The PRP treatment has been around since the 1980’s, however this treatment was used for joint healing, tendonitis and ligament issues just to name a few. Because PRP is used primarily for healing muscular tissue it has gone beyond these fields and moved it’s way under the aesthetic umbrella. In other words, scientists and others in the medicine field have discovered that injecting your blood back into your systems can add gorgeous points to your scale as well!
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, and it is the ingredient in the blood that causes the hair cells to thicken and create fuller hair. The process starts by a surgeon drawing about 60-100 cc’s of blood and then injecting it into the thinner areas of the scalp. The scalp is numbed with an agent such as lidocaine before this takes place. Actor, Kim Kardashian claimed she would never get this again, main reason being because she wasn’t allowed to receive the numbing medication due to her being pregnant at the time. The fact that it has made it all the way to the Kardashian family just shows that it’s climbing the ladder to be the next reconstructive trend. Not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration, most insurance companies look at the treatment as experimental. Before the blood is injected into the scalp it has to be processed through a centrifuge. This process is to separate the blood from the plasma, then the plasma is separated to derive the PRP, after that it is concentrated. This plasma hosts special proteins to help the blood clot and support cell growth. Some surgeons combine techniques with others to promote long term growth, because you have to keep getting the PRP treatments as long as patients want to keep the desired look.
People are being drawn to this method because it appears to be safer than hair transplants. Also, it’s your own blood that would be used so no worries about transfusion from another person. Side effects of this procedure would probably be nerve injury, temporary damaged tissue or pain at the injection site.
It is recommended that you consider this type of treatment as soon as you notice thinning, people who have about 30% of thinning or less achieve the best results. Even though there are many treatments out there, this treatment promises to be one of the more safer procedures. There is more research yet to be done, however it doesn’t stop celebrities, even Tiger Woods from trying it!