Last year saw the explosive rise of a new facial therapy which was initially made famous by Kim Kardashian and supermodel Bar Rafaeli. The cosmetic treatment was used as facelifts and to enhance skin presentation. Now doctors have reported that it can be used in the same way to stimulate hair growth.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy or PRT for short is quite a messy business and certainly not the kind of thing to watch if you are just about to eat your tea. Nicknamed “the Vampire therapy” (customers during the process are left looking as if they have blood all over their faces) it certainly gained many fans and followers during 2013. In facial treatments a sample of blood is taken from the customer and then the platelets layer of the blood is injected back into the face.
So what is the process for hair loss?
First of all because the scalp can be so sensitive there is a need for an anaesthetic during the one and a half hour procedure. Four syringes of the customer’s blood are needed and these are placed in a centrifuge in order to separate the plasma from the red blood cells. The theory is the rich plasma can stimulate the follicles on the scalp into further growth.
Before the syringes are inserted, the scalp is prepared using a dermaroller (the customer will need to use the dermaroller on a daily basis for at least a month after the treatment is finished). Now the blood is syringed into the area of concern – where the hair is receding or directly where there is hair loss. Changes are expected to be seen within 6 weeks.
Is there evidence the treatment works?
A leading consultant based in Harley Street, Dr Alex Alexandrides , remarked in an interview with the Daily Mail online that this treatment is not entirely new. He said “PRP to treat hair loss has been championed by many surgeons quietly for the past few years, and studies underway are showing promising results that the procedure does stimulate the growth of new hair follicles.”
He went on to state that PRP should not be considered a form of hair transplantation in its own right. It is when the two procedures are combined that the optimum result is experienced. Dr Alexandrides said “Patients should keep in mind that PRP is not be considered as an alternative to a hair transplant, in fact the two procedures combined provide optimum results for thinning hair.The role of PRP in hair restoration is to stimulate inactive or newly implanted hair follicles into an active growth phase, and this treatment should be repeated (number of treatments will vary per case) during the re growth stage following the hair transplant.”
In the same way, Skalp Micro Pigmentation could be used as a way to enhance presentation before, during and after the process takes place. To learn more about Micro Pigmentation click here