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Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Work for Receding Hairline?

With the risks associated with other hair restoration treatments, especially a surgical procedure like hair transplantation, it’s no surprise that patients with hair loss look for alternative and relatively risk-free cosmetic procedures to solve their hair problems. One of the newer technologies for hair growth is the platelet-rich plasma treatment.

So does platelet-rich plasma work for receding hairline? With its ability to mobilize growth factors and stimulate a process akin to wound healing in areas of hair loss, platelet-rich plasma treatment works well for a receding hairline. Hair regrowth may be expected at least 6 months after platelet-rich plasma injections and maintenance treatments should be done for long-lasting results.

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How Platelet-Rich Plasma Works For Receding Hairline

Platelet-rich plasma therapy for hair loss works by mediating the healing effects of the concentration of growth factors released by platelets and their effect on the hair cycle.

These growth factors must be balanced in order for a net effect of hair restoration to take place since different growth factors have different effects. For example, hair growth is stimulated by platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) while transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-B) inhibits it. 

The net effect of platelet-rich plasma therapy is exerted on the anagen phase or active phase of the hair cycle, in that it prolongs this phase to allow optimum growth of previously dormant hair follicles seen as an increase in hair density. 

Moreover, anti-apoptotic regulators like Bcl-2 and Akt, or those that prevent the programmed cell death of hair cells, are also activated due to platelet-rich plasma injections, increasing the efficacy of platelet-rich plasma as a treatment for hair loss.

How The Procedure Is Done

A team of experts is mobilized to proceed with the careful process of platelet-rich plasma therapy. It’s obtained from the patient through a blood draw facilitated by a syringe with an anticoagulant.

The blood collected will then be subjected to centrifugation, separating the blood components to concentrate the blood plasma containing a high concentration of platelets.

When the platelet-rich plasma formulation has been obtained, it will then be injected into the patient (intradermally in patients with hair loss such as in androgenic alopecia).

What To Expect After The Procedure

Platelet-rich plasma is clinically proven to be effective in improving the appearance of balding hair. In fact, in a randomized placebo-controlled study, patients with hair loss were shown to improve the amount of hair in the area with baldness and hair density after 3 cycles of platelet-rich plasma injections. 

However, despite the proven efficacy of the procedure, it may take a couple of months for the full effect to be observable. This means that a couple of treatment sessions are needed before initial results may be seen.

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Side Effects of Platelet-Rich Plasma

Since platelet-rich plasma injections are from your own blood and because it’s minimally invasive, a patient who underwent this procedure may immediately return to their normal activities after the treatment, although minimal discomfort may also be expected. 

Some known side effects of platelet-rich plasma injections include mild redness, pain, swelling, and bruising. Infections may also occur although it’s rare and associated with the unsterile injection procedure and not with the formulation itself. Nerve injuries may also occur although also rare and heavily dependent on the skill of the one performing the procedure.

Pre- And Post-Care Procedures for Platelet-Rich Plasma

Before the procedure commences, it’s best to discontinue the use of blood thinners and anti-inflammatory medications (this should be done with expert advice from your healthcare provider) because these drugs may interfere with platelet activation, causing a decrease in the efficacy of the injections.

Similarly, despite having no downtime, some restrictions must still be followed after the procedure. Extremes of temperature like applying cold compresses and going to hot baths should be avoided for at least 72 hours after the procedure. Taking a bath should also not be done within 24 hours after the procedure. Avoidance of drinking and smoking should be done as well.

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Another effective treatment that may be used on its own or may be used to complement the effects of platelet-rich plasma against hair thinning is FACE Med Store’s PEP Factor. It’s an innovative formulation made from the best natural and nourishing ingredients, making it a safe formulation, in addition to its topical administration. 

PEP Factor’s active ingredients are basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and copper peptide. The basic fibroblast growth factor can effectively complement the growth-promoting effects of platelet-rich plasma through its own growth-promoting effects. Copper peptide is also a good complementary ingredient because of its antioxidant properties.

What’s more, PEP Factor may also be used to bring skin rejuvenating effects, causing a youthful appearance to be observed in those who opt to have it applied to their skin.

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Improvements in hair thickness may be expected from platelet-rich plasma treatment because of the healing process initiated by its blood components. Moreover, complications from platelet-rich plasma injections are rare because of their minimally-invasive nature and because they’re made from your own blood cells.

At FACE Med Store, we’re committed to helping patients with hair loss achieve their goals of having thicker hair by providing their healthcare provider with the best medical supplies and formulations suitable as a treatment for hair loss. Contact us now at info@facemedstore.com to learn more about our products.

Learn More: Can PRP Injections Work On Short Hairs Around The Hairline? 

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