Hair loss or thinning hair is a big problem for both men and women because when you get older, hair will become thinner and brittle. This problem can be modified with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). PRP is plasma, derived from whole blood centrifuge, which contains growth factor. When it is injected to nourish the hair follicles, it will stimulate hair to be stronger and thicker. When you wash your hair, you can notice that hair will fall down more difficult. This method is very effective, and it is certified by many research. However, the patients must prepare themselves by stopping smoking and maintaining their health since the amount of growth factor varies according to the patient's health. If the patients have good health, there will be a lot of growth factors. These growth factors can nourish the hair resulting in healthier and stronger hair.
PRP can be done 3 to 5 times a year to make the hair stronger and look thicker, but it depends on the patient and blood collection techniques extracting for growth factor. However, PRP has limitations. There are some groups of people that cannot undergo this treatment including people with cancer, autoimmune diseases such as SLE, immunodeficiency, or chronic diseases such as diabetes.
PRP can be done in women after giving birth with hair loss problems and in people with bald scalps. Many people may wonder whether PRP works for hair regrowth. The answer is that your doctor should assess whether PRP or hair transplant is better for each case because some people go bald, but there are still opening of the hair follicles. Thus, injecting PRP will stimulate the growth of the hair follicle.
However, we must first find the cause of the hair loss. Some people may be caused by abnormal hormones such as thyroid or cysts in the ovary, or some people may be caused by a fungal infection in the scalp. Therefore, the diagnosis of the cause is important for finding a suitable treatment.
Information provided by Dr. Patcharanan Lengwahasathit
Compiled by Medisci Center