PRF to treat hair loss
What is Platelet-Rich Fibrin (PRF)?
Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) is a type of autologous blood therapy that is derived from a patient's own blood. It is a concentrated form of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that contains a high concentration of growth factors and cytokines. These natural substances help to promote tissue repair and regeneration, which makes PRF an ideal treatment for hair loss.
How does PRF work for hair loss?
PRF injections for hair loss involve injecting the patient's own PRF into the scalp in areas where hair loss has occurred. The growth factors and cytokines in the PRF then stimulate the hair follicles, promoting new hair growth and thickening existing hair.
PRF also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can be beneficial for people with androgenetic alopecia, the most common type of hair loss. Androgenetic alopecia is caused by an underlying genetic predisposition to hair loss, combined with the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which causes inflammation and miniaturisation of the hair follicles. By reducing inflammation, PRF can help slow or even reverse the miniaturisation process, leading to thicker, healthier hair.
Benefits of PRF injections for hair loss
1. Non-surgical: PRF injections for hair loss are a non-surgical treatment option, which means that they do not involve any incisions or anaesthesia. This makes the treatment safer and more comfortable than surgical hair restoration procedures, such as hair transplants.
2. Minimal downtime: Unlike surgical hair restoration procedures, which can require several weeks of downtime, PRF injections for hair loss have minimal downtime. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure.
3. Natural results: PRF injections for hair loss provide natural-looking results because they promote the growth of the patient's own hair. This means that the new hair blends in seamlessly with the patient's existing hair, creating a natural-looking hairline.
4. Safe: PRF injections for hair loss are a safe treatment option because they use the patient's own blood, eliminating the risk of allergic reactions or transmission of infections.
What to expect from PRF injections
PRF injections for hair loss typically involve a series of treatments spaced several weeks apart. The number of treatments required will depend on the severity of the patient's hair loss and their individual treatment goals. For most patients, we typically recommend starting with 3 treatments, spaced three to four weeks apart.
During the procedure, a small amount of blood is drawn from the patient's arm and processed using a centrifuge to create the PRF. The PRF is then extracted and injected into the scalp in areas where hair loss has occurred. The injections are administered using a fine needle, which minimises discomfort.
Patients may experience some mild discomfort, swelling, or redness at the injection site, but these symptoms usually subside within a few days. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure.
How many PRF treatments for hair loss
The timeline for seeing results from PRF injections for hair loss can vary depending on several factors, including the extent of hair loss, the frequency of treatments, and individual response to the treatment. Typically, patients may see some improvement within the first few weeks after the initial PRF injection, but significant results may take several months.
While some patients may notice significant improvement after just a few treatments, others may require more sessions to see noticeable results. It's important to note that PRF injections are not a one-time solution for hair loss and require ongoing maintenance to maintain the results.
The procedure will take approximately 15 minutes. Optional numbing cream will add 30 minutes to treatment time.
For further information on PRF hair injections, feel free to contact Surecell Australia on (03) 9822 9996 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will ensure a staff member will assist with your query.
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What is the difference between PRP and stem cells?PRP contains natural growth factors and vital proteins that can help heal injured areas of soft tissue. PRP is used to treat conditions that often have the ability to heal themselves but may require a “jumpstart”, whereas stem cells are used in cases of more advanced conditions such as degenerative arthritis, bony defects, and in cases of spinal disc degeneration.
Are there any side effects of PRP injections?After PRP is taken from your own blood, there are no risks of disease transmission or allergic reactions. Sometimes PRP may aggravate the inflammatory response, causing a temporary increase in pain and swelling of the injured area. There may also be a local pressure effect from the injection of the fluid. These effects should subside within a few hours to days. If pain is severe, contact the doctor.