PRP AND MESOTHERAPY
The thought is that growth factors released from the platelets have effects on stem cells within hair follicles, thus promoting the growth phase of hair,” explains DNA Clinic’s plastic surgeon in Istanbul. “They are also thought to stimulate angiogenesis (new blood vessel formation), which provides blood flow to assist in hair growth.”
HOW PRP WORKS
First, a sample of blood is drawn and put into a special canister that separates it into different multiple layers. The doctor uses the layer of blood that’s filled with platelets, as well as stem cells and growth factors. Then, it’s injected into the scalp with a syringe to stimulate hair growth.
WHAT TYPES OF HAIR LOSS DOES PRP TREAT?
Although PRP can be a treatment option for any type of hair loss, that it’s most commonly used for people dealing with androgenic alopecia (male and female pattern hair loss), and alopecia areata.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
One of the many reasons that PRP is becoming an increasingly popular hair loss treatment is that there’s little to no side effects and no downtime.
A numbing cream is usually used, but patients may experience mild pain, redness, possible bruising, infection, and/or scarring at the injection site.
If you have an infection on your scalp or active psoriasis, it’s recommended that you wait for the skin to heal before getting treatment and anyone with a low platelet count or clotting should avoid PRP.
HOW FAST DOES HAIR GROW BACK?
It depends on the etiology and how long the hair has been gone from the area.For example, if you have alopecia caused by stress, pregnancy, or another trauma and treat it right away, there’s a greater chance that the hair follicles will be stimulated and the hair will grow back. However, most of male patients who have had hair loss for a while and have seen some small hair regrowth when we have injected them. Also, the hair that they do have has gotten thicker
The hair growth cycle is also a factor. Hair has a dormant period, a fast growth period, and then sheds. These three stages repeat themselves. One of the many reasons you want to do a number of sessions that are spread out is because you want to hit all of the hair follicles when they’re coming out of the dormant stage and are ready to grow.
Typically, hair loss patients will see the most results in 3-6 months. While studies have shown great results, just like any hair loss treatment, there isn’t a 100 percent guarantee that it will work. To avoid doing anything that will be detrimental to new hair growth, our doctors suggests avoiding chemical hair treatments during the PRP treatment process. Our experts at DNA Hair Clinic also recommends not using any hair products that contain sulfates.
Mesotherapy is a non-invasive and non-surgical cosmetic hair restoration procedure which has been steadily gaining in popularity.
Superficial microinjections are inserted just below the epidermal layer of the skin into the appropriate tissues to stimulate the mesoderm layer in the skin, which lies at a depth of about 1mm beneath the surface, in order encourage the hair’s natural regeneration and proliferation process.
Mesotherapy treatment has now been used for decades to successfully restore luster and volume to thinning hair and to promote significant hair regrowth for both women and men who have experienced the beginnings of balding or Alopecia Areata.
The technology at the root of the treatment is based on the understanding that most hair loss problems are a result of lack of proper nutrients, reduced blood circulation to the scalp, and hormone imbalances around the hair follicle, in particular an excess production of the hair loss androgen DHT.
For hair restoration treatments, the Mesotherapy solution injected into the scalp contains a special combination of specific chemicals, minerals, amino acids, vitamins, nucleic acids and co-enzymes specifically tailored according to the patient’s unique requirements.
The treatment restores hormone balance at a gradual pace, which enables the steady growth of new, healthy hair strands.
The Chemical and Mechanical Action of Mesotherapy
Mesotherapy uses a dual-action process, which employs both chemical stimulation and mechanical stimulation to the affected area.
Mechanical Action: The needle used to administer the solution creates micro perforations in the affected tissue, which induces a healing process, in which collagen and elastin are produced. These substances are two building blocks within the tissue, vital for the formation of healthy skin and hair.
As the perforations are so tiny, no significant damage is done to the existing collagen, so the formation of new collagen only adds to current levels. This is also the method we use to stimulate hair growth in the scalp after removing DHT.
Chemical Action: The active ingredients administered via microinjection stimulate the appropriate response in the mesoderm, according to the condition being treated. The quality of the product is of the utmost importance.
The Mesotherapy Treatment Protocol
The treatment procedure for hair loss can vary from patient to patient, however a session usually takes between approximately 10 and 30 minutes, depending upon the size of the area requiring treatment.