Procedure of PRP
In the first step of PRP, blood is drawn from the body, usually the arm with the help of a syringe. The process is akin to giving your blood sample for some routine blood test. The blood so obtained is centrifuged at a high speed. The platelet-rich blood thus stands separated from the rest of the blood. After administering anesthesia in the scalp of the concerned person, the blood which is platelet rich is injected. The patient’s hair is washed and he can go home after that.
No sedation or medication is required thereafter. Of course, the area should not be exposed to any extreme strain. The area recovers after some time and healing time is seldom long. It may take some weeks before the area heals completely.The patient needs to wait for some time to see the results. A spurt in hair growth can be seen after a few days. The theory behind the treatment states that the platelet-rich plasma triggers natural hair growth. Some patients prefer to get PRP therapy every 3-4 months to stimulate their hair growth.
Despite all the pointers favoring the procedure, there are some loopholes -The person might contract some infection during the process as a needle is being used.The patient might experience injuries to the nerves in the injected area.The area might pain for some time. In rare cases, tissue damage might be seen.
Can you opt for PRP?
Of course, it can be used by nearly everybody but there can be some exceptions –if you are a heavy smoker, or are on drugs, it is not a suitable option for you. If are an alcoholic, then also it is out of bounds. If you are suffering from medical conditions such as platelet dysfunction syndrome, sepsis or chronic skin diseases, then you can’t opt for it. If cancer or metabolic and systemic disorders or chronic liver disease has been diagnosed, its not a favorable choice for you.
Advantages of PRP
PRP is completely safe and follows a natural path to hair recovery.It has the least chances of resulting in an infection as no other person is involved as a donor. For the same reason, the chances of an allergic reaction are also nil. It is a non-invasive method and the patient can get back to work immediately after the procedure. It can also be used in conjunction with other therapies which promote hair growth.
PRP in today's context
PRP has been around for many years now and it has been effectively used in many fields like -Tendon injuries, Acute injuries, Osteoarthritis, and Postsurgical repair. But it has yet to prove its mettle in the field of hair rejuvenation as it lacks sufficient backing based on scientific research.
Cost of PRP
The cost of the PRP procedure will depend on the location and the infrastructure of the clinic. It will also be a subject to the experience of the doctor. Some patients might have to opt for the PRP cycle every 3-4 months. The patient might have to incur the expense from his pocket as the insurance companies usually don’t cover such procedures under medical insurance as they consider such options as cosmetic, not medical.
A Word about hair transplant
Hair Transplant is also an emerging trend nowadays for hair loss treatment. The procedure has gained a lot of popularity in many countries. Hair transplant procedure is often taken up as the last resort for hair revival after all other methods have been tried out. The process involves grafting of hair from the donor area to the recipient area. Usually, the balding area has less hair growth and the area on the side and back has more growth. In Hair transplant, the hair from the areas which have a substantial hair growth is extracted and grafted on to the balding area. Hair Transplant is a technique which involves transplanting of hair from the donor area to the recipient area. The donor area and the recipient area are clearly marked after a thorough discussion with the doctor. The balding areas are the recipient area and the region with the presence of hair is the donor area. The scalp is numbed using a local anesthesia. Using a scalpel, the surgeon removes an area of the scalp which has hair growth. The scalp is stitched back. The scalp removed is separated into small portions. Hair extracted from these pieces are implanted on the recipient area using a needle.A fter the grafting, the scalp is bandaged. The bandages are removed after 10 days. You will notice a spurt in hair growth after a few days or months.
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What Are The Advantages?
For men following can be the benefits of hair transplantation
Restoration of the desired look with full head of hair
Restoring the lost confidence and self esteem with younger and smarter look
It is the permanent solution for the bald spots and even can be done for the complete baldness problem in men
After hair restoration men can have any desired hair style including the short length of hair.
Transplanted hair can be colored, styled, trimmed or cut according to desires