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PRP for Hair Loss in Manchester and Cheshire

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PRP for Hair Loss at CLNQ in Manchester & Cheshire

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, can be distressing for many, impacting both self-esteem and appearance. The causes of hair loss are diverse, and the treatments vary in effectiveness. One such treatment gaining attention is Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. We explain the causes of hair loss, what PRP is, how it aids in treating hair loss, review the scientific evidence supporting its use, describe how the procedure is performed, outline the potential risks, discuss costs, and explain what to expect before and after undergoing PRP for hair loss.

Causes of Hair Loss

Hair loss can occur due to various reasons:

  • Genetic Factors: Androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male or female pattern baldness, is hereditary.
  • Hormonal Changes: Conditions like pregnancy, menopause, and thyroid problems can trigger hair loss.
  • Medical Conditions: Alopecia areata (an autoimmune disease that attacks hair follicles), scalp infections like ringworm, and diseases such as lupus and diabetes.
  • Medications: Hair loss can be a side effect of drugs used for cancer, arthritis, depression, heart problems, gout, and high blood pressure.
  • Nutritional Deficiencies: Insufficient intake of nutrients like iron, protein, and vitamins can lead to hair shedding.
  • Stressful Events: Physical or emotional stress can cause temporary hair loss.
  • Hairstyling and Treatments: Excessive styling and harsh treatments can cause traction alopecia or hair shaft damage, leading to hair loss.

What is PRP?

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy involves using a concentration of a person's own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints. The use of PRP for aesthetics has become widely popular with the Vampire PRP facial. In the context of hair loss, PRP is used to stimulate dormant hair follicles to promote new hair growth and thicken existing hair.

How Does PRP Help with Hair Loss?

PRP works by harnessing the growth factors that platelets are known to contain, which can promote healing and tissue regeneration. When injected into the scalp, PRP for hair loss releases growth factors that stimulate and increase the number of reparative cells your body produces. The theory is that this process stimulates the hair follicles, causing them to grow. PRP can also be used following hair transplantation to help strengthen the grafted follicles.

Studies on PRP and Hair Loss

Evidence from various studies suggests PRP may be an effective treatment for hair loss. A systematic review and meta-analysis noted that PRP for hair loss could increase hair count and thickness in patients with androgenetic alopecia (AGA). However, outcomes can vary, and more standardized research is needed to define optimal protocols and treatment intervals.

How is PRP of the Scalp Performed?

With PRP for hair loss Manchester & Cheshire patients will start with a consultation, where our doctors will assess if you are a suitable candidate for the treatment. The procedure involves three main steps:

  • Blood Collection: Blood is drawn from the patient's arm.
  • Platelet Separation: The blood is spun in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from other blood components.
  • Injection: The concentrated platelet-rich plasma is injected into areas of the scalp where hair thinning has occurred.

Typically, the treatment requires multiple sessions spaced 1-2 months apart, followed by maintenance treatments every 3-6 months. We recommend a course of 3 treatments initially at 4-6 week intervals.

Risks of PRP for Hair Loss

PRP test tube with model in the background

PRP is generally safe; however, as with any procedure involving injections, there are potential risks:

  • Infection
  • Injury to blood vessels or nerves
  • Pain at the injection site
  • Scarring
  • Calcification at the injection points

These risks are usually very minor and limited to the initial injection. The response will vary greatly between patients. There may be some patients where there will be no response.

Cost of PRP for Hair Loss

In Cheshire & Manchester PRP for hair loss can vary in cost depending on the number of sessions needed, size of area treated and volume required. There will usually be some packages for courses which will reduce the cost of scalp PRP. At CLNQ, the cost of PRP for hair loss is from £395 per session.

What to Expect Before and After PRP for Hair Loss

Before the Procedure

You might be advised to stop taking certain medications such as NSAIDs or blood thinners several days before.

A consultation will determine your suitability for PRP for hair loss and discuss your medical history.

After the Procedure

Some tenderness, swelling, and redness may be expected at the injection sites.

Patients can usually return to their normal activities almost immediately.

Results vary, but most patients may begin to see hair growth within a few months after the first or second session.

It's important for individuals considering PRP for hair loss in Manchester & Cheshire to book a consultation with our team to understand fully the potential benefits and limitations of this treatment. Given the variability in response, managing expectations and discussing the procedure in detail with a doctor who understands the nuances of the treatment is crucial. Some patients may need to consider alternative treatments such as hair transplants.

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