Despite the effectiveness of platelet-rich plasma treatments, it’s quite worrisome if you aren’t seeing the results that you’re promised to achieve. It can make you ask yourself whether you’re just too impatient to see the results or the procedure just hasn’t worked at all. Sometimes, all you need is a rough estimate of until when the treatment runs and when it’s likely to take effect.
So what’s the growth phase timeline for PRP injections on hair growth? Although the PRP is already working its way in the hair cycle within the first few treatments, it takes 6 to 12 months or 2 to 3 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart before you’ll be able to see noticeable results of this hair treatment. You may also need maintenance treatments to make this procedure more long-lasting.
How Long Does It Take Before the Results of PRP Injections are Noticeable?
Depending on the severity of your condition and your response to the treatment, it may take a while before the results of PRP injections as a hair loss treatment may be noticeable. This is because it may take a while before the dormant hair is stimulated again to restart its active phase in the hair cycle.
Some people may see results of platelet-rich plasma injections for pattern hair loss after a single treatment. However, for most people, it takes 6 to 12 months of PRP injections for hair loss, which translates to 2 to 3 treatments spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart, before the maximum results of this treatment may be seen.
However, since the benefits for hair thickening caused by PRP is only due to healing growth factors and it doesn’t do anything to the genetic aspect of hair loss, the results of PRP treatments aren’t permanent. Typical hair maintenance treatments, which are done every 6 to 12 months, are needed for this hair loss therapy in order for the thicker hair to be maintained.
What’s the Downtime After PRP Injections for Hair Growth?
Unlike hair transplantation surgery where it takes a while before a patient recovers, platelet-rich plasma therapy sessions have little to no downtime. The recovery time for this procedure is as fast as how the process is done (10 to 15 minutes), and patients who underwent this procedure can easily go back to their normal activities after the procedure.
How PRP Injections Work for Hair Growth
Platelet-rich plasma injections are an autologous formulation, meaning it’s a formulation taken from the own blood of the patient undergoing the procedure. This procedure entails the following phases:
- Blood Draw – Blood draw, as the name suggests, entails taking the patient’s blood through medical devices like a syringe filled with anticoagulants.
- Blood Processing – In blood processing, the blood sample taken from the patient is subjected to centrifugation at certain revolutions per minute, although it’s not yet standardized, resulting in variations in the effects of PRP treatments.
- Injection Proper – The healthcare professional may apply numbing cream or inject anesthesia to the area where the injections will be administered. PRP injections may be done intradermally and administered at even spacing in the affected areas.
This procedure works by prolonging the anagen phase or growth phase of the hair growth cycle through the effects of essential growth factors that are released upon platelet activation.
These growth factors also increase the blood supply of the scalp by inducing angiogenesis or the formation of new blood vessels. This helps in the provision of oxygen and nutrients that are necessary for the growth of hair follicles.
Some examples of the healing factors present in the platelet-rich plasma include platelet-derived growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor, and epidermal growth factor.
Prolongation of the anagen phase may also be done through the stimulation of Wnt/β-catenin/T-cell factor lymphoid enhancer, which may also be promoted by platelet-rich plasma. PRP also has antiapoptotic effects, meaning it enhances the regulators with the ability to reduce apoptosis or programmed cell death, such as ERK and Akt signaling.
Safety of PRP Injections for Hair Growth
PRP hair restoration treatment is a safe treatment, with studies on its efficacy and safety reporting no major side effects associated with the procedure. Since this formulation came from the patient’s own blood components, the patient is less likely to experience allergic reactions to this formulation and won’t contract any communicable disease.
Side effects of this procedure are only mild and are associated with the way it’s administered. Mild pain, redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site are usual side effects.
Infections rarely occur, as these are typically attributed to non-aseptic conditions of preparing and administering the formulation. Tissue and nerve injuries may also occur, although it’s also rare and is attributable to the skills of the one performing the procedure.
PRP injections must also not be done on patients with certain medical conditions like autoimmune diseases and systemic disorders. It also must not be done on patients with hemodynamic instability and active infections.
Tips on Taking Care of PRP Injections for Hair Growth
With the advice of a healthcare professional, blood thinners and anti-inflammatories must be stopped at least 3 days before the procedure. This is because this class of drugs causes an impairment in the activation of platelets, leading to a less effective hair loss treatment.
Prophylactic antivirals may also be prescribed by the healthcare professional performing the procedure because of the risk of activating cold sores in case you have a medical history of herpes infection or are unaware of such.
Alcoholic drinks and tobacco products must be avoided as well.
PEP Factor: An Effective Product for Hair Growth
Combining platelet-rich plasma therapy with other hair loss treatments is a good option for patients with androgenetic alopecia and other types of hair loss. This is because combination therapies help make the results more optimum and may potentially hasten the time it takes to see the results of the treatment sessions.
A good complement for platelet-rich plasma therapy for hair growth is FACE Med Store’s PEP Factor, a high-quality formulation made of nourishing ingredients. It contains no harsh chemicals and contains only natural ingredients.
PEP Factor is also applied topically so no topical anesthetic of some sort is needed in its application, unlike other minimally-invasive hair treatments. This makes it not just an effective complement to PRP for healthy hair growth, but a safe one as well.
PEP Factor contains basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and copper peptide as its active ingredients. The basic fibroblast growth factor encourages active hair growth by promoting cell growth. Similarly, copper peptide’s role in hair regrowth lies in its antioxidant properties, which work by neutralizing the reactive oxygen species that cause harmful oxidative stress that may also cause a reduction in hair density.
The PEP Factor may also be applied to the skin, causing facial rejuvenation and skin brightening also due to the same natural ingredients that are useful for scalp hair.
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Patience is needed before you see the hair regrowth effects of the platelet-rich plasma treatment. Although the growth factors are already starting to control the hair growth cycle in the initial treatment, it takes a couple of treatments before the hair growth effects are fully visible in the mirror.
At FACE Med Store, we’re here to make sure that your hair restoration treatments work by providing the best medical supplies and formulations against hair thinning. Our team can also give recommendations for products that effectively address your specific hair loss concerns. Shop now at our online store or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.