Hair Loss Treatment – Is There An Alternative To Hair Plugs?

Considering hair loss treatment to combat thinning or patchy hair? Unsure about your best option? It can be difficult dealing with hair loss, but 40% of women struggle with bald patches by the age of 50, and 39% of men will lose their hair altogether, so you’re certainly not alone. 

As common as hair loss is, there must be an easier, more cost-effective and non-surgical alternative to hair plugs.

There is – PRP. This is one of the most advanced hair loss treatments, which uses your own platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to encourage fresh growth of new hair in targeted areas. Here’s everything you need to know about this surgery-free option.

What Is PRP?

PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma, which refers to the plasma used in this incredible hair loss solution.

This is a modern method for treating pattern baldness (sometimes called alopecia) in both men and women. Most people will experience some hair thinning as they age, particularly past the age of 70. But hair loss can still be distressing and cause a great deal of insecurity, no matter how many people it affects.

If you have hair loss, you might feel alone and unsure of going ahead with surgical hair treatments such as ‘hair plugs’ where hair follicles are surgically transplanted into your scalp. PRP for hair loss is a non-surgical alternative that can offer great results, with no downtime compared to traditional hair loss surgeries.

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How Does PRP Hair Loss Treatment Work?

PRP therapy uses blood to stimulate the growth of new hair follicles and encourage fast healing. Before you feel too squeamish, your own blood is taken and put into a centrifuge to specifically take out the plasma. 

Your blood plasma naturally stimulates tissue growth and healing, so it’s a smart way to use your own body’s processes to encourage hair regrowth. 

Your blood is spun for around 15 minutes to fully separate the plasma, and it’s this plasma that is injected – with great care – into your targeted areas. PRP is widely considered a safe and low-risk option, and this same concept is used to treat a variety of other medical conditions, not just hair loss. 

Platelet-rich plasma therapy is also used to help with:

  • Tendon and ligament injuries in athletes
  • Osteoarthritis in knee joints
  • Reduce pain and speed up recovery from surgeries like ACL repair

The PRP Hair Loss Treatment Procedure

For non-surgical hair restoration, PRP is a non-invasive and effective treatment. It works by using your own blood to stimulate hair growth. At Dr Sobia Medispa, our PRP treatment for hair loss begins by taking a blood sample from your arm.

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This is similar to having blood drawn at your GP. The blood is placed in a centrifuge, which can spin the samples at a high speed. This process separates out your red blood cells from your plasma. It’s crucial to extract the plasma, as this contains stimulating growth factors.

Your plasma is carefully injected into the area you’re struggling with, perhaps at your temples or the top of your head. Placement depends on your individual needs, but you’ll remain fully awake during the procedure with numbing cream to help with any discomfort.

It’s important to stick to the suggested number of treatments for the best results, which could be between 2 to 4 sessions over a few months, with maintenance treatments around every 9 months after that. 

After your treatment, you might notice some very mild soreness, bruising or swelling, but this should reduce within 12-24 hours. There’s no downtime or recovery time either. 

Why Opt for PRP Hair Loss Treatment?

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If you feel like hair loss is severely affecting your life or that your case is particularly extensive, you might be wondering if PRP will be able to restore your hair. But PRP has quickly grown in popularity worldwide, and for good reason.

It’s Convenient

Unlike the stressful process of preparing and recovering from surgery, PRP doesn’t require any prior preparation or lengthy recovery process. You can get right back to your normal daily activities after every session.

Customisable Treatment Plans

Unlike typical over-the-counter hair loss solutions, your clinician will evaluate you and provide you with a fully personalised treatment plan. You’ll have the number of sessions needed to get you the results you want, not left alone after one procedure.

The Natural Look

While many treatments for hair loss and alopecia promise full and thick hair recovery, PRP can give you a truly natural look once you see hair regrowth. Because the treatment uses your body’s natural ability to regenerate its own tissues, your hair should grow just as it would have done before your hair loss occurred.

Targeting The Real Problem

Tired of just covering up the issue? PRP targets the main problem, the lack of hair growth. Instead of covering up the hair loss, you’ll be able to grow your hair back where it was, with a natural appearance that lasts longer.

The Cost of PRP Hair Loss Treatment

As with all advanced medical treatments, you’re investing in a long-term solution instead of a quick cover-up. While you could spend the rest of your life paying for one-size-fits-all dyes and shampoos, you could instead fight the problem head-on. 

This non-surgical hair loss treatment uses cutting-edge equipment and requires a trained clinician. Pricing takes this into account and also depends on the number of sessions you require. Each session can cost from £350.

Considering that most people using PRP to treat their hair loss require at least 3 sessions, you can expect to pay in the region of £1200 to £1550 for your PRP procedures. 

You’ll then be free to decide how often you want to ‘top up’ the treatment with maintenance sessions. However, your clinician will advise you how long in between sessions you should wait to properly maintain your hair regrowth and avoid going back to square one. 

Is PRP Hair Loss Treatment Right For You?

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Of course, every head is different. PRP can get you natural-looking hair growth within your initial 2-4 sessions with no downtime or recovery, but it needs to be the right choice for you. 

PRP is generally best suited to anyone with male or female pattern baldness. Whether struggling with an annoying bald patch or severe hair thinning over your whole head, PRP could be the way to regain your confidence and feel like yourself again.

If you’d like to find out more about our PRP hair loss treatments at Dr Sobia Medispa, check out our PRP page.

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