On 15 JANUARY 2022 | LIFESTYLE
Hair loss or Alopecia can be a temporary or permanent condition and not just scalp, sometimes it affects the entire body. The reasons for hair-loss can be aging, heredity, hormonal changes or prevailing medical condition. Some people ignore this condition and let the hair loss continue to the stage where reversal becomes very challenging. It is always advisable to seek immediate medical attention to prevent further hair loss and restore the growth. The treatment option depends upon the cause and severity of hair loss.
There are hundreds of different hair loss treatments available which give varied level of results and reliability. Some research based treatment options have proven to be very effective and one such treatment option is Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) Therapy.
What is Plasma Rich Platelet (PRP) Therapy and how does it work?
PRP Therapy is a simple and non-surgical hair-loss treatment. A few milliliters of blood are drawn from patient in the similar way it is taken for any blood investigation. It is placed in centrifuge which separates platelet rich plasma (PRP) from the blood components.
A topical numbing solution is applied to the scalp 30 to 40 minutes before the procedure. Then the PRP is injected in the affected areas of scalp with the help of micro needles. The platelets release growth factors which stimulate the hair growth and result in healthier looking hair. Along with this therapy the dermatologist may recommend other oral and topical medications.
How much time does the procedure take?
All simple steps of this OPD procedure are carried out in one section of derma lab so it becomes convenient and takes approximately 1 hour.
How do I prepare myself for PRP Therapy?
Evaluation with dermatologist is the pre-requisite for this therapy. Your dermatologist will suggest you Do’s and Don’ts for this procedure. Few of the do’s are: shampooing of the hair prior procedure, eat light meal, drinking plenty of water to keep you hydrated and few blood investigations. Some of the don’ts are: don’t wash hair for six to eight hours after the procedure, avoid touching or scrubbing the injected areas for 24 hours. However the patient can easily continue with day-to-day activities after the procedure.
How many sessions will be required to see the results?
The sessions have monthly frequency. Three to four sessions are highly recommended. Results depend upon severity of the condition. Majority of the patients notice results after 3 sessions.
Are there any risks associated with the procedure?
Since the PRP is obtained from the patient’s own blood it is totally natural and safe procedure. There is a very minimal risk of complications and/or allergic reactions but the possibilities are evaluated by the doctor before the procedure and necessary medications are given if such complications happen.
What are the side effects of PRP Therapy?
Very rarely minimal swelling, bruising, or redness occurs at the needle prick site within first twelve to twenty-four hours of procedure. No chemical and foreign materials are injected which makes it a safe procedure. There can be mild pain and minor irritation of skin at times during the procedure.
PRP Therapy is suitable for both men and women. It contains active factors which stimulates hair growth. Since it is safe non-surgical effective therapy, is becoming increasingly popular thanks to its many medical advantages. The end result is fuller and healthier looking head that can help to restore one’s confidence.
For more information about PRP Therapy and appointments please call 91299468 or 24799760 or walk-in Badr Al Samaa Hospital, Ruwi. This therapy is also available in Al Khoud, Al Khuwair, Sur, Nizwa, Barka and Salalah branches of Badr Al Samaa Group of Hospitals. Visit: www.badralsamaahospitals.com.
Dr. Riyas P M
Dr. Poornima Kabad
MD, D.Derm (Glasgow)
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