Hair loss or alopecia is treatable without the use of surgical methods. Surgical methods like FUE or FUT are the commonly suggested treatments for hair loss since they are almost always successful, but they could be undeniably expensive for some. Topical hair loss treatments, while widely available and affordable, take months to work and the results vary, but it definitely had seen success in some individuals. In the Philippines, hair loss treatments like Rogaine (minoxidil), Propecia (finasteride), and Spironolactone have proven to be popular with people trying to combat hair loss, but there’s another non-surgical treatment that’s been gaining attention for the past few years.
It’s called Platelet-Rich Plasma or PRP. It’s used for wound healing, facial rejuvenation, and hair loss. It can either be injected or applied topically. As research suggests, it isn’t something new. It has been around since the 1970s and it was used as a transfusion product for treating patients with thrombocytopenia. It also found use for maxillofacial surgery as Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF) in the 1980s.
Nowadays, PRP is widely associated with sports-related injury treatment, especially in the field of musculoskeletal sports injuries. PRP also found use in different medical fields such as cardiac surgery, pediatric surgery, gynecology, urology, plastic surgery, and ophthalmology. (Karger: Review Article – A Review of Platelet-Rich Plasma: History, Biology, Mechanism of Action, and Classification)
PRP for Hair Loss Treatment
According to the Asian Hair Restoration Center, a well-known hair clinic in the Philippines, PRP has emerged as a new treatment for hair loss. They also suggested that it has a beneficial role in hair growth in Androgenic Alopecia and Alopecia Areata. The science behind it is that platelets have hundreds of specialized proteins called growth factors that aid in healing. These growth factors help create or stimulate new hair follicles.
A study revealed that PRP treatment theoretically has sufficient scientific basis for its use in hair loss treatment, but its efficacy may vary and still needs further research. Sometimes this hair restoration approach is combined with other hair loss procedures and medications.
What happens during the procedure is that the doctor will take some of your blood, separate the platelets from the other cells, and put the platelets back into the plasma. That PRP will be injected into your scalp that needs hair growth with a small needle. Depending on your doctor, they may start with 3 treatments. Most patients that underwent PRP hair loss treatment seem to be happy with the results.
A Cost-Effective Treatment
All in all, using PRP injection as hair loss treatment is a feasible, safe, and less expensive approach compared to surgical hair restoration methods here in the Philippines. You may want to try this if you’re also using other hair loss medications or when undergoing hair transplant. Just consult with a dermatologist about this and they will give you the proper guidance on whether or not you should get a PRP treatment.