, as well as herbal teas and vitamins with blood-thinning effects. If you are taking any specific medication, check with your doctor.
On the day preceding your Platelet Rich Plasma session, eat healthy food, drink plenty of water, and have a good night’s sleep.
On the procedure day, keep your body hydrated and well-fed.

Post-Procedure TIPS FOR Platelet Rich Plasma Hair Treatment

Although Platelet Rich Plasma injections are an outpatient procedure and don’t require recovery time, it is recommended to rest and take it easy for a few days after the procedure. To ensure good results after your Platelet Rich Plasma session and to speed up your recovery, here are some tips to follow: 

  • Avoid touching, rubbing, or massaging your scalp during the eight hours following your procedure.
  • Avoid applying any lotion, oil, or hair product during the first three days.
  • Refrain from swimming, showering, or bathing for eight hours after your Platelet Rich Plasma injections.
  • Avoid taking any medications or vitamins without consulting your doctor.
  • For at least three days after your Platelet Rich Plasma treatment, do not smoke or drink alcohol to not hinder the healing process or decrease the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Refrain from hard exercise and exhausting activities for three days post-procedure.

You can have your Platelet Rich Plasma injections to treat your hair loss or hair thinning issues at Turkeyana Clinic by simply filling out the form and booking an appointment for a free consultation.